Tips on Writing Reader Inserts
So, I dunno if I'm a person to turn to for writing advice but I've had a couple of people ask for some so I'm gonna try my best!
Tip #1. Write something you'd wanna read! If you don't like what you're writing, the readers can tell and they won't like it either. So if you're going to write a story, don't bother unless you totally back it up!
Tip #2. Try your best not to half ass your stories. I'm as guilty as the next person when it comes to half ass-ing stuff but if you're going to post it onto dA, really try to do your best! Readers can tell when you half ass your work-like English teachers! And if you're doing a request or commission SERIOUSLY don't half ass it! What do you think that says about you? Do you think people will continue asking for requests?
Tip #3. If you're trying to write a story in another language that isn't your first language, I highly recommend asking someone to read it over for grammar and spelling. I think it's totally awesome that you can speak two languages, I'm so jealous-but if you speak a different language and, say you're trying to write something in English-English has some funky grammar rules! Like your and you're, to and too-Hard stuff, even for people who speak fluent english! Which brings me to my next tip...
Tip #4. Re-read your story for grammatical and spelling errors. I'm horrible at re-reading my stories and I'll go back and read it and go, "Oh my gosh! Was I drunk or something? Who wrote this?!" Seriously guys, there's a ton of grammar nazi's on here! And they can get real mean about grammatical errors! So, to avoid being flamed by those "know-it-all" mother truckers, double read or get someone to read over it for you.
Tip #5. If you're in the middle of writing a story and you start to get bored and lose inspiration-just step away. Don't muscle through it and continue writing, it just hurts your story! If you're bored with the story, you'll be able to tell because normally it'll come out real suckish. Come back to it later, look for that inspiration again. It doesn't matter how long it takes as long as it turns out awesome when it's finished!
Tip #6. Try to includes things people can relate to. People enjoy reading stories when they reference something they're familiar with or a character that reminds them of someone they know. It makes the story more personal and enjoyable. : )
Tip #7. Try to avoid Mary Sue characters or over used plots. Put a lot of thought into the characters! Nobody's the perfect little girl next door, or the perfect football jock-everyone has their quirks!
Tip #8. Put your voice into the story! Voice is the most important part of writing! When people start reading your stories they should be able to tell who wrote it! The references you use, the slang and phrases you use-it all is extremely important to your story!
That's all I can think of for now, I'll add more if I can think of any. I hope this helps you guys <3 I've still got a lot to learn but this is my usual checklist