6 Steps to Compiling a Three-Act Story Outline6 Steps to Compiling Your Novel's Three-Act Outline6 Steps to Compiling a Three-Act Story Outline4 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 2 “Creating a Plot” – Section 2 “Compiling a Three-Act Outline”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Part 1 of 2 (Link to Part 2)
Now that you have a Plot Premise, I'm sure that you have all kinds of ideas for the things you want to happen in your story—which you probably have written down in your Writing Journal. Well, today we are going to begin to organize those thoughts into groups and begin our Plot Outline by establishing a Three-Act Structure.
Step 1: Open a new word document entitled “Story Outline”
Now that we have so many pieces of your Outline ready to go, it is finally time (if
3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete BS3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete Bullshit3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete BS6 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Today, I spent a good many hours scouring the internet for tips on improving my writing. You know, useful and practical suggestions for someone who has actually written a bit and wants hints on some of the finer points of writing—you know, as opposed to just wanting to learn how to get publishers interested in the latest Hunger Games or Twilight knock-off. Well, other than the two masters of storytelling—Stan Lee and Stephen King—I found nothing. I thought to myself, “Blake, even you could offer better writing advice than this!” And so I have. Here are three non-subjective tips for the beginning writer.
Tip 1: Pay attention to “Point of View” (POV)
The first mistake I made in writing my novel, and one that I have seen in every single beginning writer's work that I have edited since, is that I did not really pay attention to POV and narration. When telling a story, it is important to rememb
7 Steps for Ridding Your Story of Melodrama7 Steps for Ridding Your Story of Melodrama7 Steps for Ridding Your Story of Melodrama5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Melodrama, strictly defined, means a “song drama,” of the French tradition. The tradition of this story was characterized by over-the-top emotions, to the point that the character's emotions were unintentionally funny, or ridiculous. Melodrama in modern literature, is a term used for when the emotions of your characters are absurd, petty, beyond control, and seem to overshadow the story; and today I'm going to talk about overcoming the melodrama in your story. Please note that this is something to be considered in the editing process, not in the first draft. There will be melodrama—but don't worry about it until you have a whole story down on paper or digital ink.
Step 1: Identify the melodrama in your story.
If you have written a first draft with a good number of characters with different wants and desires, there WILL be melodrama. And so your first step will go to every scene where there are emotional flares—of love,
Three-Act Outline Template6 Steps to Compiling Your Novel's Three-Act OutlineThree-Act Outline Template4 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 2 “Creating a Plot” – Section 2 “Compiling a Three-Act Outline”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Part 2 of 2
Joseph Blake Parker's Very Original and Super Complex Three-Act Outline Template
(Not really—this is all standard and basic stuff with no original thought other than my self-indulgent title, and the explanations. I honestly only made this because I couldn't find one online to share with you peeps, and didn't want to mess up the structure of my article by adding it there. Obsessive Compulsive Personality moment, I guess. Please keep in mind that there are many theories as to a proper Three-Act Structure; this one is just a hybrid of all the things I thought most comprehensive.)
Instructions: Delete a
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She ran, her heart pumping and the crying babe in her arms growing heavier. The pain in her lower abdomen was like hot fire escaping all over her body. Her legs fought her desire to keep moving and she hugged her son tighter. She couldn’t stop now, not now. Gritting her teeth, she broke into a sprint. Limbs tore at her face and arms, their wicked thorns biting into her skin. Above her, the red moon shone brightly in the night, lighting the path ahead.
“Only a little farther, my son.” She panted into his silver hair.
He clung to her, his tiny fingers curling into the folds of her dress. His cry hurt her ears, but the pain was a pleasant reminder that he was still alive.
They’d meant to kill him, this alien child that had grown in her belly—her child. Regardless of his blood, she loved him. He was hers, her son. Instinctively, she adjusted her arms, wrapping them tighter around him, and kissed his forehead.
Abruptly, the path dipped low into a ravine. Swamp
Pirate!EnglandXPirate!Reader-Rich Girl P1Pirate!EnglandXPirate!Reader-Rich Girl P13 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
We all got to be at the top...
