Administrator AquilaTempestas Posted December 4, 2016 Administrator Report Share Posted December 4, 2016 Opinions are going to vary here greatly so it'll be interesting to see what you think makes a good story. Personally, I'm not fussed about the technical details - I don't care about missed commas, run-on sentences and such. If I can read the sentence without getting confused, I'm fine with it. I'm no grammar expert myself so I don't like picking on others for minor errors. I'm also not overly keen on long flowery sentences full of descriptive words - that just makes my head hurt and I become even more confused. For me, I'm drawn to stories that are about the characters. I like characters that I myself can relate to which is why I only read stories about human characters. Although I do love animals in real life, I don't feel so engrossed in a written piece of work if it's about animals unless the fandom itself is animal-centred (Ice Age for example in which all the characters are given human-like personalities). (does this make any sense? hopefully) I want to be taken on an adventure full of twists and turns. I don't want to read a story that just follows the canon and does nothing with it. I want to be drawn into that character's world and feel how they feel - that's why dialogue is so important to me. They say actions speak louder than words, but its dialogue that makes a character memorable in my opinion. Character development is important too. I want to see how a character gets from A to B and how their thought process changes along the way. If they're in a relationship, there better be a build up to it and not just forced because the author wants them together. I like logic. I often ask myself with my own stories, 'if character does this, why are they doing it?' Secondly, plot. I grew up on high fantasy stuff like Lord of the Rings and Neverwinter Nights, so this genre plays a huge role in the structure of my stories and what I like to read about. I like stories that are slow and build up over time. I like complex plots. I like multiple twists and turns and overly dramatic scenes. Someone once told me that my works feel like a Bioware story (I find that a big compliment since their games got me into writing). I don't always play by the fandom rules - rather, I go with what makes sense to me. Anyways, in summary, I like stories that are different. I like the ones that aren't afraid to take risks. I like stories that feature emotionally rich characters that are easily memorable. I like lengthy build ups and plots that move slowly. Grammar and spelling aren't a concern to me. If the characters are interesting, and the plot is strong, chances are, I'm going to be a fan. A fellow friend of mine and a great author said to me, 'Everyone can write a story. But not everyone can tell a story." FishSlayer and Dementor 2 Quote Link to comment
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