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Is there a fanfic in the vein of a scenario of this, and afterwards? This video just leaves so much to the imagination to what could happen afterwards. Like Twi trying to get over what happened in a new starting place. Finding new friends and a new mood along the way, and waiting to get even with the villians.

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Read the sticky.
And I hope not.
>> No. 120873
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Recommendation and Request General: Looking for some recommended reading? Ask for some suggestions here, or recommend fanfiction you consider noteworthy to others.

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119282 No. 119282 [View]
#Discussion #Horror
I know, I know: it's not October yet. But as I see it, fear should know no season.

I was sitting here in the dead of night listening to this lovely little piece of atmosphere--


--and I got to wondering.

Pony or otherwise--though of course ponies are more relevant--what makes for a good horror read to you?

Do you like blood-and-guts slasher horror? The cold, creeping dread of the Gothic school (I'm looking at you, Mr. Magnet)? Or perhaps the twisted mindscapes of Lovecraft are more your speed?
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>> No. 119883
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Ah, wrong on every guess. Oh well; failure is its own form of learning. (Pic related.)

I usually find tales of my own greatest fear to be upsettling* rather than scary. For instance, a skit on That Mitchell and Webb Look showed Sherlock Holmes in the grip of the disease. At first they play it goofy in a sort of Grandpa Simposn way, but at the end Holmes is lucid just long enough to look at Watson and say, "I know."

The only time a story about it gave me proper fear was Stephen King's "The End of the Whole Mess."

*Intentional spelling.
>> No. 119912

Relation to reality is extremely important. After all, if you don't think this could actually happen, why would you be afraid of it? This cuts both ways, to the adversary and the heroes, but more importantly to the heroes. We have to believe that these people are making realistic decisions that we ourselves might make. This is why almost nobody finds Slasher movies scary outside of the jump scares. The heroes never act like real people might, because that's not the point. But the horror of a story requires that you can actually put yourself in the protagonist's shoes.

Which is why I like Psychological thrillers/horror so much. If done well it forces you to relate to somebody who's mental states are crumbling, and thus forces you to view your own personal fears and insecurities.

As for psychological thriller recommendations, in pony I can think of a fic I read very recently, ACT OF WILL, by Present Perfect.

Non-pony, I like works by Edgar Allan Poe, especially when they deal with crazy protagonists like The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, or The Cask of Amontillado. The aforementioned 1408 by Stephen King works, along with a bunch of other stuff by him like The Shining, The Tommyknockers, or Carrie. Sphere, by Michael Chrichton.

Most examples I can think of are films though. One Hour Photo is a good one, Identity, or Session 9, which kinda-sorta blends into Psychological Horror. A lot of Hitchcock films. The first and second Cube movies. Dark City works but delves more into Noir.
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I would love to play and read some scary paranormal pony fanfics!!! H*LL YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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>“Fan fiction” does not constitute any of the potentially protected fair use purposes, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research. That you call your work “parody” does not make it so, nor does it mean that it does not infringe Hasbro and Wizards’ copyrights and trademarks.

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>Faust is boss.
>> No. 120774

Partially-related side note: I hate "I don't own this" disclaimers. There is no reason for them. And the funnier you try to make them, the worse they get.
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As someone who is impartial to the topic at hand, I gotta say I agree with this quite a bit. They're obtrusive to the flow of the story and don't really do squat. People still do it because it's a tradition, but that's it.

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120346 No. 120346 [View]
#Author #Normal #Crossover #Random #Sad #Comedy #Sci-fi #Shipping #Grimdark
um, hello everyone. Thought of one fun little game here.
now if this isn´t allowed here ( by the rules on this board i mean) im going to delete this thread.

The game is simple. You pick a song, Can be ANYTHING the latest pop song,some OST music. anything.
And write a scene.
like i choose this song
and wroted this:
( Now im sorry for my very bad grammar. but i want to improve as well heh, now keep in mind i got total blank at the end so that´s why it is such abrupt ending. )

Heres the scene:
The ceiling fan barely moved in the dark room, smell of cigarettes filled the atmosphere.
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>> No. 120484

I would write something based on "For River," but first I have to stop sobbing.


But maybe I don't want to pollute this song with ponies. This song has a meaning already, and who am I to give it another one?

Okay, I'll be back later. I need to cry more.
>> No. 120618
Wouldn't this be a bit more interesting if people had to write scenes for songs put forward by others?
>> No. 120619
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Somebody tried to do something like that once. The thread died pretty quickly. Most probably this thread would degenerate into song recommendation if that were the case, seeing as by writing a piece back on a song you yourself chose, you'd put in that initial investment to at least start. Throwing songs at each other doesn't get that story any closer to being written, heh.

