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Yaggles
07-13-2006, 09:31 AM
Well, I'm new here, and I have to say that most fics here are doing pretty well.
I have some tips for new authors to help them improve their stories and overall writing. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to post them! :)

Seeing as other people have already posted their own tips, please also read posts below this... it goes down quite a bit and has some very helpful tips! Have fun!

1) Spelling Counts. I know you might not be an English major, but spelling and grammar do have a good deal of importance when it comes to writing and publishing your stories, even on a smaller scale such as a Fanfiction forum. If you don't spell properly, it makes it hard to read, and if you use bad grammar, people might not understand just what you're saying. I suggest you run your post through Microsoft Word or ANY other known spell checking service to make sure you don't have too many spelling issues. Now I'm not asking you to be perfect (as I even don't always make it right; sometimes I just type it directly into the posting screen, as I am doing now, for sake of time). But using Word or a text editor is also helpful so that yuo can save your story in case you have to stop and come back later but you don't want to post it on the web for everyone to see when you aren't finished.
2) Be descriptive. This is somewhat of an addon to the previous point. You should always use the most descriptive words that you can think of. Of course, if you're writing to adults, you can use words that most kids or teenagers might not know, but if you are writing to kids, they shouldn't have to have a thesaurus handy and have to translate your English into English.
3) Take the time to make it good! You should always strive to do your best. Sure you want all the glory and fame of having a great story. But that doesn't come overnight with everyone (and if you do have a great idea that you thought of overnight, by all means go for it!) I'm just saying that you need to take the time to get all the details straight. You don't want to have overlapping dates and times or anything like that.
4) Accept criticism. You should always hear out what other people have to say about your stuff. I know some people can be a pain in the butt about it, but it's still a good idea to hear what they have to say and maybe even take some advice. In most cases, they're trying to help you out. ;)

That's all I can think of at the moment, but I'll be sure to add on later! :)

JediKnight707
07-30-2006, 12:18 PM
2) Quality over Quantity.

Now that's not always neccesarily true for one reason: If say, hypothetically, you could say something in 50 words rather than 100, it may deter people from your fic because they think its too short. Why do you think that the Harry Potter series is so popular? Rowling could certainly shorten it, yet she doesn't. Pages sell :)

As for more tips...:

1) Don't be repetitive. You don't want to use the same ideas over and over again. Like having someone return from the dead is an awesome idea, but you should never use it twice. Also, don't use the same words all the time. I sometimes use a thesaraus, and so should you :) The same goes for phrases. I was reading on a different website, and the writer used the phrase "his voice dripping with sarcasm." Great phrase for conveying the message of his sarcasm. But then, a few paragraphs later, I read "his voice dripping with sarcasm." Kinda ruined it for me.

2) Use good vocabulary. I'm not saying that you should use forty syllable words, but don't continue to use small words. Ebony sounds a lot better than black, I'll just leave it at that.

The_Catto
07-31-2006, 07:56 AM
um .. my helpfull tip .. 1, I think it would be good if your Fic was about Star Wars, that would be a good start. Another tip, is to listen what these guys and Mach say ... They know what they're talking about :D

Thats my input lol :D

Diego Varen
07-31-2006, 08:13 AM
My Helpful Tip:

1. Never do more than one Fic at a time.

Rexraptor2000
07-31-2006, 08:55 AM
My helpful tip:

1. Try and be original.

The Doctor
08-03-2006, 11:05 AM
My Helpful Tip:

1. Never do more than one Fic at a time.
Listen to this one. I tried doing three full fics at once. All three failed miserably. Only one even made it to the boards (Dark Mirror), and even it died on me...

Diego Varen
08-03-2006, 11:15 AM
Listen to this one. I tried doing three full fics at once. All three failed miserably. Only one even made it to the boards (Dark Mirror), and even it died on me...

You think you had it bad Doc? When I first started writing Fanfics, I was trying to write four Fics at the same time. Of course I know better now.

