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Ookami Kasumi
Artist | Professional | Literature
United States
Age: Over 30.
Sex: Yes, please.
Gender: Female
Occupation: Professional Author

This the the writer-artist OokamiKasumi from LJ, Yaoi Gallery, LiquidEros, and the LemmaSoft forum. Don't expect too much from me here. Most of my stories and art are way too adult for this place. If you want to see what I can really do, look me up on the other sites.

This account is merely to post my writing Tutorials, search for Photoshop resources, and browse the occasional art piece.

Current Residence: NC, USA
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite style of art: Art Nouveau
Personal Quote: "I can resist anything--but temptation."

...I am wondering, do you want to read the next story I post either here or elsewhere? -- Friendly Amateur Writer

Thank-you for the invitation, but I don't do critiques. I am much, much too harsh a judge of fiction. I've made published authors cry after posting my opinion of their work. Seriously! One NYT's bestselling author still hates my guts. Mainly because her editor told her --on a public forum-- that I was Right.

The other problem is that I Absorb what I read and Use It later, especially if the idea is Good. Worse... I won't remember where the idea came from.

NEVER let a professional author read your unpublished work. All of us are Scavengers looking for a good idea. It's not deliberate! It's just a side-effect of the job.
Sorry to bother you guys with this, but...
 -- Some of you may have noticed, I've been out of the loop for a little while. It's because I've been having a rather nasty incursion of 'life,' and it's getting in the way of my writing. To be specific, I've been having so much trouble paying my bills lately I haven't had any time to write, or even come up with new writing tips.

I apologize for even asking, but I could really use a bit of help to get out of the hole I fell into. As any artist knows, it's really hard to be creative when you're about to lose the roof over your head.

If you can spare a couple dollars, I have a GoFundMe donation account

If you can't spare it, I understad, seriously, but if you can pass the word (even if it's just on on Facebook,) I'd really appreciate it.  

Thank you.

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:icondd-catalogue: From Idea to STORY
----- Original Message -----
How do you develop an idea? How do you come up with the details behind stories? Do you get them from reading books? Do you get them from modern concepts? Or do they just come to you (if so, lucky you XD)? How do you develop the world in which it takes place? People or settings first? Do you include cults/religions/mass groups? How do you come up with these groups?
-- Thoughtful Writer
In other words, what you want to know is:
How do you build a Story from an Idea?
Let's begin by breaking this huge pile of questions down to smaller, bite-sized pieces...
How do you develop an idea?
I start with a Climactic Event.
-- My ideas may originate from anything at all; from a piece of music to a picture I saw on the 'net, but to make a Story from those ideas I start with What I Want to Happen at the very heart of my story -- a central Climactic/Crisis Event. I t

From Idea to STORY
by OokamiKasumi
Continuing on with her popular literature hints and tips series OokamiKasumi gives more excellent advice with From Idea to STORY don't forget to check out the rest of the series! ( Featured by Elandria )
Given 2015-05-13

:icondd-catalogue: Faery Tale a Visual Novel by OokamiKasumi
Faery Tale a Visual Novel
by OokamiKasumi
The suggester wrote: "This game is well thought out - easy to navigate, fun to play (some quite nice eye candy in there too) and all resource providers have been credited whether off-site or here on DA. The illustrations and layout are beautiful - the storyline(s) are contemporary with a slight macabre sprinkling of what I can only guess is inspired by The Grimm's Fairytales... You'll have hours of fun exploring each storyline and being awe-inspired by the hard work and attention to detail put into creating it."
(Suggested by zememz and Featured by Lyricanna)
Given 2010-06-10

:icondd-catalogue: The NonVerbal Thesaurus
Not spoken > Body Language.
Latin thesaurus, treasury, from Greek thesauros.
n. pl. the•sau•ri (-sôri) or the•sau•rus•es
1. A book of synonyms, often including related and contrasting words and antonyms.
2. A book of selected words or concepts, such as a specialized vocabulary of a particular field.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009.
Dialogue is VISUAL
-- Not just a bunch of words.

Watch the average conversation between two people. 90% of that conversation isn't in what's Spoken, it's in what they are DOING while they are speaking. It's in their Body Language. Body-language cues in your story alert the reader by SHOWING them what is going on in a character's head without Telling t

In her suggestion of The Non-Verbal Thesaurus by OokamiKasumi, PaperDart writes, "Her collection of writing guides are a goldmine for the aspiring author. All of her guides give sound, clear, well reasoned advice, but this guide to using body language in dialogue stood out to me especially as something about which we don't hear enough."
(Suggested by PaperDart and Featured by Memnalar)
Given 2011-06-20

:icondd-catalogue: GMC - SIMPLIFIED
"I am – I Need – I Desire…"
Goal, Motivation & Conflict - SIMPLIFIED

Goal, Motivation and Conflict seems to be the BIG MYSTERY of fiction writing. Everyone says that they're essential to good writing – and they're right, they are. Absolutely. But this stuff can be a little confusing.
Let's begin at the beginning…
-- What are all these things and why do stories need them?
Goal is what your character THINKS they are after.
Motivation is what makes them WANT to go after it.
Conflict is what Gets In Their Way.
-- Internal Conflict being ANGST or Drama.
-- External Conflict being the PLOT or Events.
The Plot (Events) Arc is the stuff that happens to the characters – the plotline. There are 5 basic stages in a Plot Arc:
1 - Inciting Event
2 - Challenge
3 - Crisis/Reversal
4 - Ordeal
5 - Confrontation
The Character (Drama) Arc is the complimentary (or contrary) stage of Ang

As this is Project Educate's Resources Week, give GMC - SIMPLIFIED by *OokamiKasumi a read for tips on discovering the goals, motivations, and conflicts of your characters which may impede them, all crucial to fiction writing.
(Featured by GwenavhyeurAnastasia)
Given 2010-12-05


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Unioke Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
Thank you for providing very useful and easy to understand tutorials. 