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120539 No. 120539 [View]
#Author #Sad #Grimdark
Story I wrote that I want to get out there


The story is about what it would look like if Rarity was a serial killer. No, it is not Cupcakes or Sweet Apple Massacre, or Cheerilee's Garden with Rarity. Don't get me wrong, it has some very gory chapters, but it is merely a small part of the story.
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>> No. 120554
I thought stories on /oat/ were just for those little greentext things.
>> No. 120557
I see. Okay, I had no idea about that. Sorry for breaking the rules. Won't do it again.
>> No. 120559
Okay, so I've gone back and read what I guess is probably one of the more "gory" chapters. I'm on the fence as to whether it's NSFP.

It's graphic, yes, but not pornographic, if you know what I mean by that. The focus is on character interactions, and there's no attempt to appeal to the decadent feelings typically associated with gore. Still, the subject matter is repulsive vivisection, horn breaking and is described in a matter-of-fact way that leaves little to the imagination.

This is a really good story, though, either way. I'm having the most intense "not sure if want" feeling I can remember ever having.

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108091 No. 108091 [View]
Hello one and all and welcome to this, the first thread ever posted on this site, though that by no means means I'm not familiar with this place.

regardless, that's not what I'm here for. Rather, I'm here to pose a rather important question, one I'm sure has been addressed before, but I wish to hear you guy's take on this.

How difficult do you find story plotting and world construction?

For me, I find it rather difficult, as I never seem capable of settling on one singular idea. Always, while attempting to plot a story from beginning to end, I keep changing elements or going back because I feel the story isn't going where it needs to. countless pages of written work have been scrapped and several notepads of words have been ripped in this process, and still, no progress has been made.

I'm I the only one that has difficulty plotting things? How do some of you more established authors do it? is there some kind of secret to the trade? or is story plotting accomplished through unity and conversation with other? when do you feel you've hit the sweet spot with a story?

Let me know what any of you think about this topic. I'm sure it could be helpful to other 'newbies' like myself.
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Is that a lot? I wrote the first draft to my current work in thirty one days for the National Pony Writing Month.

33,560 words / 31 days = 1082.5 words per day

I was aiming for 50,000. That's 1613 a day. I felt shamed that I wasn't able to accomplish that quota.

To keep on subject, those 33K+ words I wrote have really, really helped to point out the weaknesses of my work. Not just in the story's mechanics itself, but in how I write. Even if it's something you never show to anyone ever again, every little bit of writing you do is useful in some way or another. Just try to get out as much as you can.
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>Is that a lot?
I wrote an absurdly long reply to this, but in the end A) you don't need to know that much about my life and B) you wouldn't care anyway. That's not an insult, by the way: I just mean that you have no sensible reason to give a feather about me, and that I recognize that fact.

So, short answer? Yes. Because of reasons, that is a lot by my current yardstick.

Realizing that--and realizing the degree by which it is true--is why I've been silent for almost thirty-one hours. In case you don't know, that's a record for me.

I now return to my silence, because I have a metric feather-ton of things to tackle if I'm to up my productivity.

I will return to /fic/, though. Look to my coming on the day I publish my next chapter; at dawn look to FiMFiction.
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>Is that a lot?

I'd say so. I'm usually happy with 300 word days, or if I get a few solid paragraphs done. I've had days where I've written 2000 words because I was just in the groove and the only reason I stopped was because of that damn hunger thing. But that's usually the exception rather than the rule.

I'm sure if I really committed myself I could do 1000 words a day easy, but I would find myself burned out sooner or my creative train of thought would derail and I would end up just putting crap on , which in turn ends up being more work in the editing phase.

Glad to see I'm not the only one like this. I was reading a few of these replies and suddenly feeling inadequate. Curse my fragile writing ego! Now back to editing, because my self imposed deadline approaches and I am way behind it...

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120124 No. 120124 [View]
#Author #Single fic #Discussion #Dark

I...kinda feel like I'm being an attention-CENSORED WORD doing this, but on the other hand, how can my story spread itself if nobody knows about it? This leaves me in a bit of a dilemma, one which will probably end with my cursor hovering over the "New Thread" button for a good five minutes while an internal debate rages over whether to drop the finger to make a clicking sound that tells the internet that a new thread wants posting in an inconspicuous corner of a server, or to move the cursor to a different location and forget this thing ever happened. If you're reading this, then you probably know which side won. I mean, really, I don't much go for self-promotion; it feels like standing on stage, arms akimbo, the spotlight reflecting off my perfect teeth while fireworks go off in the background, and the audience is disappointed because the snacks provided are all half-cooked and looking at them strangely.

