In the lobby of the CTcon hotel on Saturday, there was a family with two cute little twin girls walking around and talking to all of the cosplayers. I was talking to my friends (hiwamu and haihane) when they were approached by the parents and these timid kids.
The parents asked: “What are you two from?”
Virus: “Uh… We’re from a video game.”
Parents: “Is it G-Rated?”
Understatement of the century.
This kid knows what’s up.
AAAHH ANON RULE NUMBER ONE OF WRITING IS NEVER GIVING UP… of course rule number two is collapsing into depression when the words just wont come… ahahah but seriously dont give up anon… and bless im still not good at receiving compliments but thank you… and shit i have no idea how to give advice but here are some tips that will help you
- Be yourself - let your personality shine through in your writing… one of the reasons i can write sarcastic!eren well (i hope) is because i am really just a sarcastic asshole ahahah…. no seriously
- CHARACTERIZATION IS FUCKING KEY - bless i cannot stress how important characterization is… it’s one of the things that will make or break your story… let your characters develop… give them something that furthers their development (whether it be positive or negative)… put them in situations that truly shows their personality… a good example of this would be to add a multitude of small conflicts that all add up to a large conflict
- Create realistic relationships - this is my absolute pet peeve when reading fanfics… because relationships do not develop over night… think of them as a house… a very complex house… obviously it needs a foundation (meeting each other)… then you begin to lay the bricks (social interaction)… looks like you’re ready to build the walls (subtle touches, glances)… now put on that fucking roof (admission of feelings, first kiss)… BECAUSE LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT IS NICE BUT ITS STILL NOT RUSHED… there is still going to be that awkward stage of confirming each other’s feelings… even one night stand fics can follow these guidelines (this is assuming the characters are strangers)… im not necessarily saying that everything has to be a slow build… i know that it’s always exciting writing that first kiss… but don’t rush other plot elements in order to establish relationships… things should progress realistically… I WILL LITERALLY NEVER SAY THAT ENOUGH OKAY
- Don’t kill your plot bunnies - the idea might sound completely stupid in your head (elephants dancing on the moon)… but write it down… come back to it later and polish it… i have a notebook specifically dedicated to plot ideas… and fuck some of the bunnies in that thing are rabid… but they’ve helped me develop better ideas
- Create an interesting (and realistic) plot - this one is pretty obvious given that it’s the meat and bones of any story… but it’s so important… especially the realism bit… you can have a fantastic starting point but if you don’t keep the plot realistic then it’s probably going to be a bust… and realism doesn’t necessarily mean realism… as in i’m writing a zombie fic for fuck’s sake… but it means that things need to happen for a reason… there needs to be set up before a big conflict is dropped… sure you can have plot twists i live off the bastards… but they need to be reasonable plot twists… ones that have some fortification behind them… foreshadowing is probably my favorite literary device to use because it allows for plot twists to appear… it’s the equivalent of preforming the trust fall with the strongest kid in the class behind you
- Be confident - publish your story with the attitude that you rocked that motherfucker… because you probably did and any doubt you’re feeling will evaporate as soon as you realize that no story is perfect… that sounds cheesy as fuck but it’s true… you’ll always think that you should add a little more here, take some away there… but no story is perfect… and shit you just spent hours writing this chapter so you deserve a pat on the back
- Create realistic responses - bless this is very important… very, very important... keep in mind the bonds your characters have made throughout the story and for fuck’s sake do not toss them out for the sake of romance… understand the importance friendship has in fics… and remember that life changing decisions would probably not be made mindlessly (not without the consideration of other characters)… for example, let’s say you are writing a fic where levi wants to break things off with eren… in this situation, i highly doubt that eren’s personality would allow for him to just roll over and let levi leave… so it would be unrealistic for things to be broken off seamlessly (unless the previous plot elements call for this)… that was probably a terrible example but you get what i’m saying?… KEEP CHARACTER RESPONSES IN CHARACTER
- CONSISTENCY. CONSISTENCY. CONSISTENCY. - keep your story consistent… if your characters are sitting in a dark room drinking champagne in one paragraph then don’t say that they are basking in the morning light in the next… ALSO remember what you wrote in previous chapters to keep the consistency… this could be applied to character conversations, places, and even conflicts… for example if your character is mentioned to having a terrible time with directions in the first couple of chapters then he will probably not be able to give that sexy stranger directions to the city’s most popular restaurant
- Play off previously mentioned (unimportant) plot points - obviously some of your story is going to consist of fillers (or details that are essentially unimportant to the plot)… play off these fillers… it adds a nice touch to your story… and it allows your reader to become more enveloped in the setting of your fic… an example of this could be mentioning that a cafe was nestled in between a church and a bar… use that to your advantage… in future chapters describe the stumbling drunk wobbling into sunday service
- Try to keep characters in character - the demon known as OOC is almost impossible to evade given that (most times) the only person who can create an exact in character experience is the founder of the character… BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t try to be a close second… study how certain characters react to situations… for example if you are wanting to add a particularly sad scene in your fic, look back at a sad scene from the show/movie your character appears in… see how they react in canon and apply that reaction to your story… BUT CHRIST DON’T OVERDO IT… as in don’t beat over the reader’s head that your character has a certain quirk… a good example i know of is levi’s cleanliness… yes he enjoys things to be clean… but it doesn’t need to be mentioned in every chapter… believe it or not, most readers do not have short term memory and will remember that you mentioned this four chapters ago
- Word choice is IMPORTANT - you don’t need to have an massive internal vocabulary… use a thesaurus to find more interesting words… bad example: He ran to hug his sister… good example: He sprinted to embrace his sister… also don’t be afraid to add frivolous details… okay take the sentence above: He sprinted to embrace his sister, wind whipping against his face as a smile began to pull at her cherry cheeks… sounds better, right?… also remember that when writing in first person not every sentence has to start with the word ‘i’… mix up the placement of phrases in your sentence… bad example: I couldn’t believe my eyes. I didn’t want to hear the excuses, my mind already shutting him out…. good example: I couldn’t believe my eyes. My mind was already shutting him out, not wanting to hear the excuses.
