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Writers' Guide, Characters, Plots, Scenes, Common Complaints

Warnings: Mild Sexual References, Mildly Explicit, Sexual dialogue
Main Characters: Various, Reader, Original Character(s)
Genres: Other
Story Types: None
Open: No
Have you ever been accused of making a Mary Sue, or just want to know what they are? Well come inside and take a look-see. The guides will help with your character development, plot, and even a little bit of your writing style so you can avoid being accused of making a Mary-Sue ever again. Or maybe you just want writing advice whether it comes to writing certain scenes, or writing main characters that are animals. I dive into all of that!
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Writers' Guide, Articles, Characters, Plots, Themes & Genres, Common Complaints

Rated: All | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: Other | Story Types: Essay
Length: 5 chapter(s) / 7047 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: A brief guide to writing those genres (and subgenres) that are speculative, rather than mainstream, fiction. Largely, this consists of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
Published: 01/25/12 | Updated: 01/25/12
 
Writers' Guide, Characters

Rated: All | Warnings: None
Main Characters: Original Character(s)
Genres: Other | Story Types: Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 3900 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: In this guide there are only five steps to follow and they will help you to establish a foundation for your character. And once you do, you can develop them into an awesome character that isnít a Mary-Sue or a Gary-Stu.
Published: 07/21/08 | Updated: 07/21/08
 
Writers' Guide, Characters

Rated: 13+ | Warnings: Explicit Material, Mildly Explicit, Spoilers, Squick
Main Characters: None
Genres: None | Story Types: Collection, Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 1363 words | Complete: No

Summary: Don't know how to write a Kuudere? Have trouble making a Tsundere act, well, Tsundere?

Have no fear! This guide will help you with all your Dere troubles!
Published: 11/27/11 | Updated: 11/27/11
 
Writers' Guide, Characters, Plots, Themes & Genres, Spelling & Grammar

Rated: All | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: Other | Story Types: Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 5721 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: Some of these ideas are meant to inspire you and help you in your writing, especially when it comes to cliches. I will give you ideas and ways to make an old cliches (from plot devices, objects, original characters, etc) unique again. So you'll learn quite a bunch of stuff to help you, even more so when it comes to certain parts of writing. Whether it's because you don't know what the fandom terms are or you have no idea what to do to write something different.
Published: 07/17/08 | Updated: 07/17/08
 
Writers' Guide, Characters

Rated: 13+ | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: General | Story Types: Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 3858 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: Having trouble in making your dialogue seem real? Or finding other ways to make your characters say things without actually saying they said? Or are you having trouble with foreign characters and their accents? Well, anything you need to know about dialogue is all in this guide.
Published: 01/19/11 | Updated: 01/19/11
 
Writers' Guide, Characters, Plots

Rated: All | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: General, Other | Story Types: Editorial, General, Other, WIP
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 3563 words | Complete: No

Summary: This can be used as a guide for yourself, or you can just read it if you want to know the detailed process of what I go through when writing original fiction stories.†
Published: 01/22/12 | Updated: 01/22/12
 
Characters, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Rated: Youth | Warnings: None
Main Characters: Hibari Kyoya
Genres: General | Story Types: Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 3055 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: Because it's always useful to have an idea on these things, right?

[Dedicated to Fluorescent-X for helping me with the list~♥]
Published: 03/08/09 | Updated: 03/11/09
 
Characters, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Rated: 13+ | Warnings: None
Main Characters: Reborn
Genres: General | Story Types: Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 1060 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: How to write Adult!Reborn. Also, let's get creative with the titles next time, yes? =D
[Dedicated to Kootoni-chin, Chocobo-chin, and Dishrag-chin for requesting Reborn.]
Published: 03/24/09 | Updated: 03/24/09
 
Characters, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Rated: 17+ | Warnings: Crude Humor
Main Characters: Xanxus
Genres: General | Story Types: Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 1864 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: [Dedicated to Koala-tan for requesting Xanxus]
I'll get a good title next time. Maybe. But here's a guide to the ***hole in the back row!
Published: 03/27/09 | Updated: 03/27/09
 
