Jaegershund's Practical Guide to WritingHints and tips from :iconJaegershund:
Write What You Know
Coming from me, this sounds hypocritical, but lemme explain. When you're writing, the first thing about any given situation is to make it believable. So, say you're piloting an aircraft- if you know nothing about planes, you're gonna sound fake, or just gloss over it. Now, don't panic! This doesn't mean that you should constrain yourself! You should always reasearch something you're going to write about, and maybe read some stuff already written on the subject- that'll give you a good idea on how to write it.
Warning, however, don't over egg it. You may have researched every aspect of the gun your protagonist is holding, but don't tell the reader every detail. Just little bits, just enough to make it real.
A Mary-Sue is a perfect character. You'll see them a lot in fanfiction- normally overpowering the main characters, and having a relationship with the author's favourite
The waste land behind the fire station is always silent. No birds sing there, and even the wild rabbits and feral cats avoid it. Weedy wildflowers nod their seasonal heads in the breeze. Lying fallow in the midst of housing developments, shopping malls, the new movie theater — the vacant lot stands out like a knife wound on a woman’s placid face, shocking, brazen, ugly.
It is always empty. Except for one thing: a ragged heap of old trash, all nasty black tar paper and vicious snarls of rusted wire, car parts and broken glass and other junkyard jetsam. The embodiment of injury waiting to happen, an invitation to a tetanus shot... the city never hauled it away. No one ever wants anywhere near it; it radiates an eerie sense of calculating watchfulness.
And at night, it wanders.
When darkness falls, and the last cars heading into the hives of tract housing stop illuminating the asphalt with moving-picture shadows, it… unfolds. Bitter, broken tangles, grotesquely mov