QUOTE (Artain @ Jul 9 2011, 04:49 PM)
So, yeah, to conclude my question: would it be "mens hearts", "mens' hearts", "men's hearts" or "the hearts of men"?
It would be "men's hearts." If a word (people, children) is already the plural, the apostrophe goes before the S. Although, technically speaking, there is nothing wrong with, "The hearts of men." Side-note: periods and commas go inside quotation-marks and outside parentheses (unless you are British, in which case it's "inverted commas" followed by the punctuation).
If I may add, if a word is singular but ends in "s" (usually names like James or other words like ibis) you should
add an 's to it, ie "James's" or "ibis's"
At first, it looks and sounds wierd, but you'd eventually see that it makes the most sense."Did you eat James' sandwich?"
speaking, that sounds like "James Sandwich," which doesn't make sense, so you would say [jame-ses] for the possessive.
ANYWAY, great tutorial! I already have some experience in writing, myself, but this reminded me of some important points like character development.
one thing I should comment on is your mention of Cliches. I understand that you said cliches aren't bad if executed correctly, but in that case, they aren't cliches anymore. A Cliche is like being evil for the sake of evil, or an out-of-the-blue Deus Ex Machina.
That aside, I recomment taking a look around this site:http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage
Tropes are hard to describe in words, but they're really good "tools" that are commonly used when writing, while at the same time not (necessarily) being cliches. Still, good execution is most important no matter what you use.