Interactive #1: Both Sides of the EquationInteractive #1: Both Sides of the Equation2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Here we go. Welcome to a new idea of mine called an "interactive." Recently, I've been spending a lot of time learning about literature. I've learned a bunch of new things, but I found that I was learning the most when I had other people to talk with and exchange ideas. Now I already spend a lot of time talking with my lovely commenters, but my tutorials are focused on advice, what to do and what not to do. I wanted to know: How could I integrate discussion into a writing aid?
As I stroked my magnificent, imaginary beard, an idea occurred to me. What if I wrote a writing aid whose main purpose was to have big, group discussion with one another rather than just read what I have to say? That's what this is. What I'm going to do is bring up a topic and a general exercise or question for writers to think about. At the end, I'm going to get specific and have mini-assi
I'm My #1 Fan: Why Self-Adoration Is DangerousI'm My #1 Fan: Why Self-Adoration Is Dangerous2 years ago in Writing More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
This may be one of my more controversial tutorials as of yet.
And yet, I'm not here to talk about a traditional writing topic. This is about attitude. Specifically, I want to talk about an author's attitude towards their stories and their talent in general.
I read a lot of amateur stories on dA, and I do mean a LOT. But one thing that I've noticed is that many writers and artists have what I call "#1 Fan Syndrome." That's where the writer is so deeply in love with their work that their creation suffers. This is especially true when it comes to characters. I hear a lot of people say that their characters are
How To: Making a Transformers OCHelpful Links You Will NeedHow To: Making a Transformers OC1 year ago in Other More Like This
Myers Briggs Test | Myers Briggs Portraits | Mary-Sue Definition | Mary-Sue Test | Text RP For Beginners
Transformers Design Tutorial Part 1 | Transformers Design Tutorial Part 2
Oftentimes when someone is introduced to a fandom and they turn out to become big fans of it, the desire to create an Original Character (OC) for the fandom arises. Transformers is no different; but where do you even start? I hope to explore that proces
Follow Up: 5 MORE Things That Ruin Good TutorialsFollow Up: 5 MORE Things That Ruin Good Tutorials2 years ago in Writing More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
All right, so I've been thinking about some great feedback I got from my last tutorial about tutorials (there's a link to it in the description). There are just a lot of things that a tutorial writer can get wrong when trying to educate an audience on a particular topic.
As mainly a writing/art theories tutorial writer, I don't come in contact with the problems that some other creators and audiences do. However, I do notice some things and with the help of several great commenters I've concentrated my efforts on a list of five more things that can make your tutorial bomb. So strap yourself in even tighter this time, w
Interior MonologuesInterior Monologues4 years ago in Writing More Like This
"I was just wondering what you think about interior monologues, long passages of reflection?" -- Curious Kitty
A note on:
-- Interior Monologues
Whether you are considering adding a lengthy monologue to a story, or intend the monologue to be the story itself where the focus of the entire story is on one character's thoughts and feelings with very little action -- from my observations and experimentation, the readers either love them or hate them. There's no in-between.
However, it is notable that the internal monologue stories that are sought out most frequently tend to focus on a profound emotion of some kind: grief, loneliness, heartache... Usually by either those seeking to deal with such an emotion, as a kind of therapy, or by those that have never felt such emotions. (Strong emotional stories are extremely popular among young adults.)
In both cases, not only does the reader seek to submerge the
High Speed STORIESHigh Speed STORIES4 years ago in Writing More Like This
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
Writing Serial FictionWriting Serial Fiction4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Writing Serial & Series Fiction
Not just another Novel idea
Please note, this is how the Professionals do it. Those of you who are Not professional are free to write (and post) as you please.
To view the Main Plot vs Subplot graphic at Full Size, GO HERE --> http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/pp347/OokamiKasumi/MainplotSubplot.jpg
A Serial Story is Not a chopped-up Novel!
I hear it time and time again: "If the story is too big, why don't you just cut it up into a Series or Serial?"
You can't just cut a novel-type Story in half to make a series, or use the chapters to serialize it. A true serial "episode" is its own Complete Story within a larger story. A Serial tale is NOT a chapter with book cover and neither are Series books.
The first thing any writer learns is: "A story must have a Beginning, a Middle and an End". EACH Serial and Series chapters, or episodes, must have a Beginnin