How to Write a Noticable Quibblo Story

There are some things that distinguish between my favorite quibblo authors and the rest.

Chapter 1

The One and Only Chapter 1

My List of Story Pet Peeves:

1. Putting links to photos of what things look like. People, this is a writing website. Where you write stuff, like descriptions. Want to improve your writing? Describe things! Also putting links right between paragraphs looks... I don't know, sloppy.

2. Putting a list of character descriptions as the first chapter. Nothing, and I mean nothing annoys me more than this. It's similar to #1, except worse. If you want to improve your writing, write like a normal person. Describe the characters naturally, as the story unfolds. Don't shove everything in the front so you don't have to deal with it later. You're just avoiding improving your descriptive skills. If I see a story that begins with this, I never even reach the real first chapter, I hate these things so much. Does Loose Ends begin like this? Does Harry Potter begin like this? Does Percy Jackson, or the Hunger Games, or any highly advanced quibblo writer do this? NO!

3. Stereotypes. This doesn't mean what you think it means. This doesn't mean labels or whatever, it means the mary-sue-ish, freakishly over-used in rookie writers' stories characters. I have come to recognize and try to stay away from these over used character types. You should learn how to too. Here is an example. A friend emailed me about doing an add on story. She started it out like this: Lets do a love story. Okay then. I say: Lets make her fall in love with an insane person. She says: Insane? Nah. Lets make him sarcastic and witty.

Some of the too-common strengths/weaknesses: -Sarcastic and witty -Too shy (except when angry/provoked is totally kickbutt and defiant and ninja-like) -Everyone hates her/doesn't understand her/she has abusive family/parent always drunk from grief, etc -Has some flowery, beautiful name like Layla or Jasmine. Those are just a few of them.

Ok, I might just be ranting a little with that list of stuff, but maybe others share my opinion, which means that you will gather more readers by not combining all of those things into one, mega-mary-sue story!

4. 4-year-old hits the keyboard Chapter titles. Be intelligent, here. If you can't think of a chapter title, say 'Chapter 1'. Of course, this is for novel stories, not randomness stories or life update stories. Keep in mind that some of us notice your grammar in the chapter title, too. Even if your writing is absolutely amazing, if your chapters are all titled like "GRE WHY IS THERE CHAPTER TITLES I WANT TO BLOW IT UP LIKE A BUNNY RABBITJREIR SOOOO uSELESS AJDSn Anoyying >:P" Will definitely detract. A lot.

5. Grammar. I can hear half of you hiding away, scrolling down as fast as possible. No! Not the grammar bullet point! Well ta da! First of all, paragraphs. If you want people to read past the first line, make short, easy-to-read paragraphs. I've skipped paragraphs, even pages of my favorite authors' books just because it was a long paragraph. What does that say about if I'm reading the story of someone that I don't even know offline? Make short paragraphs! Indenting makes them look even shorter (hint hint). Besides spacing and capital letters and spelling, that's pretty much it. Writing that looks like it didn't come out of a text message or facebook comment is taken much more seriously. Even if you don't think you care about grammar, there's this sneaky little thing called the subconscious, making you deleting that invite for a seemingly unknown reason...

Speaking of deleting invites, take time to invent original, unique story titles. If you've seen the same kind of thing in every single story invite you get, make up something competely different. Something radically different. Something so... so startling, curiousity-arousing, so bizarre that everyone clicks there out of curiousity... and bam! They're reading your story!

And now for some tips.

6. Stop writing crap. If you're known for writing crap (such as stories that include all of the above, updates about every bathroom break, a rant that a million people have said the same thing about already, or trick things like 'friend request', etc), people will assume everything you write is crap. So just stop sending it, and stop spamming our inboxes with it fifteen times. It will save everyone a little inbox-cleaning. Who knows, maybe people will be interested by seeing your username as the sender, and as you haven't sent them much crap recently, will decide to see what you wrote... well, the key word there is who knows, but still. I usually associate bad grammar and obnoxious chapter titles with inbox-spammers.

7. Comment more. If you comment on other people's stories all the time, it'll eventually start to work in your favor. At least, that's my theory. It hasn't worked yet for me, but I'll just keep doing it until it does work. Don't you usually read your friends' invites more than your total strangers that happen to be on the friend list invites? I do. And how do you show someone that you care about their quizzes and stories? How do you get to know them better, and therefore making them want to find out more about you by reading your invites? Comment! A lot! For every ten messages you get, open one of them and comment on it. I dare you.

There are some of my tips for writing an intelligent story that people will take seriously. I hope you use them . :)


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