This is a thread for more experienced authors to pass on advice and tips to new authors. While first-time authors don’t have to read or abide by anything here, they could spare themselves the experience of having their efforts heavily criticized by taking some of this to heart.
I’ll kick things off with a few points:
Treat your characters as if they are people. Flesh them out. Give them a life, a personality, something the reader can identify with and take interest in.
Good: The reader knows what the characters look like and they sound and act differently from one another.
Bad: The characters are either vaguely described (“she was an average girl”) or are completely one-dimensional (the evil/overbearing aunt or parent).
Take your time. Pace yourself. The temptation to get diapers in the story right away may be strong, but if you throw them in there without any build-up, the story will feel rushed. Also, be sure that whatever transpires is plausible within the context of the story. Your story doesn’t have to be ‘realistic’ per say, but nothing should happen that contradicts the previously established logic of the story. Lastly, keep it interesting. A story which consists of nothing more than the protagonist using his/her diaper and being changed won’t win very many readers because they’ve read it all before.
Good: A story that can stand on its own as a story if the diaper content was to disappear.
Bad: A story that makes no sense or too closely resembles other stories without any distinguishing characteristics.
Style is something you can play with, once you’ve recognized the ground rules. Generally speaking, your story should be legible. Sentences should start with a capital letter and end with a period. Dialogue should be denoted with quotation marks and marked with the appropriate speaker tags (“Let’s go,” said John.). There should be no more than one speaker per paragraph. Sentences should have a subject. The point of view should be consistent. Words should be spelled properly.
Good: So there I was, standing outside the corner shop about to do something I probably would not have done if circumstance had been different. But they weren’t, so I slipped the balaclava on, ran in to the store and pulled out my gun.
Bad: So there i was standing outside th corner shop. About to do somthing i proberly would not have done if circumstance had been different but the wernt so i sliped the balaclava on and ran in to the store and pulled out my gun
Posting only a few paragraphs, calling it a start and asking whether or not you should continue is a surefire way to invite criticism.