Getting Accepted Into The Neopian Times
DEEP CATACOMBS - I am sure that most of you reading this have either gotten accepted
into the Neopian Times, want to, or have been rejected and are still trying. It
is a hard task to complete, but I have found that there are some things that you
really need to know and look after if you want to published. Just because you
don’t get accepted doesn’t mean that you aren’t a good writer. I have submitted
some things now, and have only gotten 1 thing publish, 2 if this one does as well!
The feeling that you get when you are accepted is great; you know that one more
person likes your writing. But if you don’t get accepted, it can be hard. I have
submitted things before this, and some of them got rejected. I may have been a
good writer, according to some friends, but maybe I wrote about something that
had already been written enough. If that be the case, start over. Don’t lose hope.
Do you remember Stephen King? Well if you haven’t, he is a well-known writer.
For those of you who have, then you probably know what I am talking about. Before
he ever had any of his books published, he was rejected. MANY times. It just goes
to show that if you keep trying, and practicing, and getting better, you will
get published somehow.
Now, on to what I really meant to talk about. I think that most people just
need some pointers, so that is what this article is about. I am writing a paragraph
for each section in the Neopian Times and some tips on how to get accepted.
Keep in mind that these may not help you the least little bit, but then again
they help you to get every single one of your pieces published! Wouldn’t that
I think that articles are the most fun to write. You can go CRAZY with them!
Examples of writing an article can go from a game guide, to talking about Lord
Kass’s fluffy pink Kadoatie. Oops, I wasn’t supposed to tell you that…Anyways,
hopefully these tips will help you a bit!
1.) READ THE NEOPIAN TIMES! Read the articles, short stories, comics, everything!
Maybe even read a few issues back to see what has been done. That way you won’t
write about the same thing that someone else did, and you may get some ideas
along the way.
2.) Don’t write about something that has been written to death. This article
probably won’t get accepted, because it probably has been written to death
in the past ^.^. In other words, be original, random, maybe even a bit weird.
3.) If you are writing a game guide, make sure that you know a lot about the
game. Remember, your articles have to be no less than 1000 words long. SO you
wouldn’t want to start writing, then not be able to get more than 621 words
in. Also, make sure that your information is correct and helpful. If you are
rewriting the instructions for the game, and that is the basic theme for your
article, then you probably won’t get accepted.
4.) This is to all of you random people, like me! Write something random! Like
I said, write about Lord Kass’s fluffy Kadoatie! She’s so cute, and deserves
to be written about!
5.) Don’t have your article(s) be one big run on sentence… Don’t write rants
either. I was going to write an article about the Message Boards, and it turned
into one big rant, which was rather annoying I think.
I have read some pretty awesome short stories in my Neopets time, and they
are all written by Neopians like you. Which means that you are capable of writing
something great too! The tips for the Short Stories are as follows.
1.) Once again READ! Make sure that you aren’t writing the same story that
someone did last week, because you won’t get published.
2.) Be original. One thing that I would like to read, maybe even write, would
be something funny, maybe with a little sadness here and there. But make it
your own. You could write about your Kougra’s magic socks if you wanted to *hint
3.) Make sure you know what you are doing. If you start writing about your
Chia’s favorite flexible pencil, don’t get side-tracked and start writing about
your Kougra’s magic socks…
4.) Check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. If someone is talking make
sure that you have quotation marks and such. Also keep in mind that your stories
have to be 1000 words or more, but no more than 4000 words.
5.) It MUST be about Neopets, it says so in the Rules as well. If it isn’t
about Neopets, then it won’t be accepted.
Yay for comics! I love reading the comics ^.^. With these there is really
no limit to how big you can go. I like reading the really funny ones, and I
know a lot of people who love those too. Here are some tips you might need for
1.) This is the third time saying this…READ! Don’t do the same type of thing
that someone else already did.
2.) BE FUNNY! I know that people love reading funny, maybe even cute at times,
comics. I know you all have a bit of funniness in you!
3.) Check your .GIF and/or .JPG files. Make sure that they are working properly.
That would really stink if you did all of that work, only to turn it in a see
a big red X.
4.) Make sure that your text is readable. Pictures are worth a thousand words,
but hey, being able to read your writing makes it even better.
5.) Your picture’s file size can only be 200KB. Your maximum width at 470 pixels,
and you can only submit .GIF or .JPG files. You PSP 8 users who like to use
.PNG files, that WILL NOT work!
This category of writing is for you people that write big huge long stories.
You have parts to your story, and one part gets published each week until your
story if done. Here are the tips.
1.) Alright, this is the last time that I will say READ! Don’t do something
that someone else has already done.
2.) Make sure that you can write for a long time. Make sure that the story
is going to be long so that you can submit more parts. That makes it more interesting!
3.) I think that people should end different parts of their stories with, something
interesting, something that will keep your reader’s eyes glued to the computer
screen until the next part comes out. End with something that will keep them
guessing and in pain because they want to know so badly!
4.) Don’t repeat things. You might not know what I am talking about, then again
you might, but I can’t explain it. Don’t get into so much detail that you have
three whole paragraphs describing a tree…
5.) Stay on track. Don’t think about something that doesn’t make sense, and
incorporate it into your story. For example, don’t write about how evil Lord
Kass is, then have the rest of your story be about his fluffy pink Kadoatie.
There really isn’t much to talk about here. It’s just some tips for continuing
1.) Re-read what you have already written in past parts of your story. Knowing
me, I would probably do something stupid like rewriting a whole part, because
I had forgotten if I had done it already or not.
2.) Make sense. Enough said.
3.) Spelling and grammar is a must. If you story is one big mush of spelling
errors, I really don’t think that the Editor will take the time to correct the
whole thing. She’s a busy person ya’ know!
4.) *Continue* your story. Keep it moving. Don’t get stuck somewhere, and then
not be able to write anymore, to where you just end up sleeping in a tent in
the middle of nowhere at the end.
5.) Conclude your last part with something that makes sense as well. A happy
ending would be cool.
These are just some things that I didn’t feel like repeating in every category,
or I think should be mentioned again.
1.) Don’t have too much death. If your story, article, comic, or whatever,
focuses on a lot of death, it probably won’t get published.
2.) Read The Neopian Times.
3.) Spelling and grammar is a must.
4.) Check your images.
5.) Be original. That is a huge thing when it comes to writing. Everyone has
their own style.
I hope that this article has helped someone, or at least entertained you. If
you read this article, followed my tips, and got accepted, please tell me! I
love to hear that your piece was a success! Good luck to everyone in Neopia,
and thank you for taking the time to read my article!