The Secret to ParagraphingThe Secret to Paragraphing4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The SECRET to Proper Paragraphing
(NOT a punctuation article.)
Once you know what your characters and doing and saying, how do you get all that down on Paper without ending up with a huge confusing mess?
Putting the Story on Paper.
Everybody knows that when a new speaker speaks they get a new paragraph, right? In other words, you DON'T put two different people talking in the same paragraph. Okay, yeah, so anyone who has written any kind of fiction learns this pretty darned quick, (usually from their readers.)
What nobody seems to get is that the same goes for a new character's ACTIONS. Seriously, when a new character ACTS they're supposed to get their own paragraph -- even if they don't speak!
In short, you paragraph by change in CHARACTER -- not because they speak, but because they ACT. Ahem... Dialogue is an ACTION. In other words, the reason you don't put two different characters' Dialogue
Crossing GenresCrossing Genres3 years ago in Writing More Like This
Every genre has core elements that make that genre that genre. In order to Cross Genres properly, you need to know each of your genre's distinctive elements and make them Equally Important in the story.
Simple, no? However...
One of the most common mistakes I've seen in every genre of fiction: IGNORANCE.
"Most of the common mistakes come with any writing that isn't so goodbad characters, bad plots, bad writing. The ones which are peculiar to alternate histories (fantasy and sci-fi) are bad research and bad extrapolation."
-- An Interview with Harry Turtledove --
How do you expect to cross genres properly if you don't even know the genres you're working with? Contrary to popular belief, even if you're writing pure Heroic Fantasy, just making it up as you go is NOT good enough!
On writing Heroic Fantasy
"The consequence of making that assumption is, inevita
Plotting-Murphy's Law MethodPlotting-Murphy's Law Method4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Plotting Tricks: The Murphy's Law Method
"What Can go Wrong SHOULD go Wrong."
If you want an easy way to plot out a story that your readers can't guess the end to by the fourth chapter, then THIS is the method for you!
Basically, you begin with a character and something they desire. They go after their desire which immediately sparks complications which become a Problem that your character has to solve.
Once the character applies their chosen Solution to their Problem, Murphy's Law kicks in. The Solution triggers yet another problem.
This pattern continues--Problem > Solution > Problem--so on and so forth until All the problems are solved and your character either reaches their goal, or achieves an even better one--or dies.
This method is extremely effective when plotting out Adventure stories of any kind. In fact, Van Helsing, National Treasure, Inkheart, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, the James Bond movies, most RP video games,
The Subtle STATIC TRAITThe Subtle STATIC TRAIT3 years ago in Writing More Like This
The Subtle STATIC TRAIT
Secret Weapon of the Clever Writer
The Static Trait is the small personal HABIT an individual character displays which reveals their personal Neurosis, their driving NEED, especially in stressful situations. This habitual or even ritual behavior acts as both their greatest source of trouble and the linchpin to their success. It's the individual character's "Accident Waiting to Happen".
The most obvious place to find visible Static Traits is in both Comedies and Tragedies. These stories (and movies) RELY on their characters' Static Traits to linchpin the plot.
What made Laurel and Hardy so funny, were the little neurotic habits -- the static traits -- that would appear under stressful situations. Abbot and Costello built whole routines on Bud Abbot's little twitchy responses. The climactic scene in every one of their movies involved Abbot in a panic attack. You spent half the movie going "Oh no! Don't! Don't! Don't!...AH! He did
Tips and Tricks to Write Helpful Critique!A critique is simply a review of someones artistic work: comments on the good and bad qualities. A good critique is one that, while mentioning the good points of a work and why they are good, also talks about the points that need work and what specifically they need.Tips and Tricks to Write Helpful Critique!6 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
One thing I noticed when I joined DeviantART is that this site seems to have a shortage of good critique comments. I dont know whether its laziness, shyness, or indifference, but I find that most of the comments I read on art are simply things like, omg cute or, alternatively, dis sux. Though cute is a compliment, dont you think an artist wants to know what is cute about it? Tell an artist what is good, and what isnt good, but be polite and give them pointers as to how it could be made better.
So, my mission for all of you? Try to write some helpful and polite critiques!!
It can be for anyone; nobody is perfect, and even some of the best artworks out there c
Plot Devices-Deus Ex Machina?Plot Devices-Deus Ex Machina?4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Deus Ex Machina or Chekhov's Gun?
"What are your thoughts on Good Deus Ex Machinas? I find them hard to pull off realistically in a plot." -- Puzzled Writer
A Deus Ex Machina is when the Hero doesn't find the solution to the story's problem. The solution is handed to them, or taken care of, by someone or something far more powerful.
From TV Tropes:
A Deus Ex Machina is an outside force that solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in an extremely unlikely (and, usually, anticlimactic) way. If the secret documents are in Russian, one of the spies suddenly reveals that they learned the language. If the writers have just lost funding, a millionaire suddenly arrives, announces an interest in their movie, and offers all the finances they need to make it. If The Hero is dangling at the edge of a cliff with a villain stepping on his
The LAYERS of FictionThe LAYERS of Fiction4 years ago in Writing More Like This
"If you have Action and Dialogue, do you really NEED Description too?
