6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Climax6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Climax6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Climax5 months ago in Reviews & Guides
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 9 “The Stand Up”
With Links to Supplementary Material
You've finally made it to the end of the story! Well... almost. But you have arrived at your story's final battle, the main confrontation, the showdown—the Climax. This is the point at which your plot comes to a close, and where your hero will either triumph or be destroyed by the Antagonistic Forces set against them. There is so much you can do we
6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action6 months ago in Reviews & Guides
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 4 “The Rising Action”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Welcome to Act II of your story, where we are going to start by discussing Rising Action. Rising Action is a series of events or chapters that occur after your protagonist realizes how they are going to resolve their problem in the First Turning Point. For me, this is often the most fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable part of any novel I write—and I will provide so
5 Steps to Writing Your Story's Midpoint5 Steps to Writing Your Story's Midpoint5 Steps to Writing Your Story's Midpoint6 months ago in Reviews & Guides
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 6 “The Midpoint”
With Links to Supplementary Material
If the First Pinch Point was the rise of a metaphorical hammer over the skull of your protagonist, then the Midpoint is when it comes crashing down—knocking your hero senseless. The Midpoint is the climax of Act II, where the protagonist reacts to the First Pinch Point's imminent threat or challenge that results in a defining moment of failure for him or her.
Step 1: Define the true
10 Second Tip - Foreshadowing10 Second Tip - Foreshadowing5 years ago in Writing
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
Keep in Shape While WritingKeep in Shape While Writing5 years ago in Writing
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
So You Want to Write FanficSo You Want to Write FanfictionSo You Want to Write Fanfic6 years ago in Writing
"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
Anybody Can Write a Novel - OutlineAnybody Can Write A Novel - OutlineAnybody Can Write a Novel - Outline6 months ago in Reviews & Guides
A Step-by-step Guide for Anyone to Learn How to Write a Novel
This is an Outline of all my current articles, and a look at what is to come. I will try to update it, at least once every two weeks. Also note that just because something is absent from the Outline does not mean I don't plan to write it. This is a compilation of only chapters that have already been written.
(You'll notice that I have neglected some points and chapters within this Outline. This this is simply a result of realizing that there is so much to learn, when it comes to writing. Don't worry, I'll be sure to come back and fill in the gaps. Also, if this list inspires any requested topics that you would like me to address, please feel free to suggest them in the comments section.)
Chapter 1– Beginning to Write
How to Write a Smart CharacterSomeone just asked me this question, and it is a good question. The dilemma of writing characters smarter than oneself has plagued me before. As I was analyzing this and writing a response, my answer became a whole study paper. So, I am posting it here so others can make use of it as well.How to Write a Smart Character3 years ago in Reviews & Guides
These are only my own observations and terminology, put together on the fly. There might be a few holes here, but hopefully it will serve to generate ideas on how you can create the characters you want.
First, there are different types of "smart". There are a number of talents often associated with smart characters, and they each have their own uses. Some characters have only one of these. Some have several. If you want to make a ridiculous, over-powered character . . . I dare you to roll them all into one!
Examples: Hermione from Harry Potter, or Encyclopedia Brown.
Description: A character with this talent is a walking Wikipedia/Dictionary/etc. They know lot
The Art of VILLAINYThe Art of VILLAINY6 years ago in Writing
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?6 years ago in Writing
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?
Crossing GenresCrossing Genres5 years ago in Writing
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
High Speed STORIESHigh Speed STORIES6 years ago in Writing
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
The Secret to Proper ParagraphingThe Secret to Proper Paragraphing6 years ago in Writing
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 in the same paragraph is BECAUSE you don't mix two characters' Actions. Okay?
"Wait a minute,
The LAYERS of FictionThe LAYERS of Fiction6 years ago in Writing
"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.
Character Design 101Character Design 1015 years ago in Writing
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
The Wasteland AKA the MIDDLEThe Wasteland AKA the MIDDLE6 years ago in Writing
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
GMC - SIMPLIFIEDGMC - SIMPLIFIED5 years ago in Writing
"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
Essentials of a Short StoryEssentials of a Short Story6 years ago in Writing
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
The Subtle STATIC TRAITThe Subtle STATIC TRAIT5 years ago in Writing
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
When the Hero is NOT a HeroWhen the Hero is NOT a Hero4 years ago in Writing
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