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A lot of people really like my XReader stories and some people have even asked me to read their stories and to give advice on how to improve or asked me how I make such good XReader stories. So I decided to make this journal to give the few tips I can, I'm no expert and my stories are nowhere near perfection or anything of that sort. These are just the few tips I would give anyone who is interested in writing or does write XReader insert stories.

(THIS IS JUST MY OPINION)

Alrighty then~

1. Be descriptive. XReader stories are nice when they are short and cute. I will use a lousy salad comparison. When you write a story with the characters and make them fall in love, it is cute and like a salad. You just have what is needed but when you add in a lot of description- it is like adding salad dressing, tomatoes, and cucumbers. A salad is usually better when there is more in it, depending on a person's preferences. I usually like a story more when there is a lot of description and I can imagine what is happening or the scene. But some peple might just like it simple without too much description.

2.Which ever character you are using from the anime, show, or book- keep them in character! When someone likes a character it is usually because of looks and personality, not just the looks. So when writing a XReader story, make sure the characters are pretty close to their usual personality- I personally don't tend to like stories that have characters that I usually love that don't act like themselves.

3. Space out your story.- this is a constant issue with me. I can write stories, but I can never seem to space it out enough. Do better than me! Space it out so that the readers don't have a hard time reading it or keeping their place.

4. Use good grammer. No one is perfect, I know that. I am not the best writer and I can make a lot of mistakes, which I will fix if some one points it out. Just try not to make so many errors that it distracts from the story or confuses the reader.

5. Try to use characters you know. I tend to find that XReader stories for characters I don't know that well usually don't turn out as good as other stories. There is nothing wrong with trying out new characters, just try to find out as much as you can about them before you write the story then. Just because if you know the character more, usually you have an easier time keeping them in character and coming up with a story line that would fit them.

6. Never force a story. If you are trying to come up with a XReader story with a specific character and just can't think of a story line no matter what, don't force the idea. I can compare it to cosplaying for you cosplay people out there. When you can't think of a good skit for a cosplay video, and you try to force an idea out in order to make a video- it won't turn out how you want it to and usually won't be as good as your other videos or skits. It's the same way for writing, if you can't think of a good idea that you would want to write about, don't force it. If you can't think of a story line for a character, skip it and move on to the next story you want to write.

7. Anyone could write an XReader. You don't have to be a particularly talented writer. As long as you like to write, you can write whatever you want. As long as you can think of a story line and character you'd like to write about, you can do it. There is nothing wrong with trying to write an XReader story, you can at least try it once and if you don't like it- you can stop. It won't be perfect on your first try but as you keep writing and practice your writing and stories will improve. Also, it doesn't matter if not many people like your story, I feel that as long as you like it and as long as you are proud of it that you should put it up. What is important is that you like your work. 

8. Take your time, don't rush when writing either. Everyone is different and may be busy due to work or school, etc. And sometimes people like your stories so much that they will want more quite quickly. Still, one should take their time so that they can do their best and be proud of a story they write. Also, if you rush you might not notice a lot of mistakes you make or you just might not be proud of the rushed story.

9. Be creative. Don't be afraid to let your creative juices flow. A story that you write that you may think is crazy and out there, may seem very good to others. Different stories are always nice and refreshing.

10. Translate. If you have characters talking in a different language, put translations in the description or in the bottom of the story. Some people may not speak German, French, etc. So they won't know what the character is saying, so it is usually appericiated if translations are placed in the story.




Hmm, I think that is all of the advice I could give you guys off the top of my head. I hope this helps anyone who needed it and that maybe it inspires more of you guys to write.
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KarenTakamiya Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is going to be so helpful :) Thank you Soul-san ~~
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bonecrusher56 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Out of curiosity, do you take requests?
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
I do at times haha, you have something in mind?
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bonecrusher56 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Can i have a male reader x with sasha (patato girl) from attack on titan?
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thewolfofanime Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Writer
I have to agree with you. I, myself, is a writer who writes many reader inserts. Even if it is a reader insert, you can give a personality to the reader. I don't want a reader who is busty and only gets the man of her dreams because of her appearance, I want flaws to her. Dislikes, Likes, wants, needs, every damn thing I am made of. 
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parsoncarter Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is nice. Congrats for the motivation in writing the tips. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Thank you so much! Happy New Year too you also! :D
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Natureisnatural Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Thank you for writing this! I think I can use these tips! ^^
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kwajchick Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great advice! It really helps! c:
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Fyreflare Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Writer
You said that you have trouble spacing your stories? A good tip I always follow is to make a new paragraph each time it changes idea, location, time, or person speaking. ^^
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
This is a very good tip, I will make sure to keep this in mind!
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KirePapa Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this with us! c: I've always wante dto try write one of these but I find it pretty hard and embarassing... lol I used to write some before but I never published them anywhere xD lol
These are really nice tips! Thank you c:
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Lol, there were so many times when writing my XReaders that I hesitated to put them up but I justed yolo'd. At first I found it really embarrassing to be writing them but as I got such positive feedback and started enjoying writing more, I didn't mind as much :)
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KirePapa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand that, haha x) I'm glad you got out if it though! I will try to do the same C: At some point xD
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Naked-toes Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
One thing I have to say is that translations aren't always needed. I've written a Germany x Reader where no translation for a phrase is given, because in the context the reader is not supposed to understand it.  
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
That is also true, this is a good point!
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japanfan262 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
H-how do you write a fanfiction
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Alrighty, let's see... well I do more XReader stories than actual fanfictions. By fanfiction I am assuming you are refering to a story where you are pairing two characters together such as this: pokemonsoulsm.deviantart.com/a….