You was very well known on the seas in the world...First Female Pirate.You looked like any girl,but your attitude changed the look.You was never once submissive,even with all this mens on your ship,they never dared to touch you or to treat you like any other sea whore..Oh No.That really wasn't going to happen'...or so you thought?
You were now curently lookin at the sea that was like your own world.Your look was something that many womans in the old days wished to looked like.Your white shimmy tight on your torso and breasts,the dark blue shorts tight on your ass,the long black leather boots,the dark blue coat with red old fashioned ornaments,the signature captain black hat with a red big feather,the creamy porcelain skin and red luciouse lips with the big irestible eyes and your [h/l],[h/c] hair,you was the sea beauty.You was one of the most riches pirates that went on the seas.Your sword attached on your b
7 Considerations for World-building with Purpose7 Considerations for World-building with Purpose7 Considerations for World-building with Purpose4 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
“Anybody Can Write a Novel”
Chapter 1 World-building – Section 1 Story Types
With Links to Supplementary Material
When crafting a novel, the first thing you need to know is what type of story you are writing. I'm sure that anybody reading this has a pretty good idea of what they want their story to be about. But for writing with strategic purpose, it is important to answer a few specific questions. Doing so will allow you to establish and purposefully design the foundations for your world, plot, the characters in your story. So grab some notebook paper, or copy this article into a word document, and write down all your answers to the following questions, as will best help you in designing your story.
Question 1: Are you writing a Comedy or a Tragedy?
This question comes first because all other story types fall within thi
6 Steps to Crafting Each Chapter of Your Novel6 Steps to Making Every Chapter of your Novel Most Excellent6 Steps to Crafting Each Chapter of Your Novel6 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The number one reason for people refusing to read a book is boredom. And no matter how much good content can be found if one just “sticks it out,” it will never be found if your readers have to drudge through even a single boring chapter. So, for both writing and post-draft editing, here are 6 steps to making EVERY chapter most excellent.
Step 1: Create a three-act plot structure for each chapter.
Every chapter of a novel should be a short story in and of itself—almost like a comic book or television drama. Now, it is not essential that the three-act plot structure be done perfectly, but every chapter should have the hero encountering a problem, growing from that experience, and a climax where the hero overcomes or is overcome by the problem. Doing this will make sure that every chapter is vital to the story and that something is always happening.
Step 2: Make every chapter opening a hook.
The hook might be
Heroine ProfilesName: Red the PaladinHeroine Profiles7 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Occupation: Paladin, Champion of the Weak, Cursed Warrior
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Age: 22 (in body) Unknown (in soul)
Hair: Flame red either worn in a long braid down the back or in a free flowing mane.
Skin: Bronzed and freckled all over
Outfit: A brief loincloth with chainmail, sandals laced knee high, plain steel wrist guards and head band, and sword belt with scabbard and sword. Or tight green pants, knee to thigh high doeskin boots, head band of cloth of metal, and sword belt with scabbard and sword.
Weapons: Usually a broadsword worn on her hip but will use any weapon handy from sword to axe to bow and arrows.
Taken at an early age by Norse raiders and given the name Red for her flame color hair, she knows nothing of her origins or blood family. She was raised as a slave until she adopted after a noble and glorious deed. Strong and tall, even at an early age, she was trained as a warrior and joined her adopted father and brothers o
Operation Heartbreak - Pt. 3[I jumped on many rooftops, trying to resist to the temptation of a good robbery in one of the many shops around here, before "meeting" Carmelita. She was patrolling the streets under me, about ten meters under, muttering something... It was something like "That Neyla..."]Operation Heartbreak - Pt. 35 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sly, following Bentley's instructions, ignored the Inspector and reached without being noticed the old manor. It was quite visible, not only because it was on an hill, but because it was surrounded by many men in uniforms and with weapons!
Sly: -Bentley... We have a problem-
Bentley: -Why so many armed men around here? They're surely protecting something... Or keeping something inside?-
Sly: -There's something wrong about this... Hey, it's Neyla! And that General!-
Said Sly, looking near to the manor's door. The tigress was apparently trying to avoid that her superior hurled herself against a man that was trying to calm her.