I like your crisp writing style. Is your style inspired by any authors? 
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Professional Writer
...on a side note, I noticed how you said you're too harsh a judge for fiction. I found that funny, since I've never come across someone willing to tell me how awful my writing is (which really, really doesn't help me get better).

The reason I wrote all those tutorials (over 50 of them,) is BECAUSE people wanted advice -- lots and lots of people. Way more people than one author can handle, especially when I'm trying to get my own manuscripts finished. In short, I just don't have the time to help every single person who wants my help, so... Tutorials. Lots of them.

Now then, in response to what I mean about being too harsh a judge...
 -- Consider how long it will take you to not only read all those tutorials, but how long it will take you to learn how to actively use what they say in your work.
 -- Now consider the fact that I've been a published author since 1980 and all that information is already engraved into my skills and I use All Of It actively in my manuscripts.
 -- In addition, I am a vicious task-master of my own work right down to the sentence structure -- which is NOT the same as whet they teach in school.

In short; I only have One Standard to check someone's work -- MINE.

The last thing any new writer needs is to have their work carved to pieces by someone with work standards that have been created by over 30 years of experience. (Think: meat-grinder.)

New writers need time to Grow into their skills and time to experiment with what feels right for them. They don't need someone like me training them to write MY Way, they need to grow into their skills and learn their own way to write.
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OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Professional Writer
I remember all too well what it was like to be a new author in desperate need for sound advice that didn't play around and gave clear-cut instructions. Tutorials are my way of giving back. I don't always have the time to answer quickly, but I do try to stay on top of all the comments and questions.

I do not do critiques because I am absolutely cold-blooded when I do them. Because I'm a professional writer, not a creative one, there is No Leeway in my judgements. I follow very strict rules that Do Not  support "creative" writing in any way; I am anti-head-hopping, anti-"as," anti-"said," and I paragraph purely by character change and scene change. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. (Tell me that's Not teaching someone how to write like I do.)

In addition, too many people asking for critiques are really looking for an Editor -- which I am NOT. So... No Critiques. They're better off finding beta-readers. They will be far kinder and less judgemental than I am.

Just to put things in perspective, I never went to college for writing. I am almost entirely self-taught--if you don't include all the books I read on writing and my editors who trained me to paragraph the way I do.

I'm glad you like my tutorials. I hope they prove helpful, and I wish you all the luck in the world towards becoming an author yourself.
Imiss2010 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
thanks again for helping me out. I'm sorry if I keep repeating myself with my questions. In what order should I read your articles? And what writing books to you recommend I read? Specificly the books you used to get your information from? I want to be as through as possible? Thanks again.
OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Professional Writer
Start with: The Secret to Proper Paragraphing
Once you know what your characters and doing and saying, how do you get all that down on Paper without ending up with a huge confusing mess?
Putting the Story on Paper.
Everybody knows that when a new speaker speaks they get a new paragraph, right? In other words, you DON'T put two different people talking in the same paragraph. Okay, yeah, so anyone who has written any kind of fiction learns this pretty darned quick, (usually from their readers.)
What nobody seems to get is that the same goes for a new character's ACTIONS. Seriously, when a new character ACTS they're supposed to get their own paragraph -- even if they don't speak!
In short, you paragraph by change in CHARACTER -- not because they speak, but because they ACT. Ahem... Dialogue is an ACTION. In other words, the reason you don't put two different characters' Dialogue in the same paragraph is BECAUSE you don't mix two characters' Actions. Okay?
"Wait a minute,
 -- This covers the most common and prolific problems in writing, namely putting the words on paper in an understandable manner. I realize that proper grammar in writing is the most boring part, but it's also the most common reason for REJECTION. Writing Fiction is NOT at all like writing a school essay, and far too many published authors get it wrong.

After that, you only need to read the essay that catch your interest.

Books I get my information from?
 -- I hate to break this to you, but most of my information isn't from --or even in-- books. The bulk of my information comes from my experience as a published author and advice from my editors. In fact, my essays all come from my personal notes compiled over the years I've been writing.

I do however, have a recommended book list, if you like. (Keep in mind that I write Adult Fiction, okay?)…

I hope that helps.
Imiss2010 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
thank you. I really appreciate this.
ShinyHeels Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you For the Favorite by Sugaree-33
OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Professional Writer
You're welcome!
LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for all the lovely room resources. My daughter is trying to learn how to make games and I thought some good backgrounds would help her learn. She's been trying to make all the backgrounds and learn the program!:) So, thanks again for making them available.
OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Professional Writer
 -- Excellent because those backgrounds were originally made to BE game backgrounds.

Have her try the Renpy Visual Novel Engine for making Visual Novel games. It's FREE and Open Source so anyone can use it any way they like!.

Go here for more info:
LemmaSoft Forum:…
 -- This is where the Renpy game creators trade codes and tips.
LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to say thank you very much for the links. I was away for Lent and Easter and I'm slowly getting through the comments and things. I really appreciate the links as my daughter is 13 and learning. I'm happy that she wants to MAKE games more than play them.
OokamiKasumi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Professional Writer
I'm glad you liked them. I hope your daughter finds them helpful -- and entertaining!
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ZeroXLimit0 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Do have any tutorials for Love? I've read through your romance one and I'm looking for one on love? Since Love and Romance are different things.
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