Honestly I would suggest just about the same tips. Fanfictions and XReader stories aren't all that different because you are still pairing two people together, the only difference is that for fanfictions you are using two defined charactes while for a XReader story you are using one defined character and just leave blanks for the other person (the reader). 
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japanfan262 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
H-hai thank you s-so much
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NotASerialKiller Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you! This is gonna help me~I am a dummy! 
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I'm glad I could help even if just a little bit :)
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FanFiction-Junkie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love your idea :D
I'd say my own, but this is your thought :) Not mine.

You have a very good point in all of the sections n.n
They're very helpful :3
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I am always open to other pepoles thoughts so feel free to share :)
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embercoral Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've only written a small handful of "Xreaders" in my day, and I find that the most successful ones are the ones that are based on my own personal experiences.


Those are all my "Xreaders". The ones with my personal experiences included are the RussiaxReaders (yes, even the Ceiling!Russia one, to a certain extent) because I just so happen to have a half-Russian boyfriend, and he just so happens to remind me very much of what I believe is Russia's personality. As I already mentioned, those seem to be the most popular among readers.
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BadTouchTrio92 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Very good advice! Personally I hate grammar and spelling mistakes when reading any fanfiction, but I can tolerate it if it's minimal. When there's a lot of mistakes I get so frustrated I quit reading the story even though it's a good story.
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Same here, if there aren't too many mistakes then I don't mind reading it but when there are just tons of them it gets kind of annoying or I might find it a bit hard to figure out what they were trying to say. 
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BadTouchTrio92 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Agreed
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LotusDragonof5000 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Hmmm..... I'll keep this in mind as I'm writing. Thank you very much for making this, it was very helpful~
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
You are so very welcome!
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JaneWeller Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You've put here a lot of good advices. I personally find very difficult to read stories that are not divided into paragraphs or if dialogues don't start from the new line. And dialogue tags! They should be in the story otherwise I honestly don't know who talks to who.
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Xyla-tomatoes-14 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very useful. I always love to expand my knowledge on writing~
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SaphiraStarveil Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Writer
This is actualy realy helpfull :) More people should read and learn from this because there are so much xreaders out there that could be so much better... It's a tad frustrating really
And ehm... Mind if I suggest another tip? I don't mean to be rude or anything but it's just something that bugs me in some reader inserts. It's when they disgribe the reader as skinny and stuff. I myself am not skinny and it usually bugs me when they dusgribe the reader as some petite skinny flawless person.
I'm really sorry if I sounded rude or anything :s
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capricousCatnip Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I agree with you! there was this one fan fic that described the reader so much that the only thing you got to chose was the name! It was so FRUSTRATING! 
and I didn't think you were being rude Hatsune Miku-13 (Wink and Heart) 
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SaphiraStarveil Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Writer
I know how you feel. I think in reader inserts you should be as vague as possible about the readers apearance. I try to do that at least. The only thing you'll usually find in my stories is eye-, hair- and skin colour things :p
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capricousCatnip Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
In my reader inserts, I don't really describe the reader's appearance that much. I make my reader inserts so that the actual reader can see what it would be like if their favorite character was real and such. Not some random OC that is nothing like the person reading the fan fic. 
I completely agree with you 
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SaphiraStarveil Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Writer
it's good to see I'm not the only one who thinks that's anoying
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capricousCatnip Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
me too 
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embercoral Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally never describe the reader's appearance…at all…because it's an Xreader. It's supposed to be a clean slate for anyone to step into, right?

The only exception I can even think of where I did describe the reader was one that I wrote based on a song (a tragic song, mind you; it involves gender swapping and soul selling and I'm leaving it at that).
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Same here, I never describe the reader and if I really wanted to incorporate something about the reader I'd put something like "Your ___ colored eyes met his... yada yada yada, blah blah blah" Lol, well not just like that but you know what I mean. I usually don't include size or height or anything, all I do is leave blanks for eye and hair color and that is about it. 
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SaphiraStarveil Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Writer
Sounds quite interesting. And I wish more people would stop describing the reader cause I find it really obnoxious and off putting.
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
I personally don't find it rude at all, when I write reader insert stories I usually try to be vague with descriptions of the reader. To be honest all I include is hair color and eye color blanks in my own writing.
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SaphiraStarveil Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Writer
Same here. I try to avoid descriptions of the reader whenever I can.
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KillerKawaiiKitsune Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanx for writing this ik a lot of people myself including needed one of these!!!
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pokemonsoulsm Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
You are so very welcome- I tried my best to come up a good list and explain (>0.0)> <(0.0<)
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KillerKawaiiKitsune Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
you did a really good job i think :3
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