Writer in Need of Help!!!!!! (Please Respond)

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Rheithebrave's picture
Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 05/09/2017

So I am an aspiriting fanfiction writer, novelist and comic artist. Currently I have only one piece of Fanfiction that I have submitted here: The Oracle ((a Spoilerific RTTE Fanfiction))

I am currently trying to write a fantasy story depicting many of the OC's I have played in Roleplays since I joined here. Currently I am recreating them and trying to make them more interesting, enjoyable to read, and add depth to them, as well as a proper balance of emotion and action. I know for a fact I have really messed up with some of my OC's, and some of them are okay. 

I was wondering if any of you guys have any tips or tricks that you might like to share? And they don't have to be character related (although if you have any tips for my characters I would truely appreciate it). If you have any suggestions for creating a fantasy world (without any magic) sertting up plotlines or problems, please, if you have the time, please share your ideas.

I am happy to listen to anything you have for me!


Thank you in advance




Who am I? I'm Rheithebrave!




Please do not steal any of my art, if you would like art done by me then you can PM me and request some. Do not reuse images or information, or characters in my siggy!!!! Or I will have all of my over 100 dragons hunt you down and tickle you!!!!



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So I am currently remaking my OCS

Main OC: Rheileen Tomahona

Other OCs: Alakan, Feaflena, Breeze

Minority Backspace OCs: Thane and Yashia, Irishakan and Tilancian


Modern OC's: Stacy Byrns


I have four vikings In Game







(Glitch Character) xXxBreezeWavemakerxXx 


Main Viking? xRheileenx


What dragons do I have? Most of them!








Completed Expansions


Icestorm Island


Return of the Deathsong


Battle for the Edge


Return to Dragon Island


Secret of the Leviathan


Rise of Stormheart


Wrath of Stormheart



Favorite Dragons: Nightfury, Woolly


Howl, Sandwraith, Skrill, TriplStrike




My girl Rhei

by me



Name Rheileen
(Include Photo/Screenshot)
Rhei has dark copper blonde hair, that in certian lights may appear to be brown, it hangs down slightly over her aqua eyes, the left of which has three scars running over it from an incident with a skrill when she was a child. Her body and face were scarred during multiple stages of her younger life, so she tends to cover up, and wears a long sleeved black dress/tunic, leggings, gloves/bracers, boots, and a red face scarf. Rhei also loves hoodies, and will most likely be seen wearing a black nightfury hood. Lastly, when she flys at high speeds, Rhei tends to wear a pair of goggles, which otherwise, may either danfgel around her neck, alongside her family medalion, or sit in the pouch she has on her belt.
She carries twin sabres as her weapon of choice.
Age: 16
Gender: Female
Personality: Rhei is a hardworker, and rather mature for her age, this doesn't stop her from loving to kick back and goof off however, and she loves hanging out with people like herself, or even new groups. She works best in a classroom, or team enviorment. Whule she loves free time, she can never truely relax, because her brain is always racing a mile a minute. Rhei loves reading, and enjoys seeking out the parallels between the real world, and that of books. Including finding her role in each story, and trying to pinpoint the major characters, she may or may not talk about this.
While Rhei is typically peacefull and doesn't like picking fights, she will 100% stand up in a fight, and finds it hard to back down, she has a rather quick temper, and as such, won't leave a fight till she has managed to make the other guy remember to not try that sort of thing again. She is also highly protective of her friends and dragons.
Skills: She is highly trained in most forms of sword-fighting, and knows some acrobatics and martial arts, she is a relatively good cook, and an up and coming healer. So while her healing skills aren't the best, she can manage in a pinch, and keep you alive until a real healer is around. Also, she is an up and coming master of speaking Dragonese.
Weaknesses: Rhei has a strong fear of falling, and therefor of heights. If however she is on her dragon, the fear will subside, and she can manage. She is a poor swimmer, and can get anxious if grabbed in a dragons claws, this is mostly due however to her time fighting and fearing dragons as a child.
Other: Rhei is not native of Berk, and actually comes from a French settlement further south. Fortunately, she learned Norse from visiting traders, so this means she is skilled in speaking French as well as Norse.



