Planning the Evil Plot
A half-guide, half-narrative on writing a story
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Before I start writing, I like to have some idea of where I'm starting, where I'm going, and how I'm going to end up there. Let's say that I want to write a comedy about an author who suddenly changes places with her Mary Sue. I usually jot down some basic ideas:
Sarah, the author: ~13 years old, average-looking, glasses, rather tall and gangly
Ellemere, the Mary Sue: ~16 years old, long flowing hair, violet eyes, etc.
Forrest (Ellemere's love interest) : ~18, stereotypical pretty boy who is too dark and broody to make a good love interest
Leon: ~17, Ellemere's somewhat dorky friend who falls in love with her but is cast off to side in favor of Forrest
Tangent: For those of you who are confused, the ~ symbol means "about." I think it comes from math.
I like to draw, so I'd probably make doodles of these characters too. Drawing characters is a great way to develop th
Maximum Ride oc TemplateBASICS
Strengths (balance these two out!!!):
Favorite of the Flock: (or least favorite, if they hate they Flock)
School (Institute or another lab) History:
Species of Experiment:
WHITE COATS ONLY
How did they get a job wherever?
Have they met the Flock?
Are they the nonexistent so-called 'good white coats'?
(Okay, no idea what else to put here, sooo go crazy)
Knowing Your CharacterIn a storywhether it be told on stage, on screen, or in printknowing your main characters inside and out helps create a well rounded and interesting plot. It also makes writing them easier too. In this guide, a companion to To Create a Character, I'll attempt to help put skin and flesh on the bare bones of a character, to create "character," and to discover things about them that youthe creatornever knew.
Exercise 1: Interviews
One of my favorite ways to get to know my character is to interview them as one would a celebrity. The interview can be general, just asking about their life, likes, pet peeves, etc. or it can be prior to or after a significant event (i.e. just saved the world, just won the World Cup, recently defeated by protagonist, etc.).
Here's a list of interesting things to ask your character:
- Do you have any pet peeves?
- What do you think of [insert character here]'s opinion on y
Exercise: Your Character's Distinct Voice
The purpose of this exercise is to see how much you've differentiated each of your main characters' voices from each other.
How to Use
Pick a few major characters in your story. (I recommend using between 3 and 6.) For each of the numbered prompts below, choose what each character would say in that circumstance. You may want to write a few sentences of dialogue from that character or a quick internal monologue.
These lines are meant to generate short pieces of dialogue (about 1-5 sentences), as it's easiest to compare lines to each other that way. If you start writing long paragraphs or another character's reply to your character, then stop. Copy and paste the text. Then place it in a Sta.sh Writer or other document and continue the scene there. If you like it, post it (and credit me for the prompt, if you please!). When you finish that and return to this exercise, write about 1-5 sentences for that character and c
How to Create a Character: Protagonist Edition.
Have you ever caught yourself reading a book, manga or watching a TV show and wonder how the creator could come up with such a realistic character? Well, whether it'd be an anthro, anime or real-life character, characters take time to think through. In this tutorial, I will tell you just how to create that realistic and believable character! You can also use this tutorial to think through the characters you've already created in order to re-vamp their appearance and personality!
There are 3 important aspects to a character, they are: personality, design and purpose. Characters lacking one or more of those aspects may come off flat and boring. Personality is how the character acts and interacts with other characters. The personality is what gives your audience feelings for your character. Design is another important aspect. Their de
HTML in Literature DeviationsListed in alphabetical order:
< a > anchor tag : used to create links out of text.
How to do it: < a href=" LINK "> DESIRED TEXT < / a >
< abbr > abbreviation tag : used to create scroll-over definitions for abbreviations.
How to do it: < abbr title=" NOUN "> ABBREVIATION < / abbr >
< acronym > acronym tag : used to create scroll-over definitions for acronyms.
How to use it: < acronym title= " TEXT "> ACRONYM < / acronym >
< b > bold tag : used to bold text.
How to use it: < b > TEXT < / b >
< blockquote > blockquote tag : used to indent a paragraph to symbolize a large body of quote text.
Ex: You're looking at one.
How to use it: < blockquote > TEXT < / blockquote >
< br > "[line] break" tag : an open tag used to create line breaks in a paragra
Using Elements for CharactersUse the four elements and think about what personality traits would be associated with each element. Assign an element to a character. You do not have to use all the personality traits associated with an element, but you should make sure you have a nice balance of good and bad traits. Good traits make the character likable, while bad traits (or character flaws) make them relatable.
For more unique characters, try combining elements, like water + earth = mud, and fire + water = steam. If any traits clash or cancel out each other, remove one of them. I wouldn't recommend you combine more than two elements, because the character might become unbalanced.
- easily annoyed
- anti social
Summary: Earth is a sturdy and strong element, commonly ass
On writing three-dimensional villains
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Disclaimer: (as experience suggests that I need one) This resource consists of opinions. There may be better ways to write, and my advice may not fit your type of story. Please use common sense when applying the ideas expressed below. Thanks for reading!
Do you remember the Big Bad Wolf? He destroyed the Three Little Pigs' houses and ate them (or only chased them, depending on the rendition). He ran to Little Red Riding Hood's home and devoured her grandmother. The Big Bad Wolf appears in countless fairy tales to eat and terrorize the general populace.
In many children's stories, the Big Bad Wolf is symbolic for the negative consequences that can follow bad choices. Two of the Three Little Pigs failed to work hard on their houses, allowing the wolf to blow them over with his tremendous breath. Littl