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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1125 on: May 04, 2012, 11:54:46 am »
Got my first review on my fanfiction. You tell me what part is annoying:

"I just read through all of this and it's good, but it is dialogue heavy. I suggest that maybe you focus on one thing at a time. Fanfiction is not advanced litrature, and people just want to come and casually read about there favorite fandom."

>___>

I suppose that's what I get for saying "any and all reviews welcome."
I received the same line, but from the fan-fic author. He wrote only in endless pargraphs (minimum 12 sentences), hiding the dialogue inside. The story was solid, but since he was getting grief, I decided to be helpful and showed him how to break down these paragraphs into a format that more people would like to read (ie, how every single goddamn book on the planet has done it since the end of the romantic era of Victorian literature!).

"This isn't a writing course, I just want to get the stories out. What are you, and English major?"


>___< Yes.... yes I am. Congrats on having no one want to read your shit.

I've helped many a fan-fic writer in the same way, and I'm often suprised how my simple suggestions of hitting return once in awhile and separating dialogue is seen as mind-blowing. I'd always assumed most fan-fic writers at least read a book or two and would, you know, at least try to copy their favorite authors until they found a voice.

Oh goddess, I hate people who write like that. >.< I have always separated dialogue when I can. It just looks so much nicer, y'know?
Wanna hear something really sad? I didn't know to do that until grade 9 or so... First story I tried to write failed miserably as soon as I started to write dialogue because I didn't know it got its own paragraph. Keep in mind I am, and have always been, a voracious reader, I should have already known that. The irony of this all being that I want to get into the editing and publishing industry at some point.

Segueing perfectly back on topic, I'm annoyed at how my (now former) high school had a creative writing class that I couldn't take because I was taking applied-level classes and not academic-level classes. It was an academic level class, apparently. I was in the wrong tier. Ugh.
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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1126 on: May 04, 2012, 12:17:03 pm »
Yeah, come and yell at my ex-managers, instead!

On the topic of spacing for dialogue and such...its like basic GUI design, all you need are a few examples of how its done by a professional.  You don't need to read labyrinthine tomes on composition and style, just read a book.  Unless that book is either the Bible or Twilight.

I still don't understand how people can miss such basic, fundamental principles of GUI design...  I understand being inexperienced, I understand wanting to have your own style, but if that style comes at the expense of user-friendliness, then your style needs revision.  People won't want to use your software if it isn't user-friendly.
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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1127 on: May 04, 2012, 05:18:15 pm »
When people on the bus refuse to move their bag off the seat next to them even when the bus is crowded and people need the seat.  >:(

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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1128 on: May 04, 2012, 08:26:00 pm »
MY BAG IS TIRED! IT MUST SIT!

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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1129 on: May 05, 2012, 12:16:35 am »
When people on the bus refuse to move their bag off the seat next to them even when the bus is crowded and people need the seat.  >:(

Or when a wild pack of teenagers decides that they should stand in a huge group at the front of the bus instead of moving towards the back like they're supposed to.

Christ, I hate getting off work right when the teenagers are let out of school.
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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1130 on: May 05, 2012, 01:09:23 am »
I realised that I'm referring to more and more people that are significantly younger than me as "Kid", "Boy", or "Girl".    A good chunk of these people are in High School or early College. 

Holy crap.  I'm getting old.

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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1131 on: May 05, 2012, 10:57:28 am »
When your football team fucks up leads. RRRAAAGGGEEEE

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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1132 on: May 06, 2012, 01:22:57 am »
Bleh. I've been playing Avernum: Escape from the Pit for the last little while, and managed to get pretty far into it. Today, I discovered that all of my saved files have somehow been corrupted, and I don't have any backups, so now I have to start over again.
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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1133 on: May 06, 2012, 10:03:24 am »
Otend's video about SCP-173 in Disturbing Images did not, at first glance, affect me. I had a number of logical questions and while the bit at the end startled me, I just didn't find it scary. Apparently, my subconscious took this to mean a challenge. It's actually quite fond of fucking withe me this way. So something that didn't affect me in the slightest during the day causes nightmares at night. Awesome.
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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1134 on: May 06, 2012, 12:47:49 pm »
"Professional" atheists who seem to enjoy getting in to pissing matches over how much more charitable atheist groups are than churches. Yes, I get it, the RCC hordes a ton of resources that could be put to better use, that doesn't mean we need to go about bragging about how more of our donated time/money is put towards the actual charity in question. If you want to point out the statistics in order to put pressure on religious institutions, fine, but don't go around bragging about how much better 'our side' is just because we're more efficient. It's petty, and only serves to reinforce the 'atheists are arrogant' image.
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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1135 on: May 06, 2012, 08:26:50 pm »
People who use action quotes on the internet like *action*

*Cries*
*Beats you over the head*
*Hugs*
*Falls over laughing*

Because, it's always extremely hyperbolic, and not in an over-the-top, funny way, but in an annoying, melodramatic way.

Plus it's something that annoying fangirls on LiveJournal do.

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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1136 on: May 06, 2012, 08:51:07 pm »
Always? :( I use them on Twitter quite a bit.

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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1137 on: May 06, 2012, 09:55:15 pm »
*posts action quote*
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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1138 on: May 06, 2012, 09:59:01 pm »
*whips out shlong and slaps all of you across the face with it*

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Re: Things That Annoy You
« Reply #1139 on: May 06, 2012, 10:00:00 pm »
*bites down with impeccable timing*
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