Bentley: -Go near to them! What are they saying?-
Sly: -There's no need to go near to them, t
Contact: Prologue of Cass- Californian beach.Contact: Prologue of Cass7 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Slowly, she wakes up. Dragging herself completely out of the water. Her sides hurt. Her face stings. Its hard to breathe. She welcomes the darkness once more.
Donnie, Kyle and Reagan had been searching the beach for a while now, looking for wreckage. In the early morning, Kyle spotted a couple explosions out over the ocean.
Donnie first spotted the girl in her torn suit, face first in the sand. Body having minimal life-signs. Guys, check it out! He jumped off the buggy, and moved towards the woman slowly. Kyle and Reagan came after cautiously. Get out of the way, kid. Reagan, the medic, kneeled at the unconscious female, checking her vitals. Shes alive. Kyle, get her legs. Well bring her back to Station. See what we can do for her. Kyle nodded, as Donnie went back to the buggy, prepping it to carry the wounded one back. All set, lets roll.
Vacuum Procedures//BEGIN RECORDING//Vacuum Procedures2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
RAMON: Alright, ladies. Welcome to your first day aboard an actual starship! You are now the residents of a city coasting through space at trans-relativistic speeds! A city with heavy firepower, I might add.
R: While you are aboard such an engineering marvel, you may run into many threats! Alien scumbags, asteroids, gamma ray bursts, randomly wandering black holes, and the most dangerous of all, condescending uppity naval personnel!
R: But the most dangerous of your foes will be around you all the time. Space itself is going to be your enemy! Let's face it, we're surrounded by a lot of nothing. The scientific term for such a non-substance is called a vacuum. Step anywhere outside this vessel without regulation spacewalking gear, and you're dead. You will die painfully.
R: Yeah, that shut you all up nice and quick, didn't it? Let's not fool ourselves. The sixty centimeter hullplates of this very ship are the only things separating you
Gaming stories - Star Wars D20Gaming stories - Star Wars D204 years ago in Stories & Vignettes More Like This
Campaign: Star Wars
System: Wizards of the Coast D20 System
Character: Adaavia, Jedi Guardian
So with the release of Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith being released in theaters naturally some people who play Star Wars roleplaying games wanted a campaign that had Order 66 factoring into it somehow, and the good killer GM would set up a situation where all the Force users (potentially Force Monkeys) would come down with a permanent case of dead because of it. Naturally the players in the group would try their level best to avoid that.
So our group was on Coruscant after completing a mission and after we had finished our Jedi trials, the good news is we all passed them and were considered full Jedi Knights. However shortly after that happened my character was in the top of the center spire looking out at the city skyline when the GM (Game Master) had me roll to see basically the army coming up the steps like in the movie. So I see al
Shadows of the Sun CHAPTER 2Shadows of the Sun CHAPTER 23 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A week later
Theta System, Solean colony
Theta system, comprising six planets of varying size, and only one being inhabited by humans, was colonized approximately six months from the end of President Dashwood's term as President of Sol. The inhabited facilities on Theta IV, the one populated planet, were originally built by criminals. Ever since then, supplies had been flowing into the colony in order to build infrastructure. Among the first venues built was the dock for space ships.
"Theta, this is SSC Lord Alton, we're getting some funny reading on our starboard (right) bow quarter permission to investigate?" the customs corvette implored.
"Alton, be advised that the most recent shipping convoy is on that vector. It might be a mechanical problem on one of the transportsadjust course to 290
Polygirl write upFull Name: PaulinaPolygirl write up7 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Superhero ID: Polygirl
Age: 20 years
Weight: 110 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
The woman you see before looks very shy, very nervous to be here. You see all four hands fidgeting with something on her toolbelt or a hand playing with her hair as well. Before you know it you see two of her standing in front of you talking to each other about her (their?) schedule for the day. You can tell from the way the conversation is going there's a lot not being said as they disappear behind a bank of computers.
