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Writing Tips: Writing for Kids (7-11)Well, you guys wanted it, you got it. Speaking of that, a specific writing tips on almost any topic you want is a patreon reward.Thirteen people are already entitled to one of these, and seven more can be. I think only one person asked for one to be done. But other than that, I'm going to shoot down one of the most requested topics ever: how to write for children without talking down to them. Not to be confused with how to write children, which is an entirely different topic that requires its own article. As tempting as it is to say just don't talk down to kids, there's more to it. There are specific things you need to do to appeal to kids. After all, kids probably won't be interested in a movie like Waking Life or a book like War and Peace, despite their merits. Also keep in mind that adults do enjoy things like Gravity Falls or Harry Potter. A good children's story appeals to people of all ages, but it doesn't exactly work the other way. And it goes beyond something like Saving Priva
List O' Wedgies
It’s safe to assume that ever since people have worn pants there has been the complaint of fabric packing itself into the tight space of any butt crack it could find. The annoyance of having material bunched up in the back and the shame of having to deal with it in public has plagued mankind for centuries. This unbiased felon went unnamed for many years of its undie-scrunching spree until an unknown genius gave it a name: wedgie.
Once underwear started becoming increasingly available to everyone with a variety of fabrics and styles to choose from the runway was set for the wedgie to begin its true reign of terror. The almighty wedgie quickly became a feared weapon in the bullys’ arsenal of tactics. Just saying the word would make band geeks’ clench their butt cheeks in fear and fill fetishists’ stomachs with butterflies as they let their waistbands peek out for an easier target.
Leaving a trail of shredded fabric, enlarged leg holes,
Despite what cartoons might make you think, one hard pull does not an Atomic Wedgie make. To get the back of the underwear to stretch from the butt all the way to the head depends on the material the underwear is made out of and requires continuously pulling on the fabric to stretch it out but not enough to rip it.
Grabbing at the waistband will most likely end up in the waistband being ripped off from the rest of the underwear, if you want a non-ripped over-the-head Atomic Wedgie youll need to go for the leg holes. Stretching the leg holes as high as they can go means the fabric attached to the waistband gets put under less strain and is less likely to rip apart.
Atomic Wedgie tips for selfers: If you feel like your forehead needs to be acquainted with the Tuesday written on the back of your waistband youre going to need to receive a couple of wedgies first. A Hanging Wedgie
My thoughts on Autism SpeaksSomeone on tumblr the other day asked me what I thought of the organization Autism Speaks. Being someone on the autism spectrum they wanted to know if I had special insight to the matter. For those who don't know, I have Asperger's Syndrome (which is apparently classified as Autism Spectrum Disorder. It doesn't really matter, a change of the name doesn't change the condition all that much). If you want to specifically know what that's like, you can read what I wrote here: http://mrenter.deviantart.com/journal/Asperger-s-Syndrome-509576015
What I'm going to say about certain topics may get into the area of controversy (not about the organization. Most people in the autistic community, from my experience, do not like autism speaks) so you'll have to bear with me. But no I don't like this organization and I don't support what they do. They harm the lives of autistic people much more than they help and we're going to be talking about quite a few of their controversies. In fact, they've don
Writing Tips: Story Arcs (Arc'ing Over the Goal)One of the most common questions that I get for the own show that I'm producing right now, Growing Around, is "what's the story arc?" Now they don't mean the arcs of each of the character and how they develop. They're talking about a deeper plot, and that always triggers a response question "why does it need a story arc?" Let's be totally clear here. I'm referring to cartoons, not novels or movies. I'm not even talking about mini-series. I'm talking about your typical 11-minute cartoon that airs on a standard cartoon channel. There persists a stereotype: either your show has an integral plot like Avatar or Steven Universe, or it's going to be as mediocre as Johnny Test. This is not true, and I'm going to tell you why.
A show needs to find its strength and utilize it. Sometimes that kind of strength needs a story arc. Gravity Falls' strength happens to be mystery, and a good mystery needs an ongoing arc. Sometimes that strength doesn't need a story arc. Back in the first seasons of Spon
Writing Tips: Avoiding Bad WorldbuildingOne of the first mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural horror) makes is front-loading every little bit of information of their world that they painstakingly made. One of the last mistakes that a writer of speculative fiction makes is giving stupid details of their world, unknowingly retconing things, and explaining things that don't need explaining because this usually ends their career or irreparably damages a franchise. Today's lesson is about "bad worldbuilding" because the hardest part of actually creating a fictional world is giving too much detail.
This one is going to be different for different types of media. For example, most television shows have a build-as-you-go kind of feel (think Fairly Odd Parents), while a series of novels is usually planned out from the beginning. As an aside, if you're planning out an entire series of novels, make sure that at least the very first one can stand completely on its own to the point where
Proof of Shadamy?
The main idea: Shadamy is as likely to happen as Sonamy.
Well, here is an article I wrote:
Have Sonic Team given Amy absolutely no dignity? The girl runs after a boy and tolerates his indifference or annoyance towards her! Thats preposterous.
In one magazine, it is revealed that Sonic does have feelings for Amy, but he's too shy to admit it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_4qu52OU2c
Though that magazine only states that the authors of that article went to Sonic Team. It's not official, not Sonic Team told us that. It could be thought of by some as quite "Odd" for Sonic because he is a generally out-there person saying with no problem what is on his mind.
But some could say that Amy brings out Sonic's "softer" side. It is also unknown when or why Sonic fell for Amy, or if he even truly has. Regardless, Amy will continue to chase Sonic for as long as she must.
And a girl can't date someone forever. Their relationship will have to come to some kind of an end.
The Mary Sue Litmus TestHolepunch's Mary Sue Litmus Test:
Ah, the Mary Sue. We can't cobble together a truly comprehensive description of what they are, exactly, but we can agree on one thing: an annoying, 'perfect' character who, through a general lack of flaws and character development, is excruciating to sit through and often makes us gnash our teeth, tear our hair, and reach for the back button. This nefarious creature can be measured and detected, so let's all grab our magnifying glasses and get classifying.
This is a subjective subject; a trait that drives one person right up the wall might fail to get any reaction from another. As you go through the list, count up the points. Each trait will register from 1-5 points, with 1 being a mild thing and 5 being a serious infraction. If a trait is not addressed at all in the story the character comes from, or is totally unknown, just ignore it. And don't worry about racking up pointsthe de-Suifier part of the test ought to restore some balance to
BLANK 101 Questions OC101 Questions You Should Be Able to Answer About Your Character
1. What is your full name? Do you have a nickname?
2. How old are you? When is your birthday?
3. Where were you born? Where do you live now? Are you patriotic?
4. Who are/were your parents? (Names, occupations, personalities, etc.)
5. Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?
6. What is your occupation?
7. How tall are you? How much do you weigh?
8. What color is your hair? What color are your eyes?
9. What is your race?
10. To which social class do you belong?
11. Do you consider yourself to be attractive? Do others?
12. What is your style of dress?
13. Do you have any scars? Tattoos? Birthmarks? Other unique physical features?
14. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?
15. Are you right- or left-handed?
16. What does your voice sound like?
17. What kind of vocabulary do you use?
18. List three quirks or other defining characteristics.
19. How often do you bathe? Do you wear perfumes?