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What do you hate the most that authors do in the first chapters of their books?

And on the other side, what is the best way to hook your interest and make you keep reading?

Honest, long winded and unique answers are appreciated.

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BlueStormAngel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Your content is so awesome! It's helped me a lot when writing-made me reconsider some parts. I think it's helped me improve.
I also love your love of making fun of things.;) (Wink) 
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PeanutbutterSandman Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I found a story you might enjoy (albeit it's a comic and I'm not sure if you're into those) if you're interested.  It's got it's own website I can link you to if you like.
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MakingFunOfStuff Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Sure, thanks for thinking of me.
You can send me the link if you want, and I'll check it out. :D
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PeanutbutterSandman Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's at lackadaisy.com.  Just go to the archive and you'll find the first page!  
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MakingFunOfStuff Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Sounds good, I'll start reading it soon. Thanks!
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eriko-neko Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I just want to say that I respect your words like, so much. I've been writing fan-fictions for almost four years now. I have a good amount of watchers for it, and I believe I'm getting much better at writing, but the thing is I never get criticism. Like, never. I don't know if that's like a fan-fiction thing or what. I always just wanted someone to tell me what I'm doing wrong with my writing or how to improve on something. On top of that, I've never read a lot of books or anything, so I'm not too aware of well-composed writing. (I'm a bit of a contradiction; wanting to be a writer, but never really reading books.)

Your devations really keep me cautious, however. I love the points you make in the devations I've read so far. I very much appreciate it, and hope to get even better with the help of your reviews and guides~! So, thank you!

Ok, that's all. Sorry. Bye!
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MakingFunOfStuff Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Thanks so much, I'm honored you say so!
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sarin555 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
I have a question about writing, mainly the style.

Should I like in first person or thrid person head hopping or full scale third person?

and then should I write in traditional past tense or more new present tense?
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MakingFunOfStuff Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Hmm, that seems pretty subjective.
I'm sure there is unique advantage to be taken of each style. The best choice is the one which you feel you can make the best use of for your particular story. 

I hear head hopping is usually looked down on, but I personally like to use it for comic effect while focusing on the main character for the important parts of the story (so as not to make it feel awkward or cheap).

I always admired the style J. K. Rowling uses in Harry Potter, which I believe is called third person omniscient. 
It's like having a camera on the main character (including into their mind), so that we are duped into thinking their beliefs are always right when they aren't necessarily. This lends itself to good opportunities for narrative misdirection and plot twists. (Remember what we believed about Snape, Mad Eye, Scabbers).

It all depends what you're trying to accomplish, and like I said before, which style you can use to your advantage.

Thanks for asking me, by the way, and I hope that's helpful. I like talking about this stuff.
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MajoraSaiyan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
What are your thoughts on 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'? I really enjoy your work, and I want to know your thoughts on this series.
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