RC-1162
08-03-2006, 12:04 PM
heh, i'm finding it hard enough to cope with AP and GC2 now itself :D. but i'll get by.

stingerhs
08-05-2006, 01:46 PM
the best tip i can give: always carry a pen and notepad with you at all times. i can't tell you how handy it is to have something to jot down your ideas whenever lightning strikes. this is especially true whenever you've hit a block in your story, and then, three hours later, you'll think of a fantastic idea that takes care of the block.

hehe, and if you want to experiment a bit, write down when, where, and what you were doing whenever you thought of the idea. its amazing how random the human mind can be. ;)

another great tip is revision, revision, revision. after you write down a section, take the time to just simply save the selection to your hard drive (or some portable device such as a thumb drive) instead of just posting it directly. then, do something else for a little bit. it doesn't have to be something that lasts for hours upon hours; it just has to be something that will take your mind off of what you just wrote for a bit. then, simply open the file and read it. a fresh set of eyes will allow you to catch errors in consistancy, spelling, and grammer plus it has the added benefit of giving you a chance to change around certain sections to make them better.

anyways, hope that helps somebody. ;)

Ztalker
08-05-2006, 02:04 PM
The best tip I can give you is to not overdo your fan-fic. Keep it realistic in a cool way.
For example, a single Jedi wiping out a complete bataljon of Sith Masters without breaking a sweat isn't fun to read. A Jedi who is struggeling, hiding, and desperately trying to defeat an opponent is much more fun to read, and far, far more realistic.
My 2 cents :^:

Jae Onasi
08-05-2006, 02:47 PM
A beta reader can be a great help--they can find stuff that you might not see and ask questions about a section that is clear to you but possibly confusing to another reader.
I read my chapters out loud to my son before posting, generally. It lets me catch things I haven't caught just sight reading. Reading it out loud helps me catch repetitive word usage, sentences that are too long, awkward constructions, that kind of thing.

Yaggles
08-06-2006, 08:10 AM
Jae that's a good idea... oh and thanks for the sticky! :)

I'll go ahead and edit in my post that other people have posted tips too so people should scroll down. :D

RC-1162
08-06-2006, 08:24 AM
my tip:
try using more paragraphs and space out your typing. i know it will take a lot of scrolling to go through the story then, but whenever i read cramped up chapters, i almost always lose myself and have to start again. the spaced paras will make for easier reading. maybe some people will get annoyed with having to mark their position as they move along a cramped para and may decide that it's not worth it. so try to space out your paras more, best example: our Mom-erator :D

on a less important note: if you can, try to make the ending of the particular chapter a suspense. i know i may not always do this, but i know for sure that these cliffhangers make people come back and want to read more.

Jae Onasi
08-06-2006, 09:02 AM
Yaggles, I can't claim credit for sticky-ing the topic--I think it was stingerhs. However, it's a good thing since this thread has some very useful info.

The reason we need line breaks here when we normally wouldn't in a regular document has to do with readability on a computer. Reading it on computer is different--the screen is at a different angle and distance typically from a book or paper document, and here we're reading text on a dark background rather than white/light paper. When the eye gets to the end of a line here (or on any other forum) rather than on paper, it has a harder time scanning back to the beginning and finding the next line to continue reading. The line breaks make it much easier to find the next line.

Also, (and this is directed at no one in particular!) don't use a dark color to write here. Since we read on a dark gray background, you need to use a light color font to maximize contrast to make it as readable as possible. Picking a dark color like blue, red, dark green, purple, black, and my least favorite, dark gray, makes it really hard to read. Choose a light color font, even for your accents. There's a number of nice colors at the end of the color drop-down list, and while they're pastels, they're much more readable. The reverse is true for a light background--there you do want to choose the darkest colors to enhance contrast for readability. The highest contrast is white letters on black and black letters on white. High contrast is a good thing, especially for those of us who no longer have 'young' eyes. :)

Yaggles
08-06-2006, 09:05 AM
thanks for adding that! Having bright blue on this dark background makes it hard to read. Maybe a lighter blue is better. Or maybe a lighter green. Nothing neon, though! :/

RC-1162
08-06-2006, 09:07 AM
@ Jae: gah! didnt you read what i wrote? i got lost again! :p j/k :D

I read it, I was just explaining why it's a good idea to do line breaks. I just got a little too wordy. :) --Jae

personally, i would say just forget about the colours and write everything in white. i know i have inserted colored chapter numbers in my previous fics, but the tags were just a pain in the ***.

