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 Outline8 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
OF : Angels Fell First : Covenant (Prologue)OF : Angels Fell First : Covenant (Prologue)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
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
7 Steps for Ridding Your Story of Melodrama7 Steps for Ridding Your Story of Melodrama7 Steps for Ridding Your Story of Melodrama9 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,
7 Considerations for World-building with PurposePLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE THIS PAGE WILL REMAIN ACTIVE FOR PURPOSES OF EDUCATION AND RECORDS, IT IS OUTDATED. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE NEWEST VERSION.7 Considerations for World-building with Purpose9 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
7 Considerations for World-building with Purpose
“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
Three-Act Outline Template6 Steps to Compiling Your Novel's Three-Act OutlineThree-Act Outline Template8 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
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 BS10 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
MarilithSix arms that hold me,Marilith9 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
Her face an image goddess,
Her demonic embrace.
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 Novel10 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
New Home part 1Please read comments first. :3New Home part 18 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The dust was settling and everything was quiet. It seemed like the end to a story, but it wasn't. The battle, which had seemed to it's participants to have lasted days had lasted merely a few hours. The entire downtown of Mission City was in some form or another destroyed. From a chunk or two taken out of one side of a structure, to several buildings completely demolished- one from having two giant robots come crashing completely through them- it was in ruins.
Captain Lennox took a deep breath and looked at the four still functional mechs in front of him and the two seemingly random kids that had become embroiled in this as well. He'd seen a lot of war in the years that he'd been in the military; neighborhoods lain to waste, disturbingly empty twisted play grounds with blast craters around them, people who had been torn asunder, but now it was on his own soil. The signs that hug at odd a
Khantara: chapter 1Khantara: chapter 15 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Khantara: the One who Moves like Shadow
The Thellisian Empire had become too bold for its own excellence and had launched an irreparable attack upon the far island of Mharvholan. The Haanta stronghold which was normally prepared for any assault Thellis could conceive to convey had not expected such an unprecedented attack after they had delivered such a substantial blow to the empire themselves. When seeing such damage done to their home, the Emperor of Thellis order the Haanta island's immediate destruction in order to quell such dissent from the northern lands and when the nations of giants had suffered their last, they had begun to plan their vicious retaliation. The Hakriyaa ordered that a battalion of one-thousand Amghari, the celebrated warriors of Mharvholan and Sanhedran alike, attack the eastern settlements of the Thellisian Empire instead of attacking the capital in the west as was expected.
The military leader of the islands ordered the regiment of one-thousand raging mounta
Poker Face BelarusXReaderPoker Face BelarusXReader3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
*aimai kabutta kamen moshikashite ima made miseteta sore mo uso? aitai tarinai HAATO sashidashite ki ga tsukya DAIYA mo ubawarechatteru.*
You didn't know why but she always wore one. It was rare for her to smile. NOT especially around you because the two of you were best friend; however the hell that happened. She always had her poke face on. She barely smiled.
*honshou? honnou? hontou?*
"Smile for me." You would tell her. These were the only times she did. She really only did when you told her to. She was very more...friendly around you. You had grown to like her in more then a friendly way but, you were both girls. How would that work out?
*saiwai saigai PIERO ochichatte mienai tokoro ni BURAFU hattemata. "Nounai doudai?" misukasare sugite dou ni mo kou ni mo atama ni kuru ze.*
Your last little hope of ever having Belarus love you back was killed with her poker face. She never showed any affection whether it was friendly or not.
Pirate!EnglandXPirate!Reader-Rich Girl P1Pirate!EnglandXPirate!Reader-Rich Girl P14 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
Empire Reborn: Prelude, Part IThe Empire RebornEmpire Reborn: Prelude, Part I6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
It is a dark time for the Empire.
Following the death of EMPEROR PALPATINE
and its defeat at the BATTLE OF ENDOR, the Empire has begun
to crumble and fight amongst itself. The remaining faction, known as the IMPERIAL REMNANT, has fled to the Outer Rim to regroup and regain the power to crush the NEW REPUBLIC once and for all. A valuable store of cortosis has been found on the oceanic world of BAL'DEMNIC, and a promising young officer, ERRIL KAVEN, has been sent to oversee the mining operation, unaware that the Remnant's presence there has been discovered...
Bal'demnic. An oceanic planet in the Bak'rofsen system of the Auril sector. Outer Rim.
The commander stepped into the elevator and the doors hissed closed behind him. The car began to move upward.
So far the mining operation had been running smoothly despite the locals and the nuisance presented by the mine crabs. The crabs were hardly more than pests to the personnel assigned to the operati
RetrospeccionRetrospeccion5 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Estacionamiento Denver Mall. Muy tarde.
