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  1. (Unless you positively nail it) Skaters Misunderstood edgy characters Bleeding heart overly sad characters “It was only a dream.” Perfect fighters Everything must end in romance Dark and stormy nights Villainous parents The Chosen One Gods who cannot defeat non-God related villains Plot armor (parenthetical rants) Misunderstood fighters/heroes/musicians who instantly have a huge fan base Immediate love, platonic or otherwise Immediately good at everything characters Overly large rarely words used in a narrative (when there’s a common, smaller alternative) Blood fucking everywhere Deus ex machina Mary Sues in general Characters in horror stories lack common sense Gasoline explodes if you so much as think of fire The good guy can do no wrong The bad guy can do no good Censoring curse words Amnesia Too much TLC Characters who have suffered over the top abuse from friends, family, guardians, etc. *using asterisks to denote an action like we're role playing* Amnesia A character is dead and gone permanently as decided by the story, only to come back through some unforseen loop hole three episodes later (I'm looking at you, Dragonball) The bad guy is bad because he's bad. The good guy is good because we're supposed to root for him. Amnesia The Happy Ending Override (see 90% of sequels) Alarm clock wake-ups “Screw our orders! Those are our men out there!” Self sacrifice, doubly so when it is the thing that destroys plot armor If I can figure out how to quickly find my blog then I will add more to this with time. Do you have anything I can add?
  2. So now you’ve finished writing a chapter or a story. You’re tired, fried, you want to rest and let your mind wander. If you’re a hobbyist, you’re tempted to just upload what you made and be done with it. What about editing? Editing is a mostly lost art nowadays. Most people just assume their work is fine and they would have caught any errors while writing. I speak from experience when I say unedited material may seem okay from memory, but you can have a whole different animal in execution. I have re-read things I’ve written that I figured were close enough, only to gawk at the errors I’d made and wonder what in God’s name was wrong with me. I still wonder what is wrong with me, but I also edit now. So how do you edit? What are you looking for? How long does it take? What are your options? There are two main ways to edit a story: You can self-edit or you can get someone else to do it. If you get someone else to do it, you should still be self-editing as well. The other guy is there to give you a hand and help filter out mistakes you made. He/she is not there to rewrite your entire piece for you. So either way you have to read your own work. If you’re not willing to read your own work, then nobody else will be either. You should read your writing a minimum of 3 times: Once for its own sake so you can get the feel of what story points you covered. Twice to locate glaring mistakes. Three times to pick up the stragglers. I like to do my first read while I am writing what I am writing. This helps prevent plot holes and acquaints you with what you have left to talk about. If you’re really obsessive, you can take notes on your own work and what kinds of errors you found. Your goal is to eliminate as many errors before you send/publish as you can. Don’t just assume the editor (if you have one) will make everything better. You do NOT want to piss off an editor.
  3. One of the most refreshing things I’ve found as a writer is the ability to add in references to outside media, current events, etc. A well placed reference is fun to toss in, rewarding when found by the reader, and can give your ego a good pat when it’s recognized by the reader. Most of the time trivia and references are just added for extra “flavor,” though building a plot using a simple reference is not unheard of. However, as with everything else, it’s possible to overdo or ham up a reference. If you make it really in your face, then it fails because it becomes too obvious and self serving. Its an amateur mistake that I make far too often. It’s not the end of the world if something goes unnoticed. If they want to get the reference, they will. With the exception of inside jokes, there aren’t often reasons to repeat references throughout the story. If the reference is important to the plot, repetition can be important. Otherwise, repetition has roughly the same effect as making the reference too obvious. All in all, it’s a fairly simple balance to meet, but can pack a lot of extra flavor for the story, which is nice. Just remember that less is more in most cases. Side note: I hid one in here somewhere.
