Frank's Writing Tips and Bachelor Cookbook: Introduction and Caveats by MLR

Frank's Writing Tips and Bachelor Cookbook: Introduction and Caveats

MLR

17 January 2014 at 22:02:38 MST

So I mentioned in a journal a while back that I was going to start posting some articles about various writing topics. I have actually been working on those, and so here is the introduction. I don't think I'll post these on any kind of schedule, but I've created a marginal backlog of finished articles so far, so I'll try to post them on a reasonable timeframe.

Short and sweet of it, I intend for these to contain information on writing fiction that some people will hopefully find useful in their endeavors to get better at the craft. Feel free and please use the comments feature to discuss what you feel needs discussing, and tell your other writer friends to get in on it as well so we can all get into crazy shouting matches about pithy things like whether it's okay to say 'naseous' when we mean 'nauseated'.

Document typed in LaTeX.

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    what is this fancy looking masterpiece?

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      Behold the wondrous power of LaTeX.

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        If that is an actual thing, mind explaining it to me? I would love to know.

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          http://www.latex-project.org/
          If you want to give it a shot, I would recommend (assuming you're a Windows user) [url=http://www.tug.org/texworks/]TeX Works[/url], as it's a little more straight-forward to figure out and it just has a compiler built into it that involves clicking a green button. LaTeX is used mostly in scientific journals and such things, and it has a bit of a learning curve, but if all you're doing is writing fiction there's not much you need to know besides how to set up a LaTeX document properly, and then some basic things like how to do bolds or italics. You know... you don't need to learn all the stuff about math mode or setting up figures or whatever. Unless you really want to. Maybe one of your poems requires a triple integral with Greek letters and exponents.

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            Aaaand I already forgot we don't do BBCode here anymore. Burp.

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              Speaking of bb code. Just noticed Weasyl dropped the use of it. Some of the writings I had with bb reverted to a default setting.

              I assume in the future we're to submit either pure text, pdf file or txt with with html markup?

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                Oh, no, we've switched to Markdown formatting. Here's a help page about it: https://www.weasyl.com/help/markdown
                It's a little more versatile than BBCode, which I think may be why we switched to it, although you might ask someone more informed on these matters for a more exact answer.

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            Thank you so very kindly my good man. I'm looking into TeXworks right now and will be getting my hands down into it, so that my writing might sprout from it like foul flowers. It just so happens I've got a nice poem I'm ready to show off that I can use for my very first one.

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    What is this!?! What an awful recipe! Not only did I chip a tooth, slip on a pile of cumin, hit my head on the ceiling, and burn my tongue but I also obtained food poisoning after it to boot! This is all your fault sir, and I demand compensation.

    My first suggestion is to threaten your watchers with a powerful bout of chastisement for this having 12 views and no comments as you requested.
    Alright, now I will attempt to be serious here.

    Cover the basics first, you know? The biggest thing would be to not assume folks already know something, but at the same time perhaps mesh in some of the more interesting bits to keep us all reading? Granted the underlying tone of humor helps, and I'll certainly read it all just for that alone but that is beside the point.

    How about some advice for writers who struggle with making their works a little too flowery, like me?

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      Well, the second piece of this I've written so far (will upload maybe next week, but I wanted to give it some time) is about grammar, basically a longer version of the thread I made on the forums. Otherwise, yeah, I was planning on going into stuff like what 'show, don't tell' actually means, how you might tell if your piece 'flows' well or not, and things like that. Purple prose is something I have opinions on, so I could discuss that too at some point, sure.

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        I will patiently await it, take your time. If I have any extra thoughts I'll drag them out next time.

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    LaTeX and soup!. Not to mention done with lightly cooked, never washed black beans.

    As gastronomically enjoyable as when I did 'college soup'. Cooked per instructions by putting in two whole garlic roots into said soup, thinking a clove is well...a whole garlic. Like my commas and punctuation.

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      Oh, did you actually try the recipe out? Honestly, I use as much garlic in it as humanly possible when I make it, and I chunk the cloves up by thirds or halves. I discovered how great huge cloves are in food when I ate a pizza that had whole sauteed garlic cloves as one of the toppings. Mincing garlic is for losers.

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    Finally working for me now, must've been related to the DDoS attack. As of right now, I do not know to what end I want to learn how to draw, how to write, cook without recipes, et cetera et cetera; however I do know I want to get better for the sake of of getting better. I have yet to post what I've practiced, but I have 'exercised' (I liked that metaphor by the way) new concepts and those that I've already learned. Anyway, I look forward to more of these submissions, and I'm looking into LaTex now.

    P.S. I like to mince garlic :C

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      Hmmm. I suppose it must have been related to that. Even so, if you haven't already, go ahead and contact support@weasyl.com with a description of the problem (if you happened to take screenshots, that would be great too) just so the tech staff can see what was going on. Just helps to debug certain features.

      Mincing garlic... :-) I'm kidding about that, of course, but I do just prefer to chunk it up most of the time.

      Man, with the interest this is generating in LaTeX, maybe I should post a primer on LaTeX basics at some point.

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    A crapload, huh? They never mention that on the Cooking channel.

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      You know this ain't the Cooking Channel, my friend.