Yashia (Also by me)


Form pending.


I also have more art done by me! It will be awhile in the

comming however, as I need to finish it still. (I tend to put

that off I am afraid.











Thank you for reading/veiwing my siggy

(Zifinia bouncy made by RedHoodJason)



TheMysteryRiderAndHerNightFury's picture
Joined: 09/02/2017
How I'm writing my characters

How I'm writing my characters (might not work for you).

For the characters I have just the basics of their personalities and the backstory. I'm trying to make these info as less complicated as possible.

Next? I begin the story and let it develop the characters for me. Once you have the basics of the personality and the situation and interactions, I'm thinking: how that kind of person would react and what would they do and say?

This is how I work on my characters.



Hi everyone!

Meet TheMysteryRiderAndHerNightFury.

Great fan of dragons and amateur dragon artist.

My name in-game Dragonofthemysteryisland

Adventurer level:35

Rank:Senior Sand Wraith Whisperer

Clan: Dragon Ancestors (don't hesitate to invite me :))


My character's backstory: Born on Berk, but comes from an ancient tribe known for their ability to communicating and understanding dragons. From a young age she was talented with dragons. Her dragon is a Sand Wraith named Sandstorm. She is a dragon observer and always finds something new. Her favourite dragons are Sand Wraiths, Thunderdrums, Silver Phantoms, Speed Stingers and many more. In game she is supposed to be named Iris. Get to know her better in my RP School of Rebels- SoD and Star Wars crossover unlimited RP, in Stories and Fan-fiction forums.

My dragons


Male Sand Wraith

Level 30

Hero skin

My best friend in the whole universe! He knows me better than anyone else and always makes me feel better when I'm feeling down. We first met... Well big story. We were still enemies with dragons. I one day found a young dragon with injured wings. He had a hard time trusting me. If he didn't let me approach, then he would never fly again. 

I walked in front of the dragon. He looked at me with a ferocious glance. He ran away but he couldn't go far. I could finish the dragon, to give an end to his pain.

But I didn't. I decided to help him go to skies again. It wasn't right to kill an injured dragon. When you fight an enemy, you should give a chance to fight back. So I prefered to heal him, so one day to give a fair battle. 

However, when you help an animal, it is imposible not to bond with it. One day I returned to that place, with healing staff and weirdly, he seemed happy to see me. He took a playful posture and then ran away. A few minutes later, he was back. He brought me a fish. He approached me and left the fish in front of my feet and backed off quickly. I immediately knew that he trusted me more, than the last time. I walked towards the Sand Wraith. But he seemed agressive, so I walked a little backwards. Then I sat on a rock and made a drawing of the Sand Wraith. When I looked up, he was sitting next to me and watched the drawing. Scared, I jumped up and let the paper fall on the ground. He smelled it and with his claw made a some random lines on the ground. I went to get the paper and he growled. So I let it alone. Then when he finished, lied down and slept. Now it was my chance. I slowly went to the Sand Wraith. I tried to fix his broken wings. This took about half hour. Now I had to leave, and go to Berk. The next day I came back. He was still sleeping. He woke up and flapped his wings and looked at them curiously. Then he saw me sitting a few metres away from him. He looked at me and then his wings and his expression was like his was saying: You did this? Then I heard the same question inside my head. "Yes", I reply. I standed in front of the Sand Wraith. Then he ran around in a playful mood so I ran after him. But soon he hunted me. Then he threw me on the ground and left a roar-like sound and then he walked away from me. He lied on the soil. I walk there and he hunted me again. I ran as fast as I could, but I stopped and accepted my fait. A dragon would kill me anyway. So I stood there with lowered head, waiting for my end. However he didn't attack me.

He stood in front of me, looking strangely. Then I tended my hand and closed my eyes. I thought he would eat my arm. But instead I felt a soft, scaly surface on my palm. I opened my eyes and saw the dragon touching his forehead on me. This was life-changing. I petted him and he lied in the ground. He seemed very happy. Everything I learned about these beautiful, strong flying creatures was all wrong. They were just misunderstood. 

