When starting a story with another character, the top two problems of whoever is starting are always the same: where will it take place, and what the title will be. I have a list of 50 ideas for places on my navigation, but now I decided to cover the titles. Under the cut there’s a good amount of ideas.
First off, let’s not gonna be lazy and call it a bio. It’s a biography- the biography of your character. This isn’t necessarily a guide (I am not gonna explain every little thing), but more of a post giving you tips and advice on how to write a good biography that is well thought out, detailed as much as you’d like it to be, and that will, of course, get the attention it deserves.
An evil guide showing you the basics of typography, text appearance, and how it matters just as much as the content.
To being with, if you don’t think this is important at all, let me give you two examples. Would you rather read option A or option B?:
They are both the exact same text with the exact same title, with the exact same length. But if you look at it, option A looks much more intimidating than option B because:
- The paragraphs are shorter
- The title isn’t all-uppercase
Paragraphs: When faces with a huge text in front of you, even if you are interested in the subject, chances are a few “ah”s and “ugh”s are gonna escape your lips because yes, it does look like a lot. But if it is more organized and the paragraphs are shorter, it gives the reader the impression that the whole text is indeed shorter, too. Not to mention that if the reader gets distracted in the middle of it and has to go back to read a line again, it’s much easier to find yourself when you have a paragraph with 5-7 lines in front of you rather than one with 15 or more.
Title: This goes not only for the title, but most types of text. Research has proved that it is much easier to understand something when it is not capitalized. I bet that everyone that tried reading the images (because it is small) was able to understand the title in the option B faster than option A, even though it’s the exact same one. When trying to get someone’s attention, bold it or make it italic. Your text will look prettier and you will get your point across more easily.
*Of course, there are a few exceptions for that, such as intense yelling in dialogues, etc.
Another example, which I deal with on a daily basis since I work for a magazine:
Yes, lame text, but I bet you knew what I was talking about faster when reading the first one. ;)
Now let’s get to the real stuff. A more detailed guide on capitalization, underlining, italic, and bold:
In typography, emphasis is the exaggeration of words in a text with a font in a different style from the rest of the text—to emphasize them.
In America, capitalization or all-uppercase letters are mainly used for:
- chapter and section headings;
- newspaper headlines;
- publication titles;
- warning messages;
In the United Kingdom, it is very rare that people actually use all-uppercase letters, for they are almost only used for book titles. All-uppercase is only acceptable when you lack the option of making it bold (like when using type-writers, text messages, etc.) So on books, fanfiction, or any type of online or printed writing (that is not newspaper), all-uppercase should be avoid for there is a 90% chance that you are doing it wrong.
Underlining is very rarely used in actual text writing. Very rarely used. It is considered too distracting and unnecessary when you have the bold and italic options. However, it can be used for links (you can notice that a lot on Tumblr), and not only on the internet. Quite often on published work, links appear underlined and our brain instantly recognizes that as a web page without even looking at the http:// or .com.
Italics are used to create emphasis. But I’m taking you already knew that? Joke’s on you, because it should be used much more often than you may think. To make this easier, here’s a list of when you should use italics:
- Emphasis: “James thinks he’s really funny.”
- The titles of works that stand by themselves, such as books, albums, plays, or periodicals: “I really enjoyed reading all the series, but my favorite book is definitely Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” However, works that appear within larger works, such as short stories, poems, or newspaper articles, are not italicized, but only set off in quotation marks.
- The names of ships (actual ships, not cool Tumblr ones!): “Titanic sailed last night.”
- Foreign words: “The party sucked, the only good thing about it was the burrito they served.”
- Mentioning a word as an example, not using it for it’s meaning: “Love is such a beautiful word.”
- Using a letter or number mentioned as itself: “How is Katherine spelled? With or without the h?” and “Take a look at the list, your name is under the 52.”
- In novels, fanfictions, or any type of prose, to indicate the character’s thoughts: “That shirt looks terrible on her, thought Caroline.”
Okay, trick part (or not so much) about italics. What happens when you need to italicize something within an already italic text? For example:
“I may stop by the bookshop after school to buy Alice in Wonderland so I can read it later, she thought.” Doesn’t this look wrong to you? Well, it should, for this is how it’s supposed to look like:
“I may stop by the bookshop after school to buy Alice in Wonderland so I can read it later, she thought.” Basically, whenever there is the need to italicize something within italics, you simply switch back to non-italicized.
The image above pretty much explains all about italics and bold. If you have a big text (for the love of God, use the very first lesson of this post!) and wants people to easily find what they want, use bold. But don’t over-do it! One to three words at once is certainly enough.
This is not a guide about paras, but general writing, but here is a tip for you: do not, I repeat, do not bold nor italicize your dialogues! They are already set off in quotation marks, and that is enough. I will go more in-depth on this subject on another post (if you guys would be interested in that, of course), but please don’t do it.
This is the part one of God knows how many parts, but if you have any requests for other guides, please do not hesitate in contacting me. I hope this helped!
*Do not repost this guide without my permission! However, reblogging is allowed so please feel free to do so.
For months people kept asking me how to I made Valley successful, how do I keep it active, how are people still interested, etc; of course at first I wasn’t even paying attention to what exactly I was doing, but sometimes we related to books more than we know. I’ve studied Disney for years, and it’s methods as well.
“It’s not the magic that makes it work; it’s the way we work that makes it magic.”
― Walt Disney
It is no secret that Disney is one of the biggest, most successful companies out there; whether we’re talking about movies, cartoons, or theme parks, one thing we can’t deny: they know what they’re doing. And you can, too. There is a reason why more than 70% of Disney World’s visitors come back - maybe it’s because they didn’t want to leave in the first place. This guide will help you understand why this company grew to be so successful, and help you apply the Disney method to your RPG.