  4. Who could ever forget writers block? It’s the unseen phantom that plagues us as writers and drains us of our ability to progress our stories because we can’t think of how to proceed. It’s a real story killer that has ended more than a few really promising works of fiction. It’s just too bad writers block does not exist. What do I mean by that? Well, is there really a faceless phantom out there actively hunting down writers and keeping them from proceeding with a story? No, of course not! It’s a state of mind. It’s self defeat. It’s boredom and disinterest all rolled into one. Writers block is procrastination. That’s all it ever was and all it ever will be. The problem is, most people do not like to admit that they procrastinate. We are all guilty of it from time to time. Writers especially tend not to like admitting they are procrastinating because it adds pressure. They begin to jump down their own throats by telling themselves those who read their work are waiting and they wind up tapping themselves out. So they say they’re having trouble coming up with more to write. This turns into a hiatus more often than not. Usually this type of hiatus is followed with the writer promising he or she will not let the story go unfinished. “I will come back to it. I promise. I will not let this story go until I complete it!” When I see a promising writer go on hiatus and/or see a message like that, I don’t believe that the writer will come back. I am right almost every time, if you’ll pardon my cynical boasting. 8 times out of 10 they don’t return and the story remains unfinished. This is because procrastination gets harder to escape the longer you let it go on. 1 time out of 10 you WILL hear from the hiatus writer again in the form of an update. This update is usually just an apology message and a formal cancellation of said story. Every so often in lieu of a notification, the writer quietly deletes the story. Very rarely do people who go on these hiatuses return to complete the work. Those that do are the disciplined ones who recognize that there really was nothing stopping them from continuing their work. So is there a way to prevent procrastination? Well, yes and no. You can make things become part of a routine. If you make a goal for yourself, the story as a whole becomes less looming. Outline the plot of your story first so you know what to do in which chapter. Maybe make yourself a goal based on word count: 1000 words per day, 500 words per day... even 100 if you’re really struggling and then just build up over time. If you outline your story and set goals for yourself “Writers block” is no excuse. Does every hiatus mean procrastination? Of course not. Your life comes first and you never know what will happen. Be it an illness or death, vacation or celebration, some things pull you away from the keyboard or paper longer than you would like. In those cases make sure you outlined the story so you can get back in as soon as you’re able. Finally, the cure for writers block. I’ve found it, you guys. I had to go through a jungle, over the sea, through a swamp and I had to ride through a desert on a horse with no name but six warrants in three different countries. But damn it I found the cure! All you have to do is take a glass of cold water, and drink it. Then, go sit down and write. Force it if you have to. It doesn’t sound much fun does it? Well, when you’re writing through procrastination it isn’t fun. You’re going to keep looking back and you will want to redo what you have written. Nothing will be good enough. Fortunately that’s why you re read your draft three times before you do anything with it. Don’t get into your own head. Just let the words flow and when it’s time to reread you can make corrections along the way. The only way to beat “writers block” is to just write. Everyone procrastinates every now and again, but it does not have to define you. Work through it and don’t let your work fall into the graveyard of unfinished stories.
  5. The most important part of a narrative story is the plot. It is the central focus of your writing and the reason you write in the first place. You are trying to fit a plot to your story to fulfill it and complete it. If you have a weak or incomplete plot, there is only so much to be done for the writing. Everything in your story exists to serve a purpose; to tell the story of the plot. This means you may come to aspects of your writing with a degree of callous. You can not let your emotions get in the way. Whatever the plot demands, you have to provide. If the plot says something good happens to a character, let that something good happen. If the plot demands a character die, you must kill it. Your job as the writer is to tell the story presented by the plot line you have chosen, and you can not do that if you compromise the story. It’s generally not a good idea to go into a story with no clue of where you will wind up. This is because you will be striving to write a story about nothing, which is not possible. It’s been attempted before and a lack of storyline leads things to fall apart at the seams. I personally like to start with a few sentences describing the story; a treatment. You then refine the treatment until you have chapters and a breakdown of pivotal points, and then outline the story. Does this mean your plot line has to be bold and strong, firm and inflexible? Absolutely not. Even if you are writing a series of unrelated events, or “episodes” of a story with no interconnecting plot, you are making a narrative to follow in these mini stories. And if you’re thinking experimental writing, well, there is a difference between narrative storytelling and essay writing. In short: Your plot line can be malleable or firm, bold or simple. Whatever you choose, a narrative story is nothing without it.
