What is this I am looking at here?
It’s my new story! I just wrote it and I want everypony to look at it and love it and read it and love it and comment how great it is!”
But... it’s not even formatted!
They won’t care! I said in the summary it’s my first story and to please put constructive criticism and no bad comments!
Why!? WHYYYYYYYYYYYY do haterz hate my story?! Why!?
Is this a trick question?
NO! I really don’t understand! Can’t they see that I love writing?
No. They can’t. Do you have any idea how many people use the ‘it’s my first story so please be gentle’ excuse to not even attempt to correct their grammar, spelling, etc? I mean, look at what you wrote. It’s unreadable. You ignored not only basic punctuation and capitalization; you completely disregarded formatting!
There are no line breaks.
You have dialogue from more than one character in the same paragraph.
You write things like: “clown like, I mean that you will produce work, greetings Twilight Sparkle. Actually, Spike but he is writing to Mexico. ,, But Spike was here, now I bring it!'' Said Twilight stressed.”
That goes beyond bad. That’s not writing a story, period. You can try and be cute and say it’s a trollfic, but honestly, writing a good trollfic requires more than bathing yourself in filth and rolling around on your computer to see what sticks.
But you passed my story! You approved it! That means it’s good, right?! I just had to edit it and write a bit more!
Clueless, writing this...
...to fill in for the word count is beyond moronic. Also, it’s not original. We get at least 3 a day. So yes, you had to remove that regardless and account for the three hundred words you were missing. Strictly speaking, once you replaced that with actual ‘story content’ (and I say that in the loosest of terms) you were following the rules so I passed it, but that doesn’t mean I like the pile of manure you threw at the site.
You are not the first and sadly will not be the last to pull something so ridiculously stupid. But unlike some individuals out there, you have proven that at least you can learn.
Wait... I’m not the only one to do that?
No. And honestly, it makes you look like an idiot when you do.
Okay, okay! I get it, writing “somgImsouncreative” 700 times is moronic... But, why is my story so bad?! I can read it perfectly!
You wrote the damn thing. Look, here’s another example of another, unrelated story. See how it’s formatted? See how each character’s dialogue starts in a different paragraph? See how basic rules of punctuation and capitalization are followed?
Wait... this looks familiar... heeeeeeeey! This story makes fun of all the stuff that I do and love! Why do you use it as an example?!
To hurt your feelings. Duh. I’m hoping that the impact of it will shock you into listening. Also... self-promotion and all that.
You have no shame! And no respect for my feelings! This is my first time writing! I bet you were really bad when you started!
It’s not your first time. Everyone reading this knows that. Sigh. Fine. Here.
Now, even then, as bad as it was, I did something really important with my stories, which you don’t. Can you tell me what it is?
You know what? Never mind. I’ll tell you. I format the thing!
Ooooh! But... formatting is hard!
No it isn’t. In its most basic use, it is literally as simple as hitting:
Once you do that (in the right places) it allows people to not only read your story, but also to be able to suggest things you could fix instead of insta-hating your story. Not to mention make it easier for us mods and admins to read the damned thing.
If I do that, will people like my story?
Well... no, not necessarily, but at least they will be able to read it and decide if they like it or not instead of clicking on it and immediately ditching it because it’s basically unreadable. And, as it has BEEN SAID before, there’s more to writing than randomly throwing words and pony names at a word processor and submitting it.
My story has all of that! And more!
Sure it does. Okay, let’s start with the basics. For some reason you wrote the whole thing in gDocs and chose to ignore formatting or even spell checking. In fact, since you copy/pasted the text itself, you lost whatever little formatting you had. So here’s what we do: we import the doc.
Once we have the story here, you have several tools at your disposal to help you.
But let’s start by the basics and use the ‘enter key’ a few times.
Oooh... it looks so much better now! Are we done?
No. Now we separate the words.
And now, we use the tools we have. It looks here like you wanted to link a song for people to listen to while they read?
Okay, here’s what we’ve done so far... wait... why did you underline the dialogue?
It looks cute!
It looks stupid. But, anyway. Here’s what we did...
1. We added a link to that song you wanted people to listen to while they read.
2. We added two horizontal lines since you wanted that separate from the story itself.
3. We indented the whole thing by selecting it all and clicking this...
4. We centered your “arthur’s notes”
5. & 6. We made them bold and changed the color so that people wouldn’t get confused between those and the story...
And in short, we made a desperate attempt to make something slightly readable out of what you posted! Look, we can make out words! And they should be easy to corr–
YUS! I’ll publish it now! They will see my genius!
Because formatting is just a small part of writing a story! It just makes it readable. I tried to tell you, but you wouldn’t listen. If you want people to like your work, put some effort into it. The minimum you can do is format.
Can you teach me how to write a story?
No. I don’t have the time and honestly, what little time I do have I don’t want to waste telling you what you should do and what you shouldn’t when you are capable of learning yourself. Just read books and well-written fan fiction.
Fimfiction.net gives you tools to edit and make the story look appealing, but it cannot automatically fix something that needs effort on your part. Hell, it auto-indents a doc for you. Writing a good story is completely up to you.
Oh... so... I’d better go and read a little bit... maybe copy how people format their stories?
Yes. That is what you should do before you submit this stuff again.
Thank you Wanderer D, I don’t think I could have known all of this without your help!
Yes... yes, you could. Which is what annoys me the most. Now, go... read and learn.