Polygirl has occupied a unique position in her life, being both alone and the crowd all at the same time. She had always been known as the freaky four-armed girl causing her to stay inside most of the time to read. At first it was novels but eventually she found she could read the instructions for a model kit among other things while putting i
Bio on Sar'idikkBio on Sar'idikk10 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Nickname(s): Sar'i, Sidi (used by Kwei)
Name Meaning: The Giver
Human Codename: "The Ocelot"
Age: 312 (Approximately 30-years-old if compared to a human life-span)
Status/Rank: Intelligence Officer aboard the Dachande/Honored
Father – N'Kyhda (Recently branded a BadBlood; Whereabouts unknown)
Mother – (Alive and Aging Gracefully; Located on the Home Planet)
Half Sister – Tituga (Matriarch of Dachande and close friend)
Child – Kwei (Adopted 'Ooman' daughter; stays with Sar'idikk onboard Dachande)
Weight: 280 lbs.
Height: 7 feet, 4 inches (Approximately 29 Noks)
Bust: 55 inches (Roughly 18 Noks)
Waist: 43 inches (Roughly 14 Noks)
Hips: 58 inches (Roughly 19 Noks)
BIOGRAPHY AND BEHAVIOR:
On board the Dachande, Sar'idikk is the smallest female. Her body size isn't normal for a typical healthy female, and is the result of a childhood virus that tried to take her life. Although she survived and is in good healt
KFP Destiny Ch 5KFP Destiny Ch 54 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Six Years Later
The sun just started to rises, Po was laying on his bed already wake, he couldn't believe how so much has change over the last six years. Something snuggled next to him pulling Po out of his thoughts, he grinned and holds his wife closely, listening to her purrs.
(Tigress and Po have been married for about five years, and now they're living on the second floor of the barracks.)
"Morning honey." Po said tenderly, he leans in and kiss Tigress's forehead.
"It's not morning 'til the baby is awake." Tigress whispered with her eyes closed and nuzzled her head on Po's chest, they hear a whimpering sound coming from the basket next to them.
"Right on cue." Po chimed, Tigress got up and went towards the basket to picked up the black and orange cub inside.
"Morning Xin." Tigress said sweetly as she kiss the baby, Po went behind her and wraps his arms around her waist. They looked down at the baby with a smile.
(Xin is Po's and Tigress's so
Polygirl character sheetName: PolygirlPolygirl character sheet6 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Alter-Ego: Paulina Wilson
Marital Status: Single
Wt: 110 lbs
Appearance: Four-armed humanoid usually dressed in overalls or a jumpsuit with a random number of tools at hand.
Base of Operations: Stranger Industries complex
Personality type: Nervous around people, forgetful at times, at home around technology. Content to work behind the scenes creating and repairing technology as well as examining unknown electronics to determine origin and/or function.
Highly skilled in building mechanical and electronic items, as well as creating chemical compounds. Also highly skilled with computers. Familiar with the physical sciences as well.
Extra arms: Polygirl has two additional limbs she can control as well as her "primary" arms.
Duplication: Polygirl can create full duplicates of herself; her upper limit
AF: Fantastic Lin Ref SheetAF: Fantastic Lin Ref Sheet5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Fantastic Lin Reference Sheet
Name: Lin Li Wong
Nickname: Fantastic Lin
Appearance: Bulky fitness to bodybuilder of various sizes, depending on her workout schedule, the time between the latest compacting of her muscles, and if she's just exerted a great deal of strength
Weight: Currently around 300 or so, due to the extreme denseness of her musculature. Her appearance would make you think she weighed about 225, though...
Hair: Shoulder-length Black
Eyes: Brown, usually
Skin tone: Olive
Figure: 36-28-36, at her most compact state, currently. How much muscle that's not completely currently compacted may increase those numbers, though.
Superhuman strength: Can overhead press around 100 tons - Twice that for about 15 minutes if she uses her chi to boost her strength.