One day we went to a beach outside the forest. We were playing together

"hunting", he surprised me with his camouflage. His wings were completely healed. The wind was blowing, and he flapped his wings strongly. He created a miny-sandstorm. Sandstorm. It was the perfect name for him. 

But nothing lasts for ever. I promised to myself that I would free him when he was completely Ok. Noone on Berk shouldn't learn that I own a dragon. We went to the place we first met. I looked at Sandstorm and after hugging him, I goodbyed him. 

" Goodbye, big guy. I hope that we will meet again. To give a fair battle. What do you think?", I say and he leaves a sound. "You can go now. Go, go, before I change my mind and kill you now! Go!", I said and he slowly walked away. I looked at him with tearful eyes. I was the one who befriended a dragon and noone would ever know it, except for me. In a little the dragon charged at me and let his head on my shoulder.

" I already missed you", I said and. This Sandstorm's story. My best friend!


Female Monstrous Nightmare


Red skin, blue pattern and blue-purple details.

Midnight is my battle dragon. She is an overprotective character. She would go to the limits to protect me.

My Night Fury Oc

Thank you NeverEndingSilver!

Rheithebrave's picture
Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 05/09/2017
"It's not what you get in life,it's what you do with it."-Xanadu

Hey here!

hank you for posting, I'll try and keep that in mind! Thank you for your help.



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Lack Lunason
Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 09/24/2017
   I'm currently plotting out

   I'm currently plotting out a story. My idea is to plot out the entire story/series before posting anything. Also, write all plot points down so that you won't forget.




(I figure you've probably already figured that out, but I thought I'd play it safe.)


Here, take a gift.












    Hi, I'm Lack Lunason. I'm called that because I lack many things, and I'm a lunatic. I just put son on the end to make it sound more like a viking name. I'm also a Christ follower.


      Here are just a few things that I am:

  1. A procrastinator.
  2. Nice (mostly).
  3. Kind (don't listen to those that say otherwise).
  4. Adventurous.
  5. Lazy.
  6. A dreamer.
  7. And I'm slightly crazy.

     I've been around SoD for a long time. I think I was one of the first thousand to leave Berk and sail to the school. I'm happily part of the bold can known as POTATO BROTHERS. I have over four-thousand trouphies, although, I don't like racing much. On the other hand, I'm a master farmer.


     I will spare you the details of how much I like HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and just skip to my favorite things  about HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. My favorite dragon would probably be the Terrible Terror. My favorite viking is Tuffnut. My favorite villain is actually not a villain any longer. It's Dagur.


  On the ranking on the forum, I've completed/on the following: Jarl, Forager, Wilderness Explore, Viking Warrior, Dragon Trainer, Drott, Dragon Master,Chief, Berk's Power Player, and......



(Respect my  Authority!)


Now onto some random stuff. This part will grow over time.


Things I am a Fan of


How To Train Your Dragon



Quotes I love


"Once I set the sea alight with a single fiery breath....

Once I was so mighty that I thought my name was death....

Sing out loud until you're eaten, song of melancholy bliss....

For the mighty and the middling all shall come to THIS...."

The Green Death, How To Train Your Dragon: book 1. Cressida Cowell.



Stoick The Vast. How To Train Your Dragon: Book 5. Creessida Cowell.


"I sailed so far to be a King, but the time was never right.....

I lost my way on a stormy past, got wrecked in starless night....

But let my heart be wrecked by hurricanes and my ship by stormy weather....

I know I am a Hero...and a Hero is....FOREVER!

In another time, another place, I could have been a King....

But in my castle's ruined towers the lonely seabirds sing.....

I burned up my Tomorrows, I cannot go back ever....

But I am still a Hero....and a Hero is.......FOREVER!

Up with your sword and strike at the gale......

Ride the rough seas for those waves are your home......

Winters may freeze but our hearts do not fail.....


You are never alone if the sea is your friend......

Riding the waves of impossible quests.....

If it doesn't end well, then it isn't the end.....

A Hero.....Fights.....FORVER!

The hero cares not for a wild winter's storm.....

For it carries him swift on the back of the wave.....

All may be lost and our hearts may be worn.....