ForceFightWMe12
08-07-2006, 03:03 PM
My tip:

Alright, I'm no fan of describing people and places, but as for scenes and actions...

It often helps me to write a scene by first playing the scene over in my head -- as if it were a movie. Dialouge, movements, positions, scenery, expressions, everything. It gets the scene in order, and shows you exactly what you're looking for. Then, as you're writing, replay the scene as you go, so that you have the picture of what you're trying to describe in your words. Often, if I'm looking for a certain energy to the scene, I'll even listen to a song that leaves me with the same feeling, kind of getting me to concentrate on what I'm looking for.

Hope that helps!

Diego Varen
08-07-2006, 03:09 PM
Another Tip from me:

2. Make Characters interesting. For example, don't have a Character to be good at everything, make them have strengths and weaknesses, like this Character is good at duelling, but this Character's weakness is being easy to anger.

JediMaster12
08-07-2006, 10:32 PM
FWWM has a good tip of playing over and over. Another good way is to verbally say your character's lines aloud. You can hear how it sounds and determineif it fits with the personality you are trying to give it.
In terms of description of scenes like battle ones, think about it carefully. Sure I tell people to use alot of detail and pretend your readers are blind schmoes but don't sound like a boring protocol droid. My recommendation is to watch a lot of war movies with plenty of battles scenes. If it has the blood and gore, the better. True the images are haunting to the eye but it does give a better perspective on reality in terms of injuries. I'm wierd but I watch movies like We Were Soldiers, Platoon, The Patriot, Black Hawk Down repeatedly. I don't recommend this if you can't stand blood and guts. Famous paintings help a bit too. The whole point is visualize and think if this is real or not.
Also defer to the Expert Thread for accurate representations on anything. THere are plenty of people who know stuff on miltitary, like mach, medical stuff, like Jae and people like me who know general stuff but specify in things of religion.
My best advice is to read the comments and suggestions. You don't have to take all of them. They are something for you to think about should you decide to edit and the like.

stingerhs
08-08-2006, 12:37 AM
here's one that was kind of inspired by the issue with colors. if you want to emphasize something in your text, you do have a couple of options available without changing the color of the text.

italics is a great way to emphasize a hushed or quiet statement. for example, i use italics in my stories to highlight a statement that is being thought by a certain character instead of said aloud, which would be in quotation marks.

bold is a fantastic way to emphasize something in your works. it can be used to simulate yelling, but i rather prefer to use it a stress accent to highlight certain key words. it give somethings added emphasis plus the benefit of making dialog a bit more human sounding.

SAYING THINGS IN ALL CAPS IS A GREAT WAY TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE YELLING AT THEM!!!!

combine things a bit, and YOU CAN REALLY MAKE THINGS INTERESTING!!!!!1!!1ONE!!1!! :D

igyman
08-12-2006, 06:32 PM
An advice from me is: end your chapters with cliffhangers, in other words try to end your chapters with events that will make the readers wonder what will happen next and will make them want to read the next chapter.

RC-1162
08-13-2006, 04:30 AM
i already said that :xp:

igyman
08-13-2006, 06:46 AM
Damn, this lazyness is starting to get to me.

Diego Varen
08-13-2006, 06:48 AM
3. Ignore Flames: You don't need them, unlike criticism. Just don't reply to them. At all.

RC-1162
08-13-2006, 07:49 AM
just report them to a mod, sit back, and watch the fireworks :D

JediKnight707
08-14-2006, 01:40 AM
My tip:

Alright, I'm no fan of describing people and places, but as for scenes and actions...

It often helps me to write a scene by first playing the scene over in my head -- as if it were a movie. Dialouge, movements, positions, scenery, expressions, everything. It gets the scene in order, and shows you exactly what you're looking for. Then, as you're writing, replay the scene as you go, so that you have the picture of what you're trying to describe in your words. Often, if I'm looking for a certain energy to the scene, I'll even listen to a song that leaves me with the same feeling, kind of getting me to concentrate on what I'm looking for.

