Story Writing - Tips and TricksStory Writing Tips and TricksStory Writing - Tips and Tricks2 years ago in Other More Like This
So, you're either writing or want to write a story. Here is a list of tips and tricks that will help you on your way to achieving your goal.
1. Write Compelling Characters
Whether your character is human or not, your audience will want to read about a hero/heroine who acts like a real person. This means giving them a well rounded personality with a fairly equal amount of strengths and flaws. Having these flaws means that they have room to grow, or they could have a tragic flaw that becomes their downfall.
Example Tragic Flaw: John Proctor from The Crucible by Arthur Miller. He is a compelling character with a tragic flaw, he has too much pride. In the end it leads to his death.
Make sure your character fits the setting too. If you are writing a story in a historical realistic setting, let's say 15th century Japan, your character should look Japanese. Research the fashion, the politics, the names and the mann
Writing ANGSTWriting ANGST4 years ago in Writing More Like This
One way to add excitement to your story is by adding lots of bad-guys, also known as EXTERNAL Conflict. Another way is by adding INTERNAL Conflict, more commonly known as Angst.
I'm sure most of you have noticed by now that most movie characters, and far too many book characters, are One-Dimensional. They do stuff, but they don't face any personality issues: a hang-up, a fear, paranoia, a moral code, a love interest, a strong dislike Or worse, they do have all these things, but they never really affect the story.
There's a Plot Arc, things happen, but no Character Arc. The things that happen don't affect the characters emotionally.
Where's the ANGST?
Answer these two questions:
1. What is your character's biggest character flaw?
(Think: 7 Deadly Sins.)
Writing Emotions VISUALLYWriting Emotions VISUALLY4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Writing Emotions VISUALLY
"What is ...VISUAL writing?"
-- Visual writing is when the reader can SEE your story unfolding in their imaginations just like a movie.
* Non-visual: It was a dreary day.
* Visual: Icy rain slithered down the window glass from an iron gray sky.
This is more commonly known as SHOWING vs. TELLING.
* Telling: It was a dreary day.
* Showing: Icy rain slithered down the window glass from an iron gray sky.
"What's wrong with just...Telling them?"
-- The problem lays with Reader interpretation. Abstract (poetic) words and ideas rely on the readers' interpretation of what those words mean to them personally.
She was woefully depressed.
* How does Big Bird act when he's woefully depressed?
* How do Y
Story Writing for BEGINNERSStory Writing for BEGINNERS4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Story Writing for BEGINNERS
I want to write a story. I have a couple of ideas, but no idea what to do with them, or even how to begin! Help?!
-- Newbie Writer
So when you wanna write a story, where do you begin? With your PASSION!
Write what you KNOW & LOVE
What do you KNOW, really? What do you love to Do, to Study, to Think About, to Talk About...? Whether it's cave-diving, model trains, skate-boarding, sewing, horses, mythology, ghost legends, or particle physics your passion is where you will find your most unique and powerful work.
Make a list of all the things you know well and all the things you've done -- seriously! Mythology, history, any retail jobs you might have had -- anything you might have seen, done, or studied.
Sticking with your passions and your personal experiences also helps you make fewer MISTAKES.
Case in point, someone who has never kissed isn't going to be able to write a kissing
Seven Big Writing TipsOftentimes I'm told I write quite well, and some people have come to me asking me to look over snippets of their work. In addition, I've always wanted to tell people these tips to writing good fiction. These tips are things that I make good use of, and you should too!Seven Big Writing Tips4 years ago in Writing More Like This
1. Describe as you go. Many people have problems with trying to describe something, and end up writing out a wall of text before they get into any action. No one's going to want to sit around and stare at your scenery or character description when they want to just get into the story, so instead go right into the story and describe the characters, their surroundings, and everything else as you go. Is there a breeze that blows through their hair? If so, is that breeze warm or cool, and what color is their hair? Where is the breeze coming from? Implement that into a single sentence, or even part of a sentence, and you'll get the idea across without overwhelming your readers with too many adjectives. Things lik
Writing for PROFITWriting for PROFIT3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Writing for Profit
It's Not just an Adventure - It's a JOB.
Whoever told you that writing fiction for publication - for money - is supposed to be Artistic, Fun, or Easy -- LIED.
Writing may look artistic, and creative writing certainly is artistic (that's why they call it Creative Writing,) but writing for a living; writing for publication with the intent to get paid on a regular basis is NOT artistic, it's NOT always fun, and it certainly is NOT easy.
Writing for publication is WORK. Sure, some of it is fun, but the bulk of it is mind-bending, eye-straining work. Don't get me wrong, creativity is part of the job of writing for a living, but if you think us professional writers turn on "the Creative Muse" at 8 AM and shut her back off again at 5:30 PM then you are missing the point entirely.
The Road to publication is paved with glamorous Half-Truths.
Half-Truth: "If you write it
Writing HORRORWriting HORROR2 years ago in Writing More Like This
When writing a Horror story, one must begin with a Monster. The most terrifying of course, are the ones you don't notice, or refuse to notice. The ones right next to you.
"The most dangerous werewolves are the ones that are hairy on the inside."