Writers' Guide, Articles, Characters, Plots, Common Complaints

Rated: 13+ | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: Satire | Story Types: Collection, Continuation, Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 3617 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: You are absolutely sure your characters are not Mary-Sues or Gary-Stus etc. You have given them flaws, weaknesses, and such believability that they could be reading over your shoulder. So why are people still claiming your character is a MS? It could be in your writing style!
Published: 04/07/11 | Updated: 04/12/11
 
Writers' Guide, Characters, Common Complaints

Rated: 13+ | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: Other | Story Types: Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 3185 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: Do you have animal main characters, but don't know how to go about writing them? Are you afraid of making them "too human"?
Published: 09/18/12 | Updated: 09/18/12
 
Writers' Guide, Characters, Common Complaints

Rated: 13+ | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: Other | Story Types: Essay
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 4809 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: Have people complained about a character being too powerful? Well, this will answer precisely how much power is "too much."
Published: 01/22/12 | Updated: 01/22/12
 
Writers' Guide, Characters

Rated: 13+ | Warnings: Mild Sexual References, Mildly Explicit
Main Characters: None
Genres: None | Story Types: Other
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 4582 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: Yes, character sheets technically aren't allowed on most writing sites, however for those that do allow them, there is a purpose to them, if followed correctly. So, if character sheets can't tell the audience everything about the character, the story or the writing style, how can the reviewer tell the creator that their character might be underdeveloped? In otherwords, a Mary-Sue?
Published: 04/15/12 | Updated: 04/15/12
 
Writers' Guide, Characters, Plots, Common Complaints

Rated: 13+ | Warnings: Mild Sexual References
Main Characters: None
Genres: Other | Story Types: Collection, Essay, Other
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 2838 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: Have people complained to you that your characters or story aren't realistic enough? But do you have a reason, and now you're unsure? What if I told you that you don't always have to write realistically?
Published: 03/16/12 | Updated: 03/16/12
 
Writers' Guide, Characters, Common Complaints

Rated: Youth | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: Other | Story Types: Other
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 3797 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: Has anyone complained about your character's name for one reason or another? Was it because it was too plain, or perhaps too "strange"? Or maybe it just didn't fit somewhere? Maybe it was because it was a too popular name or a name that had been used too often? Is it that one aspect of your character that makes people call your character a Mary-Sue?

While names are somewhat important, it's certainly something that shouldn't be considered the number one way to declare whether your character's a Sue or not, and here's why.
Published: 08/13/12 | Updated: 08/13/12
 
Writers' Guide, Characters, Plots, Themes & Genres, Common Complaints

Rated: All | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: None | Story Types: Essay
Length: 7 chapter(s) / 7316 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: So...you want to try your hand at OF? But where to begin?

A Q&A guide based on questions I've personally received and overheard.

(Made after several general requests for advice.)
Published: 08/08/12 | Updated: 08/08/12
 
Writers' Guide, Characters, Plots

Rated: All | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: General | Story Types: Other
Length: 2 chapter(s) / 2644 words | Complete: No

Summary: A random something I wrote on how to care for your plot bunnies. Now with character names second chapter!
Published: 02/25/07 | Updated: 07/20/07
 
Writers' Guide, Essays, Characters, Common Complaints

Rated: 13+ | Warnings: Coarse Language, Product of High Sugar Intake
Main Characters: None
Genres: None | Story Types: Editorial, Essay, General
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 1855 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: A brief and generalized essay arguing about when it is and isn't appropriate to have a character swoon in your story.
Published: 01/20/13 | Updated: 01/20/13
 
Writers' Guide, Characters

Rated: All | Warnings: None
Main Characters: None
Genres: General | Story Types: Editorial
Length: 1 chapter(s) / 1880 words | Complete: Yes

Summary: Stumped on how to create a good male character? This article will give you a good idea on how to go about it. (Originally written in 1999 for Swiftgold's RW Fanfic Archive)
Published: 09/03/03 | Updated: 09/03/03


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