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Jul
18th
2016

OPWA: Episoden Ten · 11:44pm Jul 18th, 2016

Overpriced Writing Advice
Where you can learn the stuff I paid thousands of dollars to have taught to me, for free.

...Or In This Case, I Share The Free Stuff I Find - Pt. 2
(AKA "Blog share: Pro Tips for Large Ongoing Stories and Stereotypes to Avoid With Secondary Characters")

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May
16th
2016

OPWA: Interlude · 6:49pm May 16th, 2016

Overpriced Writing Advice
Where you can learn the stuff I paid thousands of dollars to have taught to me, for free.

A Demonstration Of Tips So Far (And An Offer Of Sorts)

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Jul
30th
2017

The Importance Of Critical Thinking · 5:20am Jul 30th, 2017

It is extremely important to have critical thinking skills, especially in this time in history where so much false information is circulated through social media sites and the internet as a whole. It's easy to get caught up in believing rumors, questionable facts circulated through Wikipedia or other community edited encyclopedias, fake news reports from both official news stations and internet news reporters, and really just any of the data you take in on a daily basis.

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Jul
30th
2017

Advice: Some thoughts on writing characters · 10:22am Jul 30th, 2017

Apr
8th
2020

CCC: cleverpun's Critique Corner #43 — The Heart Beats Still · 5:40am April 8th

I’m continuing my critiques of the entrants into the Imposing Sovereigns II contest. We continue down my list of “finalists”: stories which I considered awarding points to. I would like to stress, however, that I only ranked them because FanOfMostEverything made me; they are all excellent.

I must also point out, I never read the comic involving Princess Amore.

Title: The Heart Beats Still

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Apr
13th
2016

Bradel Bookwork – Opening Lines · 11:19pm Apr 13th, 2016

Well, I'll say this: I'm less dead than I look.

Anyway, today I'd like to take a moment to talk about opening lines. We've got an Original Short Story Writeoff finishing up this evening.[1] I've spent a lot of the last week reading and reviewing, and beginning some revisions on an original story of my own. Going through this month's Writeoff entries, though, got me thinking about one of my favorite topics in fiction—and one it seems I've never blogged about before—opening lines.

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Jul
4th
2017

Where can I find People who would Read/Critique a Story Outline? · 9:11pm Jul 4th, 2017

Hello, this is Zephyr Spark. I have this idea. In fact, I've had it for a year now, outlined and ready to be written. The story is titled "Arrow Dragon" (because I'm not good with names) and has the following plot:

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Aug
12th
2019

Being a Better Writer’s Summer of Cliche Writing Advice: Don’t Be Boring · 8:44pm Aug 12th, 2019

Aug
5th
2017

How To Get Dah Ladies - 100% Success Rate! · 10:41pm Aug 5th, 2017

How To Get Dah Ladies - 100% Success Rate!

I bet you fine gentleman are wondering how to get all of the ladies. Well look no further than this tutorial. I've got your back.

So what you will need is:

1. A large supply of chocolate. Get white chocolate too, just in case the lady is allergic to regular chocolate. You can also get that fake chocolate stuff too but, eh, it is not as effective.

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Nov
27th
2016

cleverpun’s Idea Graveyard/”How NOT to Write” #3: The Astronomy ‘Verse · 6:23am Nov 27th, 2016

Many moons ago, I saw all those Multi-story-spanning alternate universes rampant at the time. I thought to myself, “I could do that.” As the title of this blog series may hint, it never truly congealed into a good story, let alone multiple stories. For today’s idea graveyard, I’d like to share the meandering process with you all. After all, as John Dewey said, “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”


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Mar
30th
2017

CCC: cleverpun's Critique Corner #32 — La Da Dee (PMV) · 7:35am Mar 30th, 2017

Review Index

Format Breakdown


I have reviewed some things that don’t traditionally receive deep criticism. I’ve done full length reviews of porn and a webcomic, for instance. Today, we add a Pony Music Video (PMV) to that list.

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Nov
14th
2018

Showing the Monster · 2:20pm Nov 14th, 2018

Showing the Monster
Two common pieces of advice for writing horror, and why they miss the mark.

I've wanted to write this one for a while, but a recent discussion in #writing-help (yes, that #writing-help) got me thinking about it again.

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Feb
24th
2019

WRITING ADVICE MASTER INDEX · 10:37pm Feb 24th, 2019

Here they are! All of my writing advice posts in a master-index for y'all to scan through, and reordered for slightly better presentation than chronological order.

Raccoon's Writing Advice

General

COMING SOON: The 5 steps of Writing Anything like a Professional
Revising a Story

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May
15th
2016

OPWA: Episode Seven · 6:13pm May 15th, 2016

Overpriced Writing Advice
Where you can learn the stuff I paid thousands of dollars to have taught to me, for free.

...Or In This Case, I Share The Free Stuff I Find
(AKA "Blog share: Alternative Plot Structure and Deep POV")


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Jul
8th
2016

Writing Dialogue: Lies and Liars · 9:38pm Jul 8th, 2016

I have often been told that dialogue is one of my strongest areas as a writer. I find this compliment a bit unusual, because dialogue is often one of the areas that I spend the least time on. My dialogue technique involves a lot of instinct and guess work (I suppose a lot of my writing does). There is one area, however, where I did have to learn and research, because I am quite bad at it in real life.

Lying.

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Aug
30th
2018

CCC: cleverpun's Critique Corner Not-Fanfiction Edition — Magic: The Gathering's Unbowed, Part 1 · 5:38am Aug 30th, 2018

Yes, you read that right. Today I'm taking a break from talking about fanfiction and magic equines. Today, I'm talking about corporate fiction and magic humans! I know it will be a transition for all of us, but there's more equivalency in writing quality than you might expect.

Today I'm talking about Unbowed, Part 1.

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Aug
19th
2018

Advice Pinks has updated! · 6:31pm Aug 19th, 2018

God, has it been too long.

With questions from A Dumbfounded Deity, Berry Punch, Dizzy Twister (not the background pony), and Limestone Blinkamena Pie, aka Key Lime!

It's good to be back.

Sep
21st
2018

Advice for fimfiction writers who have recently joined. · 6:30am Sep 21st, 2018

Are you new to fimfiction? If so, here's some advice.

Looking for a proof reader or editor? There are groups dedicated that. https://www.fimfiction.net/group/97/looking-for-editors is an example. Looking for a front cover for your art? https://www.fimfiction.net/group/295/art-for-fanfiction

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May
27th
2016

A new approach to multi-chapter fanfiction · 8:00pm May 27th, 2016

A while ago, back when I first started writing MLP fan fiction and posting it here, I wrote a fanfiction called "Nightmares Never Cease". It was my first multi-chapter fan fiction and I was, for a while, very proud of it. I had a lot of excellent ideas for future chapters, or so I thought at the time. However, one day, I started losing interest in it. It happened gradually. I got used to writing one chapter or at least a significant amount of a chapter once a day. Then it was once every

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Feb
23rd
2018

New fic is released: "The Sun Still Shines" · 2:30am Feb 23rd, 2018

Faster than expected, the first fic from my list of upcoming stories is now released.
Originally, I wanted to give this fic more time. The idea was to study the writing style of Vanilla Mocha, the author I took this fic over from, so that I can try and write this fic like she would have, since the basic idea for the fic came from her.

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