-- A Company of Wolves
Making a MONSTER
Think, who are the people that walk right up to you every day and you let them?
Now imagine if one of them was a man-slaughtering or even man-eating Monster?
In reality, it happens all the time. They're known as Psychopaths.
Psychopaths cannot be understood in terms of antisocial rearing or development. They are simply morally depraved individuals who represent the "monsters" in our society. They are unstoppable and untreatable predators whose violence is planned, purposeful and emotionless.
Writing BEGINNINGS for Short StoriesWriting BEGINNINGS for Short Stories9 months ago in Writing More Like This
I was wondering if you had any tips on starting a short story? Like for instance, I have the scene all laid out in my head, I know exactly what's going on and stuff, I just don't know how to begin without giving away too much info and then boring the reader. If that make any sense.
Tips on how to make a beginning...?
-- Why, yes I do!
The fastest way to start a story -- is NOT at the beginning.
Open the story within one page of Hero Meets Villain, (or Lover Meets Beloved) with the story already in progress. Action scenes and snappy dialogue are the best hooks for snaring your reader, but hints of Mysterious things yet to happen works well too. I also set the stage for the story about to begin with a few lines of Description so that the reader can SEE everything as it happens.
Here are some examples from my fan-fiction:
Opening to HERO (Naruto)
It was supposed to be a
Tips and Tricks for Writing a NovelTips and Tricks for Writing a Book:Tips and Tricks for Writing a Novel2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The number one thing to remember is that nobody can just magically come up with a perfect story, write it down in about 300 pages and send it off for immediate publishing. I cannot think of a single person who has had this happen. Don't get ahead of yourself, and don't set yourself up for disappointment. You should write because you enjoy writing, not because you want your book to make you millions, get on the Best Seller list and end up having it turned into a movie. As astonishing as it may seem, this kind of luck actually rarely happens.
Now that you understand the good reason to write versus the bad reason to write, I can get you started. Writing is a very interesting process. It varies from writer to writer just like any other art form. Some people find it very easy to punch out the first draft of a novel. They get the idea, sit down, type away and the basic draft is finished in about a week. Others take two years or even more just figuring out
Emoticon tips + tricks TutorialEmoticon tips + tricks Tutorial7 months ago in Photoshop More Like This
Colours and shading
- 2 windows of the same image
In this Tutorial I want to give you an insight of how I create my Emoticons. I want to give you some tips&tricks and show you how you might could improve your Emoticons. You obviously don't have to follow these steps to create your Emoticons. But you should always try to do new things. You can't improve if you don't dare to experiment. ;D
Colours and shading
I often notice that Emoticonist use the same hue to shade their Emoticons. I personally think that many of these Emoticons look quite boring, they could be more interesting if they would h
10 Second Tip - Foreshadowing10 Second Tip - Foreshadowing3 years ago in Writing More Like This
I hear the term 'foreshadowing' a lot. That's when you hint at stuff to come, right? So yeah, but how do I DO it?
Foreshadowing is when the opening scene of a story is a kind of nutshell prophecy for the whole story.
* In a Horror, this is when the originating Bad Thing happens.
* In a Mystery or Crime story, it's when the first victim is slain, and/or object (McGuffin) goes missing.
* In a Romance this is where the main character meets their soon-to-be lover for a fleeting but memorable moment.
* In a Sci-fi, this is where the ruling Theory is presented.
* In a Gothic, this is where the main character transforms into a monster for the first time.
This also reveals the Premise, or ruling argument that the story is trying to illustrate; what the story is trying to Prove.
The results of Revenge
The path of Ambition
The reality of Love
The sacrifices one mak
Writing Prompt 101 - CharacterWriting Prompt 101Writing Prompt 101 - Character5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Note: Many people have asked how I come up with my characters so I figured I would share what I do. This is just an outline and know that you dont have to fill out any and all. Its a guideline. Also note, that though you answer these questions not everything should be included or expected in your writing. This is so you can know your characters intimately and how they would react but not everyone else needs to know some things.
Basic Information is key to the first vital step
Name: (normal, foreign, alien etc)
Age: (2 years, 1000, immortal etc)
Gender: (female, male, transvestite etc)
Race: (human, vampire, alien etc)
Profession: (student, doctor, king, mage etc)
Note: These tell you what your character is but it just scratches the surface to character building
Ten Writing TipsHere are a few useful tips that I've learned about the hard way. Amway, this is a small round-up of useful tips that anyone who's interested in serious writing should find valuable.Ten Writing Tips4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1. Work on a memory stick. It's invaluable, and I cannot stress this enough. Too many times, your computer will crash, and if it has the most recent files on it then you've lost a heck of work, you cannot get them back. So, buy a cheap USB, (you can get a 2GB one for £10 here in the UK, which is plenty of space) and save your work on it. This way, you won't be crying if your computer dies, and you can also work on your writing from any computer.
2. Buy a dictionary and a thesaurus. Spell checker is useless when it comes to less current words, so don't limit your vocabulary. (Ok, a dictionary isn't crucial, but a thesaurus is your bible!) Have a flick through both, and make notes of words you like. Then use them!