  6. I am ready and willing to help anypony who needs help to craft their backstory. I can help them go step by step, get ideas going, or even with your permission I can craft one up for you. I love writing and it is very fun to come up with something absolutely unique for each pony. I only have one OC as of right now because I feel like she is me and I am her. lol. Take a look at my OC and if you like my writing style and want some feedback, help constructing an outline or whatever you need help with, either comment here or send me a PM. My OC's Profile: https://mlpforums.com/page/roleplay-characters/_/stardust-r8808
  7. Me again. So we're all familiar with the superhero genre by now (yay!) and another fortunate "by now" happenstance is the mainstream examples of the superhero genre actually being more akin to a meta-genre that can be broken up into different styles depending on the focus character and their exploits. That being said there are some hard and fast rules that tend to be more prevalent than others. One such rule is that superheros protect cities, usually big metropolitan ones such as New York, London, or Tokyo. Even if the individual or team's reach and scale is global, a large portion of the action will still be in these big cities. Some of my characters will be in defiance of this rule. One tends to travel to suburban or even rural towns and she may be share that with another of mine. So tell me, friends, what would make a superhero of a smaller community different from one who patrols and protects major city centers?
  8. I have a fantasy adventure book I would like to get published, but before I publish it I want people's opinions to see if anything can be fixed. I will PM you if you are interested, or you can PM me. My goal is to have everything done before May 27th, 2018.
  9. Hello Everypony I have been seriously looking into writing as my life long career. So, I've started a book. Everyone I've talked to (aka my parents and my writing teacher) have all said it had Best-Selling Potential once finished. I'm naive and of course, I do believe they are obligated to say that, they're my parents and a teacher, who's job it is to encourage kids to be themselves. So I've typed my book up and I'll add it as photos because that's how I did it on accident. Please, please, please don't steal my work. I've worked really hard so far and already got literally the whole book planned. I trust all you guys not to steal it so please don't. Leave feedback and constructive criticism instead. Thanks in advanced! ~Aqua Edit: I am very sorry it's all blurry, as you can see I had it typed on PicCollage. I'll be posting it on Wattpad tomorrow but for now, this is all I can do. My Wattpad is in my bio.
  10. So I am writing a story and one of the main characters is of Mongolian descent. He is particularly proud of his heritage. The problem is, I don't know many names used by the Steppe people. I've done some light digging and behind the name gave me a list of like nine names and I don't know if they are surnames or proper ones. Name Generator was no help in that regard either even when the selection was greater and I'm not sure it's as authentic, not even mentioning it doesn't give a description of what the names mean. Call it forcive habit from starting writing with fanfic for this show, but layered meaning with names has become a large part of how I inform character. Plus I don't just want to plop a random name that "just sounds" Mongolian with no regards to accuracy. So if anypony has any knowledge of traditional Mongolian naming scheme or a site with information on such, I would appreciate the help.
  11. So the protagonist of my fanfiction is a zebra OC. I'm trying to keep at least somewhat to the canon of what and how we know magic works in Equestria, but failing that I still don't want to stretch it beyond what's at least feasible. I have something of an idea that the protagonist's magic be less overt than unicorn magic but less "material" as earth pony magic. Something, dare I say, spiritual. With powers along the lines of visions or astral projection. Even if there is no canon precedent for such specifically, does it at least seem generally feasible given the nature of say Luna's dream based powers or that astral space Celestia and Twilight occupied? Even then, if it's a relatively easy pill to swallow, how would I introduce that concept within the story? The protagonist is still a novice and just discovering this magic.
