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How to Be a Likeable Male Character1. Treat women as equals, not as inferiors.
2. Know how to smile and laugh.
3. Do not be ashamed to cry.
4. When you have a woman, treat her as a person, not as a piece of property.
5. Be tender.
6. Be forgiving.
7. Make the most of what you have.
8. Take as much thought for others as you would for yourself, if not more.
9. Do what you personally feel is right, in spite of other people's objections or downright mockery.
10. Do not be ashamed to admit fear, but do not let your fear stop you from acting.
How to Be a Likeable Female Character1. Have a sense of humor.
2. Learn to do some things for yourself; don't just sit around and expect someone else to handle all the work.
3. Have a listening ear and a sympathetic heart.
4. Dream about true love, but at the same time know how to care for yourself.
5. If you do find love, love him for who he is, not for what you want him to be.
6. Never be controlling or manipulative.
7. Never let anyone push you around.
8. Cry when necessary, but don't get carried away.
9. Always stand by those whom you truly care about.
10. Don't be so serious that you forget to have fun, but don't have so much fun that you forget to be serious.
Ten Commandments of Writing1. Have an original plot.
If every book was the same, we'd get bored with them pretty quick. Variety is what gives that special spice. Try to come up with a story that's entirely your own. If your work is based off another work, however loosely, make sure you use your own style. Don't just repeat what someone else has already written. Nobody likes a copycat, and you could face an unpleasant lawsuit that way.
2. Have a good title.
If you want people to read your book, you'll need a title that will catch their eye. Make it exciting, but keep it brief, too. Don't make your title so long that it wears the reader down. Try to stay within the limit of ten words. If you have trouble inventing a title, go through your story and decide what the main theme is, what it is in that story that really stands out.
3. Make your characters as believable as possible.
The characters are what make the story a story. You learn about them, sympathize with them, and hate them.
20 Writing Tips1. Write like crazy. Whether it's by hand or on a computer, just write, write, write, write, WRITE. The more you work at it, the better you'll get at it.
2. Be flexible. Don't just stick to what you already know. Dare to write something outside your comfort zone.
3. Never throw an idea away. Ideas are like fish: you never know when you'll catch a good one, and if you let it go, you most likely won't get it back. Keep a journal for your ideas and write down anything that comes to mind, no matter how silly or stupid it may sound.
4. Take your time. Don't expect to write a bestseller in a few months, or even a few years. (I learned this the hard way.)
5. Be prepared for a LOT of rejections and a LOT of criticism. Don't assume you'll hit it off with the first publisher you find, and don't expect everyone to like your book, or to bother reading it at all.
6. Be open to other people's suggestions, but write the story that YOU want.
7. Go easy on yourself. Don't expect your book
Modern Major Mary SueI am the very model of a modern major Mary Sue
With tons of Mary-Sue-ness in every little thing I say and do
I know next to nothing, for my head is but an empty shell
Yet with my insanely gorgeous looks, you people would hardly tell
I'm spoiled to the bone and I'm only looking out for me
It's impossible for anybody to take me seriously
I'm a girl that everyone bends over backwards to try to please
I got guys surrounding me, like a flower with a thousand bees
(She's got guys surrounding her, like a flower with a thousand bees
She's got guys surrounding her, like a flower with a thousand bees
She's a girl that everyone bends over backwards to try to please!)
I'm very good at making a good story quite unreadable
I'm so sappy and so shallow, it's really unbelievable
As outrageous as it may sound, you folks gotta believe it's true
I am the very model of a modern major Mary Sue
(As outrageous as it may sound, you folks gotta believe it's true
She is the very model of a modern major Mary Sue!
You're a Mean One, Mr. EdYou're a mean one, Mr. Ed
You really are a heel
You're as cuddly as a cactus,
You're as charming as an eel,
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel!
You're a dumbbell, Miss Bella
Your head's an empty hole
Your brain's but a speck of dust
You've got mothballs in your soul
Miss Bella Swann!
I wouldn't touch you with a sixty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole!
You're a vile one, Mr. James
You have roaches in your smile
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile
Given the choice between the two of you,
I'd take the seasick crocodile!
You're a foul one, Miss Meyer
You're a nasty, wasty skunk
Your book is like an unwashed sock
It's a chock-a-block of junk
The three words that best fit your book
Are as follows, and I quote:
"Stink, stank, stunk!"
You're a rotter, you fangirls
You're the queens of sinful sots!