And I don't want to be a Trixie.

But then, previous point, so there ya go. CENSORED SINGLE-SYLLABLE WORD.

So here I am.

So, as you may or may not have sussed, this is a thread designed to make people want to read my story, then talk to me about it. I am not asking for reviews, as I have some talented reviewers waving sharp scissors menacingly in my general direction, but neither will I turn down volunteers. Single comments, hateful rants, and courteous nods are all accepted modes of communication in these here parts, though the middle finger is generally cons
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I... erm... hmm.

I've read the first two chapters, and I'm torn. On the one hand, you're a competent writer who's created a world oozing with believability and style. On the other, a scene in chapter two just completely sucked all of that out for me. Cue spoilers...

Golden Lock's dismissal felt mechanical and cliched, to the point that it dragged me out of immersion. It didn't feel like something that arose naturally out of the scene; it felt more like something that was inserted into it to help advance the plot. It was just one obvious, whirling gear in what had, up till then, been a well-polished and smoothly operating machine, which caused it to stick out like a sore, mangled thumb.

Don't misunderstand this post, though. I'm probably going to carry on reading and you're story's already earned a thumbs up from the first chapter alone. Your characters and engaging and clearly distinct, which is a relief given that they're OC's, and your world building is superb. It's just... that scene.
>> No. 120186
I had no idea you had finally made it public. Wish I weren't such a social media neo-luddite, because then I'd figure out how EqD's new comment system works so I could chime in.

At any rate, it has continually been a pleasure working with you, and I'll say to all passing readers that this is a story nearly a year in the making, wrought with much careful thought and patience, by a man who possesses both imagination and wit. In other words, totally with your time.

I do look forward to more as well.
>> No. 120203
>If your fic is as fun to read as your post

You know, I honestly have no idea how to take any compliment on "world building" with this. I mean, this is a fanfic; the world has been built for me. I'm glad you like the world and all, I just don't think that's my fault.

>that scene.
I apologize for dragging you out of the immersive experience, but I do have legitimate reason for that scene happening. You know, more than "Move along, plot; nothing to see here." I can't really go into it without spoilers yet (so stop looking here; it'll show up in chapter eight or nine. I think), but if you could offer a suggestion or two on how I might be able to rectumfy this situation, I'd thank you. Granted, I might not be able to actually implement it, but I can, at least, try.

>EqD's new comment system

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119575 No. 119575 [View]
#Radio Event
Hey guys, Squeak of Ponyinabox here. I make radio plays for Celestia Radio on the side of my usual ficitry. And I'm currently in the process of trying to hire some new audio editors, but I need some material for them to get their teeth into. Alas, I'm scripting like five things so thus this:


We got a lot of auditions for audio editor, and the original plan was to let the most likely candidates do a bit of editing on a short for us. But we’ve only got one in the works, and more than one interested editor. So we thought to ourselves ‘Hey, we’d hate to have someone go through all the trouble of putting this short together and then not use it because we’re going with someone else’. So, we came to a conclusion: We need some material to test these guys with. So, if you’d like to see your work turned into a Ponyinabox Mini, then follow these simple rules and submit before September 19th at Midnight wherever you happen to be:

1.No Doctor Whooves/Goodnight Plotlines (Sorry we handle those)
2.Make it Simple, Short and Slice of Life
3.Must Be Submitted in Script Format
4.Must be eight hundred words or less in other words MAKE IT SHORT
5.Submit it with the subject: Ponyinabox Mini Entry
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Heres one I wrote a while back. I never finished it, and it's already in script format. I hope you get some use out of it.
>> No. 119959
Putting in my entry for the contest. Let's hope I managed to spit out something half-way decent. Never done a script before.

Commenting is enabled, if anyone wants to correct any mistakes they see.


Also, any picture that's focused on two guards, one from Luna's group and one from Celestia's, would be greatly appreciated.
>> No. 119997

>>119959 Pretty much what Luc said minus the picture stuff, except applied to mine. It's about Fluttershy convincing Rainbow Dash to go with her to the butterfly migration.

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115976 No. 115976 [View] [Last 50 posts]
Previous thread >>113136

Hello again, fillies and gentlecolts, and welcome to the fourteenth installment of the “Ask An Equestria Daily Pre-Reader Anything Thread”! Feel free to ask us anything* and we’ll do our best to answer.

*Anything that has to do with Equestria Daily, the pre-reading process, fanfiction, alcohol, regrets, or Nicolas Cage. Keep questions on other subjects to a minimum.

