Story Writing - Tips and TricksStory Writing Tips and TricksStory Writing - Tips and Tricks3 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
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 Tips5 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 ANGSTWriting ANGST5 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 HORRORWriting HORROR3 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 for PROFITWriting for PROFIT4 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
Story Writing for BEGINNERSStory Writing for BEGINNERS5 years ago in Writing More Like This
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 scene as well as someone who Has. Worst of all,
Writing Emotions VISUALLYWriting Emotions VISUALLY5 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
Tips and Tricks for Writing a NovelTips and Tricks for Writing a Book:Tips and Tricks for Writing a Novel3 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
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
Writing BEGINNINGS for Short StoriesWriting BEGINNINGS for Short Stories2 years 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 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!7 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
Emoticon tips + tricks TutorialEmoticon tips + tricks Tutorial1 year 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 - Foreshadowing4 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
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 Speed5 days 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
Tips and Tricks for Writing a Magical Girl Series...Tips and Tricks for Writing a Magical Girl Series3 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