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Things you like to see in writing

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by Melyanna, Oct 30, 2001.

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  1. Melyanna

    Melyanna Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jul 19, 2001
    Julie suggested in the [link=]Biggest turn-offs when reading fics?[/link] thread that someone start a thread for things we like to see. This isn't just about plot; it's about everything that makes writing good.

    So I'll start.

    I love believable characters. I love to see established characters written convincingly. Original characters can be even better when they're not cut from patterns out of cardboard.

    Your turn...
  2. Kitt327

    Kitt327 Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 23, 2000
    I like clever dialogue. I'll always remember great lines in a book.
  3. Eldritch009

    Eldritch009 Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 1, 2001
    I would have to say originality and detail.

    I agree on the believable characters. There must be something there to identify yourself with.
  4. Gandalf the Grey

    Gandalf the Grey Jedi Knight star 6

    May 14, 2000
    Humor. Not silly or weird humor, but humor nevertheless. I like a slightly dark and very dry sense of humor in stories I read.
  5. JediGaladriel

    JediGaladriel Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 3, 1999
    I love unexpected but apt metaphors and similes.
  6. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    I love a post that leaves me wanting to cry for good reasons. Like the post-tattooing scene between Anakin and Leia in The Penitent, anything from the last half of Soldier's Dance, or Jade_Angel's last post on Tests of Time. In the EU, I just finished SxS and one scene (around page 456) involving Han, Leia and a certain spoilered event had me on the verge of tears for an hour. Writing that digs deep and reminds me of my own humanity is what I love.

    I also live for tongue-in-cheek humor.
  7. Gandalf the Grey

    Gandalf the Grey Jedi Knight star 6

    May 14, 2000
    Thinking about SBS, I love hopeless stands against impossible odds. When hope is gone, when there is no hope of victory, and a character makes one last defiant gesture. Even when it?s a character that I don?t like, showing that sort of heroism in the face of disaster is still heart-wrenching. When a character I like does it, it?s even better. I just love it when a character knows that they?re going to die, and still continues on, still fighting until darkness falls.
  8. Rogue...Jedi

    Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jan 12, 2000
    lines, humor, and believable characters. main 3 components, IMO.

    (though sometimes humor comes in wrong places; I'm not including those times)
  9. Vonn

    Vonn Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 3, 2000
    I'd already started a thread on this.
  10. Veng_Commando

    Veng_Commando Jedi Padawan star 4

    Oct 26, 2001
    I love love... dun ask... and I like humor... all rihgt ask... and I like torure... dun even
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