Welcome to the Wednesday Wildcard post! It’s the fifth Wednesday of the month - so you know us mods were scrambling to find something to entertain you!.
This is going to be quite like the Mod Q&A, where you ask the questions, but only one mod answers them. You may ask any question you'd like towards a mod, whether it'd be about writing or about their favorite pizza topping. You can also prompt the mod if they're willing.
Many of you know me from my posts and discord, well here's your chance to ask those questions that would normally be too socially awkward to ask!
Would you like people to prompt you?
Favorite Genre To Write
I adore fantasy, and realistic fiction. You can see my writing in my subreddit /r/Tiix (Shocker of a name, right?). Image Prompts really inspire me a lot, however I haven’t actually responded to many lately. I try to post 3-5 a day on the sub, you may have seen them. Weekends I don’t do too well with, but during the week… BRING IT.
I enjoy a variety of other video games as well - A tad too many to post here!
Of course I love to write, sadly I haven’t done as much as I use to, but I’d like to get back into the swing of things again. The Monthly Mod Challenge has helped me a bit as well (That’s coming up in a few weeks by /u/TenspeedGV, be sure to check it out!
Of course there’s the discord group and making posts on here - where I get to interact with all sorts of wonderful… and sometimes not so wonderful people… Board games, Movies, My animals, I have 2 cats and a dog who are all pretty needy.
I love coloring and doodling, drawing, graphic design. I work a technical job so creative hobbies help me as an outlet at the end of the day!
How did your GIF game get so good?
Practice, so much practice and searching. On the off chance you get a mod mail and it has Gifs that are on point - it’s more than likely me responding. I don’t think I’ve put out a modmail without a Gif in weeks.
I guess my cover has now been blown for those who send the angry mod mail… oops?
Are you Stupid excited for the Twitch Pokemon Stream?
Um… heck YES! Seasons 1-13 on Twitch Daily?! How can you NOT be excited? Little known fact: I have a 3ft Pikachu sitting in my living room that my mom saved TONS of tickets for and got at a local arcade for me.
My favorite pokemon is Eevee, not because of the normal “She’s cute”. But because of how the single pokemon has so many evolution choices, it kind of shows how someone can start as one thing and make the choice to be who you want to be with tons of choices.
What’s with the Ostrich and Squirrels on Discord?
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Great stories this month you all! Most of you followed the directions of no sad stories - But we tried to make that a bit easier on you with our location and objects! All the stories (as usual!) were amazing!
Wednesday Wild Card Schedule
|Week 1: Q&A||Ask and answer question from other users on writing-related topics|
|Week 2: Challenge the Mods|
|Week 3: Did You Know?||Useful tips and information for making the most out of the WritingPrompts subreddit|
|Week 4: Flash Fiction Challenge||Compete against other writers to write the best 100-300 word story|
|Week 5: Bonus||Special activities for the rare fifth week. Mod AUAs, Get to Know A Mod, and more!|
Can we talk about walls of text? I’ll be the first to admit - I had this issue when I first started here as well. u/SurvivorType and u/elfboyah both helped me with this and showed me how, and WHY shorter paragraphs are better in story writing.
Growing up in school we learn that paragraphs are at least 5 sentences. A beginning, an end and 3 supporting facts. What they didn’t teach us is that this format is great for essays, research, and “Formal” writing, it doesn’t carry over into storytelling.
Don’t get me wrong - there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer for this - However it’s overall easier for a person reading a novel or short story to take in smaller “walls” of text. Some paragraphs can be one word, others (Please try not to do this...) can run for pages (this usually comes with speeches given by characters where the author doesn't break it up).
Some things to think about before we jump in: Not only consider the ideas below but also try to make sure your paragraphs aren't all the same length. I'll admit I still have issues with this - but if they are all the same - you may as well have those walls of text, it's harder for the reader to read.
Breaking a paragraph isn't only for the reader's benefit, but for the writer's as well - you can change impact, feel, tone, pace, and even the flow of your writing with this small change.
Some of these will be self-explanatory without much detail, others will have some text. If you'd like me to go into detail about something I didn't please feel free to ask!
Change time/location - There are a few aspects to this one. One is obvious, you’re changing a physical location (As subtle as a room) to across the world. To most people would not only be a paragraph break but possibly a line break as well depending on your formatting.
Camera Shot - My personal favorite is thinking about a movie or TV. Every time a camera angle would change, that is your paragraph break. This is how I first started breaking down my walls of text, and now it comes naturally to me. I found it the best way to wrap my mind around when to break paragraphs.
Dialogue - This may be the one RULE here, the one thing that you do need to follow. Never mix and match character dialog - it confuses readers. Whenever someone else starts talking you HAVE to start a new paragraph - Even if it's a single word... If you don't do this... I will hunt you down. This includes action responses as well! If the same character thinks and talks, it is ok to keep them in the same paragraph.
A New Character:
Does something I giggled at how this sounds
Reacts to something
A different event occurs
Something is being described
An additional way to add humor or drama into a piece - I'm not a funny person, so I use this mostly for the drama aspect. I think of it almost as a cliffhanger, make the reader take that extra half a second for their eyes to find the next paragraph leaving them in just a bit of suspense. This is also good for a single line - this allows it to stand out on its own for a laugh - or so I've heard.
Challenge yourself to look at your paragraph lengths, how does your story change if you break some paragraphs in different locations? Let us know how else you break your paragraphs up!
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