#89: Frequently Asked QuestionsOk guys, I think it's time to do a little FAQ, because I read the same questions over and over.More Like This
Let me see if it's useful for somebody.
OMG, what is this?
It's a fractal, baby!
What is a fractal?
It's a really difficult question to answer, but I'll try to keep it as simple as I can. So, fellow fractalists, if you're reading, I won't be that precise in answering.
Wikipedia says: "A fractal is a mathematical set that has a fractal dimension that usually exceeds its topological dimension and may fall between the integers."
Wait, what? I didn't even understand myself.
Ok, a fractal is basically the repetition of a same "image". This image can be repeated with its original dimension or fractal dimension (it can be resized).
For example, let's pick the Romanesco Broccoli (the image is from Wikipedia):
As you can see, it's a repetition of the same "peaks" over and over, each of them with diffe
Fan Fiction Basics: Titles and SummariesMore Like This
Let's pretend that you've written the first chapter of your mind-blowing epic. You're done. You've edited, you've sent it off to beta readers and followed their advice (for the most part), you've done everything else you need to do and you're ready to post it. So, you go to whatever site you host on and you type your working title into the box: Super-Hot Sexy Sexiness. Great. Then you slap in your summary, but you're bad at summaries and so you just put in a nice "Hi!" and let your readers know that the story is really hot and also your first fic. Maybe you'll get some pity readers, eh?
A day goes by. Then two days, three. You've had fifteen views, no comments, and you're not sure why. I can tell you why. It's your title and summary. You, my dear friend, have committed literary suicide.
I write RPF (Real Person Fiction). A while back, I was browsing through
Fan Fiction Basics: DialogueMore Like This
The most common mistake I see in fan fiction from any fandom is pretty obvious: dialogue and punctuation.
While a full punctuation tutorial would be a little long, I thought that I would go ahead and try to brief you on the hows and whats of writing dialogue and what punctuation you should be using.
So, let's start by talking about the basics:
What is dialogue?
Dialogue is speech. Really, that's it. Speech. It's a major thing. It happens in almost every story (there are exceptions), and it usually makes up the bulk of how readers perceive characters, decide whether or not they're in character and also decide whether or not the author can tell their ass from an ash tray. That's kind of important. Anything your character says, whether it's a single word or a monologue