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A collection of useful writing guides, because I'm an idiot ;) Contains tips on using FictionPress, writing and reviewing. There's tons of genre specific advice, so check it out!

The Sane Writer's Guide To: Character Description by Black Cap reviews
A guide for all writers of fanfiction or original fiction. Focuses on character description, from identifying bland description to making the reader honestly see your characters. Part of the Sane Writer's Guide series.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 996 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 45 - Follows: 3 - Published: 7/12/2010 - Complete
The Sane Writer's Guide To: Robots in Fiction by Black Cap reviews
A guide for all writers of fanfiction or original fiction. Focuses on robots in fiction, from mindless killing machines and mechanical love interests to the thought-provoking debate on what qualifies as human. Part of the Sane Writer's Guide series.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,317 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/18/2011 - Complete
The Sane Writer's Guide To: Narration by Black Cap reviews
A guide for all writers of fanfiction or original fiction. Focuses on the various styles of narration, from first person to journal-format narration. Part of the Sane Writer's Guide series.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,243 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/5/2010 - Complete
Is Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery? by Katie-Maude reviews
A response to increasing number of plagiarized stories occurring on fictionpress. It is intended to inform the reader of some of the misconceptions regarding copyright infringement and plagiarism. Responses appreciated.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,460 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/7/2009 - Complete
The Feng Shui of Review by The Mumbling Sage reviews
An entire essay dedicated to that FictionPress staple, the review. Everyone who reviews gets a special treat!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,308 - Reviews: 91 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 5/16/2007 - Published: 2/15/2007 - Complete
How to Write a poem by jrsparkus reviews
this is a paper on how to write a poem duh, just read the title . got a B-
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,778 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Published: 10/27/2008 - Complete
A Beginner's Guide to Magic by Tristan Alkai reviews
Magic is the key to the fantasy genre. Here are some notes, tips, and guidelines for most details that a fantasy author requires as he or she goes about this vital aspect of building the world as a real-seeming place.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 6 - Words: 9,155 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 11/18/2012 - Published: 6/4/2009
Saving your babies by pacific.babe reviews
A hopefully useful guide to saving your stories from plagiarists ick. Learn how to protect your babies!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 760 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/23/2009 - Complete
LeFire’s Basic Military FanFiction Writing Guide by LeFire reviews
A writing guide for authors new to the field of military fiction. Placed here from fanfiction.net by request.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,490 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 3 - Published: 6/24/2003
The Brawler's Guide to Martial Arts by pen112 reviews
In the Era of Jason Bourne and UFC, it's no longer acceptable to have spinning high kicks in your spy thrillers. Want to know about the various deadly techniques that can be used to turn your protagonist into a bone-breaking unarmed expert? Look no furthe
Fiction: Action - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2,265 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 7/9/2008 - Published: 6/25/2008
A Very Fundamental Introduction to Publishing by The Mumbling Sage reviews
Have a story, poem, or article you're thinking of publishing, or do you simply have a dream and no idea where to start? Here's the bedrock you can use to build the twenty-bedroom mansion or the house of cards your writing career turns out to be.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 3 - Words: 10,124 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 7/2/2013 - Published: 5/22/2009 - Complete
The Things I Learned In Fiction Class by Harmonic Discord reviews
Because I learned so many great things in Fiction Writing and it seemed like a waste not to share them. Rated for language and bad writing samples.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 3,146 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 5/10/2011 - Published: 5/28/2009
Dialog Tags and SecondBest Words by The Mumbling Sage reviews
Two issues I've seen frequently on the various writing sites I belong to. Some musings and advice.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 922 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/16/2008 - Complete
How To Prevent Prejudgment of Your Story by The Old Sam Garrett reviews
Just another one of my essays, though this is more of a writing guide than anything. It's about how to start a story without running into overdone or unwanted elements.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,395 - Reviews: 44 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/27/2008 - Complete
Description: The hows, whens, and whys by The Mumbling Sage reviews
Some thoughts on description in fiction and how to handle it.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,827 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 6/17/2008 - Published: 5/16/2006
Good Prose by The Mumbling Sage reviews
Prose: Literally, anything written that is not poetry. The text, the words on the page, the stuff the reader is actually reading. Here’s what you need to make a reader want to read.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,956 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 16 - Published: 6/22/2008 - Complete
Tips for Writing Useful Reviews by elisefey reviews
A barebones guide to writing an insightful and thorough critique.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 961 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/20/2006
Prose Mistakes that Amateurs Make by The Mumbling Sage reviews
Want to make your writing sound more professional? View the nitpicks within--and learn to avoid them!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,750 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 43 - Published: 5/15/2008 - Complete
5 Steps To Writing a Deceivingly Good Article by papaya-mafia reviews
As an amatuer, I only have a little to offer in the steps of writing a good article, but if you are an amatuer as well . . . perhaps you will find them to be helpful. Inside are 5, painfully easy and simple steps on the how to's of writing a good article
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 2,007 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/5/2007
The Art of Conlanging by Meldon reviews
Fantasy worlds demand one thing: new names, words, and even languages! This essay will introduce you to the art of constructing new languages conlanging
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 10 - Words: 5,446 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 3/7/2009 - Published: 8/27/2005
Narc's Laws of Fictionpress by Narc reviews
Please don't review this story RG/RM people! My thoughts on posting fiction on fictionpress. This is entirely my opinion, so please don't take too seriously.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,440 - Reviews: 72 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/10/2008 - Complete
The Subtle Strife by The Mumbling Sage reviews
A discussion read: rant of subtlety and the lack thereof. I'd say more, but I don't want to clobber you over the head with it.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,367 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 9 - Published: 9/21/2007 - Complete
A Guide to Action Scenes by Heatless Flame reviews
This is a basic guide to writing an action scene, may it be actual pbattle, verbal, or anything such. This is NOT a full guide, and I suggest several others that can be found in my C2, Helpful Writing Guides.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,450 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/6/2007 - Complete
Writing Speculative Fiction: A Nerd's Guide by Jave Harron reviews
Tired of looking for scifi and seeing nothing new? He's my attempt to help speculative fiction writers, as well as even give the pros a few new ideas. Going strong for years! Now, we cover sword and sorcery, and how to drive your enemies before you while you hear the lamentations of their women.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Humor - Chapters: 50 - Words: 103,506 - Reviews: 235 - Favs: 103 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 9/17/2013 - Published: 3/10/2004
That Essay That Everyone Else Writes by JJSLAM2129 reviews
Mary Sues, Cliches, Stupid Villans, Reviewers, Bad Logic and anything else I can think of that bugs me about today's stories. If something's bugging you, chances are you'll find it here. Now with Worldbuilding. Topic suggestions welcome! Reviews returned.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Tragedy/Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 16,758 - Reviews: 205 - Favs: 107 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 9/16/2007 - Published: 10/5/2006
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