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Author has written 10 stories for Rise of the Guardians, Kagerou Days/カゲロウデイズ, Tokyo Ghoul/東京喰種トーキョーグール, D.Gray-Man, and Avengers.
Zodiac: Taurus: Stubborn yet Loyal
Nicknames: Jen-N-Y, Janazza, Miss Forrest (Forrest Gump)
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I am by no means an expert, but here are some things I've picked up over the years:
1) Know your idea. If you're wanting to write about someone's time at Hogwarts or about how a character has to defeat an enemy, figure out the setting, how to set up the climax (the point where they overcome the overall problem) and what the effects will be, which includes my second tip.
2) KNOW YOUR ENDING. I can't even tell you how much it kills me when people start writing these stories, but they don't know how to end it so they give you this lame, unsatisfying ending that makes you pull your hair out and imagine your own ending.
3) Side quest/problems. Write down a bunch of ideas you've had for other fics but take the ideas into consideration. If you can, maybe fit it into your story! Most books actually have more than one problem.
4) Develop your characters, but don't tell the reader directly at the beginning everything about them. Describe physical at the beginning, but wait to explain their personality as we should be able to pick up what they are like based from their actions and/or dialogue. (Uneducated/teenage like/sophisticated/accent). What ever you do, don't list.
5) Another point to your character(s): what is their selfish reason to agreeing to go along with the plot? Is there another reason to saving the world besides being a good person? This is especially for those stories that are world-ending plots.
6) Description. Depending on how you phrase things or what words you choose can set the mood.
7) Fluff. It can make or break your story. Tiny experiences, little opinions and side comments, bro moments, seconds of admiration to another character- they all add up and give the reader a perspective. It's also a great way to add details rather than just dump a whole bunch of info on a person at once on what kind of person a character is.
WHEN IT COMES TO WRITING YOUR WORDS ON PAPER:
1) Paragraphs. Most people aren't really sure how they work. A paragraph is really to separate ideas and let the reader know that something is a bit different than what you were talking about before, makes things stand out more. So character Abby asked where she can find her brother, a new paragraph should start for when Bobby responds to her. It makes it easier for the reader to keep track of who's talking.
2) COMMAS FANBOYS. I didn't realize how very few people knew how they work, but a basic way to use them is remembering FANBOY. They stand for For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, and So. These are trigger words to know that a comma CAN be put in front of them. however, it's a bit more than just a word to know if it's needed. There's this thing about subjects(noun) and verbs, and they are indications for commas. Let's go back really quick and ask what a Phrase is. A phrase has a subject and verb, like "I am" or "She walked". You'll notice though that a lot of writing has more than one subject and verb like "She went to the park, and she bought a balloon." Two subjects: She and She. Verbs: Went and Bought. Notice if you took out the comma and "and", it would sound like two sentences. FANBOYS act like the bond between them that makes the phrases sound smooth together, but when there are two subjects and two verbs, you have to have a comma.
"Jonny walked to the supermarket, and he bought an ice cream sandwich."
Most of the time when you write these sentences, you will drop the second subject. If this is done, you DON'T NEED a comma.
"Jonny walked to the supermarket and bought an ice cream sandwich"
3) COMMAS WWABBITS. It stands for When, While, As, Because, Before, If, Though and Since. These words can be used at the beginning of a sentence or in the center to connect between the two phrases.
"Because I was sick, Anna left my house"
Notice unlike FANBOYS in the second sentence that even though there are two subjects and two verbs, I don't need a comma. WWABBITS are considered strong enough to not need a comma. But the first sentence has no helping word from FANBOYS or WWABBITS. That's because WABBITS make it sound like there's more to be said. like "While I went to the bathroom"... What happened? It sounds like there's more to say. So, a comma is needed.
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"Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up." -Robert Frost
"The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all morality."
"It's so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone."
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult task." -Isaac Watts
"Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."
"Do the thing we fear, and the death of fear is certain." -Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
"Freedom lies in being bold." -Robert Frost
“If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?” -Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
"Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they speak sense." -Robert Frost
"The best way out is always through." -Robert Frost
"Fear is never a reason for quitting; it is only an excuse." Norman Vincent Peale
"Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow." -unkown.
"Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say who keep on saying it." -Robert Frost
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns. or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." _Abraham Lincoln.