What is the difference?"
The Layers of Fiction
"Himawari-chan, I have your lunch!"
"Here you go Himawari-chan!"
"Thank you, Watanuki-kun!"
"You are very welcome, Himawari-chan."
"I see. Of course. Thank you, Yuuko-san. Do I need to tell you what she said?"
"No! No, you don't, and I don't want to hear it! I don't need a freaking baby-sitter!"
"Yuuko thinks you do."
"That's her! Not me!"
"Are you a fortune-teller?"
"No! Of course not!"
"I'll come get you after class. I'll get the instructor to let you wait while I practice."
"What? No! I said I don't want to wait !"
"You gonna eat that?"
"Yes I am!"
"I do not, not, NOT take orders from you!"
This is "Talking Head Syndrome." There are no dialogue tags, because I don't use them.
The Wasteland AKA the MIDDLEThe Wasteland AKA the MIDDLE4 years ago in Writing More Like This
The Trackless Wasteland known as: The MIDDLE
The middle (of a story) KILLS me. I freeze when I have to decide which way things are going to go, and how, and that happens during the middle for me.
Middle, middle, middle... It's the Slough of Despond!
The Middle is where I usually fizzle out.
The middle is DANGEROUS territory.
Why? Because the Middle of a story is where you have a million-and-one options, a million-and-one directions to choose from, and a million-and-one ways to really show off your writing skills.
The Middle is also, where you have a million-and-one opportunities to really screw up your story for good. Opportunities that will send you spiraling into ever tightening circles that eventually jam you into a corner you can't get out of. In short: get you Lost in your own story.
You KNOW yo
Structure of the GOTHIC TaleStructure of the GOTHIC Tale4 years ago in Writing More Like This
What is the difference between a Gothic tale and a Horror story? Intent. Seriously.
Both Horror stories and Gothic tales delve into the realm of emotional trauma such as revenge, abuse, and hate--including, if not especially, sexual trauma. However, the darkness in a Gothic tale is not expressed or defined by graphically detailed, and gruesome, violence as it is in a Horror. Though violence is often featured in the Gothic, it is NOT the main focus of the story. The drama of Despair is the vehicle of the Gothic where a Horror story is driven by the action of Violence.
In a nutshell...
Horror = Action story
Gothic = Drama Story
While both Gothics and Horror are tales of the spiritual and/or psychological reality of the human psyche, Horror stories deal with the monsters that can lurk within our friends and neighbors. Gothics, however, deal with the monsters within ourselves; the hidden, self-destructive side that we don't wan
Essentials of a Short StoryEssentials of a Short Story4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Essentials of a Short Story
Quotes raped from a critique of Nathanial Hawthorn's Twice Told Tales by
Edgar Allen Poe - 1837
Edgar Allen Poe, celebrated as one of the finest short fiction writers of all time, was also a literary critic. These are bits of his wisdom on writing short stories, gleaned from one of his critiques.
"The true critic will but demand that that the (story's) design intended be accomplished, to the fullest extent, by the means most advantageously applicable " -- Poe
Poe's Prerequisites -- in a Nutshell:
To deliver fullest satisfaction, a short story should be structured:
1) To be read in one sitting.
2) Using a deliberate number of characters and incidents.
3) With words restrained in style and tone.
4) All done that should be done, with nothing done which should not be.
Poe's Prerequisites -- in DETAIL
A short story should be structured:
1) To be rea
Tips for Writing/Creating a Decent CharacterAlright, so I've been asked before how I go about designing characters. Pretty recently I've been getting more questions than usual (since I've always had a bad case of "same body type/face shape syndrome" until maybe a year ago), so I decided to make a list of general tips for designing/writing characters. I don't know if this will be helpful to anyone, but I decided to write this and hopefully it will be of use, even if I've still got a lot of practicing to do.Tips for Writing/Creating a Decent Character2 months ago in Other More Like This
I'm warning you now, none of this is going to help you if you're not honest with yourself. If there's one thing people like to do, it's make excuses. If something on this list sounds like something you do, admit it. Don't excuse it in your head. There will always be exceptions to these rules, but usually if someone defies one of these basics it's on purpose and therefor works toward the creator's advantage. In other words, you're probably not an exception. Oh, and another warning: this is not a pep talk, and I'm going t
NekoJonez - 10 writing tips #1NekoJonez ~ Writing Tips #1NekoJonez - 10 writing tips #12 years ago in Writing More Like This
1) Think about your characters. Introducing filler characters for the sake of one task is foolish. It's better if you use a certain character consistent. Like a Quest Seller, that appears more than once. What I am saying here is Don't introduce a filler character for the sake of one action.
