6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action6 Steps to Writing Your Story's Rising Action2 weeks ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
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
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 Character1 year 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
Tips When Writing BE Literature - Expansion SpeedHere are some things to keep in mind when writing BE literature. Remember that all of these are my personal ideas and are by no means the "laws of BE/expansion writing". Just throwing these out there to give other aspiring writers something to think about.Tips When Writing BE Literature - Expansion Speed3 months ago in Written Suggestions More Like This
Firstly, as I write and read more and more, it has become very apparent that there are pretty much three to four (depending on the person's definition) speeds of expansions. This is important to keep in mind whilst writing your story: time frame!
The first of the three is the slow expansion. I mean SLOW. Over weeks or even months. The subject that is exposed to this expansion is confused, but its not something they obviously worry about, unless they are bringing it upon themselves on their own free will, of course. This is one of my least favorite speeds to go in. Unless the speed is cranked to 11 at the end, there is no real panic here, except maybe subtly, depending on how its handled. 9 times out of 10 though, when it is a
5 Steps to Writing Your Story's Midpoint5 Steps to Writing Your Story's Midpoint5 Steps to Writing Your Story's Midpoint1 week ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
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
Tips and Tricks for Writing a Magical Girl Series...Tips and Tricks for Writing a Magical Girl Series4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yeah, I've decided to just write some things that could possibly help people with writing a Magical Girl Series. Anyways, here goes nothing.
Tip 1: Plan out the story before hand (Of course!) for example, decide who the villains will be, how many books do you plan on writing in the series, or what will be the goal of the heroes?
Tip 2: Give your Villains a reason. Give your villains a reason to do the things they do, other than "Oh well, they're just evil". These make your villains more interesting for the readers.
Tip 3: Try and introduce the team of heroes separately, (For example you could introduce the second hero in the 2nd book, the third in the fourth book, etc.) this gives your audience time to catch their breath and get to the know your current characters before you introduce a new one
Tip 4: Don't be afraid to put someone of the male gender on the team. That could make for some exciting stories!
Tip 5: Whi
Keep in Shape While WritingKeep in Shape While Writing4 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
Queentakesjack22's Writing Tips: Part 1Queentakesjack22’s Writing Tips: Part 1Queentakesjack22's Writing Tips: Part 12 years ago in Writing More Like This
Recently a few of my watchers came to me and asked me for advice on how I write my stories and I’ve also noticed that every now and then I get comments on some of my works about how some deviants wish they could write like me. While I am absolutely flattered you guys think so highly of me, I have to be honest and say that I don’t think that I’m exactly a paragon of writing. That being said, I love to help you guys out as much as I can so I have decided to create this little guide for you all. Please keep in mind that I am not a published or critically acclaimed author, nor do I pretend to be. I’m just an average girl who has a vast imagination and a passion for writing. So this will not be the end all, be all of writing guides. In fact I’m pretty sure this guide itself will have several errors, but I’m okay with that because these are just my own personal tips that I try and stick to as much as pos
NekoJonez - 10 writing tips #1NekoJonez ~ Writing Tips #1NekoJonez - 10 writing tips #13 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
So You Want to Write FanficSo You Want to Write FanfictionSo You Want to Write Fanfic6 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
Anybody Can Write a Novel - OutlineAnybody Can Write A Novel - OutlineAnybody Can Write a Novel - Outline2 weeks ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
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
Writing Crossover Fanfiction to be ReadFelicitations, fellow fanfiction aficionados!Writing Crossover Fanfiction to be Read3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
As you may have surmised from the title, this is something of a guide, or at least a listing of tips and well-meant advice, to writing a good piece of crossover fanfiction. I shall assume that you are familiar with the definitions of "crossover," "fandom," "shipping," and various other terms commonly seen in the fanfiction community. Chances are that you've read a great deal of fanfiction and that you may even have written some already, after all.
Before we continue, I'd like to make a few things clear.
First, reading and even following what advice I can offer will not guarantee your story's stardom in the FF community. I would hope that it increases your chances to some degree, but there are many, many factors involved in any story's popularity, and, sadly, not all of them can be controlled by your own efforts at writing.
Second, I am not an expert in story-telling. There are others on the internet who have written far better fanfictions t
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 story2 years 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
How Not to write a Mary SueHow Not to write a Mary Sue4 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
74. Tips and TricksTips and Tricks74. Tips and Tricks5 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"Coin in the cup." she said in a flat tone. He blinked at her, put off guard by the sudden appearance of the girl as well as her sudden statement. She rattled her cup at him; it had two other coins already in there.
"Excuse me?" he questioned. What did she want with a coin? Was she a beggar? He glanced her over, saw she was decently dressed, and decided she wasn't really in dire need of money.
"Coin." she repeated in the same flat, dull tone, eyes now narrowing slightly at him, "In the cup."
"But... why?" he echoed, confused.
"Never mind." she growled and moved on to the next person, "Coin in the cup." He stayed put, watching that person blink, look inside the cup and select a coin. The girl nodded, held her hand over the cup to cover the contents from sight and began to shake it deliberately and slowly. "Hold your coin in your fist, tightly. It's going to return to the cup to be with its twin." she told the other person, "One. Two. Three."
She swept her hand away from
Tips from a Writer IIITips from a Writer III3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Hey guys, it's me again! I'm back with more tips from a writer! I've accumulated a bit of things since the last time, so let's jump right in!
The difference between "thought" and "taught."
I've noticed this mistake quite some bit, and it's a relatively easy mistake to make if you're not careful. "Thought" means that someone came up with an idea in the past: I thought of a design for a hover car. Or it can also mean that the idea was misleading, such as: I thought I saw a cat on the sidewalk, but it was a skunk.
"Taught" is the past tense of teach. I taught Middle School students before I went back to college for a PhD.
The truth behind the apostrophe.
An apostrophe is a confusing thing if you haven't indulged in how it can be used and looked into it extensively. An apostrophe is used for two instances: to either state that the word is a plural, or an abbreviation. If it's a plural, it looks like this: I'm pretty sure the car i
The Art of VILLAINYThe Art of VILLAINY5 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?5 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?
The Secret to Proper ParagraphingThe Secret to Proper Paragraphing5 years ago in Writing More Like This
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,