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May
9th
2016

Should Gravelord Nito speak? · 2:43am May 9th, 2016

So now that I have at last brought another major player back into the plot, I find myself at a crossroads of indecision. Ironically Gravelord Nito was about the only NPC from Dark Souls that I could almost immediately assign a voice to, yet amidst the forums, parodies, and other fan related media for the franchise, the opinion is pretty much unanimous that he remain silent.

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Feb
14th
2015

Grammer a Week 4: Dialogue Punctuation and Capitalization · 1:06am Feb 14th, 2015

This is Grammer a Week, the periodic blog program-thing where I address a frequently broken grammar rule and tell you how to fix it. This week's installment is about quotation marks. The rules for placing punctuation about quotation marks are complicated. Each of the comma, period, exclamation point, and question mark have multiple rules for placement. What's worse, those rules change depending on where you live!

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Feb
26th
2017

Random Facts #24 · 8:31pm Feb 26th, 2017

Lithium-ion batteries are much harder to charge than "regular" Ni-mh or Ni-cad batteries, as they have a tendency to catch fire, overheat, or explode depending on how they're handled.

After failing on the highest possible level of facepalm, former graphics card manufacturer 3Dfx was consumed entirely by Nvidia, it's biggest rival.

My bookshelf is more book then shelf.

BONUS: Horrible dialogue that I came up with last night:

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Dec
18th
2019

"Friendship Is Magic" But The Dialogue Is Poorly Translated · 6:27pm Dec 18th, 2019

So earlier today I uploaded a story for you guys, but it failed moderation because "Putting an MLP episode through a translator doesn't count as writing a story."

Okay, fair enough. So I'll just post it here then. Enjoy!

Quick tip: Read the dialogue in your head with the characters voices as seriously as possible for maximum enjoyment.


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Oct
11th
2015

That it's bait is obvious, but the trap is worth it · 1:59pm Oct 11th, 2015

"How to Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps" isn't pony, but man if I don't think it, at under 1900 words, is worth your time. I don't actually know if it's fiction or not, and I don't think it matters, because was easily the best thing I've read so far this weekend.

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Dec
20th
2017

Type, or imply, Applejack's accent? · 6:50pm Dec 20th, 2017

When I write Applejack's dialogue, I tend to spell her words using standardised spelling instead of "ah's" (I), and "-'in" (-ing). To me, using specific terms (e.g. howdy, partner) with the rest spelled in a standard form is adequate, because the reader should imagine Applejack speaking with her country accent instead of relying on an accent-ised spelling.

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Jun
11th
2017

How to make conversations real, and how to be more empathetic when saying something · 6:56am Jun 11th, 2017

Just a short blog here about writing in general and a realization I've had and want to get on writing.

So, when I say positioning, I don't mean simple thinking about where your characters are in relation to each other. Though it is related, but while having a conversation with my family, I've more and more realized that within every conversation, every participant is in a certain position.

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Nov
13th
2017

Being a Better Writer: Accents · 9:01pm Nov 13th, 2017

Hopefully this will be a short one. After the longer-than-average posts the last few weeks, I’d like to get a quicker, shorter Being a Better Writer post in so I can jump back to closing up Jungle once and for all!

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Dec
5th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Empty Details · 10:11pm Dec 5th, 2016

Today's topic is a bit of the inverse of the one I wrote last week. I didn't intend for this at first—in fact I had no plans for an inverse article when I sat down last Monday; the appearance of this one is entirely coincidence brought about by something I was reading.

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Jul
16th
2017

Going to publish something in about five minutes · 8:40pm Jul 16th, 2017

It's something dumb and short.

Probably not all that funny. But it is an idea that I bounced off a helpful person a while back.

I decided why not.

Also helped that I planned for it to be a real short thing.

Jun
24th
2019

What makes an interesting conversation? · 6:14pm Jun 24th, 2019

Something I'm wondering about. Would like to hear some other people's opinion on it.

There are two stories. Both these stories have a scene where two characters are talking. However, in one story, the scene is considered entertaining, but in the other, it is boring.

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Jan
5th
2019

Writing Advice: Character Voice in Dialogue and Narrative · 4:55pm Jan 5th, 2019

It's been a while since I've written one of these, but I've been hanging around in FimFiction's Discord's Writing Help chats, and one of the most common things I've been seeing is difficulty with character voicing. Character voicing is hard. It's what's important to making characters stand out from each other. So I thought I'd write a little blog about some of my thoughts on Word Choice in relation to a character's voice.

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Aug
18th
2017

Classic Being a Better Writer: Some of the Small Things · 6:32pm Aug 18th, 2017

It's time for another Classic Being a Better Writer post! Rejoice, newcomers and old fans alike, and get ready to travel back in time to an older day, a day wherein writing topics were discussed!

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Apr
23rd
2016

I've written more dialogue-only stories than anyone else in the fandom. · 8:31pm Apr 23rd, 2016

Check out the group Dialogue-Only Stories. I have 7 stories there. Selbi has 5.

I feel nice.

Also my latest shitfic lost me two followers. :B

Sep
3rd
2019

Being a Better Writer’s Summer of Cliche Writing Advice: Said is Dead · 8:32pm Sep 3rd, 2019

Hello readers! It’s Tuesday, which if you’re a long-time reader of this site, you know is a little unusual for a Being a Better Writer post, usually only happening on the occurrences of a holiday or a work shift taking me away on Monday.

Yesterday was the former. I hope you all made the most of it!

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Feb
7th
2016

Chapter 3 is Live! · 8:25pm Feb 7th, 2016

New chapter for What They Expect to Give is up and ready to read. I'm really glad I had that ready ahead of time. The extra time from my last read let me see something that even my two editors had missed. It's so refreshing to be ahead of an update schedule for once!

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Nov
20th
2017

Being a Better Writer: Dialects · 10:59pm Nov 20th, 2017

When you go to the grocery store, what do you call the wheeled apparatus that you collect your groceries in? Is it a shopping cart? Or is it a carriage? Or a trolley?

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Jun
4th
2016

Writing Dialogue for Preschoolers · 1:46am Jun 4th, 2016

Today we’re going to discuss a writing topic that some might call overly specialized: writing dialogue for a very specific age group. A good story, however, should strive to make all its components as accurate and tonally appropriate as possible. Even if a character has only a few lines of dialogue, even if a skill or item only appears in one scene, its presence still has an impact on the reader’s willing suspension and mood.

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Sep
15th
2017

Classic Being a Better Writer: Breathing Life into Characters · 7:19pm Sep 15th, 2017

Welcome back to another Classic Being a Better Writer post! Really quickly, a quick update for Patreon Supporters: Still playing catch up for last month, but look for something (hopefully) this weekend. That's all.

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Jan
6th
2020

Being a Better Writer: Gestures, Paralinguistics, and Dialogue · 8:54pm January 6th

Welcome, readers, to the year 2020, and a new series of Being a Better Writer! We’re back at last, ready to tackle all new topics of writing every Monday. So kick back and get ready to talk writing!

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