Flight: Mostly chi-based, though now second natur
History of AtlantisHistory of AtlantisHistory of Atlantis5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
In the year 350,000 B.C., refugee scientists from Mars landed on Earth as their world was already begin to die. They landed on a small island
that was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. When they had landed, they began to build a base and a small city so they could recreate their
civilization. By there on Earth, they realized that they need a slave race to help with buildings of cities and the mining of metals and minerals.
A team of the Martian scientists flew to the continent of Africa to find indigineous people to be this slave race of theirs, but the only race of people
at the time were Homo Erectus. The scientists captured a few hundred of these natives and thus began to experiment on them, and with these experiments came
a new race of men, called Homo Atlantea. Over the years, this new race saw their creators as gods, and some of the scientists would interbreed with
the new of race of humanity and were also worshipped as demigods. 310,000 years had passed, a
Celtic Shelf TrailerQueens of the Stone AgeCeltic Shelf Trailer5 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A giant hawk-nosed salmon with the purple splotches of many years rushed forward beneath the school. With a sudden burst of speed he vaulted up and split the sparkling surface with amazing strength. Time slowed to a near stop as the fish rose above the others, his huge pink belly waggling from side to side, sparkling droplets of ice water fanning out around him. Aegia whipped her spear up to get it into position but just couldn't seem to move fast enough. She screamed. The sound crept like a slug up her throat. The fish twisted sideways, flopping and flowing and heaving its brilliant silver flank about until finally it walloped Aegia on the side of the head and sent her crashing backwards, arms reeling for balance, spear flying off into the sky.
Without a word, Atouk's elbow flashed backwards. It caught the guard who had snuck up behind him in the solar plexus and lifted the man up on painful wings into the air. The
Begby, Short StoryBegby, Short Story8 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Begby Boulderbuster always knew he was different. He could tell at the grocer when he and his mother went through the line as a toddler, the hidden line of distaste and the smell of fear from the checkout girl.
His first day at school was a day to remember, he was head and shoulders taller than anyone in his class, and they had to get him a larger desk. Hed sit alone during recess, watching the other children play; they wouldnt really even talk to him, much less play with him. The name calling and mean-spirited kids took their toll on his self esteem. He grew to have little respect for authority. The adult humans did nothing to protect him from the childrens jeers and provocations; they seemed to delight in it, some teachers at times would even laugh with the children. No matter what he raised his hand for, he was seldom called upon to answer anything.
Begby received his Ork traits from a virus hed been told
Operation Heartbreak - Pt.1[Ok there... I guess you all know me here. I'm Sly Cooper and, as you know, I can get out of troubles even in the worse situations. An example?]Operation Heartbreak - Pt.15 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Bentley was literally screaming in his microphone so loudly that Sly probably heard him even where he was right in that moment: near to the top of the Rheinturm Tower, Dusseldorf, Germany, at 240 meters of highness... And at a few meters under him, a giant, fat dragon that was trying to catch him spitting flames.
[Are you surprised? Ehe, I don't blame you. I was, too! But let me tell you how it all happened... It was two years after Clockwerk's defeating. We knew that my enemy's robotic remains where taken to a museum in Cairo. Even if in pieces, he was a menace... And we could not allow his reborn]
Sly, thanks to Bentley and Murray's help, reached the room where the Clockwerk parts were supposed to be, but he didn't find anything, except two sarcophagi. He watched carefully around, but nothing, they seemed to be vanished in the nothing... The
The Last DayDistant thunder approaches the temples of old. The vibrant forests beneath them are shaking with shattering detonations. As they reach the platform together, the sky has turned as red as blood. Foul shadows are raining down to the left and right of them, staining everything they touch with death and darkness. It has begun. The shields are failing.The Last Day6 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
The viewer is unable to move as fast as the armed warriors accompanying him, his body so weak in spite of his mind so strong. The all-female servants are keeping him in their middle, as if to protect him. Still, they look up at him like children, with hope in their eyes. They are fearless, loyal, and determined to see this last day through.
The viewer, however, knows this is the way the world ends.
Before they proceed, they meet up with another group of warriors. They talk in the high language, urgency in their young voices: This is the last they could find. May the Elders be with them all.
Although the viewer knows of its futility, haste is