- Smut is not a requirement - sure most readers love smut… but that’s not what makes a story good… it’s sort of like a cherry on top to a good fic… but if you are not comfortable with writing smut then don’t feel pressured into including it inside your story… SMUT DOES NOT EQUAL PLOT
- Take notes from TV shows/movies - no this doesn’t mean plagiarize… it means take notes… write down your favorite phrases from the show/movie… you’d be amazed at what certain phrases can set off in your creativity… i watched shows that have spawned off entire chapters in some of my fics… and many times my ideas have nothing to do with the scene portrayed in the show… but the scene from the show would get me thinking, then it is always a chain reaction from then on out… fanart is also another good resource… just never write scenes from shows/movies verbatim without good reason (canon era fics)… and it is also probably a good idea to get permission to write fics based off fanart from the artist
- Create a playlist based on the mood of your story - this is my holy grail of writing advice… because this is such a useful technique… gather some songs that remind you of the aura of your story (sad story/sad songs)… i hate saying things ‘give me feels’ but this is totally an exception… because the songs can really just spawn great things from your writing… they help me get into my writing zone… it allows me to clear out my mind and just focus on my story… this probably seems like a terrible piece of advice, but i swear it works
- Not everything is external dialogue - no matter what perspective you are writing in, it is always possible to create internal dialogue… because let’s be honest, no one likes reading 2,000 words of back and forth conversation… include internal conflict… not every fight has to be spoken… a character can be wary of another without stating it… a character can love another without admitting it… you catch my drift… given this is probably a really biased tip since i live and breathe internal dialogue… but i think it adds depth to characters and plot
- BETA READERS ARE YOUR FRIEND - this seems like hypocritical advice considering i don’t have one… but grammar errors are such an annoyance to read… and i am not one to talk because (like i said i don’t have a beta reader) my fics are probably plagued with small ones… but if you can find a good beta reader then USE THEM
- Massive Writing Masterpost
- Ereri Writing Music
- Misc. Writing Music
- How to Write Angst
- How to Write Fluff
- How to Write Smut
- SnK wiki
good luck anon and i hope that this was (somewhat) useful ahahaha HAPPY WRITING
BOND is a tiny touch module. It can be a pendant or a bracelet but it comes in pairs. You keep one and you give one to a friend. When you touch it, your friend feels it. No matter where they are on the planet. We don’t do tweets, we do tickles.
we need this
gonna put it on my dick
THAT IS NOT THE INTENDED USE SIR
This is actually so cool because some people wear bracelets and necklaces and things as comfort items. I used to wear a necklace from my grandma to remind me of her and I would touch the pendant on it when I was feeling down or stressed. So imagine (if she were still alive), every time I did that she would know I was thinking of her, drawing strength from her.
And then imagine poking it and the other person feels it and pokes back and you end up in a real life facebook poke war.
I would send messages in morse code
magine you and your best friend have one. When the friend dies, he/she is buried with the bracelet. A couple weeks later, you feel someone touch your wrist.
Well this escalated from cool tech to perverted hilarity to something heartfelt then finally something out a creepypasta
How to Pack Luggage?
Midorima Shintarou (CV: Ono Daisuke)
Preview of “Way to Victory feat. Takao Kazunari”, from Kuroko no Basuke Solo Mini Album Vol.3 Midorima Shintarou -Shooting My Luck- (Release: 7 July 2014)
ALL OF THE HOMO!
This took waaay longer than it was supposed to and I’m sorry about that >.< But hey, it’s longer~