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I got an ask on my Tumblr I thought I'd share it here as well.

wolfleiche asked:

Do you have any good tips for a fellow beginning writer like myself?

Original ask: stickiebun13.tumblr.com/post/7…

Other Writing-related tips and Tutorials I have posted:
Mary-Sues 
Writing/RPing tip: ''Mary-Sues'' by StickieBun13

Reader-fics 
Reader-FicsI am the founder of a Fanfiction group (KuroshitsujiFanfics) and the group is pretty popular and so I see a lot of Reader fics being submitted to the reader folder. (In fact, I see more reader fics being submitted per week vs any type of non-reader fics, not including my own and the ones I find and add to the group as I wander around DA) and I think I have only seen one single submission that was not a cis-female reader. (And I actually sat down to read that one just because it was a Male!Reader fic; though it was super short) Reader fics are super popular right now in the ways of being written, but they are basically all the same flat generic cis female character with hardly a personality meeting canon characters or having a relationship with a canon character.
I would like it, and be more interested in reading them if there were a few variations and changes made to the genera as a whole:
A) Give it more variety in the gender-identities and/or sexualities of the reader's p


Show, Don't Tell 
Short Writing Tip: Show, Don't TellOne thing I always tell writers who ask for advice (Which has been happening a lot lately) is something one of my favorite teachers had told me when I first started writing in Middle School (6th grade).
It's "Show, don't tell." Show your readers how things happen, don't just tell them what happens. It's so easy for a writer to write:
"She sat down."
Instead, add description so that its something more like:
"She lowered herself into the plush green chair, the cushion sinking under her weight as she leaned back to relax after a long day on her feet."
It's more engaging to the reader, catching their attention and painting a better picture in their mind.
Also, write down the dialog as characters say them. don't sum up what they say in general. Having actual dialogue helps give the character personality.

One last tip for the go:
Don’t throw things away. you never know if it would make a good prompt for a rewrite later. :3 I keep all my old and failed writings, even from when i was in elementary school and just starting to write for fun apart from school stuff. (Man a lot of it is horrible but there are some good plot ideas in them should i revisit the ideas.)
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sunstroke-art Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome - gonna put it in my tips and tricks!
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StickieBun13 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it helps ^^
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Deepizzaguy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Thank you for the advice. It was very helpful.
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StickieBun13 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :3
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Winxhelina Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Good tips. Really good, even if I know I don't follow them aall al the time, but its good. 
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StickieBun13 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks

yeah they are things I try to follow as much as possible but i forget sometimes. Thats why the "Beta" one is so important. gives me a chance to go back and apply whatever I may have missed as well as fix mistakes. Though I know typos still get through sometimes. like little spelling things Wile rather than While or Privet rather than Private. My spelling is horrible, hindered by a mental block that a teacher created in my mind in 4th grade. I have been trying hard to get over it but when your teacher is giving a 4th grader spelling words taken out of college textbooks and she sees a student really struggling to learn to spell words beyond her level like that, she should not do what she did and go up to that struggling little girl and say, and I quote; "You can NOT spell. You will never be able to spell." Ever since then even easy words have been difficult up until recently. I seem to be learning now that I am in my 20s and if someone points out that i have the wrong spelling for me, it starts to stick in my mind better than when I was in school. (Though their are some words I can't spell for the life of me, or get close enough for spell check to correct...)
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Winxhelina Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Aww that sounds awful, Your spelling is fine. Mine can be faaar worse.  The reason I don't do betas is that if I waiited on everything I published a long time after I wrote it I would convince myself that it's crap & not publish at all. Secondly I'm just really self-conccious about letting someone read my texts first. Somehow, giving it to the whole world is much less scary...
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StickieBun13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I beta my own

and trust me my spelling is crap. you see me after spell check. even on comments like this. I mean, like i said, I am getting better but yeah...
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Winxhelina Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah, well English is not even my mother tongue so I can get away with it
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StickieBun13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I did not know that
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