Your hearts are dead tomatoes
Splotched with moldy purple spots
The book you worship is an appalling dump-heap,
This DayThis day,
Do not be ashamed
To shed a tear or two.
Let your loved ones know
How much they mean to you.
Say an extra prayer
For those who are long gone,
Who were left behind,
Who struggle to go on.
Take time to salute
The red, the white, the blue.
Honor the heroes
Who fought and died for you.
Bitter WoundsSimba could not sleep.
It was very late, and the lionesses scattered throughout the den all appeared dead to the world. Simba wished he could do the same, but try as he might, he simply could not get his body to settle down and his mind to shut off.
He did manage to doze off a little now and again, but he kept waking up.
Finally, when he felt he couldn't take it anymore, he stood and made his way out of the den, trying to move as carefully and quietly as possible.
Outside, the night was cool and clear, the sky spangled with multitudinous stars. Simba remembered his father telling him at one time that the great kings who had gone before them viewed them from each star. He wondered if Scar could be up there among those kings. At the thought of his old uncle, the young lion felt his throat and gut simultaneously tighten. Even now, he recalled all too well the terrible things his uncle had done to him, how he had betrayed them all. Simba's heart still stung from the knowledge that Scar was
Redeeming DreamsThey say it is foolish to believe in fairy tales. They tell you that you must get your head out of the clouds and face the realities of life. That's how it was in my case.
As a kid, everyone knew me as a perpetual dreamer, and I received a lot of flak because of it, not only from my teachers and the other kids at school, but from my own family, too. My brothers and sisters teased and tormented me unmercifully, and my parents were forever telling me: "When will you learn to grow up?" Easy for them to say; they never understood how hard I sincerely tried to act adult, yet I couldn't see why I couldn't be a grown-up and retain my imagination at the same time.
Even to this day, I don't understand what harm there is in dreams and fantasies. After all, without them, this world would be an extremely drab, dreary place. What's wrong with the notion of unicorns, dragons, and mermaids, of princes, princesses, magical kisses, and happily ever afters? Beyond that, there have been many times when m
Story Writing TipsTip #1: Write about what you know. If you're writing a love story in which the main female character is dumped by her boyfriend, think about what you have been through in your own personal experience, and think about how she might react. Does your character have a strong personality? Are they normally quite likeable? Do they have a weak personality, and they let people push them around? Or do they have a personality that is mysterious, and unpredictable? Once you have established a main character, only you, the author, can predict how they will react to a certain problem.
Tip #2: When beginning a story, and a chapter, it often helps to start the story/chapter in the middle of an action, because then you immediately grasp the reader's attention.
Tip #3: When writing a summary, you might want to include a very short excerpt from your story. That way, you get the reader intrigued. In a real, published book, the first thing that a person sees is the cover, second the title, and third, the
Writing Tips for DummiesWriting Tips for Dummies
Listen, I know I'm a half-rated author in training. I'm sixteen, what can you expect? But I've read critiques like this, and I decided to make my own, because many tutorials instructed me to give my own advice in order to take it.
This is probably going to be a fairly short tutorial anyways.
Think about how your character speaks. A problem I've actually seen in some young authors' is that they try to sound smart ALL the time--including in their character dialogue. True, some characters such as professors and generally serious people will speak with a certain intelligent ring, but not everyone speaks that way. For example, do you think MOST four year olds use the word concurred? I don't think so. Think about your character, their intellect level, and even how much of it they show through speech, which is a part of characterization. For example, I know people who are very smart who try not to show it through speech because it makes them sound supe
Writing Convincing CharactersI've talked about Mary Sues in the past, which are unconvincing characters. I've talked about how to fix a Mary Sue which is turning a poorly designed character into a better character. But how does one write a convincing character from the start?
Character Planning Sheets
My biggest recommendation is doing a character planning sheet. I've been doing this for the majority of my writing life, I think I might have started them when I was about thirteen or fourteen. Of course, how I do them has evolved. I used to have them be very superficial.
Character name: Salem
That would be all I would have to go off of for the character. This clearly isn't a very good way to determine a character's personality. But at the time, it allowed me to "see" the character, which then allowed me to better determine their personality. That sounds a bit crazy. W
Writing Tips - Description
Description: Balancing Too Much and Not Enough
Theres an old adage about writing that says, show, dont tell. But what does that actually mean? Surely, were not expected to illustrate our stories, are we? Christ, I hope not. Some of mine are rather long.
