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Unstick your Plot - A guide
The Random Encounter The Guide to Moving Your Story Forward The classical random (there's always a classic.): This is the sort you see in just about any old RPG, or RPG comic, and probably most current ones as well that person or thing you randomly meet so you can be sent off in a random direction and never have to meet them again. Yeah, it works well enough for games I suppose but I don't recommend it in a story get around it wherever possible. One thing I saw in the Wheel of Time books (by Robert Jordan) was having the rumors and such be heard OFFSCREEN, and delivered to the characters by someone they know. You
Tips for Generating Ideas
MOST IMPORTANT: Keep the logical brain quiet and allow the creative brain to work. Start out by writing a straight paragraph of what you know about the story/idea/character/etc and only after you have exhausted the creative mind start to put it into a tidier format - Logical brain is used when formatting for scripts/profiles and interrupts the work of the creative brain 1. If there are any problems, write out what the problem is in the form of a letter eg. Dear Sir, I am writing a story about ..... It is looking really good so far however there is the slight problem of ..... 2. Write down thoughts in the form of a discussion/interview respo
How to Improve Your Writing Style
While I’ve written articles about writing style in the past, they were designed mostly to define what style is and didn’t provide much help for improvement. This article contains some practical tips I’ve discovered that will actually help you improve your style and hopefully provide a foundation for why good style matters. I believe good style is important for many reasons, but mostly because I want my readers to feel like the time they spent with my story was worthwhile, pleasant, and maybe even a little enlightening. “All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contrac
A World Building and Novel Writing Guide
The List System - A World Building & Novel Writing Organization Guide Introduction If you are like me, you are someone who finds a lot of benefit in making lists and keeping a lot of notes. This has naturally lead me into developing my own system in organizing my numerous story projects, in a way that keeps them easily accessible, clear, and able to hold any and all Information I need. World building and Plot making are sometimes time-intensive processes. They can be spread out over long distances of time, or larger chunks of building sprees. Whatever works for you is great! If you aren't sure, listen to your whims. This is a very flexibl
HOW do you make THE END?
"When will you make an end?" - The Pope on the painting of the Sistine Chapel "When I'm finished." - Michelangelo. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Okay, so you got this GREAT Idea for a story! - This Great Idea...that births chapter after chaper... - This Great Idea... that you can't seem to finish. (WTF?) Crap. So what do you do now? HOW do you make an End? Fairytales and Myths were my foundational reading, so they became my base model for how a story should finish -- by ending where you began with a solution. This doesn't mean ending a story in the location it started, or that full irrevocable transformations don't happen, bu
How Not to write a Mary Sue
How Not To Write A Mary Sue So, what is a Mary Sue? It is used as a form of criticism in literature and refers to an idealised and somewhat "perfect" character that appears to have no flaws or if they do they are so limited that all the "perfect" characteristics overwhelm them making the character "flat." Mary sue often refers to a young female protagonist and male "Mary Sues" are often called "Larry Stu". From my experience most Mary Sues are written in non-published works usually by young writers especially in fan-fiction. However there are a few Mary Sue writers who are actually published (sadly). It shows a deep lacking to create perfec
10 Second Tip - Foreshadowing
------Original Message------ 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