Tag abuse

Mar. 13th, 2016 09:46 am
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Ugh, I am so sick of people over tagging a story. If I'm reading an explicit story, I do not need to know every type of sex the couple in question is going to have.

Sex. Oral Sex. Sexual Content. Explicit Sexual Content. Het. Het and Slash. Heterosexual Sex. Rough Sex. Restraints. Begging. Wall Sex. Outdoor Sex. Shower Sex. Car Sex.

I would say all but the first are complete overkill, except if I'm already aware, by the genre, that I'm reading an E rated story (or rather not, because the tags frankly reduce my interest rather than pique it) involving sex.


That's a mild example the ones that really make me run away are the ones that don't just leave it at nipple play, but have to use fifteen tags regarding nipples. This, too, is mild. Picture that with the word anal.

Stop it. If something is dubious or non con, tag away. Otherwise, narrow it down so that your tag list isn't longer than your damned story.

Abuse of tags on this post is intentional.
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Example one: "When he was just about to plunge a knife into Rico's abandon, Rico swiftly took a step to the right..."

Example two: "But Sebastian had given him strict orders 'not to close an eye', and he was determent to follow them."


Kids, just because you don't get a red squiggly line underneath a word doesn't mean it's the right one to use. Sometimes it's not even close, and words mean things; using the incorrect one can change the meaning of your sentence. Also see the classic definitely/defiantly flub, about which I've nearly reached the "toss my hands in the air and give up" stage.


Full disclosure on the examples above: they were not the story's only, or worst, transgressions.
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You know how in fiction, eye and hair color, sometimes skin (usually only if it's not white, of course) seem to be go-to descriptors? Well, in the real world, they can't always be counted on to leave lasting impressions.

Yesterday, a coworker had a conversation with a guy who'd come in the previous day and spoken with someone. Coworker says to me, he says, "He said he talked to a woman with long black hair." I said, "Maybe A?" as she in fact, does have long black hair. Then I looked at the name of the person and I remembered he and his wife distinctly, because they were 1) crazy, 2) toothless and 3) smelled so terribly of cigarette smoke that after being stuck in a small room with them for fifteen minutes, I felt nauseated.

"Oh," I said, "I'm the one they spoke to, and no I did not tell them they'd have their benefits today; I told them someone would speak with them today."

Folks, this is my hair currently (still working out the kinks of the cut - it gets floofy in places I don't want it to, but this happens with a new stylist and a new cut sometimes):

Cut, because who cares? )

Later yesterday, I asked if anyone would mind trading eyeballs, as mine were bothering me a lot and even though I liked the color of them well enough, I'd just as soon get rid of them. Coworker chimed in, "They are a pretty blue!"

My eyes are a common greenish hazel. So. Yeah. Long story short: in real life, eye and hair color aren't usually that big on people's lists as memorable; some do, of course, and it's gonna depend on the characters and relationships very heavily.
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Perchance and penchant are not interchangeable. They have quite different meanings. Please shut off your auto-fill. See also: definitely and defiantly.

If your character is diluted, you're deluded about what that word means. Also, you might want to get them to a hospital.

You don't peak around a corner, generally, or peak through one's fingers. Try peek. You'll like it, and your readers will also! (Except for the ones who also don't know the difference.)

Vice and vise are different. They're not actually even pronounced the same way, though I suppose one could argue they are indistinguishable in that respect, depending where one is from. However, the meanings are much more clear cut. ETA: Unless you're a British English user, but that's so hard to know so I'll amend the gripe to advice and advise. Tada! ;)

Concrit

Apr. 15th, 2013 12:43 pm
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Remind me to never provide even the gentlest of concrit to anyone ever again, okay? Lawdy Lou.

That said, while I might pout at first - if you ever, ever find questionable content in anything I write, please tell me. I can't promise to correct the error of my ways (or even see it your way)in that particular, already published fic (though I probably will), but I will consider it in the future and be open to learning how not to screw up again. Privately, publicly, I don't care. Tell me.
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Meme borrowed from kristen999. What I've learned is that I could work on my lead in sentences ;)

Mixed bag of H50 and E! first lines under cut.

