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Tips on Avoiding Word ConfusionWord confusion. You’re and your. To, two, and too. Their, they’re, and there. Effect and affect. Its and it’s. Then and than. Who’s and whose. Get the point? Good. Now learn the difference between these words.Tips on Avoiding Word Confusion by ~TheBloodyEpicPumpkin More Like This
The Devil's in the DetailsImagine for a moment a time not so far from now. All your hard work has come to fruition. You’ve been published. You’ve made bestseller lists. You’ve won over hordes of fans. There are tours and signings and interviews. You’ve even been invited to speak at a convention where no one can get enough of you. You’re the life of the party and the star of the panel. Then the floor opens up for questions. Your self-proclaimed greatest fan ever is the first to the microphone. They excitedly ask why Bob, though clearly literate, always signs his name as just an X. To which you reply, “Well, I just thought it was an iThe Devil's in the Details by ~Faraleigh More Like This
The Necessity of Flaws in CharacterizationOkay. Close your eyes (well, maybe just one) and imagine your favorite fictional character. Are they strong? Compassionate and giving? Witty and clever? Wise and intelligent? No matter the make-up of their awesomeness, they probably bring a smile to your face and that warm, fuzzy feeling to your insides. You probably remember vividly their adventures and hijinks, their clever retorts, or how amazing they were at figuring out some wild and crazy puzzle. They probably inspired your own writing. You probably wanted to recreate that smile and fuzzy feeling with your own readers, so you made your version of the character (or took some of their traThe Necessity of Flaws in Characterization by ~Faraleigh More Like This
To War Against the Dialogue Tags!I am waging a war. Consider this your invitation to join my army.To War Against the Dialogue Tags! by ~Faraleigh More Like This
The Chronology of StorytellingImagine you're reading to a live audience. It can be as big or small as you'd like. It can be your writing or someone else's. It doesn't matter. Indulge yourself in the fantasy. So you're reading to a live audience. They're enraptured. They're engrossed. They're generating a movie in their heads as you weave your tale. Imagine how important every word you produce is to these movies. Every detail you provide adds another layer. They smell the flowers. They feel the roughness of the brick. They see the vivid colors of the clothes.The Chronology of Storytelling by ~Faraleigh More Like This
Ten Quick Tips to Write Prose1.) Ideas. Use imagination and experience.Ten Quick Tips to Write Prose by *xlntwtch More Like This
Describing your CharactersDescribing your CharactersDescribing your Characters by =Inkfish7 More Like This
The Drafting ProcessAmong the countless number of writers in this world, each of us writes according to his or her own process. It's a routine we settle into, a habit we develop. That being said, there are good and bad habits out there, and to produce the best work we can, we need to adopt the very best of these habits while discarding the rest.The Drafting Process by =Inkfish7 More Like This
HyphensTHE HYPHEN: A NEVER-WERE-THERE-SO-FEW-SOLID-RULES PUNCTUATION MARKHyphens by =purrrplcat More Like This
An Argument against All-CapsThe problem:An Argument against All-Caps by =Inkfish7 More Like This
Copyright: A RundownWhat is copyright?Copyright: A Rundown by *linaket More Like This
5 Ways to Get Fantasy WrongYes, you're writing a fantasy story. Yes, that means many of the normal "rules" of reality are suspended. It doesn't mean you can just write whatever you like and expect your readers to swallow it. The existence of dragons they'll probably accept. Moscow being the capital of France they probably won't.5 Ways to Get Fantasy Wrong by ~MetalMagpie More Like This
A Brief Guide to Dialog TagsPart of being an aspiring writer is receiving feedback, and a big part of getting feedback is giving it. I've belonged to several critique sites over the years, including but not limited to deviantART (which, while a good site, leaves much to be desired if your goal is useful feedback on lengthly prose), Critique Circle (which is a great site, but I started to have trouble keeping up with the queue), and Scribophile (which is useful, but unfortunately much of the useful bits for novel-writers require that you sign up for the premium membership).A Brief Guide to Dialog Tags by ~eldestmuse More Like This
An Argument for "Said"Preface:An Argument for "Said" by =Inkfish7 More Like This
The Basics of Comma UsageThis guide is meant to give you, as a writer, a thorough foundation in comma usage. I won't cover every use, but I will go over a majority of them, all of which are worth knowing.The Basics of Comma Usage by =Inkfish7 More Like This
The How To's of Dialogue: Grammar and OtherwiseWhen writing dialogue, it's easy to get confused as to what's proper grammar and what isn't. This is no surprise when considering all the variables involved, but not to worry. I'm going to go over the rules and variables of dialogue right now so you can clearly understand the do's and dont's.The How To's of Dialogue: Grammar and Otherwise by =Inkfish7 More Like This
A Guide to Character SheetsAlmost as soon as they were invented, people have been feuding over the effectiveness of character sheets. Some say they are godsends and they couldn't possibly create characters without them. Others say they only create flat characters and there's absolutely no reason why any writer should need to know the smallest and most minute details that character sheets call for. And then there are the writers that don't know which side of the debate they should listen to.A Guide to Character Sheets by `GrimFace242 More Like This
Style vs. Voice - A GuideStyle vs. Voice - A Guide by ~illuminara More Like This
Fear Not thy SemicolonGrammar is a force to be reckoned with, armed with such mighty weapons as: , : ; ' " . and ?. In short: quite an impressive arsenal. Unfortunately, one mighty piece of punctuation has been sadly both abused and underused over the years. I am here writing this to attempt to rectify that!Fear Not thy Semicolon by ~EvilpixieA More Like This
Writing TipsWriting is a complex subject, a subject one can never fully capture on paper. But it is possible to share some basic tips that might help you.Writing Tips by ~blakrosebleedinheart More Like This
Characters, A Guide to Fiction If there is one thing I know about story-telling, it's that you need for your readers to empathize with your story. The only way a reader can empathize, properly a least, is for there to be characters, with emotions and with a notable characteristics.Characters, A Guide to Fiction by ~me4music More Like This
The Imperfect Guide to WritingWriting. A form of art that is perhaps more difficult than the creation of a magnificent painting. Artists may be inclined to disagree with that, but the truth is, anyone can write, but the question is, can they write well? It is something that can be born naturally, the ability to create a story in one's head, and transfer it through a skillful mind to the paper with lithe fingers. Yet it can also come through time, learning, and much practice.The Imperfect Guide to Writing by ~ValkyrieNix More Like This
dA Writers-Get NoticedIt's hard being a writer on dA. For every one writer, there are at least 15 artists, 10 of which are fan-artists. And why would people turn away from fanart, comics, and/or yaoi to read your poetry/prose? You have to give them a reason.dA Writers-Get Noticed by ~Puppy-eater More Like This