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Writing Tips: Parody Part I: The SituationSo normally, I usually wait a few days after a poll to decide on what topic I'll cover on Writing Tips. This time is different. Although there's a bit of a debate on what is the hardest type of comedy to write, most people at least wanted to know how to write a good parody. Personally, I believe that it's one of the easier ones on the list. However, there is a lot of explaining this time, so it's going to be in two parts: part one is the set up, and part two is the punchline. Also to be specific, I'm talking about making something funny through imitation, not taking a song and replacing their lyrics so it's about Friendship is Magic or Minecraft.MrEnter
And yes, I do believe that if you do your set up correctly, writing a parody is semi easy. At least in the planning stages, parody is actually my favorite thing to write. Ridiculous scenarios are almost always a fun thing to write. If it wasn't that easy there wouldn't be only two ways you could fail this. Well, there are only two ways to fail
Untitled 2015-04-19"So, tell me more about yourself," he said, taking another sip of beer.CorpulentArtifice
"Not much to say, really," I replied as I leaned against the wall. "Unless there's something specific you want to know." He thought for a moment.
"Do you like guys?" he asked. I chuckled.
"I'm wearing a One Direction T-shirt, dude," I said. "It's a pretty safe bet that I like guys."
"I didn't wanna stereotype," he replied with a smile. "But that's good to know."
There was a pause as he took another sip of beer. I looked around the room, watching a couple of the friends who brought me here dance with their own handsome strangers. A sudden belch brought my attention back.
"Excuse me!" He patted his belly, which looked a good deal rounder than you'd expect on his frame. "I guess I get a bit too excited about free beer." He shrugged apologetically.
"No worries, dude," I said. "You're still more polite than the self-obsessed guys who normally try to hit o
Writing Tips: Beginner's Guide to Avoiding ClichesOne of the biggest questions I tend to get from writers is how to avoid making their work cliche. I can't give you an upfront answer to that because the answer depends largely on what you're doing and how you're doing it. And let me start by saying this: the greatest writer on earth can make any cliche work. Think about it: How to Train Your Dragon isn't exactly an original movie by any stretch, but it's outstanding because of the way that it uses the tropes that have dragged down other similar movies in horrible ways. The best way to figure out what would be cliche is to read a ton of whatever is in your genre/plot type (and by "read" I mean read books, comic books, manuals, RPG guide books, watch television shows and movies, listen to music etc).MrEnter
For example, if you're I dunno, writing a series about kids ruling the world or making their own rules you're going to check out a lot in that medium. You'll soon figure out that most of them are crapsack dystopias and figure out that the ar
10 Things You Need to Know for Adult LifeOh boy, isn't this going to be a fun one. It's time to get all up and controversial, right? No. What I'm going to write down is going to be necessary no matter what walk of life you have. Whether you're going to be a mechanic, an artist, a doctor, or a business owner, these are all things you should know, if not by age 18, then by age 25. They are vital for all but the most fringe of lifestyles (at least in the first world).MrEnter
Number 1: How to Use a Computer & How to Use the Internet
Uh... no durr. You're using a computer right now (or phone or something like that) AND the internet to boot. Actually, there is a lot more to using the internet to browse the web and there's a lot more to using a computer than using it to browse the web. I personally think that an in depth computer class should be mandatory in at least elementary school. In my elementary school computer class, all we did was play typing games or Oregon Trail. By the time you get out of elementary school you should
AsexualityAlright, considering that this worked out very well last time and I'm bored I thought that I'd talk about another facet of my personality. I don't know if I would call it unusual, because apparently about every one out of a hundred people are asexual...? Honestly, it feels like a lot less and I'll get into that. For those who don't know, I am an aromantic asexual. You can be one without the other, although I don't know how common that actually is. It seems very simple to me and a very easy concept to grasp: people who are asexual do not have a sexual attraction to people of either gender, and people who are aromantic do not desire a romantic relationship with either gender. But honestly, anyone who has gone through middle school can tell that... life without sexual goals, desires, or interests is very different. Literally every conversation I had in the seventh grade was this:MrEnter
"So what girl are you into?"
"Oh, so you're gay then."
I'm going to be honest. This is going to be a li
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.MrEnter
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
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