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Sort of a sequel to this: Tips to writing a reader-insertOkay, I know people make these all the friggin time, but I thought I'd take a stab at it.  So here's a some advice to writing reader-inserts, or writing in general.
1. Have a basic idea of what you are going to write.  If you are writing a crack, then this rule can be ignored.  But even if you randomly decide to start writing a story, if you have some idea of what you want to write, your story will turn out better.
2. Grammar and spelling.  PLEASE.  If you don't use proper grammar or spelling, it can be really hard to understand what your trying to say.  Sometimes I don't even bother reading stories if the grammar and spelling is screwed up.  Use dictionary.com if you have to, or google.  Or get an editor, if you can.  (I'm willing to do edits, btw.  Message me~)
3. Spacing.  Use the concept of paragraphs.  It is so hard to read if a story


1.  Don't keep using the same words over and over again.  Said, said, said, said, it gets sooo dull after a while.  Try using thesaurus.com for an alternate to a word you overuse.  That isn't to say, however, that you should never use "said."  "Said" is my example because it really is overused, but it works well in some cases.

2. When choosing a picture, think.  Doesn't it make sense to have a picture that sort of relates to your story?  For example, if your story was about Arthur mourning your death, it doesn't exactly make sense to have a preview picture of him as a punk rocker.  Maybe find a picture of him crying.  And PLEASE don't forget to give credit for your pictures!

3. NEVER EVER EVER use text speak in writing unless the characters are texting/IM-ing.  I just read a story where someone said "u" instead of "you"...that's a bit sad.

4. Try to avoid starting reader-inserts with "You were..."  It's blatant and a bit boring.  Start with a description or something.  Not "you were."  Even if you're writing in 1st or 3rd person, don't use "I was" or "____ was," respectively.

5. Paragraph spacing on dA is a bit weird.  To get a reasonable amount of space between paragraphs, hit enter twice while typing your fanfiction.

6. When doing timeskips, make it match the mood of the story.  If your story is happier, lighthearted, funny, etc, then it's okay to do stuff like ~~(Ned the Timeskip Bear will now take you to the next day)~~.  If it's darker, sadder, etc, you'd be better off not saying anything in your timeskips, or if you must, do the bare minimum of *~Two weeks later~* or something like that.  To be totally safe in all situations, you can just use the second form of timeskips.

7. Avoid plot holes: go back and re-read your stories.  A plot hole is when two parts of a story don't make sense together.  For example, say your character is standing up.  A paragraph later, don't have them suddenly "get out of their chair" unless you write them sitting in the chair first.  Going back and checking what you've already written will help to avoid plot holes.  Some of the stuff may seem like insignificant details, but someone will notice eventually, and it's also just good practice.

Additionally, for some help with grammar and punctuation, I highly suggest reading these: theoatmeal.com/tag/grammar  Even if you don't need the help...they're funny as hell.  Also, Ned the Timeskip Bear belongs to EternalRavenDreamer (or so I believe).

Thanks for reading, dudes and lady-dudes.  Baibai!

(And if you can tell me where I got "dudes and lady-dudes" from, I'll love you forever.)
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Unspoken-Tales Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Your tips and commandments are great tools. I find them very helpful when I need to write something, be it fanfiction or just my own, and I would like to thank you for taking the time to publish them.

~Unspoken
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ExSakura-Lit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, thanks sweetie! I'm glad they're helping someone. I publish them in hopes that someone like you will be able to use them to their advantage :)
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YukiNekomura Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Dudes and Lady-Dudes?
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Just a random guess, is it from TheDigiZoo?
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ExSakura-Lit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nope, sorry :/
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