Please educate yourselves on the basics of writing a story; plot structure, character development, world building, foreshadowing, etc. Free balling a story for the fuck of it and then complaining when no one wants to read your terrible story is the most irritating thing Episode authors do. I wouldn’t mind cliche’s and corny tropes in stories nearly as much if those stories were well thought out and written with some foreseeable intent. So read a blog, watch some youtube videos, make an effort to write the best you can and never stop trying to improve.
This is exactly why I’m writing up some Writing 101 lessons for the forums, in hopes it might improve the overall writing ability of Episode authors. I mean, it’s not likely, but I can hope!
True. I agree! My teenage eyes don’t need to see that honestly.
Moved to Episode Fan Community since this doesn’t fit into any Creator’s Corner category. Make sure to check out our Forum Tutorial for more info about where to correctly create topics, and feel to PM me if there are any questions.
Stop romancing stuff, you know is wrong. Plus stop getting mad at readers that point it out.
Please do not glorify disgusting things that can trigger us readers. As long as you do enough research on these topics and portray them with respect, I’m perfectly okay with this. I don’t want to see stories that do this reverse psychology (and yes, you know which author I am talking about) where you tell the readers to not glorify a certain bad boy but then proceed to tell the reader to “make him hot”. I don’t see what’s sexy about falling for a psychopath/serial killer/rapist etc.
Also, please please take your time in writing a story/chapter because I can understand revamping or discountinuing can be a real pain in the butt.
P.S. Stop making hijabi women wear sexy/revealing clothing while wearing the hijab. Religion shouldn’t be sexualised either!
Please add trigger warnings. There are lots of stories that have possibly triggering scenes in them, with no trigger warnings. At least have just one line of dialogue saying: Trigger Warning Ahead!
It doesn’t take much time, and could help a lot of people.
Also stop romanticising teen pregnancy. I understand it does happen, but the amount of pregnancy stories on the app is incredible. Yes, it is real, but it shouldn’t appear so much. There are lots of impressionable people using episode, and they could think that it’s a good thing to happen.
Stop glorifying abuse. It’s a thing that happens, yes, but people shouldn’t want to be in an abusive relationship/ with an abuser.
There are more, but I’m kinda tired.
Please please please stop including s*icide and self harm in stories. This is very triggering and should not be promoted and encouraged within the community. Romanticizing such behavior isn’t OK because it may be a very sensitive topic for some readers. At least add trigger warnings.
I think that’s a brilliant idea, there are places where people have posted templates for outlines and character charts specifically for episode stories and I cannot figure out why more people don’t use them.
I think a lot of Episode writers are beginner writers who may not understand why they’d need an outline or character chart. It’s unfortunate. Maybe I can help some people understand why they’re helpful. I just…really love this platform. And a lot of people have excellent ideas. They just haven’t learned how to evolve them into a proper story.
That’s part of it for sure, I was a baby fanfic writer at one point and had no idea what I should be doing until I got into creative writing in high school. I also think mapping out a plot is hard and some people just don’t want to do the work, and are totally fine with aimlessly writing nothing and never progressing. Which is actually fine with me, until they start complaining about not getting reads.
Dear Authors ,
Please make your episodes at least a good 5 minutes long as otherwise we are wasting passes on episodes that are like 1 minute long and the plot of the story is usually well done but it’s just the length thats the problem. Also please don’t always make the MC a vig*n and fall for a guy who has a lot of experience.
~ Zaynab x
First off, thank you creating a thread like this
I’m in your shoes; I’m an author myself, so therefore, I know how the story-making process can be stressful at times. Sometimes you have a bomb story idea, other times you have really great story ideas that you would like to release. But please keep in mind that you do not have to feel unsupported by your fellow authors within this community. You do not have to feel like you’ve failed as an author and writer. This is specifically for both new and small authors who feel like their stories aren’t going anywhere in this community. I want you all to know that I’ve been there before; I feel your pain, anger, and discouragement. Continue to stay encouraged, supported, and motivated.
Stick to the damn guidelines.
I can’t wait to start reading Episode again.
Love y’all! <3
Please don’t give us the option to customize our characters if you’re going to add art scenes. I LOVE customization because it gives me a chance to add diversity (and to stories that are already diverse, even more diversity because you can never have too much), but art scenes ruin the immersion for me and take me out of the story. They’re not necessary. I’m perfectly capable of imagining what the characters are doing without a random picture popping up on my screen.
Also, overlays. That word is cursed in my head because it’s a word I hear a lot of authors use who don’t have CC in their stories. Because of overlays. I understand that they are necessary for some stories, but for those that aren’t, come on.
As an author, I write stories based on a variety of subjects ranging from Royalty to Mafia
My main characters always end up with the good guys, never a toxic relationship unless I add a twist to it.
Yes, I haven’t published anything as of yet on episode, although my past stories are still on just discontinued.
I’m now writing as a manuscript, hoping to publish my first book in a few years.
Will most of you please educate yourself on topics such as domestic violence, sex crimes such as rape, sexual assault/harassment and molestation, teen pregnancy, mental illnesses, suicide and criminals? It makes me sad that you are romanticizing it. It’s sickening and very triggering. As for triggers, please try to add trigger warnings in stories with triggering topics such as the ones listed above. It would help me a lot. Moreover, don’t misrepresent people who are simply different from you. And use correct representation. Use diversity, but don’t use it for reads. Not every story requires customization. Also, please, for the love for God, quit using overused cliches. They’re cliche for a reason.
Peace and love, Carmela