In order of oldest to newest )
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1) We all have our favorite characters, but can we please, please stop with the stories that require every other character to be twisted beyond all recognition in order to set up a scenario where Favorite gets his/her widdle feelings hurt and goes off for a sulk (also typically OOC), upon which everyone else suddenly realizes how horrid they were and grovel at his/her feet?

2) No, Character X doesn't use a nickname interchangeably with Character Y's name all that often. See: Daniel "Danny" Jackson and Daniel "Danno" Williams. I also sincerely cannot recall the latter referring to Steve McGarrett as Super SEAL as a direct name replacement for the guy.

3) Somewhat related in that way the fandom latches onto things that are incidental rather than pivotal: just because Sam and Dean had a jerk/bitch banter session a loooong time ago doesn't mean that is how they end all of their disagreements or discussions. As another example, Danny referred to Steve's military background as a different branch to the Navy early on in the series. Not constantly, and he doesn't still do it. It got old a while back.

4) No, you don't have to turn the canonical female love interest into a raging monster just so your male power couple can get together in the end. Truly. You don't. Be more creative and less misogynistic.

5) Your fanon is not canon. Try to remember that.
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1) Author's Personal Beliefs Don't Jive

I really hate when I find a story I enjoy, then make the error of reading the author's profile only to learn they're kinda homophobic. No, author, it's not necessary to state how you will never, ever, NEVER write slash because you're a Christian. Just don't write it, okay? No blood, no foul. No one had to see your arse hanging out about this topic that actually has no relevance to the work you produce. Also, newsflash, author, Christianity does not prevent acceptance. If anything, I always thought it was supposed to encourage it. By choosing to use a fanfiction site to thump that particular Bible, you look like a dick. Finally, one can be a Christian and not only accept and support and enjoy fic about those not of the heterosexual bent, but also be gay oneself. LORDY, LORDY, SAY IT AIN'T SO!

Ugh. I am so disappoint, because I really enjoyed the writing until I looked at the profile and now I feel like I can't read more of that author's work.


2) Wildly OOC Characters

If you have to make all other characters act like strange people who aren't recognizable to those on the screen simply to make your favored character sympathetic, you aren't doing it right. Having everyone act dickish to build your character up is lazy writing, and is unnecessary. The character speaks for him/herself and doesn't need any of this kind of help. Unfortunately, the thousands of hits and hundreds of reviews/kudos you get make it seem like this kind of writing and character assassination is more than okay.

There's no accounting for taste, I guess, but I hate that you seem to be rewarded for this.


3) Some Epithets Are Better Than Others

Haole isn't a particularly nice word. It has some unkind meanings, if you take my meaning. So, why do all of his friends casually think of Danny Williams as "the haole" in your stories? Why is this the epithet you choose to use to end a dialogue tag when he's speaking? Why does the narrative voice call him haole more than it refers to him by name?

Epithets in general are annoying, but when they're slurs it's even worse. Use epithets in moderation if they're non-offensive, avoid them completely if they are. Jeez.


4) Your Life Story In Fanfiction

I'm sure your trip to XXX was wonderful for you. I didn't need to read it recreated with fictional characters, because it's kind of self indulgent and also kind of boring. I'm not saying you shouldn't ever write based on real-life events. Just, maybe consider not announcing at the start of the fic that you're basically chronicling your own holiday.
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Dear Writer,

I'm sad to say that your beta did not, in fact, do a fantastic job if she didn't know that fowl and foul are not the same thing at all. She also didn't pick up on the fact that the past tense of lie isn't always going to be lied, and when you're talking about an object being laid on a bed, then neither past tense of lie matter anyway.

I also think you ought to find someone who can help you with comma placement, as your fantastic beta also sucks at that.

Cheers,

SBG


Dear Many, Many Writers,

Reign =/= rein =/= rain.

Peak =/= peek =/= pique.

Cheers,

SBG

Dear World,

There is no E in the word ridiculous, and it's desperate, not desparate.

Cheers,

SBG



Dear SBG,

You're kind of stupid for signing up for [community profile] spn_summergen, but you already knew that.

Cheers,

SBG

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