Journal Entry: Tue Aug 14, 2012, 1:30 PM
Listening to: RAC Remixes (Nintendo vs. Sega Albums)
Watching: SHARK WEEK!
Playing: with my doggies <3
1. Spell Check.
Typos happen and everyone makes their damn mistakes but most of the time I see that a simple google search on the word could solve this problem. Proof read as well guys, if you're unsure then again, google. In short, I don't ever want to see Alzheimer's Disease spelled as Alltimer's.
2. Stop with the Warriors Names.
I'm looking at you, animal comics (...and also to a lesser extent tribal human stories). It's just..eurgh.. find another way to express the tribal or primal side of your creature's culture. If you are going to use Warriors names then allow me to remind you of a few things:
1. Animals don't usually know what half the words you're using are, for example if your characters live in prehistoric north america I can assure you they don't know what a Phoenix is, nor would they know what a hammer is, etc so be careful with with the vocabulary you pick.
2. Spaces. You can use spaces, seriously. If your character is named Runningwater call the poor thing Running Water.
3. Don't pick random words out of a hat. Most of the names I see don't even make sense or are entirely redundant (ex. calling an animal Wet Water or an equivalent is all too common. Stoppitkthx). The Warriors names, more often than not, are used to describe the character's personality, history/experiences or general appearance. Aka Firepaw was named Firepaw because of his bright orange fur. Why is your character named Silverpaw if they don't have an ounce of silver coloring on them?
4. Rethink using Warriors names. Unless you're doing a warriors fan comic. Seriously. You're doing the world a favor by rethinking it. Chances are it's not even appropriate for the idea you're trying to get across. If you're trying to make your cast names based on native american/tribal names then actually look up the tribes that would live in that region of the world and actually see how they're named their fucking children. If you're trying to make it feel like they're just describing what the others look like and using it as their names then you don't have to stilt yourself with Warriors-style. Keep in mind that Warriors names have a two-word limitation for a reason in the warrior culture. Your cast isn't warriors, why not name the character... Silver Coat with White Paws or Little and Silver if that's what the character looks like?
3. Consider colorations and markings
This goes for human comics just as much as animals. Why does your character have certain colors and markings? How in the fuck is a blue cheetah surviving if the grass around them isn't blue too? Does it only hunt in a field of blue flowers?? Human comics mix this up more in the realm of culture-wise but animal comics fall into this mistake too. If your comic is based or inspired by a certain culture and you're using body paint just like that culture does then you should likely book up on what those paintings mean. In Native American culture the specific symbols and color of paint symbolizes different things and in some cases gives a sort of blessing to the person (or horse/pet).
4. Read your dialog out loud
Stiff dialog happens a lot and we're all gonna make mistakes but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to prevent it when we can! When writing dialog read it out loud and be honest with yourself; does it sound like someone would naturally say that or does it sound like badly translated anime?
That is all for now, good day.