3. Buy a notebook and write down your criticisms, phrases and ideas no matter how stupid th
The Art of VILLAINYThe Art of VILLAINY4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The Art of VILLAINY ~ Making Realistic Villains for your Fiction ~
"People will do far more to Avoid Pain than they will to Seek Pleasure."
-- CIA Profiler Gavin DeBecker on Human Nature
When I craft a villain, I go out of my way to make darned sure that my fictional villains are as realistic as the villains we face in real life. I begin by giving them ordinary human Issues.
Within every villain (fictional and non-fictional) there's a human issue at core that drives them to BE villains in the first place. Even mass murderers have reasons (however twisted) for doing what they do.
NO villainous action is RANDOM.
The victim may be randomly chosen, but the action -- no matter how twisted -- always has a reason behind it. That reason is ALWAYS driven by a very human issue triggered by an unfulfilled and essential human need.
Key Human Issues:
* Desire for Connection
Fishing for INSPIRATION?Fishing for INSPIRATION?4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Fishing for INSPIRATION?
Your imagination is a pond that you fish your ideas from. Like any fishing pond, what you catch depends on what you've stocked your pond with and how much you put in there. If you fish for only the occasional idea, your little ideas have time to breed creatively until they overflow the pond, leaping right out into your hand -- and onto your keyboard. If you fish a lot, you will have to restock -- Frequently.
A Dry Pond = Writer's Block
What's in YOUR Imagination?
What do you KNOW?
What do you love to Do, to Study, to Think About, to Talk About...? Make a list of all the things you know well and all the things you've done -- seriously! Mythology, history, any retail jobs you might have had -- anything you might have seen, done, or studied.
WHO do you KNOW?
Have you ever met...?
A real Criminal?
A real Hero?
A real Romantic?
When the Hero is NOT a HeroWhen the Hero is NOT a Hero3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Protagonist & Antagonist ~ A Different Definition
There are Three Essential Characters in Every Story. There may be any number of side characters, but in traditional Adventures, and Romances of every stripe the main conflict is usually, if not always, a triangle of complimentary opposites.
Translation: You could tell the WHOLE story with ONLY these Three Characters; perhaps not with any real detail, but you could still do the entire basic plotline. (Yes I know, I've said some of this before. Bear with me.)
Yep. I'm sure you're familiar with: Hero Villain Heroine (or Sidekick) already. Those are pretty darn standard. So, let's define them in a more Literary, (and complicated,) fashion shall we?
Antagonist - Protagonist - Ally
ALLY? Who the heck is That?
Always there, though seldom named
RESEARCH is your Best FriendRESEARCH is your Best Friend4 years ago in Writing More Like This
RESEARCH is your Best Friend.
"...for bigger fictions (maybe 10-20 chapters, or more) for a big fan fiction or OC fiction, how much do you plan out?" -- Wanna Rite Reel Gud
How much do I plan out for one of my novels...?
-- I detail everything. Seriously. I believe in a Total Immersion style of writing. In other words, I want to know the world so well, I can simply step into the mind and skin of my main character and LIVE the story.
How do I do that...?
I start with a basic plot formula and extrapolate on certain points as needed.
Romance needs extra doses of lover's angst, Gothics need psychological breakdowns, Horrors need room for monster attacks, Sci-Fi's and Fantasies need moments of wonder... This gives me a rough plot outline to work from.
Next, I break down each of the Three Main Characters: Hero/Ally/Villain.
This is to make sure that they a
GMC - SIMPLIFIEDGMC - SIMPLIFIED3 years ago in Writing More Like This
"I am I Need I Desire "
Goal, Motivation & Conflict - SIMPLIFIED
Goal, Motivation and Conflict seems to be the BIG MYSTERY of fiction writing. Everyone says that they're essential to good writing and they're right, they are. Absolutely. But this stuff can be a little confusing.
Let's begin at the beginning
-- What are all these things and why do stories need them?
Goal is what your character THINKS they are after.
Motivation is what makes them WANT to go after it.
Conflict is what Gets In Their Way.
-- Internal Conflict being ANGST or Drama.
-- External Conflict being the PLOT or Events.
The Plot (Events) Arc is the stuff that happens to the characters the plotline. There are 5 basic stages in a Plot Arc:
1 - Inciting Event
2 - Challenge
3 - Crisis/Reversal
4 - Ordeal
5 - Confrontation
The Character (Drama) Arc is the complimentary (or contrary) stage of Ang
Character Design 101Character Design 1014 years ago in Writing More Like This
When it comes to character design, there's more to it than just the appearance of a character. While the looks of a character can tell a lot about said character, we all know that looks can be deceiving!
A lot of people seem to think that designing the appearance of a character is a character design. It is, when it comes to visual design. But what is the character like?
When people do give attention to that question, they'll often come up with characters that are either loved or hated by everyone, that have epic superpowers or superhuman abilities that no one (not even God) can ever hope to topple, and if they do somehow get beaten the shit out of them suddenly remember that there's an even greater power sleeping within them, which they will instantly activate no matter if they got just a scratch or are severely wounded. I'm not even going into the melodramatic background stories of them there.
So, what makes a good character design? What is the key to making a belie