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  • 22 weeks
    When doing stories set in the past... please do your research.

    Not knowing what you are writing about can... cause issues.

    Example:
    My dad read a book set in London and he was a bit annoyed that the author had characters riding bikes... 200 years before they were invented.

    Extreme example.

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  • 153 weeks
    Feature I wish Fimfiction had

    I wish fimfiction would clean up the in-progress list.

    What do I mean?
    Currently, if you go searching in the in-progress stories... you will find allot of dead/hiatus fics that the author never bothered to label as being dead/on hiatus.

    What I wish would happen.
    * Mark any story where the author hasn't logged onto the website in a year as dead.

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    0 comments · 147 views
  • 173 weeks
    Why harems are hard to do well

    There are 3 types of harem stories.
    1. Porn -> This is done for exotic scenarios. The goal is to be erotic, not deep story telling.
    2. Wish fulfillment/Mary Sue -> Everyone loves my character! Everyone I fantasize about will mary him/her! And get along, even with wildly different and clashing personalities!
    3. Attempting to write a romance.

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  • 212 weeks
    Methods of getting to Equestria

    There are many methods for getting to Equestria in FIM fiction. Thought I would make a list of them all.
    If I missed any, please tell me.

    WIP

    1. Natural/supernatural event - A random portal sucks the human and/or his surroundings into Equestria. The advantage of this is that it is short and to the point.
    Examples:

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  • 215 weeks
    Your house in Equestria...

    ...and why it shouldn't magically have utilities hooked up.

    I can't believe I'm actually having to post this... but... I just came across yet another story that does this.

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Feb
26th
2020

When doing stories set in the past... please do your research. · 2:19am February 26th

Not knowing what you are writing about can... cause issues.

Example:
My dad read a book set in London and he was a bit annoyed that the author had characters riding bikes... 200 years before they were invented.

Extreme example.
I recently quit reading a story about a strategist set in a medieval setting. I quit because the author was completely ignorant on both castles and strategy. The author had an attacking force 1/10th the size of the defending force defeating the defenders by being fast.:facehoof: The author said they were able to defeat the 10 times larger force behind tall, thick stone walls, by running from once side to the other quickly enough to defeat the superior force inside the castle.... without ladders, archers, or siege engines, just riders on horseback running from once side to the other. (if you don't know what is wrong about that, you should read or watch about any book or video on castle siege warfare. You are in for a treat, its pretty cool. )

Advice:
If you are writing a story set in a castle, read up on castles and their layout... or just grab a floor layout from a real castle and use it. If your characters are set in a specific time period, make sure the devices you have them use... were actually invented before then. If you are writing about historical combat, read up or watch videos about historical combat.

In general, if your characters are going to perform an activity/job, read up or watch some videos on how that job was done in that time period.

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