Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Business & Pleasure


Ladies, here's a recent creation I made for Dani Colorado over at the Haven.  I love pressing this girl's hot buttons, so I always put on my devious mistress cap when I start writing for her.  This is a good representation of two things I think make current captions great:

1. The majority of the caption is dialogue.  For some reason, having two characters speak to one another seems to make the caption more real.  Or maybe that's just me.  Inner thoughts work very well too.

2. I never say what the method of change was.  I like doing this for a couple reasons.  First of all, it allows the reader to decide what it could be--an MAU, something from SRU, Medallion of Zulo, Magic Remote, etc.  Point is it let's the reader get what they want out of the caption.  Which is my second point; a lot of havenettes in the trading gallery have some specifics about what styles of transformation they like.  Letting you pick the style within the caption means it will work for you.  The only disadvantage to this form of writing I can think of is for those who like descriptive changes. 

Do you agree or disagree?  Leave your comment below!

7 comments:

  1. Kaitlyn,

    I love your stuff... I apologize my comments have been lacking... There was, and still is, a lot of "cleanup" involved in totally deleting and then re-instituting a Blog... dead links, broken links, corrupt images.... blah... blah.....

    Dialogue, when done well, definitely makes a cap more "real", in my opinion. Yours is a good example. If the the dialogue is shoddy, confusing, or unnatural, then it makes it actually worse :)

    Method of change... I've done a very few caps where the method/type of change are not directly mentioned. Again, if done WELL, it can actually add to the mood and tone of the cap. Again, yours is a good example... We know the change is likely "magic" of some sort, but that's not even the focus. The focus is the interaction and dialogue between the characters.

    There are so many ways to write a caption story... Focusing any one aspect can totally change the "spin" and feeling of the story. With this story alone, you COULD have focused on the transformation... you could have focused on the "backstory", you could have focused on one or the other character's motivations... Any one of those god have been a good caption, just a different one... All telling the same exact "story", just skewed from a different angle...

    Just my 2 cents....

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  4. I have to kind of sit on the fence on this one. I think that there is a place and time to be specific and drive all the details home, and there is a time to be vague and let the story focus on something else. Just as I think that a narrative style cap can be just as effective as a dialog only cap. It just depends on what the artist wants the reader to focus on.

    I think to effectively make a cap for someone else, that using more details gives you a better chance of 'nailing' their preferences. Sure, you've just written off about 80% of your audience as you've left them no room to get their own preferences into the story. But for your selected reader (and those that follow their particular fetishes) you've made something that hits their buttons hard and have possibly sent them into a spiral of joy and happiness. I've never gotten a comment like "Oh m god, were you in my HEAD reading my MIND!" by being vague. But then again I've never gotten dozens of positive comments by being specific.

    So... I both agree and disagree! Cute, ain't I!?

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