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1. The prose flows naturally.

2. There is an equal balance of humor and seriousness.

3. You actually learn something from it.

4. The characters are believable.

5. The characters go through a significant change of some sort, whether physical or mental.

6. There is some sort of conflict going on; not all goes well.

7. Good descriptions, vivid but appropriate; the best stories are where the audience has a good idea of what's going on and yet they're still free to use their own imagination.

8. Originality.

9. Proper spelling and grammar.

10. Appropriate for intended audience.
A little list from one of my writing classes that I thought I'd share with you. For those of you who want to be professional writers, these tips will certainly come in handy.
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skulls887 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very helpful

I am trying to get better at role-playing too heck I accidentally messed one up and this thought me to be better at it also some websites can also offer wonderful hints too
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Glad I can help! :D
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skulls887 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah :hug:

now I am also trying to help other people get better at role-playing too

I shall give anyone this hint and that is to know information about the series that you are role-playing.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Nice!
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skulls887 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right
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:iconunicorn-skydancer08:
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Right.
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skulls887 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wished that more people would see this
to improve their skill in writing.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
At least you can have the assurance that my writing will be decent. I'll do my best, anyway.
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AZAZELunit07 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much. Now go and inscribe this in a block of marble, and we'll be able to knock some sense into bad authors, like SMeyer.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Thank you.
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ArmarielRoZita Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent points.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Thanks! :D
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
:giggle: So true....thankfully I can (hopefully) say that much of this applies to my story and it's sequel....except for the "the prose flows naturally." At least in my sequel. It's an unedited beast!
But these are great insights...although, there might be some discrepancies on number 8, as many people have vastly different ideas of what it means to be "original"...so much so that it can be crazy. People can get so fussed up over trying to be madly original that they end up only paying attention to that and not to anything else in the story, which results in rubbish. Originality is something that comes on it's own (for me, anyways), and....it's kind of sad how people take what it means to be original to mad extremes.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Yeah, no story these days is purely "original". It's when you sound too much like someone else that you've got a problem.
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Mahira-chan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Well, that also depends on how you define originality. Arguably, there's never been any originality since the very first writers of ancient epics and myths. But at the same time, you could say that any story, no matter when it was made, is original not based on the themes it uses, but HOW it uses them. Some themes are just timeless, and the recurrence of them does not make the stories unoriginal...it depends on how they are used/approached/the way the characters are used to express them/etc.
Of course, there's that, and there's blatant plagiarism, which is DEFINITELY unoriginal, not to mention really cheap.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Oh yes. Anyone who plagiarizes on purpose has a definite problem.
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AmmeLockheart Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
I may need to print this.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Go ahead.
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Moombeam36 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Okay this is helpful, thank you
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
My pleasure, mate.
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PrissyKissy Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm about to begin a story, so I'll keep this in mind :)
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Glad I could be of help.
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Kali-Balekrone Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks a million! :D
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
My pleasure, mate! :icondragonspif:
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Kali-Balekrone Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student General Artist
:icondragonwant:
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Kali-Balekrone Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
:icondragonlaugh: :D
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Kali-Balekrone Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student General Artist
:icondragonhug:
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
I'm really feelin' the love.
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Alleycat252009 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Yes this is what makes you a true novelist!
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
The same goes for short stories.
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Alleycat252009 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Right don't series deal with the same thing?
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
That's the general idea.
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Alleycat252009 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Oh
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
None of this tips would ever go amiss.
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Alleycat252009 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Hmm
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
These tips, sorry. Man, I hate it when I do that.
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Jetman2045 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Well, I want to point out that a story does not necessarily have to have a balance of humor and seriousness to be considered good.
There is a such thing as a dark story that can be considered good. A good dark story has no humor at all.
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
True, but most people prefer a book that has humorous and serious moments, so it's neither too heavy nor too lighthearted.

I know I certainly do.
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JunsuiShinzou Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm definitely going to use this for future stories I'll write. Thanks for posting ^.^
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
You're welcome, mate. :) I'm an aspiring author myself.
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Imaginative-Light77 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this is what we all should follow! :D
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Amen, my friend. Amen.
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Imaginative-Light77 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
I won't say I'm the world's greatest writer, but every writer could use such tips.
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Imaginative-Light77 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
In the past, I was quite bad at writing...grammar and all. But now, thanks to those tips, they gave me the joy to write! You, for one, are marvelous; one marvelous author!
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Thanks! And it's my pleasure.
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Imaginative-Light77 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D You are welcome!
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unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
My book will have humorous moments and serious moments. I'll try to maintain a balance.
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