Author has written 2 stories for Naruto.
Note to Readers: I intend to rewrite most of the stories that I had previously posted in an attempt to better the quality of my work. I've remade and continued "Teaching Him; Learning from Her" thus far and will try to mend the others shortly."Neji's the Heir, who's the Heiress?" has become "A Beautiful Mess."
: 10 Writing Tips from the Masters :
I saw this on a website and I thought I'd share.
1. Cut the boring parts.
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
Unless you’re writing for personal reasons alone, you need to consider the attention of your readers. There’s no point in publishing content that isn’t useful, interesting, or both.
2. Eliminate unnecessary words.
Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
I used to feel that using words like “really”, “actually”, or “extremely” made writing more forceful. It doesn’t. They only get in the way. Cut them and never look back.
3. Write with passion.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
It’s not hard to realize that unless you’re excited about your writing no one else will be.
4. Paint a picture.
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Simply stating something is fine, but when you need to capture attention, using similes, metaphors, and vivid imagery to paint a picture creates a powerful emotional response.
5. Keep it simple.
Vigorous writing is concise.
Maybe it was all those late nights, struggling to fill out mandatory 10 page papers, but many people seem to think that worthwhile writing is long and drawn out. It’s more difficult (and effective) to express yourself in the simplest possible manner.
6. Do it for love!
Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.
When you’re just starting out it’s hard to decide where to begin. So don’t. Just start writing. A blog is a good place to start. The most valuable benefit is the feedback.
7. Learn to thrive on criticism.
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.
means putting yourself at the mercy of anonymous hecklers and shameless sycophants. Learn to make the most of the insults and distrust the praise.
8. Write all the time.
Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.
The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything.
9. Write what you know…or what you want to know.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
Successful writing is all about trust and authority. It makes sense to write about your area of expertise. If you don’t have an expertise, reading and writing is the best way to develop one and put it on display.
10. Be unique and unpredictable.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto.
Following what works will only get you so far. Experiment with new styles, even if it means taking criticism. Without moving forward, you’ll be left behind.
Nothing can help you along in life better than a good quote - something to reflect on when you're at you worst - and you'll find yourself admiring the wise person who said it even though you haven't the slightest clue who he/she is.
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”
“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.”
“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
“We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved.”
- Brandi Snyder
"There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it."
- Edith Wharton.
"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t."
- Erica Jong.
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
- George Bernard Shaw
"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."
"Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out."
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
"Every man dies. Not every man really lives."
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
“Reality continues to ruin my life.”
“I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
“Who are you to judge the life I live?
“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
- William Shakespeare, As You Like It
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
- Aristotle, Metaphysics
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
- Jess C. Scott, 1: The Intern
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
“The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.”
- Abigail Van Buren
“God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”
- Elbert Hubbard
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”
“He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”
- Alexander Hamilton
“There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don't help them by doing the job yourself.”
- Laurell K. Hamilton
“Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.”
- Michael Levine
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