I’d also like to include a brief FAQ in this initial post, since we seem to hear a lot of the same questions:

Q: How long does the pre-reading process take?
A: Depends entirely on how many pre-readers have free time and how interesting the story looks. Could be an hour, could be a week.

Q: Am I allowed to respond to pre-reader feedback?
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>> No. 120136
>My Little Dashie is one of the most famous fanfictions in this fandom. In my opinion, it's quite overrated, I don't feel that much sadness at its end, but I'm quite the minority here.

>Anyone else agrees with me? Just to know if I'm a heartless monster or just a guy who didn't manage to identify himself as the narrator, and therefore didn't feel really sad at the end.
>> No. 120139
Most of /fic/ certainly agrees with you, but I am not certain about the prereaders (of which I am not one). I honestly thought that the ending was supposed to happy when I read it. Kinda got thrown by all the "I cried X buckets of tears"s I saw after that.

Although I tout my en dashes, logical punctuation around quotation mark placement (except in direct speech) and Commonwealth spellings with great pride, I still agree that single quotes are pretty stupid.
>> No. 120219
Since it seems like the main people forgot,

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119770 No. 119770 [View]
#Author #Single fic #Dark
Two-dimensional. You’d think being flat would be fun right? Wrong. It’s the worst existence imaginable, if you can even call it existing. I think I’m going insane.

I wrote this about a month ago, and it actually went through the Training Grounds at some point. I don’t know how many of you wanted to hear a voice recording from me, but I know at least one of you requested a recording of this. Here, listen to the sound of my beautiful voice :3
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyANncssC0g&feature=youtu.be
Story link: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/44465/1/2-D-Pony/

Yes, that's a pony creator image. I'm still waiting on a commission from /art/ and the narrator is supposed to be flat anyway, so I thought it would be appropriate.
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>Here, listen to the sound of my beautiful voice :3
>Yeah this isn't my natural voice. [...] you may never know what my voice actually sounds like.
Sneaky little Raindropses. Wicked, tricksy, false!
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Oh, I just remembered. What did you guys think of the "Curses and Slander" line? My brother actually says that all the time, but often in a comical manner. I used it because I thought I could pull it off, but after hearing myself say it out loud... not as much. I also didn't want to actually use a curse there. The only reason I use the word 'damn' is because I'm using it properly.
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To be Honest, the "curses and slander" line kind of fell flat.

But you do get points for inventiveness, and we can never forget the possibility that I'm simply obtuse.

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119695 No. 119695 [View]
#Author #Collection
More or less just 'advertising' myself, if you want to get a synopsis of anything I've written just go here and if it interests you, read it. And please for the love of god if you find something wrong let me know so I can fix it ASAP.

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It's also been said that author threads only receive attention when derailed, so this is just par for the course.
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There are no brakes on the derail train!
>> No. 119806

When I read this comment I stopped to think about whether I wanted to do an author thread. Many moons ago, I did a self-plug by opening a thread and promising to write mini-fics based on ideas from the thread... If I were still doing those instead of burning through other inspirations, I'd definitely open another thread now that I have things on my profile that are worth plugging.

Well that and anyone around here who doesn't hate me by now has had plenty of chances to see what I've written.

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119648 No. 119648 [View]
#Author #Single fic #Normal
by MZero

Synopsis: When a hidden room is discovered beneath the Canterlot Archives, Princess Celestia sends Twilight Sparkle to investigate. Twilight discovers that the room belonged to one of Discord's former followers and deep within it he had imprisoned a pony in a glass tube. Who is this pony? More importantly, should she be released?


This is my first fic (MLP or otherwise) and I posted it on FimFiction about a month ago. At this point I have a prologue plus five chapters written. It's been pretty well-received so far, but the hit count is still really low so I'm trying to give it more exposure.

Also, the cover art I'm using was grabbed from DeviantArt literally five minutes before I posted the story. If there's an artist out there who would be interested in making an original image for it, I would worship them.
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>> No. 119678
When I read that, it felt like the doctor just told me I had cancer. lol.

So yallar sayin' I didnt lern ta punkchewate korektly? Next yewl tell me ma inglish is brokin.
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Edumacate urself.
>> No. 119689

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106451 No. 106451 Autosaged [View] [Last 50 posts]
#Discussion #General #Story Forge
Hello, and welcome to the seventh iteration of the Story Forge, /fic/'s story idea and brainstorming general thread!

If you have a story idea that you do not wish to write, or are looking for a seed of an idea upon which to build your world, consider this place a literary take-a-penny jar. We can also help flesh out your story ideas, but do suggest that once you get the ball rolling, to move the conversation to one of our many fine Review Threads. If you see someone asking for fic ideas, or posting a few, please direct them here.