Hope that helps!

Yeah, that's what I try to do, or at least something like that. And she's right about the music thing. I always try to listen to music that will put me in the right mood for that particulary part of the story. (You guys must promise not to tell anyone this, but once when I was writing a certain romantic part, I put on Celine Dion's I will always love you... It really made me sad *tear*.)

Mach gave me this tip a while ago. Try to think like your the director of a movie. Visualize how your story is going to go. Make sure its smooth.

Another tip is: Use your own personal expierences. If you just had a fight with your girlfriend or something, put it in your story. It's better to have something that sounds "real" than something that comes from your imagination. Even if it doesn't make your story go in the direction you want it too, it still is good for a more gritty, real feeling.

Yaggles
08-14-2006, 03:38 AM
Nice tips those will help! :D

JediKnight707
08-14-2006, 05:14 AM
Limit distractions. This is important for some. I can write well enough when there is noise in the backround, but I write best when I'm alone and there's little noise (except for music).

Brainstorm. When you're doing stuff that doesn't require much thought (i.e. driving home, riding your bike, etc.) let your mind wander. I personally get my best ideas when I'm a) in the shower or b) on the toilet. All those brilliant love scenes I've written, were all thought of on the crapper. I'm kidding, I'm kidding. But, seriously, try to at least get an idea of where your story's gonna go before you start writing it.

JediAthos
08-14-2006, 06:00 AM
Someone may have mentioned this, but a little research never hurts. We have the experts thread but websites like the datbank on starwars.com and wookiepedia can be helpful if you need some help with timeline or specifics like ship capabilities and such.

Yaggles
08-14-2006, 08:58 AM
I used StarWars Knights for the lightsaber forms because I couldn't find them anywhere else... are the exclusive to KOTOR?

And ummm... Jedi_Knight_707, hey I wouldn't call driving home something that requires little thought; you might want to concentrate on the road more than your story. We're trying to help people out here, not get them killed in car crashes, lol. ;) But I agree that you need an idea before you do anything. At least get your characters and your plot, even though you don't need all the minor things; those will come as you write and get ideas. :)

Cheers!

JediKnight707
08-14-2006, 05:13 PM
Well, I have been riding my bike and my brain just starts thinking, and all of the sudden I'll be home. It's just natural for me, after having gone on that certain way home, so I don't even think about it. Brainstorming, I think, would be the same as talking to someone else. You're driving home, but you hardly realize it.

JediAthos
08-14-2006, 09:32 PM
Yaggles I think you can find the lightsaber forms on wookiepedia as well. Here's the url for that site http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Yaggles
08-14-2006, 09:36 PM
well... I tried google but it didn't help much, but cool that it's more than one place. :)

JediMaster12
08-16-2006, 01:25 PM
Limit distractions. This is important for some. I can write well enough when there is noise in the backround, but I write best when I'm alone and there's little noise (except for music).

Brainstorm. When you're doing stuff that doesn't require much thought (i.e. driving home, riding your bike, etc.) let your mind wander. I personally get my best ideas when I'm a) in the shower or b) on the toilet. All those brilliant love scenes I've written, were all thought of on the crapper. I'm kidding, I'm kidding. But, seriously, try to at least get an idea of where your story's gonna go before you start writing it.

That is a very good tip. One way I get my ideas is by doing Yoga. While I'm meditating, my mind wanders to this place where there's no turning back. Music helps inspire the type of scene you want. When I write my battle scenes, I remember my films but I also listen to music that sparks the need to jump up an throw a punch or two.

Just remember everybody is different. Heck sometimes even the most sappiest of songs can create a real nice action sequence. Just remember to have fun with it.

The_Catto
08-17-2006, 05:09 AM
Hey, im just wondering .. Whats some good tips for a good action sequence? Im coming to the somewhat end of my Fic and theres going to be a heck load of fighting in the final chapters (Perhaps not that much but anyway :D) But yeah, any good tips and stuff, would be greatly appreciated.