Que agitado, es demasiada chamba. Cada noche es distinta, las farolas alumbrando las resbalosas y húmedas pistas, el cielo tan negro con algún titilar de alguna estrella lejana, el aullido de algún animal rogando por comida, la peste de los callejones y la peste que los habita, escondrijos de la peor basura en las calles, bares y prostíbulos que esperan el caer de la noche para deleitar el bajo instinto humano, violencia, robo, asesinato pues bienvenido, aquel es mi hogar, o si pudiese llamarlo como tal.
Así como en las mañanas, las noches nunca son para descansar, el ritmo de vida es también muy agitado. Y al igual que muchas otras, estoy de turno.
Vaya que correr en estas pistas es todo un reto, con cuidado de no tropezar. Mi objetivo está a unos metros de mí, vaya que es rápido. Maldita la hora que tuve que elegir este trabajo, maldito mas bien el que me contrato o maldit
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Marina's head was sweating as she wiggled her leg frantically, watching her foot barely even shift within the gap as the ceiling crumbled above her.
"Of all the times for one of my feet to get stuck, why like this a
UntitledUntitled10 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Caramels, dripping not-so-subtle love letters and your
Underwear is lacy sweetness under my roaming fingers
Nothing under all of this can
Need such bashful and intense
Interest as the kind I'm taking in your
Legs, long and lovely
In those thigh high purple
Never been worn boots that I
Got for you.. they look so good
Under your sexy little
The History of the ZoroansThe History of the Zoroans10 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Many centuries ago, a prosperous civilization of fox people existed. This civilization was known as Zoroa. It was a prosperous civilization, where the Zoroans displayed their talents in ways that benefited their society as well as their culture. Zoroa was isolated in the ways of its lifestyle, but Zoroa itself was isolated as well; it was very distant from other civilizations, and the vast space available to them at the time could allow them to expend if it were necessary.
But years later, humans would have discovered Zoroa, and they had a keen eye on the Zoroans' fur and their natural resources. It wasn't long until the humans finally made their move, invading their civilization and utterly destroying it, taking many casualties in the process. What was once a thriving society became nothing more than ruins of a once-great culture.
Because of the threat of humans returning, the Zoroans were forced to become nomads, traveling the land and surviving on what nature could provide. While so
War Within JalgarName: JalgarWar Within Jalgar8 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Function: Stealth Warrior
Altmode: Dune Buggy
--Robot Mode: Laser Rifle
Special Abilities: Robot mode flight, Colour Change
Height: 30 feet
Motto: The most devastating of damage comes from subtlety
Tech Skill: 8
Profile: A warrior of few words but great deeds, Jalgar prefers to let his body count speak for him. He is more animal than mechanoid, stalking his prey silently without being noticed waiting for the most opportune moment to strike. He moves from one target straight on to another, hes never one to relax. Jalgar prefers to be constantly doing so
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
I Am a GirlI am a girl, therefore I'm worthless.I Am a Girl2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I am a disappointment to my parents.
I am a thing to be sold for profit.
I am property to a stranger.
I am a body used for the pleasure of men.
I am a slave to my promised husband.
These are the only things I'm allowed to say.
If I say anything else I will be punished.
I shall face a punishment.
Several that no one should be allowed to face.
I fear all of it.
But sadly, it would be nothing new.
I shall be punished for simply taking a breath.
I wish to take my final one.
I "belong" in the kitchen, after all.
I have possession of the knife.
This decision shall finally be mine.
My fear melts away, and my neck turns cold.
I shall take my freedom...
Yes, I have taken it.
However, it was not by means of bloodshed.
It was not by means of "relief."
It was by means of struggle.
It was by by means of the impossible.
No longer shall I hide my face behind blu
The Main Characters!Lieutenant Doctor Nadari Verkat is the daughter of a highly influential mainland family. However, they have never really tolerated her love of mechanical engineering, and cut her off when she refused to deny her talent and dreams. Cut off from all family funds, she was forced to struggle for scarce scholarships. Until one summer, in her last year of undergrad, she met a exo-geology student who was a member of the Vahalla Space Agency - Dariya. After the pair underwent a harrowing experience, one that left Dariya with a thoroughly positive view of Nadari's engineering abilities, Dariya recommended that she apply for the space program as well. Several interviews and design revisions later, Nadari cut her few remaining personal ties to the mainland and moved to the island, never looking back. Address her by either her rank or surname at your peril.The Main Characters!2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Captain Doctor Dariya started life as the widely-acknowledged prettiest girl in the island. No one ever suspected that she wou