Form if you want feedback on your idea: http://goo.gl/3rdNQ
The list of ideas: http://goo.gl/o4sCW

Previous thread: >>97121
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>> No. 127740

And I get the feeling that I should've posted this in the next thread. Oh well.
>> No. 129040
RE: Yes, I read platinum<a href="http://bqtkwmy.com"> insetad</a>. my bad. The point I was trying to make was people spend so much money buying stuff and then complaining they don't have money left for basics of life like home, food and child support. I have seen medical assistant in my wife's office with expensive designer bags, iPhones, and other overpriced stuff and yet they continue complaining that they can't afford a house. Given houses were expensive in the past few years but with this kind of consumerism they will never be able to afford a house of their own. Here comes the point of forced savings plan by buying the right house for the right money and keeping it for a long time. So, why would you buy a house now knowing that it will go down in value even if you buy a small house. With rents coming down the way they are, won't you be able to find a better rental for what you want to buy now?I am confused by this though. Rate this comment: 0 0
>> No. 129094
Why does this have to be the ONLY <a href="http://ueolcpyf.com">relalbie</a> source? Oh well, gj!

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112293 No. 112293 Locked [View] [Last 50 posts]
Greetings, you fine connoisseurs of literature! My name is Figments, and I'm here to review your fanfiction. What does that mean? Well, let me give you a rundown of it: I go through your fic, scouring every nook and cranny for imperfections, and then come back to you with both suggestions and results, helping you along in this crazy world of pony fanfiction.

So, getting back to the subject, welcome to my review thread! Being an author myself, I know the problems faced with creating a story, so feel free to ask any question regarding such! I'm a bit more lenient than most other folks in terms of *coughs * language, general mishaps, and so on and so forth. That doesn't mean that I won't come down hard on your fic. When I do, that's generally because I want to see it as the best that it can be.

I do have a few requirements and preferences for reviewing, as follows:

1) Please read the sticky. It's the only hope for sailing these dangerous waters! That and us reviewers. *coughs * Moving on...
2) Please use this format when posting here: Title, Author, Appropriate Tags, Synopsis, Word Count, and your Gdocs Link (with sharing and comments enabled)

3) I will only accept Google Docs as this is the most convenient to review with. If your story is on FiMFiction and you would like a review, please transfer the story over to Gdocs and enable sharing with comments.

4) NO 10,000 + WORD EPIC CHAPTERS. My limit is 7K. No more, no less. I will be lenient if you go just a few words over; and by a few, I mean like ten to thirty, not one hundred to seven hundred. I gladly take resubmissions if edits have been made! Just keep in mind: I am not here to beta test your fic. I'm here to help make it better, so don't spam resubmissions.
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Welp, thanks to a sudden burst of free time (that and my AP teachers are really lax and barely dish out homework), I got this review done!

Apologies are due, however, to both the length of time that it took and for skipping over PonyCadero. Sorry man, but since this is one part and yours is four, I gotta wrap this one up before tackling that one.

Anyways, onto your review!

Plot & Storytelling Bravissimo, author! You did a great job of balancing exposition, action, and story all in one piece! I gotta say that this is a fic that I’d love to see highlighted.

However, there are still a few things you need to clean up.
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I'm sorry about being unable to view your fic, Cadero. I've been thinking for the past few days if I should shut down the thread, and it looks like I've come a decision.

Because school is taking up a lot of my time, I ask that a mod please lock this thread until further notice.

I'll do reviews in the TG from time to time, but having a dedicated queue looms over my head and makes me feel guilty.

So, I'm shutting down the queue until further notice.

Thanks for sticking with me and I hope I can do business with you next time!
>> No. 119511
Locked by OP request

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There is much discussion in here and in other places about how stories could have been made better, normally without much more than that.

This thread we try to see a story which you thought could have been much better had something or another been done different. The catch is that you have to actually give a reason why your changes are needed and why you think the changes will make the story better. You might also want to comment on previous suggestions if you disagree and give your reasons why.

So now, tell us what stories you think could have been much better and how would you have rewritten them.
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>> No. 119497
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Read it all.
Somewhat funny, good chap, but brevity is the soul of wit and all that jazz. Might also want to work on your syntax as I got the distinct impression that English was a second language that you were intimately familiar with, yet hadn't quite managed to wrap your head around its (admittedly bulbous) girth.
>> No. 119512
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As someone who loves to read, I give this post an 8 on the attached chart.
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Trying to write logically at 3 in the morning after a night drinking myself stupid isn't my superpower #15. Reading it over, I have no idea what I was going for other than them both sucking for different reasons. Never written anything that long for a story, so there is also that. I should add this to the list of stuff I shouldn't do.


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