Relatable and Not-So-Relatable Rants

Things that personally just get on my nerves and I thought I should share, more the less I needed somewhere to get my anger out before I blow up. Hope you can relate, because right now I feel like I'm the only one who's bugged by these things


27. Here Is A Useful Guide To Successful Writing.

Here Is A Useful Guide To Successful Writing.

Capitalization- Okay. It's VERY simple.

Names. Capitalize the first letter in names. Example) Sophia or sophia? It just looks better and is proper. Also with bands or places. Say One Direction. Okay, it's One Direction, not one direction. Do it the proper way. Same with Europe or any other place. It needs capitalized.

Sentences. You need to capitalize after a full stop, not a comma, but a full stop. I looks so much better and it's easier to read. No matter how well written your story is, no one will read it if your grammar is like one of a six year old.

Titles. Okay, every word in the title should be capitalized. It's, if's, and a's are exceptional, but any other word needs to be capitalized. I play it safe and capitalize every first-letter in the title. But not every letter, just the first letter in each word.

Punctuation- Full stops. CommasApostrophes. What are we, babies? We know this stuff! You need them! They are friends! They've never harmed us before, so why are we so scared to use them? Please. It's not hard. Just put one after you've completed a thought. Vwala! You have just created a sentence! Make sure they express the idea, too. Don't put a period ( . ) after an excited thought where you should then put an exclamation point ( ! ) and don't be afraid of commas. When you are writing and a thought isn't complete, but has a natural pause, put a comma ( , ).

Spaces-  Okay. After a period or any punctuation mark for that matter has a space after it. Except apostrophes, of course. But you not write sentences like this: "My day was good,how about you?Oh that's wonderful!" It looks awful! I mean come on, have you not learned this yet? How many of you read a story like this throughout the whole story? And most people who write this way don't make paragraphs, which brings me to my next topic.

Paragraphs- Okay, try to catch this idea and hold on to it with all your power, because this is a major part of writing a book. You know that ENTER key on the keypad? Or maybe it has an arrow like ← or something. That makes a new paragraph to start writing with. And you should press that button every time a different person speaks or an entirely new thought is coming. I hope this needs no further explaining.

Spelling- Okay, some things are okay to misspell if you can tell what it is and it's still English, or whatever language you decide to write with, but what really irritates me is when people shorten words as if they were texting their best friend. No. Just, no. Okay, in what real published book have you seen authors write like that, other than when the character is actually texting (which is not the entire book) because from what I've read, and I've probably read 4x as many books as you, 40x as many books as the normal teenager, and 125x more than anyone in my school, not book really writes like that. When you write, spell because because, not cuz or anything stupid like that. Do not say LOL unless it's texting, because no girl in her right state of mind says LOL while thinking. At least I don't, nor does anyone I know. Well, I'm not certain but I am pretty sure. 99.999% 

Then there is just straight out spelling the wrong word. Like their, they're, and there. Look it up. I'm serious, if you don't know how to use them, go to Google and look it up RIGHT NOW! Also, I see people putting a in front of vowels. If you use a in a sentence, think about the word that comes after it. If the word starts with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) change a to an. Unless the vowel makes a long sound. It's confusing, but if you're not sure say it out loud and see which one sounds natural. Like the word one. It was a one and a life time offer. Or; It was an one in a life time offer. Obviously it's the first one, even if one starts with a vowel. I guess it's just English, the most complicated language ever. It's the same with the word hour. Just saying. But normal words that start with vowels require the word an. So please use the word an. Thank you.

Pace- Why yes, there is such a thing as pace. You need to pace your book. Common sense. Let's just say, if you are jumping from thing to thing, drama to drama, it's hard to keep up. You need to stretch out each event, and warm up to the next. You can't just have problem come, problem go without pacing it. 

I read a movella that was going great, I understood it, but then all of a sudden starting doing a bunch of unnecessary time jumps. It was impossible to keep up. You should re-read, see where there is a time jump followed directly by another time jump and maybe add a couple chapters in between to warm up to the next event. So what if these are boring, uneventful chapters. It's called filler chapters, and you can't have a book without them. I learned if you have writer's block to just throw in a small filler chapter or something to ease into the next idea, even if you don't know what it is. And make sure you don't change the original plot idea, either. That would be terrible. It's just sloppy with this, which is why you pace yourself and your story. 

And a little tip, don't re-read until you've completely finished that chapter. Just keep going, and don't stop. Re-reading can ruin the rest of the chapter. A great author has told me this, and it works. But you also have to make sure to reread the chapter after you've COMPLETELY finished it. To fix up any misspellings or add in descriptive words or take out some things. 

Point of View- Honestly this just gets annoying. I hate it when people keep switching it constantly. I mean occasionally it's fine with me, but don't do it to the point where the reader has no idea what they're reading. Also try to say in same point of view until we've been told it has changed. 

Dialect-  Okay, let's get this out there. " and ' are not the same mark. You do not use apostrophes as quotation marks. When a character is speaking, use "these" not 'these'. Okay? And make sure the dialect is 21st century, and not medieval times, unless of course your book takes place in those times. Also make sure it's understandable. And one more thing, make sure you tell us who said what unless it's a straight out conversation between two people and we can be sure of it. Or else it's confusing.

Describing- Hello! I think this is a biggie. If you don't know how to be descriptive, what makes you think you can write a book? Your book needs descriptive words and stuff, or else it's just a play script. And I've been in a lot of plays, it's just dialect and a books needs much more than that. Pick up a real book, open it, and read. Try to make your book like this. Nice and descriptive, you know exactly what's going on and you can tell if a character is nervous because it's tells you how they are fidgeting and what not. Just, please look it up on Google or something. Google is amazing, please use it.

There is so much more, but here are the basics. I've probably said some of these before - I know I did - but a reminder can never hurt. So please take these and staple them to your brain. No, super glue them. Make sure they stay there. They are useful. This is a way to be a great writer, it's just a start, but you'll get there! Don't doubt yourself! With a little effort you can do most anything! 

Haha, I sound like a sappy person who just won a medal and is pretending to be encouraging. Like when parents use to tell us we were princesses. What happened there? Huh?


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