JediMaster12
08-17-2006, 09:28 PM
If you read some earlier posts, a good idea is to look at famous paintings depicting battles. You can look at war documentaries or in my case, watch a ton of war movies. It also depends on what you are looking at. If it is a lightsaber duel, watch something involving swords like a samuraii movie. It's best to plan it out first. Refer to the Expert thread for tips on things like posture and jargon, etc. or just ask around.

RC-1162
08-17-2006, 09:50 PM
Hey, im just wondering .. Whats some good tips for a good action sequence? Im coming to the somewhat end of my Fic and theres going to be a heck load of fighting in the final chapters (Perhaps not that much but anyway :D) But yeah, any good tips and stuff, would be greatly appreciated.

do what i try to do: describe each sequence as much as possible, while stil sticking to the main theme. it sounds confusing, but you'll get used to it with practice.

yes, all! i'm in canada right now :D rocks!

igyman
08-27-2006, 01:23 PM
What I do is imagine the scene in my head and then think of a detailed, movie-like description of the battle. How well you can describe certain situations somewhat depends on how well do you speak english.

Another tip, but this one is mostly for the readers: If you are reading somebody's fic, don't just read and leave, post your opinion, make suggestions. You don't have to do it after every chapter if you don't want to, but try to do it as often as you can, it helps the author of that fic - it builds up his confidence to know that his work is being read and it encourages him/her to write more and to improve his/her writing. :)

JediKnight707
09-04-2006, 06:14 PM
When I write an action sequence, I always try to picture it as a director. So, if I'm writing something that's really...gritty, I'll watch the D-Day attack in Saving Private Ryan. The shaky cameras and such make you feel like your there, so it really puts you into the moment. When you're trying to do the same thing, just remember that war scenes are intense and scary as hell. It's not like a game where you can take out a billion people with one guy. If I'm doing a one-on-one battle, then try watching fights scenes from movies like Hero or even Obi v. Anakin in Ep. III.

Diego Varen
09-05-2006, 09:54 AM
If I'm doing a one-on-one battle, then try watching fights scenes from movies like Hero or even Obi v. Anakin in Ep. III.

Hey that's what I do too.

RC-1162
09-05-2006, 10:11 AM
for all the lightsaber deul writers out there, i think you can use three methods to create your duels in realtime which i do all the time.

the first thing is: use your index fingers as lightsaber blades. no, i'm not wack or anything. keep your index fingers absolutely straight and pit your right against your left. use the straight fingers as lightsaber blades. at this time, you will basically just be establishing the cuts, swipes and all the like. do it very slowly so that each move sticks in.

second: try to get ahold of a pair of sticks. wooden drumsticks would do perfectly. you can take anything else also, but they should be the same length. use these with a bit more freedom and as a larger scale duel model of the first method

third: if you have a bunch of plastic sticks lying about a t school, you can use a friend's help to establish the moves. like the flurries, the roundhouses, etc. ask him to hold the saber pointing upwards and away from his torso, the you take your stick and replicate your moves SLOWLY. or you'll end up breaking your partner's jaw :D

yeah, i know, you can hardly believe what youre reading, but it works ;)

JediMaster12
09-05-2006, 10:50 PM
Play acting right? That is a good tip for any kind of scene. To add to that sometimes just practicing the handmovements help because whatever yo do with your hands, your lower body responds to. When I think of foot moves, my lower body moves but it is restricted to my hips and looks like I am dancing. Usually I am listening to music because it helps. Also it helps to watch the lightsaber duels from the movies.

RC-1162
09-06-2006, 02:16 PM
yeah, the wrist restrictions are the only drawback, i think, and your friends considering you a maniac :D why couldnt god give us 360 rotation anglas at joints? :( ;)

JediKnight707
09-07-2006, 01:35 AM
Oh that's what I used to do :) Me and my neighbor would get the poles from a broom and just go all out against each other. And, man we had some welts :) Good times though.