Grimbeard the Ghastly's Last Song. How To Train Your Dragon: Book 11 and 12. Cressida Cowell.


"That's how we're going to win. Not by fighting what we hate, but by saving what we love."

Rose. Star Wars: The Last Jedi.


      That's about it. I give full credit for.....well, everything, to GOD. Have a good day. And, in the words of a Vulcan, "Live long and prosper."


Bye for now!






























Wait, you're still here?

Rheithebrave's picture
Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 05/09/2017
"It's not what you get in life,it's what you do with it."-Xanadu

Sounds like some good ideas!

I don't tend to post anything from my stories online until they are done. 

(The Oracle was a one tme ting and won't be continued, and I am satisfied with it.)

But yeah, thank you for that tip! That's actually one of tthe reasons I didn't reveal anything from my plotline here, I change it so much!

I will try and write down any and all twists! 

Thank you!



Oda's picture
Viking Warrior
Joined: 04/20/2018
I find creating a storyline

I find creating a storyline and characters involved a lot of trial and error. You most likely won't create a solid character right off the bat. You'll have a foundation, a starting point. Then as time goes on and as you develop your story more, your characters change as well to fit into the effects of the plot. This happens to me a lot and it's definitely a process. As for writing a story, I figure out what I want happened. I have to figure out the main plot points, the important events and then I figure out the reasoning and the motives behind everything. Then once I have the main events all figured out, I do the smaller stuff in between. Writing a story and writing good characters is DEFINITELY a messy job. You most likely won't start from the beginning and work your way to the end. That's never how my stories end up anyway. You should never improvise, as improvising often leads the reader confused. ALWAYS plan EVERYTHING because detail is important, and a way to keep the reader interested is to have continuity. Also, what's your preferred audience? Who are you writing for? Are you looking to write something fun? Happy? Dark? Inspiring? In my novel Crystallize, I have very intense and dark events happening and I'm still trying to figure out all of my details. I have some major plot points decided, but I need to figure out WHY those things happened the way it did. It's not really a good idea to use something happen and not have a reason for it. Each character and each event is crucial to the story and they all matter. They are what make the story it's own story. Don't stress about it too much though, you might overthink things. 


How i developed my main character in Crystallize was I had her basis. I had the character I wanted her to be when I created her, but due to the unfortunate events in Crystallize, she is forced to changed herself and grow. Now for the most part, she's a different person than what she was when I first made her. Now she's more developed, she has backstory and history and a past she can't change. This causes her grief, but with grief comes the potential to change. By the end of my novel, I've given her another opportunity to change and to better herself which also gives me an opening for a sequel. To me and in my experience, a good and solid character has history and lessons to teach. Oda (the main character) is a bit of a stoic, she's independent and looks out for herself. She's learned to never look passed her own instincts and to never jump in just to "get a thrill". Her first personality led her into trouble and she's learned to grow into a more mature person. I started out with someone fun and brave and adventurous but also hard headed and quick to act without thinking. This helped create the peril, and she saw how her actions affected those around her, and she suffered the consequences. Perhaps she could have done something different, but it was too late. Now grief-stricken, she must face the antagonist with everything she's learned and she must not make the same mistakes again. She has a goal, she has ambition, and she won't be defeated again.


My novel is quite dark, but it has some intense moments that will make the reader go "WOAH" due to the twists and turns and suspense. It's good to recreate a character! Perhaps you can do something similar as I: have their original character personality but use a good story to help inspire the change your character needs. Everyone's style and pacing is different, and I hope you find yours. :)



