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 Post subject: The physical act of writing
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:45 am 
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Here we can argue about what is the most efficient method for conveying ideas into the real world. New writers can also get tips about proof-reading and that crap.

Personally, I handwrite everything on paper in pencil. Then I'll type it up on the computer, editing it as I do so. Once I'm happy with the work that I've produced, i'll regurgitate it for anyone who's willing to read it i.e. you guys.

PROOF READING

Seriously, nobody likes reading a story streaked through with typos and grammar errors.

side note

*If you mention that you wrote your story in a few minutes and/or didn't bother proof-reading it, you will be violated*

The simplest way to proof-read your work is to type it up and read over it with a red pen in one hand. I say type it up, because I think people are less likely to pick up on their errors when they're reading their own handwriting.

Here's a fool-proof tip: Reading your work out loud to yourself will let you spot errors that you might not have noticed when you were reading it in your head. Sometimes, it can even let you know what should be in the error's place.

Basically, it should sound right.

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You see that last little bit of text under the 'Proof reading' bit? I'm going to repost that in three different ways, and comment on the formatting.

Fucktard wrote:
Seriously, nobody likes reading a story streaked through with typos and grammar errors. Side note*If you mention that you wrote your story in a few minutes and/or didn't bother proof-reading it, you will be violated*The simplest way to proof-read your work is to type it up and read over it with a red pen in one hand. I say type it up, because I think people are less likely to pick up on their errors when they're reading their own handwriting.Here's a fool-proof tip: Reading your work out loud to yourself will let you spot errors that you might not have noticed when you were reading it in your head. Sometimes, it can even let you know what should be in the error's place.Basically, it should sound right.


It hurts to look at, doesn't it? Walls of text are nobody's friend. They're not fun to read, they look like something a child would hammer out in primary school. Some serious paragraphing needs to be done. Luckily, most stories posted in this format are troll stories.

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Seriously, nobody likes reading a story streaked through with typos and grammar errors.
side note
*If you mention that you wrote your story in a few minutes and/or didn't bother proof-reading it, you will be violated*
The simplest way to proof-read your work is to type it up and read over it with a red pen in one hand. I say type it up, because I think people are less likely to pick up on their errors when they're reading their own handwriting.
Here's a fool-proof tip: Reading your work out loud to yourself will let you spot errors that you might not have noticed when you were reading it in your head. Sometimes, it can even let you know what should be in the error's place.
Basically, it should sound right.


This is starting to work, there are some paragraphs there, for sure. but it's still rough on the eyes. It needs something else. Also, I believe that some editions of Microsoft Word chuck you in a line break when you hit the Enter key.

Don't be fooled. When you transfer it from there to here, they are gone.

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Seriously, nobody likes reading a story streaked through with typos and grammar errors.

side note

*If you mention that you wrote your story in a few minutes and/or didn't bother proof-reading it, you will be violated*

The simplest way to proof-read your work is to type it up and read over it with a red pen in one hand. I say type it up, because I think people are less likely to pick up on their errors when they're reading their own handwriting.

Here's a fool-proof tip: Reading your work out loud to yourself will let you spot errors that you might not have noticed when you were reading it in your head. Sometimes, it can even let you know what should be in the error's place.

Basically, it should sound right.


This has line breaks. That alone makes it a preferable read compared to a piece of work with no breaks. You gotta remember, the people on the Internet all have small attention spans, and if a piece of writing is the best story that's ever been written, if you post it without line breaks, you'll be greeted with "Learn to paragraph, dumbass".

I would go so far as to suggest that most of the people her would rather read a crap story with brilliant formatting than read a brilliant story with crap formatting.

SO EDGY AM I COOL YET, YOU GUYS?!: PARAGRAPH YOUR SHIT.

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Before I say anything else, what did you type in your last line there? It got the wordfilter hammer and I'm very curious about what that one is. i dont think i found that one yet.

As tedious as it is, have someone else read your work if you can. possibly multiple someones. while you won't pick up many errors from your own handwriting, you certainly won't pick up some less obvious errors in your typing. a quick, automated, spellcheck on word won't cut it. you need someone to proofread it for clarity, sentence structure, and organization. you might have a kickass idea, but if it's a jumbled mess (even with linebreaks) it's going to make a shitty story.


and in the true spirit of this forum, i've slightly derailed us. no, i think it makes sense. nvm.

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Before I say anything else, what did you type in your last line there? It got the wordfilter hammer and I'm very curious about what that one is. i dont think i found that one yet.


Just guessing here, but I'm pretty sure I know what it is.

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: PARAGRAPH YOUR SHIT.


This is a summary of what his post was about. What do we normally put before the summary of a long post around here?

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well, t l ; d r is He pulled a knife on me, I swear.
and t e a l d e a r is BEST STORY EVER!
so he put something else. some variation of it

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I think I'm going to post my first creepy pasta so you guys can tear it apart. We need a sacrificial lamb to show other wannabe authors on what not to do when writing creepy pastas or any other stories.

I also have Lakeshore Manors to dismember as well.

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hmm, yeah I guess I can't figure out what variation he put in either. Don't know what else it would be.

You have my humble apologies for doubting your ability to reason, Lady Giggles.

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t o o l o n g ; d i d n ' t r e a d

SO EDGY AM I COOL YET, YOU GUYS?!

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you're fine rp i could never be mad at you
i see it now, bc
was that a quote from some haggis gobbling cigarette? maybe i shouldnt say that, i think i may have written that at some point...

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Challenge Accepted!

Yeah right lol.

Anyways, I think it's self deprecating humor on vaughn's part, but I could be wrong.

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oh yeah, he used to put tl;dr at the end of every story, didn't he? he was the cause of the word filter originally i think.

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And caused some major butt frustration(lol word filter) to a prolific writer, Pasta Lover, and Slightly Cloudy(Or is it Partly Cloudy) and said prolific writer probably bitched at Sarah to have her remove the comments, instead she put in a word filter.

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Definitely self-deprecating humor on my part.

And wonderful derailment, guys.


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And wonderful derailment, guys.

it's the spirit of this forum

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Well, that's disappointing.

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If you're talking about the physical act of writing, I would take that to mean putting a pen to paper, how you cross your t's and dot your i's etc.

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Yeah, I meant your method of actually writing the idea down. Like I said, I write it on paper, then proof in onto the computer.

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With the exception of a few notable examples of mine, I actually do most of my writing on the computer. I find the ease of correcting typos and shit as I go to be much easier. And I change my material for physical copies. I would and have wasted a ton of paper trying to do pencil-and-paper writing.

But I agree with the having other people read your material for proof-reading. I still make a lot of errors that I don't catch myself until much, much later. Having somebody else (even multiple somebodys) proof-read is wise.


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I was just being a dick, BC, I knew whatcha meant :P

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