The Momerator says be extremely careful when practicing duelling, so that you don't get hurt. If you have a long pole, you may not be moving fast yourself, but the opposite end of the pole can be generating a tremendous amount of force. The longer the pole, the greater the force generated at the tip of the pole. It is extremely easy to break bones like an arm or collarbone if you hit them just right with a long pole.

Ali Gelmar
09-17-2006, 11:12 AM
I have a tip.


When creating charecters make a form and fill it in like the one below this
can help organise information about your charecters and stop you confusing certain details.

Example

Name: Wedge Dassan
Age:34
Alignment: Pure Light
Hair Colour: Dirty Blonde
Eye Colour: Blue

Rank: Jedi Master

Bio: Wedge is calm man and loves all nature he will try and save those who are in great threat and always is aware of his surroundings. He is a keen lightsaber user but is also moderate in force powers. He enjoys meditation and spending time with his Padawan Darla.

History: Wedge grew up on coruscant and at birth was taken to the Jedi Council to be looked after at the age of 11 he built his first lightsaber and by 16 he was very powerful in the force. As a padwan he learnt under Master Kavar and adapted the Juyo form it to a more defensive form instead of all attack.

Fighting Style: Wedge has a mixture of agressive and defensive fighting and m,any find it hard to catch him off gaurd.

Most used Weapon: One blue Lightsaber and One Green
Ship: N/a

This of course is only a example and there are many other types of forms you could make.

Diego Varen
09-18-2006, 01:06 PM
Another tip from me:

4. Give your Characters personality: This includes Characters from the Star Wars universe or Created Characters. Characters with no personality make them bland and boring. Characters with personality make the reader interested and read more. It isn't just the Storyline that's important. It's the Characters too.

HK-42
10-08-2006, 03:46 PM
My tips:
1. Don't have your story filled with millions of created people use some Star Wars people from the movies or even books.
2.If you have a pic in your masterpiece don't have it to big. Ex. In one of my fics I have a big pic of Darth Krayt you have to scroll to the side. Also on scrolling when you are reading a thread thats sterched out don't use the favorite or history side take it off to see more.
3.Add your fics to your sig it might get more people to read it.
4.If nobody replies to your fic wait keep posting sooner or later someone will read it. And to readers be nice read there fic it encourges them.
5.If someone helps you like edits your chapters or makes you a pic for your fic credit them don't just say thanks and then wave them away.
6.Try to continue your fic even if you have writers block don't just shove it away.
7.If writer block does get the best of you don't delete your thread just ask or pm a mod like Jae to lock it to save peoples post.
8.Once you finish a fic post it in the jedi Archives it is easier to read.
9.If you post it in the jedi Archives put a link in it don't make Jae etc edit it I've done that once. Also put THE END in bold at the end.
10. Try to make sequels they can help you make a new saga of Star Wars.
11. As others have said watch movies also read books they are in the same form of what you are doing.Even play SW or something else on your Gamecube,PS2, Xbox, or Computer etc. They can give you ideas.
12. Make people laugh,smile,stare at the screen in surprise, or even cry-not to likely.
13.read other threads they can also help Ex The sith lord by Pottsie, The true teachings by Igyman,The adventures of Jolee Bindo, The crystal cave,and more.
14.Use wiki or google to find info on charecters.
15.Learn about your fans what they like and read there storys and comment on them it might lead to readers falling from the sky.
16.Use links to tell about people from movies and books.
And pay close attention to this one:
17.Do your bloody best.
Thats all for now folks:)

Diego Varen
10-08-2006, 04:24 PM
My tips:
1. Don't have your story filled with millions of created people use Star Wars people from the movies or even books.

I disagree with this tip. Sometimes created Characters are better than the normal people like Revan. If you do use created Characters, all you need to do is give them some background, personality, etc. People from the movies and expanded universe can be looked on Wookieepedia. For example, take Jae's Fic, The Adventures of Jolee Bindo. Jae Onasi was the main Character and she had a background and personality. The only other main Character was Jolee Bindo and he was mainly the only EU Character to star other than the Jedi Masters.

Also Grivis, thanks for mentioning The Sith Lord.