Snowblind | Woolly Howl

Ditto | Dramillion

Steelburn | Talonjaw | Monstrous Nightmare


Legend (Titan) | Woolly Howl

Cloud | Snow Wraith

Sterling | Alphonse | Razorwhip

Aphid | Gronckle

Valkyrie | Autumn Song | Death Song

Windwaker (Titan) | Stormcutter

Coldtoes | Groncicle

Magnet | Armorwing

Crimsky | Skythorn | Stormtail | Deadly Nadder

Eon | Singetail

SwampyOgreDrive | Eruptodon

Spitsour | Changewing

Windchillder | Shivertooth

Midna | Fireworm Queen

Phantom | Moonbreath | Willowisp | Flightmare

Tidebreaker | Sliquifier

Horntwig | Whistlemist | Prickleboggle

Slingshot | Flame Whipper

Echosniffer | Mudskipper | Mudraker

Wonder | Daredevil | Triple Stryke

Hoghead | Rumblehorn

Thunderrush | Skrill

Loudmouth | Thunderdrum


ForestShyworm&BrenGritsworth|EN1WWD|Hoptree&Hushfire|Crystallize&Urdr Born

Hoptree | Scuttleclaw | Hushfire | Hobblegrunt

Joltdive | Shockjaw

Grovel | Gronckle


Flyleaf (Titan) | Scuttleclaw

Tidedancer | Tide Glider

Scaleripper | Death Song

Fullmetal | Razorwhip

Riverbliss | Sliquifier

Aircrosser | Silverback | Stormcutter

Scarabwing | Rumblehorn

Roadrunner | Speed Stinger

Slingshot | Singetail

Eruptodon | Eruptodon

Seaweed | Sand Wraith

Tongueburn | Flame Whipper

Chubrub | Hotburple

Warmheart | Groncicle

Armorwing | Armorwing



JadaDolton|E7CT9N|SweetTooth|Urdur Born

Sweet Tooth | Windwalker

Ashbreath | Sand Wraith

RedVelvet | Stormfly | Deadly Nadder


FourCompass | Snaptrapper

Flashflier | Scuttleclaw

Macetail | Snafflefang

Necktwister | Raincutter

Marshcall | Mudraker

Siren | Death Song


Axel&TuroIvorston|FC3PUS|Trinity&Dumpling|Urdr Born

Trinity | Triple Stryke | Dumpling | Shovelhelm

Biostream | Shockjaw

Spinestrike | Deadly Nadder


Stormtail | Triple Stryke

Talonjaw | Monstrous Nightmare

Smaug | Armorwing


EsterCrestling&ShilohOvlov|E14HGV|Hawkeye&Chief|Urdr Born&Crystallize

Hawkeye | Deadly Nadder | Chief | Rumblehorn

Zippersting |  Deadly Nadder


Snowbliss (Titan) | Woolly Howl

Airfreeze | Silver Phantom

Piercer | Razorwhip

Otter| Mudraker

Troublecliff | Death Song

Willowshy | Prickleboggle

Grovel | Gronckle

Shoredancer| Tide Glider

Hellsent | Screaming Death

Elder | Sentinel








Hoptree by Thaigra








Dutchess | Stormcutter | Cloudhaven | Windwalker

Moonbreath | Flightmare

Stormbringer | Skrill


Talonjaw | Monstrous Nightmare

Potluck | Hobblegrunt

Syrup | Death Song










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Dire & Sylvia Norberg

Forest Shyworm

Riupa Raffinsdottr

Finn & Iver Showman

Shiloh Oslov

Various Vikings


Scorchion & Cleaver

Various Dragons




Urðr Born


Jada Dolton
Breen Gritsworth
Axel & Turo Ivorston
Ester Crestling
Lady Eloise

Various Vikings


Sweet Tooth


Trinity & Dumpling



Various Dragons


Oda's picture
Viking Warrior
Joined: 04/20/2018
I would also like to add -

I would also like to add - having events that can cause great (both good and bad in this sense) things to happen is a good idea as well. There are plenty of good novels out there, all with different plot lines and whatnot. I find creating a climax that connects all of the dots is a good idea too. Everything should lead up to that moment (assuming it's a protagonist vs antagonist situation). You now know the antagonist's ambitions and reasonings behind their actions, now it's time to see what will happen when faced by the person who is trying to stop them. The antagonist is just as important as the protagonist I think. Once you figure out your bad guy and what you want them to do, you can create some deep backstory as to how they got to that point. What the antagonist is doing is typically huge and can cause domino effects. Their actions also affect those around them and in HUGE ways sometimes too. 

Rheithebrave's picture
Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 05/09/2017
"It's not what you get in life,it's what you do with it."-Xanadu

Thank you for tthe tips!

