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valadaar's comment on 2014-03-13 12:03 PM
Update: Fixed some formatting in the section on ....formatting. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-03-18 09:06 AM
Incorporated Longspeak's addition into the main text - thanks Longspeak!

If anyone else wants to sound off on things to avoid on your first sub, feel free to add em! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2016-01-28 03:26 PM
As mentioned at the start of the submission, these are quips and comments. If you consider those to be Conclusions, you are going to be disappointed.

If my summary was "Rules for 1st time posters" or something like that, you would be correct in your assessment.

And, I'm happy to debate any of these points :)



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Kassy's comment on 2014-04-11 12:26 PM
4.0/5

Brilliant advice, and not just for starters.

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Longspeak's comment on 2014-03-12 01:13 PM
"I'm almost taking the "Self-named Characters" issue as a challenge..."

That's exactly what ran through my head. I've never considered a self-named character before, and now I wanna try making one. :P Go to Comment
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-03-12 01:26 PM
A suggestion to put before all others, in my admittedly not very humble opinion:

Just Do It!!!!
For some people, making that first submission can be daunting. Having people looking over and judging your work can cause anxiety, which might keep you from posting it.

Just Do It! Ignore the voice that says no, and share your ideas. Don't be afraid of honest criticism. Follow all the other advice to make it the best you can, but remember the old saying "Perfect is the enemy of Good." Do your best and then GET THAT SUB OUT THERE! Go to Comment
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-03-12 01:26 PM
Good thoughts. I've added one of my own. Go to Comment
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-04-11 12:57 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Longspeak's comment on 2016-01-29 01:42 AM

Edit to add: My strong disagreement below was with Axle's ORIGINAL comment, not the... altered version.

I strongly disagree with Axle's opinion. Pretty much every word of it. Except the bit at the end, which I could not parse well enough to agree or disagree with. I thought so at the time, and instead of responding, I just added my vote.

Your advice, which I took to be aimed at inexperienced writers, is all great advice about things new writers should avoid, or at best tread very lightly around. Of course it's *possible* to make an interesting piece using one or more of those cliches, but it's much more difficult.

I voted this a 5/5 at the time, and I stand by that. It's great, useful advice for an inexperienced writer considering his first work. And anyone who says otherwise probably has a sub in-work about an orphan character named after himself with mysterious, unexplained abilities and a cool "not magic" weapon that devours souls. :P

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Stork's comment on 2014-03-11 08:18 PM
This is another that should almost be required reading. These are simple things to do and Valadaar gives excellent reasons behind each one.

Well done! Go to Comment
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Cherry's comment on 2016-06-13 05:29 PM
Why does that strike me as hilarious, when you put it that way.

While I never had the chance to read the original text, before you changed it.

Of course, the format is particularly important when you are making a point on it. Go to Comment
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Cherry's comment on 2016-06-13 11:35 PM
Using cliché is a chalenge, but probbaly left to the more experienced and knowledged wrighters.

I also enjoy when you stand by your original asseement. Go to Comment
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Cherry's comment on 2016-06-13 11:36 PM
I have to agree, this is good advice. Go to Comment
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2013-05-08 08:17 AM
This is one 100 word challenge which I think would have had much more potential expanded.- at the moment it just appears to be a general thrown potion which will cause weakness and possible blindness, and perhaps suffocation.
I get the feeling that you are maybe trying to suggest that the goop is somewhat sentient/intelligent and will intentionally soak anything it's thrown at, but i feel it's not explained enough in the post.
I'd like to know where the goop came from: Is it a tar-like chemical mixture? Is it a stoppered sludge-creature? Is is a mixture of herbs/reagents?

The Vile Vial is a cool name, however! I know it defeats the purpose of the 100-word post, but more info would be awesome. Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2014-03-11 04:12 PM
Did you take it from in-work to regular? That spits it out onto the front page.

I think this might have been better left a 100. It's short and kind of fun, but for a full sub it doesn't have a lot to it. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2013-05-10 07:40 PM
Now see, i read the name (great name) and figured the vial *itself* would be vile. In other words, an evil, sentient glass container that can either corrupt whichever liquid (magical or otherwise) is placed inside, or worse yet, it doesn't mater whats inside! You can throw the vile vial at a fleshy opponent, and upon breaking, the glass shards worm their way and "crawl" deep inside flesh, severing arteries and causing great damage otherwise. Later, the glass shards seek each other out again, and re-form the glass vial, complete with evil sentience again. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-07 11:55 AM
Update: Spring Cleaning time. In case anyone wonders, this item is a take on the Jarate jar from Team Fortress 2, a game I have spent faar to many hours upon. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-07 02:47 PM
I think it is an easy guess what my handle might be. :)


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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-07 03:12 PM
No, its a 100 word challenge sub. I chopped out about half the original words to make it fit :)
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-08 08:40 AM
Perhaps I'll de-100 it sometime in the future. Consider it a psychotic amoeba with a limited lifespan once unbottled :)

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