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NVC


Someone who will eventually submit a story here to be ridiculed and laughed at, but not today! I'll just continue to lurk on this site and read stories about magical ponies and their many adventures.

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    Hi there!

    Um yeah, I've been here on Fimfiction for about two to three years now and am finally gonna start writing. As too why I am writing this, well I honestly don't know. I somehow have 2 followers who are popular and successful writers here on FimFiction, so I guess this is just an attempt to maybe get some help for a new writer. Now I don't really expect for either of them to respond to this but I

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Mar
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2015

Hi there! · 12:45am Mar 11th, 2015

Um yeah, I've been here on Fimfiction for about two to three years now and am finally gonna start writing. As too why I am writing this, well I honestly don't know. I somehow have 2 followers who are popular and successful writers here on FimFiction, so I guess this is just an attempt to maybe get some help for a new writer. Now I don't really expect for either of them to respond to this but I guess this can also be seen as an exercise to get me more comfortable posting on here.
Now the things I'm having trouble with are how the hell do I format any writing to work here, and I have no idea what I want to write. Now what I mean by both of these "problems" is I don't want my first writings to come out as big, unbroken text-walls. I have seen a few stories posted here that have this problem and it immediately turns me away. And I have no idea on what type of writing I want to focus on more. Should I go for comedies, romance, action/adventure, or just mix 'em all up and hope for the best?
I dunno but I hope that I make a solid first impression here and don't do so awful that I'm shunned away forever. Anyways I should have something short and simple out before April, and intend to better my sub par writing abilities. Till' then, have a good day.

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Hmm, after almost two years I'd have to guess that you're not still looking for the answers to these questions. But oh well, because I'm here to answer them anyway :raritywink:

First about paragraph spacing. The fact that you spaced this blog post into paragraphs really suggest that you won't have any problems with this, actually. The only hard rule on paragraph spacing is only one character can speak in a single paragraph. This doesn't mean (as people sometimes think) that a new paragraph has to be started whenever a character speaks, just that if two characters are speaking, they need to be speaking in separate paragraphs. Example:

"Hiya, Applejack! Whatcha doin'?" Pinkie asked as she walked into the barn.

Applejack jumped up and spun around, bewildered by the sudden appearance. "Pinkie? I thought you were visitin' your family for the week?"

Pinkie and AJ speak in separate paragraphs, but narration can be before or after their dialogue. The only other thing worth noting is that some people are pretty insistent that you should include blank lines in between ever paragraph (as I've been doing in this blog post). This isn't a rule or anything, but some people feel like it improves readability. I wrote a whole 90k word story without doing that and never had anyone complain though, so it's not like you'll be run off the site if you decide to just indent (like you did in your blog post).

As for your other question, about what to write about, it depends on you. What do you like to read about? If your answer is something like 'Anything, so long as the story is good' then what are your favorite stories? What stories do you continue thinking of well after they're done? Sometimes practiced authors do write in genres that they're less experienced with, but it's usually as an experiment to see if there's anything they could carry over to what they prefer to write about. For your first story though, I'd definitely recommend sticking to what excites you. If you like slice of life romance, then write that. If you like epic adventure, then write that. Every genre has its own obstacles to overcome, so there's not really an easiest one to jump into, it's just a matter of figuring out what's the best fit for you.

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