  12. So I'm currently planning out a fanfic, and I got to thinking about the various pun-tastic names that ponies have for their cities, such as Las Pegasus, Canterlot, Manehattan, etc. Now the fandom has come up with names of their own for more distant lands, like Stalliongrad, Neighpon or Japony, and such. That got me to thinking about endonyms, which is basically what a country's name is in that country's own language. For example Germany isn't Germany in German (lol), it's Deutschland. Japan isn't Japan, it's Nihon, China is Zhongguo, and Korea is Hangook. So I was wondering if any bilinguals here could suggest names for cities and countries in their native language as well as any words in the corresponding language that pertain to horses. The Chinese and Japanese word for horse is "ma", the French word for mane is "crinière". Things like that. I'm a bit of a language buff, so I wanted just that tiny little extra attention to detail of having countries with punny names that work in their own languages, rather than just having be some sort of English pun. So if people could just list a bunch of words in different languages, good ones being gallop, hoof, mane, pony, horse, saddle, horseshoe, neigh, whinny, etc, etc, along with some notable cities. Fruit and vegetable-based puns could work as well, considering we got Appleoosa.
  13. So I have a character who knows martial arts but isn't the kind of character where that would be readily apparent until he gets into a fight scene. How can I establish that my protagonist has this skill in a way that's organic through action or dialogue before he's actually called upon to defend himself? EDIT: The story does not take place in or around a dojo or school, nor in Japan, China, or even Equestria at least at the start. So the location does not lend itself to this knowledge either.
  14. I'd really like at least somepony to read my practices of writing and give me insightful and constructive criticism to help me become a better RPer/writer. I'll try to keep it pony related, but sometimes, I'll be inspired to do something completely different. It really just depends of the day and how well I sleep/feel. I'll PM you a link to google document or if I get enough requests, (If I ever do) I'll post the link on the thread.
  15. I am Looking for writers to help me with a story about mlp and ssb i need help with my story and need someone to write for me i need a lot of help can i please have some help i can add you on Skype you can give me your Skype address or i can give you my Skype it is darcybelle3
  16. Hello, Writing & Fan Fiction, I've realized that, while there are plenty of videos badmouthing Alicorn OC's, not many actually talk about fixing the problem. As such, I've thrown my hat into the ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA0uSBff054 (Also, if this doesn't belong here, please tell me )
  17. So I made the last of the cast for my Prism Ponies but I'm having a hard time in finding a talent for her and a name so a bit of info and ideas. Given she has unicorn blood I thought of making her a Spell- Crafter or a talent with Telekinesis.... Name is still leaving me a bit in a blank area also! Name: Uknown Age: 18 Race: Earth Prism Pony Job: chronicler/explorer Father: Oak-Earth Pony Mother: Sweetblade-Unicorn Twin Sister: Nimble-unicorn: http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y111/DemonicHellfire/1cd_zpssaaz2g2x.png Personality: Good Side Born Leader Outgoing Charming Courageous beyond compare Noble and warm-hearted Willing to fight the good fight to the bitter end if the cause is worthy. Honest Bad Side Bossy at times Harsh Holds a grudge Holds onto the past Young Prone to emotional outbursts. Tends to probe a bit to much and has problems backing off Rushes Cutie Mark: A wand with sparks coming out (given Nimble is her twin, I made their cutie marks match just a bit. Image:
  18. Hi everyone, I have been writing the beginning of my fan-fiction that has Pinkie Pie as one of the main characters. But I have come across a problem: I find that writing Pinkie's dialogue is a little tricky because I don't want to accidentally exaggerate (and consequently shallow) her personality or make her OOC. I was wondering -- for those of you who have written Pinkie Pie -- what advice do you have for keeping Pinkie's dialogue in character but also not sacrificing her depth? Also, are there any fan-fictions already published that have done this well that you would recommend? Thanks in advance!
  19. See I'm trying to write a sad fic for a cannon character, Applebloom. The problem is I'm not used to making types like these, any tips, tricks, and steps anypony knows of that could come to use?
  20. Hello all, I'm new to the forums and would like some help on my writing. I have several stories and was wondering if any of ya would be willing to check it out. Here's the link to my FiMFiction. http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Hianloland%20Rescue%203 I need constructive criticism, not hate or sarcasm. Thank you so much!
