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Jun
30th
2014

Writing Advice: How NOT to Write Edition · 4:29am Jun 30th, 2014

In the past, I have made some attempts at giving writing advice. Between my limited qualifications and the delivery itself, however, said advice was of questionable merit.

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Jan
4th
2015

The List of Writing Red Flags · 8:25pm Jan 4th, 2015

Over at the TVTropes pony fanfiction thread, we have been compiling a list of "red flags" inspired by various stories around FIMfic.

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Sep
26th
2013

Writing Advice; Long Sentences and Over-description · 1:15am Sep 26th, 2013

I am not an expert on grammar, but lately I have been seeing a particular beginner mistake pop up very often; namely, trying to use a single sentence to describe too many actions and emotions.

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Mar
21st
2014

Speculation and Worldbuilding; Pegasus Combat and Weapons · 11:42pm Mar 21st, 2014

BEWARE; this post contains headcanon, speculation, rambling, and art drawn by me. You’ve been warned on all counts.

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Oct
14th
2013

Question, Speculation, and Worldbuilding; Why do so many Pony works use Human weapons? · 9:49am Oct 14th, 2013

I was reading a pony fic the other day, and it revolved around Braeburn and a lever-action rifle. Between the bloated prose and the sheer absurdity of the gun mechanics, I couldn't sit through it.

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Apr
17th
2014

Worldbuilding/Silly Speculation: what do the main six drink? · 10:00am Apr 17th, 2014

What your character orders to drink says a lot about them. The type of beverage, how it's prepared, and how much it costs all paint a picture of preferences that adds verisimilitude and detail to a character's day-to-day life.

Here is what I think the Main Six would drink, and why. I tried to include at least one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic beverage in every entry.

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Nov
25th
2015

The Processes of Writing: The Use of Music · 6:24am Nov 25th, 2015

The writing process is something I don’t often comment on. Just as consuming fiction relies on subjective tastes and preferences, so does writing fiction rely on techniques and processes unique to oneself. How one writes is a very individualistic thing, which is why writing advice often needs to be non-committal and generic to be even remotely useful.

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Jan
27th
2014

Speculation and Worldbuilding; Earth Pony Spearfighting (with pictures!) · 3:25am Jan 27th, 2014

NOTE; this post contains headcanon, speculation, rambling, and art drawn by me. You’ve been warned.

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Jan
10th
2020

Are My Critiques Too Negative? · 8:23am January 10th

I often mention—unprompted and at length—that self-reflection is crucial for personal growth. And not merely growth as a writer, but growth as a person. I have made many adjustments to my review formula over the years. But has that made things better? Or has it merely masked an issue that still persists?

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Oct
4th
2014

FIM and Wish Fulfillment · 2:32pm Oct 4th, 2014

It's no secret that Friendship is Magic has a preponderance of wish fulfillment, both in fanfiction and in art.

This is nothing new. All fiction attracts escapism by its very nature. Yet FIM as a fandom seems to have a lot more of it. You could argue the law of averages here—more fans and more internet exposure may make the problem seem more severe than it really is.

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Aug
26th
2019

Brainstorming for Original Fiction: The Lighter · 4:49am Aug 26th, 2019

Story concept: it's a dystopian future where pollution has made rain flammable and fire is illegal. The story opens with the protagonist buying a lighter on the black market.

What do they do with that lighter?

May
25th
2016

The Processes of Writing: Scheduling and Time Management · 12:36am May 25th, 2016

The process of writing is as subjective as the product. Sometimes, however, hearing about the creative process of others can be interesting. It might help one consider things that you had not. It might give one insight into one’s own creative process. It might reaffirm why one does things the way they do.

For today’s blog post, I’d like to discuss scheduling and time management.

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Feb
7th
2016

The Processes of Writing: The Use, Lack, and Potency of Planning and Outlines · 6:43am Feb 7th, 2016

The process of writing is as subjective as the product. Sometimes, however, hearing about the creative process of others can be interesting. It might help one consider things that you had not. It might give one insight into one’s own creative process. It might reaffirm why one does things the way they do.

For today’s blog post, I’d like to discuss the different degrees of planning/outlining I use.

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Apr
12th
2019

Brainstorming for Original Fiction · 10:52pm Apr 12th, 2019

Picture the following;

The world we know is actually a dream, and the world of dreams is secretly reality.

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Apr
10th
2017

Would Anyone Be Interested in a Collaborative Story Project? · 8:04am Apr 10th, 2017

Sep
19th
2015

On Writing Children Characters · 12:19am Sep 19th, 2015

For a change of pace, today’s blog post is about something which I actually know about, rather than a fusillade of meandering speculation. I have an Associates of Science in Early Childhood Development, and am currently employed as a preschool teacher. In the interest of clarity and utility, I tried to limit the amount of specialized knowledge in this post. If anyone wants specialized knowledge from my field, then clarifications or questions are welcome in the comments, as always.

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Jan
31st
2018

Rough Draft of Story Bible (For New Collab) is Ready · 10:46am Jan 31st, 2018

Feb
4th
2015

Three Year Anniversary Special: Writing Retrospective + AMA · 10:32am Feb 4th, 2015

As of today, I have been a member of this site for three years. Three years! That’s older than some of my relatives. My use of this site has outlasted my enjoyment of the show. To celebrate this “milestone”, I thought I would look back on some of the things I published on this account. Examine what they taught me and how they have held up to time. Further, I thought I would analyze some of the themes and concepts that repeat across multiple stories. I always enjoy such analyses of other

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Nov
29th
2018

cleverpun's 2018 Reading Journal · 2:42am Nov 29th, 2018

To a writer, what entertainment one consumes is extremely important. I’ve lost track of the times where binging a show on Netflix or a specific music album have directly influenced my writing.

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Sep
30th
2019

FanOfMostEverything Has Started a New Contest (and I'm Judging) · 8:07pm Sep 30th, 2019

FanOfMostEverything has launched their newest contest; Imposing Sovereigns II. I'll let the post explain its conceit and rules. While a lot of the prompt slots are taken, there's still quite a few left that offer interesting possibilities.

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