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AppuhCobbler


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  • 482 weeks
    Opinion on Applejack's Vocabulary

    Some authors sometimes uses 'Ah' instead of "I". For example, "Ah'd hate to be late for the cookin' showdown." Wat's your opinion on that since I know sme people don't like the conversion of I's to Ah's. I personally don't mind using them in my fics but I don't want to scare readers away. You guys okay with that or you think AJ's speech should be spelt like every other pony?

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  • 488 weeks
    What pisses you off about Writing, the most?

    Hey there,

    This is that pony with the glasses asking: What pisses you off the most when writing stories?

    Is it finding a final title?

    The motivation to write is lacking (writer's block)?

    Being original?

    Dialogue?

    Describing speech?

    Length?

    and etc.?

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May
16th
2012

What pisses you off about Writing, the most? · 8:42pm May 16th, 2012

Hey there,

This is that pony with the glasses asking: What pisses you off the most when writing stories?

Is it finding a final title?

The motivation to write is lacking (writer's block)?

Being original?

Dialogue?

Describing speech?

Length?

and etc.?



For me, while finding a title to go with is troublesome and being original can be hard when so many other users regularly publish stories with similar ideas to yours before you yourself can publish the story (which is why I tend to not read story hits since it would force me to change my ideas... Yeah, I have a problem with being unoriginal, even if unintended.).

But describing speech is single handedly the hardest obstacle when writing stories. When I write, I prioritize dialogue. What happens in the background i.e. "I said QUIET!!!" Twilight roared, sending Twilight flying through the window, shattering the glass piece into countless bits and... Is secondary. I have trouble describing what exactly happens, translating visuals to text smoothly, which brings up the problem of flow. Blocky texts may form from describing speech IF each dialogue piece comes with it.

I have tried reading well written stories, trying to mimic the nice balance of dialogue and describing speech (though at the cost of originality when reading stories) and it only frustrates me further since I have been failing to be successful in mimicking them without having to constantly refer back to them.



Please, discuss!

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Comments ( 5 )

From the things that you listed, I would say finding a title. That's why most of my stuff is exactly what it sounds like. (example: Celestia Visits the Colbert Report)

Overall, I think my personal biggest writing problem is delivering the correct story to the correct reader. There's an audience out there who would love to read your stuff, but finding them is hard. I also have a problem with length. I tend to oversimplfy things and my stories get short.

Continuing off of 134318 I also have a problem keeping a decent pacing. My descriptions are too short and sweet, making scenes only take a few lines to read. I need to learn how to extend my pacing.

I dislike having a lot of ponies with dialog one after the other, because I find myself constantly having to say who is saying what. It gets repetitive.

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You have problems with a group of ponies talking? Same here, that's why the stories I'm writing now usually focus on two or three characters. All six ponies is just too difficult (then some people will complain: "OH, FLUTTERSHY DIDN'T GET TO SAY ANYTHING :fluttershbad:"

I say, have Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy work off one another, or Applejack and Rarity, and so forth.

I would say dialogue is my biggest problem... Whenever I use a cannon character I fret endlessly over the accuracy of speech patterns and word usage. The hardest for me so far has been Fluttershy. Her particular way of speaking gives me a headache when writing. (The only reason it isn't Zecora is because I refuse to write Zecora)

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I find Dialogue my strongest strength (in addition, the story).
But about Zecora... don't get me started about Zecora. Unfortunately, she plays a MAJOR role in my fanfic I'm writing.
Oh I wish I didn't learn that Faust originally wanted Zecora to become Twilight's mentor along side Celestia, that just gave me endless ideas but then the dialogue comes to mind. Ffffffffffffffu- :pinkiecrazy:

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