2) If you have a writer's block Let your characters make a walk and make them have a look back in what happened. Maybe you have started a plot line somewhere that you can continue now.
3) Make notes, really.. A notebook with as much information as possible is handy. Also when the information seems useless at first.
4) While writing, listen to music that is in the genre you are writing. If you are writing drama, listen to dramatic music. Adventure well, start playing the Tomb Raider OST. Exploration Well start up those Zelda tunes.
5) Try to write these kinds of tutorials once in a while, why are they handy ? Well, you start t
High Speed STORIESHigh Speed STORIES4 years ago in Writing More Like This
When you absolutely, positively, HAVE to get the story done.
The trick to speed-writing is to Plan the story out first, more commonly known as PLOTTING.
"Diabolic" was written in 30 days -- all 15 chapters at 2500 to 3000 words per chapter, adding up to around 80k (thousand) words. A novel is 90k to 100k. I was able to do this because I already knew my main characters really well, (Vincent and Sephiroth of Final Fantasy VII,) and I knew where my story ENDED. Basically, once I knew where I wanted to go, all I had to do was figure out how to get there.
Note: If you're interested, DIABOLIC can be found at Media Miner. The 'Search' feature is your friend!
The plot outline I used only had 5 points:
1. Beginning - The Main Character gets involved with the Villain or Lover.
2. Complications - The situation worsens.
3. Emotional Turning Point - Panic Attack! Fear and/or Guilt vs. Desperation
4. Reversal - The wor
So You Want to Write FanficSo You Want to Write FanfictionSo You Want to Write Fanfic5 years ago in Writing More Like This
"Good writing is like good plumbing; it's there when you need it, but nobody really appreciates it except those who made it." - Anonymous
So you want to be a good writer of fan fiction. The first question you should ask yourself is why.
Fanfic writers aren't the ones that get the sexy babes or the hot studs.
Fanfic writers aren't the ones that get tons of money.
Fanfic writers aren't the ones that are admired by everyone else.
The stereotype of a fanfic writer these days is some fat, ugly person (usually somewhere between the ages of 9-25) hunched over a computer endlessly typing. While there are a few people like this, that's not everyone. Everyone is different, and so are writers.
Section I. Before you begin
Don't think you're going to become great overnight. It takes a lot of time and effort to become a successful fanfic writer. Don't try to take shortcuts or think that things will be good if you cheat a bit. Copypasta will always leave your readers w
How Not to write a Mary SueHow Not to write a Mary Sue3 years ago in Writing More Like This
How Not To Write A Mary Sue
So, what is a Mary Sue? It is used as a form of criticism in literature and refers to an idealised and somewhat "perfect" character that appears to have no flaws or if they do they are so limited that all the "perfect" characteristics overwhelm them making the character "flat." Mary sue often refers to a young female protagonist and male "Mary Sues" are often called "Larry Stu".
From my experience most Mary Sues are written in non-published works usually by young writers especially in fan-fiction. However there are a few Mary Sue writers who are actually published (sadly). It shows a deep lacking to create perfect characters unless it's done for satirical purposes.
So why should you avoid writing Mary Sues? Simple, perfect is boring!
We don't like perfect, we don't want perfect! Ask anyone in a relationship to list the positives traits, charms and idiosyncrasies of their partner and I guarantee at least one will be something that is weird, annoying, bizarre
8 tips about how to write a good storyBe it an original story or a fanfiction, a good story (one that attracts lots of readers), needs to have a few things. Throughout the years I have been on deviantArt I had people asking me for help. So now I decided to provide you with some knowledge I have been gathering ever since I started writing stories myself.8 tips about how to write a good story1 year ago in Other More Like This
First off, writing isn't something you're good at from the beginning. It grows while you work on your story. And I'm not just talking about grammar or spelling, I'm also referring as to how you write and describe your story. When I started writing I was at the age of 13. Believe me, the same story is still in my head YET there is a big difference between then and now. So here are some things you should keep in mind whenever you write a story.
1. The plot of the story
The most important thing at the start of writing is the plot. What is it you want to tell (write) and why? How do the things happen and why do they happen? For each and every happening there should be an
Keep in Shape While WritingKeep in Shape While Writing3 years ago in Writing More Like This
There are many ways to get into shape or stay in shape while writing, here are just a few:
1. Switch your computer chair for an exercise ball for a while. It helps your spine, helps balance, makes you change positions(good for circulation and your body), promotes ab strength, burns calories and more.
2. Punish yourself. Tell yourself that if you do not write a chapter before a deadline, that you will make yourself do push ups or go for a run.
3. Reward Yourself: On the flip side, if you actually like working out, give yourself the treat of going for a run every time you finish a chapter.
4. Switch to a healthy snack. Some people get so into writing that they could be eating plastic and would not even know. If your imagination is that powerful, then when you are writing is the time to switch in the fruit.
5. While you are thinking of an idea, lift your legs. Lets say you are pausing for a second to figure out what should happen next in yo