A brief guide on the basics of written work - New readers, old readers! Question at the end (in bold): check it out!
- ALL OF MY YES.
This irritates me so much - someone putting "I'm crap at summaries, please just read?" means I just skip over it until I find something that sounds mildly interesting. Or a story that, you know, actually has a summary. That makes sense.
(Does it annoy you when a summary is a horribly obvious question, and you know what the fuck is going to happen? For example, "Frank meets Gerard on his first day. What will happen between them?" and then has "FRERARD" in the summary. Yeah, great, thanks, I know what's going to happen now. I could imagine the whole plot line. SKIPPING THAT.)
And the spelling and grammar! I'm by no means perfect (not by a long shot), but there is no excuse to you abbreviations like "u" or "r", unless a character is texting someone. Or forgetting capital letters, which everyone should of learnt the use of by the time they were seven. Or over using them.
I don't care if a story has the best plot ever, if it isn't paragraphed or shit as well, it makes my head hurt, and then I have quit it as well. Please put that in, because I know some people complained to me about that for one of my stories; that the paragraphs were too large. Spaces are crucial, especially when reading on screens like we all are.
Sorry about that, it's just that this is brilliant, and I agree with literally all of it. And it needed to be said :D
Author's responseI know what you mean about paragraphs. Check the end of the post again XD
(#) XEvil_AngelX 2012-06-06 04:54:13 PMI like this, some need to read it (me being one of them, :P) but yeah, people shouldn't EVER get angry (just pointing that out 'cause I think you need to know, just in case some ego-manical bro comes along and starts acting all cool like), but yeah, it's true, I for one like summaries too
(#) BleedingValentine 2012-06-07 04:05:37 AMThank you! Some people REALLY need to learn this, thank you for posting the guide. I knew all of this but some people sure as hell don't. Thank you, and I hope the people who need to learn this get it into their skulls.
Author's responseHaha! I know, right? I'm just sick of seeing some kids who can't write trying to cause a scene because they got some bad reviews.
(#) AdnarimSmada 2012-06-07 04:19:58 AMHey man, you should really send this over to TiffanyRose.
Author's responseI will be honest, I had her in my head when I wrote it :P I've actually sent an email to admin with loads of quotes to see if they'll get rid of her.
(#) S-C-A-R-E-C-R-O-W 2012-06-07 04:25:28 AMThanks dude. I'm thinking of posting this everywhere I have an account. :D
Author's responseHaha, awesome! Don't forget to credit me! Put me as @RoseDoesntDrink though... If you want, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll edit it a bit and send you a version that's less centred on FicWad and I'll add a section about disclaimers :)
(#) reynoldssye 2012-06-07 05:23:03 AMThanks so much for writing this ^_^ I'm glad you weren't a B with an itch about it :) A lot of people complain about stories on here and just plain insult everyone but you gave mass constructive criticism :D My older stories totally suck ass, no paragraphs, cliche story idea etc I felt like scrapping some of my newer fics as well but after reading this I feel like writing them again :D Though the summary for my fic kidnapped seems cliche to me lolz
"(Frerard)All Frank did was go camping with his parents, so when he wakes up in an underground cell, he's more than a little confused" Eh, I'll change it at a later date :P
Author's responseThat's fine for a summary, don't worry about it!
(#) Chemical_Loverox 2012-06-07 03:58:35 PMI know this may be a bit rude of me to ask and tell me if it is. But would you mind reading my story 'Sell Your Soul For A Chance At Love' ? Just to see if there is ANYTHING wrong, like spellings and such. I'm really bad a noticing things and even though i use spell check, sometimes wrods are still spelt wrong.
If not, then it's all good. I don't want to come across as rude.
I think what you've done is awesome, Adding something like this to the site to help people improve there writting.