No. What that means is that you should use your words to paint a visual picture for the reader. Talking heads are both boring and confusing, and should generally be avoided. If youre unfamiliar with the term, talking heads refers to the phenomenon where all, or most of story is carried out through the characters dialogue. You see it like mad in web and news paper comics, but it happens in prose as well.
The first, and arguably the most fun way to banish the talking heads is to make your characters act. This doesnt mean action, necessarily. The character can do any amount of going from place to place or thing to thing, but so what? Hes still not rea
Rules to writing good fiction1. Start as soon as possible with the threat. That is, every story, even every chapter, should have a threat that needs to be overcome. By your 2nd sentance some form activity either leading to the threat should be introduced, or the threat itself.
2. Don't paint the scene before I have interest in the characters and events. This is like warming up your engine in your car. Think how boring it is to warm up your car engine. Now think of that for the reader trying to follow your story.
3. Don't try to wax poetic unless you are calling out a poestic item or the whole story will be that way. Nothing is more frustrating than bouncing into and out of poetry when reading.
4. Don't be afraid to write "said", and in "he said" or "they said". Readers unconciously gloss over this but use it to keep refrence as to who is speaking. Don't argue with me on this, I am right.
5. Don't talk over or under the reader. Making the reader feel stupic is the fastest way to piss them off. A ticked off reader w
"I was just wondering what you think about interior monologues, long passages of reflection?" -- Curious Kitty
A note on:
-- Interior Monologues
Whether you are considering adding a lengthy monologue to a story, or intend the monologue to be the story itself where the focus of the entire story is on one character's thoughts and feelings with very little action -- from my observations and experimentation, the readers either love them or hate them. There's no in-between.
However, it is notable that the internal monologue stories that are sought out most frequently tend to focus on a profound emotion of some kind: grief, loneliness, heartache... Usually by either those seeking to deal with such an emotion, as a kind of therapy, or by those that have never felt such emotions. (Strong emotional stories are extremely popular among young adults.)
In both cases, not only does the reader seek to submerge the
Tips on writingInfo on Writing!
(No, I'm not writing this to sound like a pompous ass, or because I think I'm particularly great. I've just been reading and writing for ages...And I wanted to pull up a couple things, long story...Anyways, take it as you will! Flame as you will.)
1: Grammar is REALLY important in how things sound. For me, it's trying to avoid overusing ellipses, and run on sentences. Also...Very important! (see, I just pulled out a fragment and an ellipse...again!). Anyways, important: Try to make a new paragraph every time someone speaks...
2: Speaking of someone speaking...Try to avoid falling into the cycle of he said, she said. Why? Because it makes it monotonous, and easy to fall out of the loop. Think this isn't a big deal? New York Times Bestsellers do it all the time. I guess it doesn't bother some people, but its something big I notice
Writing Tips: Characterisation
Characterisation: Avoiding the Dreaded Mary Sue
The characters you write are arguably the biggest part of your story. Theyre the vessel through which the reader is able to identify with the themes and ideas that youre trying to share. But creating brand new lives from thin air can sometimes be rather difficult. You have to find their voice, their needs, their personality; its a rather delicate balance, really.
Rather tempting, and often encouraged by teachers, is to do a Character Profile to help come up with some of the details. These are often pre-made sets of questions ranging from the mundane (eye colour, height, weight) to the fanciful (if your character caught someone looking at his girlfriend, what would he do?).
I dont like these. And heres why.
The questions are all a little too cookie-cutter. They promote stereotype characters, and you dont want that. The actual physical details about the character dont need to be mentione
Writers' Notes - Battles and Wars
While I have written a tutorial on fight scenes, I felt that it would be prudent to write one regarding wars and battles. After all a war or a battle is not just about how to fight.
When you are writing a war or battle first make sure you plan where it's going to take place. Land can be tricky, and it changes during a battle.
Image two giant armies amassing on a huge field. Infantry and cavalry alike, all decked in battle gear and heavy armour.
The pound of thousands of feet, man and horses alike. How do you think the ground will look? Grass torn and flattened, turned to mud especially if the weather turns and it begins to rain or sleet. Are there hills or mountains? Has one army taken a higher ground, dug a moat or added spikes of wood to protect their area?
Is there forests around them, have the trees been burned by one army to keep the other from using the wooded area as shelter? Has an army begun to p
What Makes a Good Story?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.
9. Proper spelling and grammar.
10. Appropriate for intended audience.
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