The audience I hope to write to is the Teenagers/Young adult, as the story will include lots of violence, truamatic events, death and family issues. I think if it was a movie, I would rate it PG13.

I really appreciate your advice and will try and put t into play with Alakan, Rhei and the rest.

hank you for commenting!



BrynneBjornsson's picture
Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 11/10/2016

I agree with what the others are saying about characterization- come up with a base for your character. What motivates them? What are some basic personality traits that influence the way they think, and consequently how they act? Then let the story grow them from there.


When writing a story, some people work better with the entire thing plotted out point by point, scene by scene, and others like to just start writing and see where it takes them. The first can hinder creativity, and the second can end up being unnecessarily long and meandering. Most people mix the two, having some of it plotted out but being open to changes in the process. Just figure out how much of each you're comfortable with.


EDIT! Your story will be bad the first time. It might not be horrible, but there will be spelling mistakes, unnecessary scenes, odd characterization, and things that just plain don't make sense. Look up blogs and YouTube channels of people who write professionally and learn how to critique your work. Read through and revise your first draft, then find an internet friend who's good at that stuff and get their opinion! Don't put your work down, but make it the best possible version of itself. :)


I've been watching these videos for the last week, and they've been super helpful. https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL30t62w5RC2sDLTFKOrwQ24qiDPLhmJMj


Hello! I'm Brynne.


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Made for me by the lovely Georginia47

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  • Pudding Cup, Female Gronckle- Sweet and always dependable. She sleeps cross-eyed.
  • Violet, Female Changewing- Named after Violet from The Incredibles. Fond of swimming, and up for any adventure.
  • Norbert, Male Death Song- Really likes firing at other players. He's... not quite right in the head, and may retain some cannibalistic instincts. Not afraid of the disgusting smell of the Dragon Bloom.
  • Zappy, Male Shockjaw- Fast. Really fast. We do a lot of racing together, and he doesn't put up with nonsense.
  • Oddmund and Dinkly, Male Zippleback- When I first hatched these guys (this guy? who can tell), I took them to practice their fire skills at a fire pit. They lit it successfully, then promptly laid their heads in the flames and went to sleep. True story.
  • Lucius, Male Groncicle- Named after Frozone from The Incredibles.
  • Adelaide, Female Raincutter- Named after Snotlout's little sister from the HTTYD books. Likes battling Berserkers.
  • The Hulk, Male Rumblehorn- Likes going on stable quests, doesn't really like to be ridden.
  • Dash, Male Speed Stinger- Again, named after Dash from The Incredibles.
  • Puddles, Female Mudraker- She's pink, and lives up to her color.
  • The Whisperer, Male Whispering Death- Cranky, stubborn, tries to eat me occasionally. His name sounds uncreative, but I love the Mysterious Benedict Society. :P
  • Horrorcow, Female Razorwhip
  • Eggingarde, Female Flame Whipper- Helpful and good at racing.
  • Tony Stank, Male Armorwing- Iron Dragon? No?
  • Dr. McCoy, Male Boneknapper- hurhurhur i'm so punny
  • Doomfang, Male Shivertooth- Named after the Doomfang from the books. Affectionately nicknamed Dinosaur.
  • Old Wrinkly, Male Smokebreath
  • Susan Storm, Female Typhoomerang- Because she looks like Torch's sister.
  • Cinnamon, Female Monstrous Nightmare
  • Emergency, Male Singetail
  • James, Male Eruptodon
  • Florence, Female Hobblegrunt
  • Squirrel, Female Moldruffle
  • Dottie, Female Sweet Death
  • Furious, Male Terrible Terror- Even Furious was a baby once. Hard to imagine, isn't it?
  • Max, Male Skrill
  • Madgesty, Female Stormcutter
  • Thunda From Down Unda, Male Thunderdrum
  • Lloyd, Female Thunderdrum
  • Tricycle, Female Triple Stryke
  • Peanut, Female Night Terror
  • Innocence, Arrogance, Patience, and Huh?, Male Snaptrapper
  • Tater Tot, Female Hotburple
  • Hairy Scary Librarian, Male Wooly Howl
  • Fulgurite, Male Ruby Wraith
  • Beatrice, Female Fireworm Queen
  • Hokey Pokey, Male Thunderpede
  • Luna, Female Silver Phantom
  • Twigs, Male Timberjack
  • Kateena, Female Sentinel