  21. So, first, I think it's important to note that I don't read. I find reading to be difficult, so I don't do it much. As such, I don't know a lot of things that stories are meant to entail. I think I can write fairly well, but sometimes, I miss some of the basics. That said, I've started writing a story. So far, I've written something like 13,000 words, if memory serves. I still have a lot, yet, to write. I wanted to enter NaNoWriMo, which requires 50,000 words. I dunno if I would reach that amount, but I would expect to reach at least three times what I already have, which would be 35,000-40,000 words. The problem I have is that I don't know if my story can function as, like, a story. The thing I sort of see as a problem is the formatting. Rather than the typical beginning, rising action, climax, conclusion, it's more like... not... that... What it is is a story which follows one character throughout his life, his struggles and the aftermath of his death. It's rather linear, telling of the events in order. I suppose it may be difficult to imagine without knowing the story, but that's basically what it is. Is this a legitimate story format? Like a character study or something? Can this make for an interesting story that someone will follow? Or should I cut my losses and just scrap the idea?
  22. I'm starting a script called A Dazzling Revenge. the basic concept is obvious the Dazzlings attempting to take over the human world and Equestria. they use Sunset Shimmer and attempt to make her one of them. I need help with...everything but mostly organization. the script is very not done and just hardly started but hopefully we can make a great fan film once it's done.
  23. I wanted to share an idea I had with my fellow writer bronies Those who are familiar with writing as a hobby are likely also familiar with the idea of writing prompts, and this is one I came up with specifically for writing about My Little Pony. It's very simple. Scoop up all those little blind bag ponies you have lying around and put them in a bag. Without looking, pull three ponies out of the bag and write a story about them. It can be any length, but the three of them have to interact with each other at some point in some way. Not sure about using this as a prompt? Here's a list of its many benefits: Excellent excuse to buy blind bag ponies, as well as a use for them (or just for the ones you aren't displaying. If you collect them, I know you have some doubles) A prompt that's more fun than just reading a story idea and trying to come up with something Makes you combine characters in a new way, which can encourage you to explore aspects of them you might not have needed to consider before Some blind bag ponies don't appear in MLP canon, meaning that you will need to not just create a story from a prompt, in some cases you will need to look at the tiny bit of information given and create characters from a prompt (finally all those cheap mane six recolor-clones have a purpose!) Ponies that create your prompt can double as things to fiddle with while you're thinking, and having them right in front of you helps keep you focused on what you're doing If you decide to try this out, let me know how it goes. If you'd like, you can even post some of what you came up with
  24. Greetings, I wanted to show you something. This is my own personal Urban Fantasy short story. Our protagonist is a young girl ,16 years old, (about my age) who is a dreamer. She´s loves books and to travel to another worlds through them. (Guess that MLP has influenced my work some parts of this story..) PLOT One day we found our heroine in a library picking up new books to read when she, suddenly,find a secret trapdoor. This leads her to a mysterious underground room with two big platforms. On one of them she finds a old mysterious book. After that hell breaks lose. In no time Alice (which is our heroine´s name) find herself in the middle of an demon outbreak, that she started! In nine days she most find they remaining parts of Hild´s souls. Hild, was an Godine?God?...either way she´s in nordic belief (not to be mixed up with christian belief). If she fail, the town will be overflowed with the full demon army of Hild´s warriors and Alice´s brother will become a real demon. This Is my first story with a story line and constant writing. So cheers for that and please if you find this intriguing or interesting, HELP ME! You can read more about this epic Urban Fantasy in the link at the bottom,Also I would gladly take criticism on my writing so do that as well.(please,pretty please XD) HERE IS THE LINK TO MY STORY. "Demon Jägarinnan" OR IN ENGLISH " THE DEMON HUNTRESS" http://www.kapitel1.se/philip-johansson2/demon-jagarinnan (The girl on the front page don´t necessarily is Alice,who knows...
  25. Calling all writers! No matter what you write. Be it poetry, fan fiction, fiction, scripts, music, anything! I, StableStahl (or bathroomstahl on here), have created a Steam group made for writers helping writers... or just normal people helping writers. http://steamcommunity.com/groups/AspiringAuthors <-- is the group. Please read the rules before joining and I hope everyone likes it. I made it so I can help other writers and that's my main plan for it. I hope everyone likes it