HK-42
10-08-2006, 04:34 PM
I disagree with this tip. Sometimes created Characters are better than the normal people like Revan. If you do use created Characters, all you need to do is give them some background, personality, etc. People from the movies and expanded universe can be looked on Wookieepedia. For example, take Jae's Fic, The Adventures of Jolee Bindo. Jae Onasi was the main Character and she had a background and personality. The only other main Character was Jolee Bindo and he was mainly the only EU Character to star other than the Jedi Masters.

Also Grivis, thanks for mentioning The Sith Lord.
Sorry I said that wrong I meant don't use all created characters use some old characters i didn't mean no created ones sorry.

Diego Varen
10-09-2006, 02:54 AM
Two tips from me:

5. When putting a Fic for the Jedi Archives, make sure to edit out the mistakes, etc and make it look neat.

6. If you're having Writer's Block (Like I'm having at the moment with my second part of the my Fic, Forbidden Return), sometimes posting it as an RP will help with Plots, Characters, etc. Remember to give credit in the RP and the Fic too.

RC-1162
10-09-2006, 02:29 PM
And don't hesitate to ask other writers for tips on what to write about. If you're stuck somewhere, use the handy PM system, and don't forget to credit them afterwards! ;)

Diego Varen
10-09-2006, 03:15 PM
Another tip from me:

7. Always try to credit on how well the writer has done and what they could do to improve.

Anakin Skywalker
01-02-2007, 01:26 AM
My few tips:

1. Greatly enrich it with Detail... but don't go over board by defining everything the Character sees....
2. As I've been told in the past, seperate dialogues from different characters.
3. Use your Imagination.... do not just write about something that you have whitnessed, make up a new story
4. (my final one) be creative.... add new planets, new NPC's whatever.... not just strictly remain revolving around the NPC's placed throughout a game and/or Movie...

JediMaster12
01-09-2007, 03:25 PM
Thanks for emphasizing my big point Anakin. I love detail in stories. I have beta read and read people fics for the better part of the year and I have come across some people who are confusing as to what a person sees or they are vague and it loses me. Implying tones of voice help color the particular situation like 'he replied with a slight growl,' obviously the guy is enraged over something. To embelish more on scenery, the best I have seen done are always on action scenes like duels and battles. Using metaphors helps a great deal because not everyone understands technical terms but they do understand simpler forms of explanation. Remember that writing a story is not like a movie. Your words have to be the film so to speak. That is why the detail is important so that we get a clear idea of what is being written.

Anakin: I guess I followed your tip number 4 well. I created a whole planetary system which is in the planet databank, another good source. Just be sure to give credit where credit is due.

Allronix
01-10-2007, 06:37 PM
Choose your beta with care, and always use a beta for anything longer than 5 pages.

Jae Onasi
01-10-2007, 06:44 PM
You all want me to set up a Beta volunteer thread here?

Emperor Devon
01-10-2007, 06:50 PM
I think a beta (Jae made a grammatical error! :p) volunteer thread could go well. :)

Anakin Skywalker
01-10-2007, 06:55 PM
You all want me to set up a Beta volunteer thread here?

That's a good idea...

Dark_Lady
01-10-2007, 08:52 PM
I agree. I'd beta read people's works.

Diego Varen
01-11-2007, 01:49 AM
I agree. I'd beta read people's works.

Who like? Sure, put a beta thread, I'm all for it.

HappyMojo
01-11-2007, 05:43 AM
Another good tip: Try not to use the same word too many times. Otherwise your written language becomes utterly boring. Use thesaurus.com or word to find synonyms. That way you can awoid repeating words.

Use writely.com if you work on multible computers :)

Kas'!m
01-28-2007, 12:47 PM
Just thought this might help some people:
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Creative_Writing/Novels

vanir
12-25-2008, 10:54 PM
I've just got a simple question. Is it okay to double post in your own fanfic thread? This would help and is excellent cause for an exception.

Rev7
12-26-2008, 12:47 AM
As far as I know, yes, you can. Though I have only seen it when people post chapters one after another.

exoduz
06-07-2010, 07:45 PM
My Helpful Tip:

1. Never do more than one Fic at a time.



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