You can PM me for art requests if you like. :)

Rheithebrave's picture
Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 05/09/2017
"It's not what you get in life,it's what you do with it."-Xanadu

Quite true, I've been working on this story for several years now. Since, like, a year before HTTYD2. It's been a rollercoaster for me, and I have to admit, I probably should have asked for advice sooner. The mixing and matching writing tecnique you advise should hopefully work well, and I will be sure to check out those videos!


Thank you so much!



victoriae350's picture
Supreme Viking Champion
Joined: 09/22/2014

It seems I arrived to this party late. Oops. The following tips and tricks may or may not help you. Writing is a very subjective art, and as such, not everything works for everyone. I think, from personal experience, the best thing for you as a writer is to discover how you work. Sit down and start writing whatever pops into the noggin, and use this as your foundation for discovering your processes. However, I will provide some stuff that has assissted me over the years as I've discovered mine. Please forgive me if i don't make sense. It's after midnight and my brain is wonky. It's become difficult to get stuff from my head on to the internet clearly:


(1) Learn to balance realism and symbolism: A recent discovery i made was that, because stories represent people's lives on both a realistic and symbolic level within literature, symbolism is partially what connects your audience to the characters. The journey's they take may bring in some of your target audience since real life is literally about our individualized journey's. For this reason, it's important you find your right balance between symbolism and realism. This will depend on the project, of course. This refers to, as an example, subjects like your character's name (e.g. What's a realistic, normal name in this region? What does this name represent? How does this summarize symbolically my character and their journey?), realistic results from specific situations (e.g. it's raining, where will your characters realistically head to?? Is this place important enough symbolically in the character's journey that you have to mention specific details???), etc.


(2) Boring first, crazy later: Creating the foundations of your character that would reside in the norms first, and then add that crazy stuff after. Of course, you can reverse it. But make sure your character isn't over the top (e.g. I was born in a hole, then sold to a whale queen, then when i was five i learnt how to speak every language perfectly, and now at six i rule the world). By creating something a little more...normal you create more foundations for something that doesn't only make your characters more realistic (gonna be a theme here heeeheee) or symbolic, but relatable. You CAN do it other way around, but make sure you balance your crazys with the boring.


(3) DETAILS. DETAILS. DETAILS: Get to know your character. Find a detailed character profile sheet, sit down and start filling it out. Research online crap like common blood types, common dominant hand, etc. The details you write down are for YOU. As the author, you have to get to know your character so that when you write them, you know them inside and out. Your audience doesn't need to know their catchphrase or why smelly cheese makes them wanna go rampage, but it's important you know their character so you can create their voice. Then, if a situation comes up and you find that it's important that the audience knows that the smelly cheese triggers a psychological issue which leads to a rampage, you can write it! You don't have to know EVERYTHING, but it's important to grasp as much as possible. You can discover motivations FIRST, but sometimes you need to do some detail digging before you come up with something you like!!


(4) Don't aim for perfection: No piece of work in life is perfect. Always be open to critique. But know that improving and perfection aren't interchangeable! Perfection is impossible!


(5) Study from professionals: Read professional pieces and critically analyze them. Do you think the themes were properly presented? Why? If you were to change it, how would you? What went wrong? What did the author do right? Why do you hate this piece? 


(6) Get rid I CAN'T and replace it with I CAN IMPROVE: I can't is a vague statement that does not assist you. It re-enforces a negative attitude. Instead, change the perspective from I CAN'T DO THIS to I CAN IMPROVE_____________. This will force you to analyze your work and discover the source of anything that requires improving. If you can't shake this attitude take a step back from writing for a while and try to discover why you're saying I CAN'T.


My brain has decided to shut down. This is all i can provide you with at the moment. Let me know if you want anymore and i can wrack my brain when i'm not sleepy. Sorry for reviving this thread. I love helping open minded people!






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