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tips on writing stories.

tips on writing stories.

Posted May 12th, 2023 by ElizieAngelina

by Agent 4
in The Deepsea Metro (jk, it's Texas.)

May 13th, 2023

*Please don’t include too many fandoms. It’ll be hard to catch up with, and there’s too many characters. If you’re making a collaboration, add at least 2 fandoms. Don’t go overboard.

*Please don’t include too many tags. You can have fun with them, sure, just please don’t overload.

*Please don’t let chapters be too short or too long. You don’t want to say too little, but at the same time, don’t want to spoil too much.

*Please don’t format the fanfic like this: “Once upon a time there was a girl named Alice and she really loved being around people. “Hello, Jane!” She said. “How are you?” “I’m just…” It’s making it a wall of text, and you either need to put Jane’s name first, or better yet, START A NEW PARAGRAPH!!!

*And please don’t use emojis to symbol who is talking. This is a fanfic, not a group text.
????: Wait, don’t go!

????: I’m sorry, but I have to!

*If you are writing a fanfiction, Try your best not to mischaracterize a character. For example, saying a good character is planning to destroy the world, or a bad character did ‘nothing.'

*Please, if you’re going to include an OC, please make it noted beforehand. I don’t want to read a fanfic and see a character called Emily in a Steven Universe fanfic, and then realize she’s an OC.

*Please don’t include self-inserts. I Am Not Starfire did this, and look where it ended up.

*”Yeah I’m bad at writing just read” summaries. Like, if you say it’s bad, then you’ve made it clear you don’t want me to read it.



*When making a villain character, don’t make them have a really awful past. For example, their parents/family died as well as their friends, they were abused, they were bullied, they did smack, etc.

    *Don’t make the main character have a terrible past either.


*Don’t add a wall of strengths to your main character. Make them have flaws, even if it’s emotional. For example, say your main character is scared of ants or roaches. If this flaw never appears, though, then it’s not a flaw.


*Don’t over describe what they wear. For instance:

“Mary wore a beautiful, pink-and-white Gucci jacket with yellow accents. Her blonde hair was tied into two ponytails with small, pink, heart-shaped hairclips. Under her jacket, she wore a white-and-black shirt.”

Instead, put-

“Mary wore a pink-and white jacket with her hair tied into ponytails.”


*Don’t make the conversations unrealistic.

“Oh no! My friend died!”

“Yeah, it’s pretty sad.”

I don’t think you’d react like that if your friend died. Would it be ‘pretty sad?’


*This is at my personal top of the list- DON’T MAKE YOUR MAIN CHARACTER THE LOST PRINCESS OF A SECRET KINGDOM THAT IS THE STRONGEST PERSON FATED TO SAVE THE WORLD. It’s very cliche, overused, and predictable.

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"I'll make chapter 4 tomorrow" Famous last words

Posted by Bo on Mon, 05/15/2023 - 03:08
I will admit-bad pasts do

I will admit-bad pasts do make a character interesting. It hooks the reader into their lives. All of my suggestions are that you don't use it as a way to justify bad actions. It's considered an easy way out for a character's villain arc. 

Posted by Agent 4 on Fri, 05/26/2023 - 11:04
I've been thinking of

I've been thinking of writing a story that starts out sounding cliche, (the last one that you absolutely HATE,) but there's a twist: Said 'Chosen One' was just a lie to make the people of the village feel better about themselves, and the person who is supposedly able to tell the future is just a regular old lady. The so-called 'Chosen One' gets [spoilers].

There is a lot we don't know. Some would say we know enough. Others, like me, would say that we should strive to learn as much as we possibly can. -Me, 2023

Posted by Connor on Mon, 05/15/2023 - 08:24
I love your twist on a

I love your twist on a cliche. It ends up being very un-cliche in the end!

Posted by Agent 4 on Mon, 05/15/2023 - 17:06
Yeah, I'll start writing it

Yeah, I'll start writing it soon. 



Posted by Connor on Mon, 05/15/2023 - 17:28

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