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Plotting Your Own Story Structures

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Plotting Your Own Story Structures

----- Original Message ----- I recently came across an article you wrote about the Gothic story structure. ... Your article was incredibly straight forward and informative. Do you have any resources you would recommend for aspiring ... authors to ensure they are hitting all the wickets?  -- J  Sadly, there's not a whole lot out there on the different types of Plotting Structures. Most of what is available are somewhat...simplistic derivatives of Aristotle's 3 Act Structure for a Tragedy, Freytag's Pyramid, and The Hero's Journey based on Campbell's 'Hero with a Thousand Faces.'  Unfortunately, those structures only cover a small amount of very common, very basic stories.  Certainly not what I wanted to write.  So, what I did was outline the plots of some of my favorite stories from books and movies to figure out their plotting patterns. This is how I came up with the Gothic plot, the Fairy Tale plot, the Horror plot, and the Romance plot patterns.  (INTJ here.

Strong Characters but a Weak Plot?

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Strong Characters but a Weak Plot?

----- Original Message ----- ...I have very strong characters, but a very weak plot. While my story is primarily character driven, I feel I feel I put them in a place where there's not much plot, or that the plot itself is uninteresting. How do make my plot stronger? Furthermore, how do I find a balance between plot and characters? Or is it okay that my plot isn't gripping, as long as I have strong, well-developed characters? What should you do when you have Strong Characters but a Weak Plot? First, I think we should clarify what Character-Driven means. Character-Driven does NOT mean: A story that focuses on the characters. Character-Drive

So, You Want a Critique?

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So, You Want a Critique?

WARNING! Incoming Rant! A Critique...? Really? Are you sure that's what you want? From the responses I've gotten on many different forums, and the responses I've seen others get, plus the resulting peanut gallery commentary, I'm not so sure a Critique is what some of you are actually looking for. Let's start at the beginning. Do you even know what a Critique actually is?    cri•tique    kriˈtēk/    noun: critique; plural noun: critiques    1. a detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory.    synonyms: analysis, evaluation, assessment, appraisal, appreciati

Plotting Your Own Story Structures

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Plotting Your Own Story Structures

----- Original Message ----- I recently came across an article you wrote about the Gothic story structure. ... Your article was incredibly straight forward and informative. Do you have any resources you would recommend for aspiring ... authors to ensure they are hitting all the wickets?  -- J  Sadly, there's not a whole lot out there on the different types of Plotting Structures. Most of what is available are somewhat...simplistic derivatives of Aristotle's 3 Act Structure for a Tragedy, Freytag's Pyramid, and The Hero's Journey based on Campbell's 'Hero with a Thousand Faces.'  Unfortunately, those structures only cover a small amount of very common, very basic stories.  Certainly not what I wanted to write.  So, what I did was outline the plots of some of my favorite stories from books and movies to figure out their plotting patterns. This is how I came up with the Gothic plot, the Fairy Tale plot, the Horror plot, and the Romance plot patterns.  (INTJ here.

Strong Characters but a Weak Plot?

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Strong Characters but a Weak Plot?

----- Original Message ----- ...I have very strong characters, but a very weak plot. While my story is primarily character driven, I feel I feel I put them in a place where there's not much plot, or that the plot itself is uninteresting. How do make my plot stronger? Furthermore, how do I find a balance between plot and characters? Or is it okay that my plot isn't gripping, as long as I have strong, well-developed characters? What should you do when you have Strong Characters but a Weak Plot? First, I think we should clarify what Character-Driven means. Character-Driven does NOT mean: A story that focuses on the characters. Character-Drive

So, You Want a Critique?

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So, You Want a Critique?

WARNING! Incoming Rant! A Critique...? Really? Are you sure that's what you want? From the responses I've gotten on many different forums, and the responses I've seen others get, plus the resulting peanut gallery commentary, I'm not so sure a Critique is what some of you are actually looking for. Let's start at the beginning. Do you even know what a Critique actually is?    cri•tique    kriˈtēk/    noun: critique; plural noun: critiques    1. a detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory.    synonyms: analysis, evaluation, assessment, appraisal, appreciati

Adding Character FLAWS

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Adding Character FLAWS

-----Original Message ----- Characters have to have flaws, but sometimes it's a bit hard to add those flaws in.     -- Concerned About Characters First of all... What is a character Flaw? A character's Flaw is a crack in their personality and/or talent. Something that both helps them AND harms them. Kind of the way true artists (and brilliant nerds) tend to also be serious flakes, and really socially awkward. This is actually because they spend so much time perfecting their talents that they simply aren't around people enough to correct their social skills. 'K? Now then... Where do you Put a Character's Flaws? A character's greatest stren

From Idea to STORY

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From Idea to STORY

----- Original Message ----- How do you develop an idea? How do you come up with the details behind stories? Do you get them from reading books? Do you get them from modern concepts? Or do they just come to you (if so, lucky you XD)? How do you develop the world in which it takes place? People or settings first? Do you include cults/religions/mass groups? How do you come up with these groups? -- Thoughtful Writer In other words, what you want to know is: How do you build a Story from an Idea? Let's begin by breaking this huge pile of questions down to smaller, bite-sized pieces... How do you develop an idea? I start with a Climactic Event

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Writing HORROR

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Writing HORROR

When writing a Horror story, one must begin with a Monster. The most terrifying of course, are the ones you don't notice, or refuse to notice. The ones right next to you. "The most dangerous werewolves are the ones that are hairy on the inside." -- A Company of Wolves Making a MONSTER Think, who are the people that walk right up to you every day – and you let them? • Your neighbors • Your co-workers • Your friends • Your lover • Your parents • Your siblings • Your children Now imagine if one of them was a man-slaughtering or even man-eating Monster? In reality, it happens all the tim

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The Secret to Proper Paragraphing

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The Secret to Proper Paragraphing

Once you know what your characters and doing and saying, how do you get all that down on Paper without ending up with a huge confusing mess? Putting the Story on Paper. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Everybody knows that when a new speaker speaks they get a new paragraph, right? In other words, you DON'T put two different people talking in the same paragraph. Okay, yeah, so anyone who has written any kind of fiction learns this pretty darned quick, (usually from their readers.) What nobody seems to get is that the same goes for a new character's ACTIONS. Seriously, when a new character ACTS they're supposed to get their own paragraph -- even if they don't
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This the the writer-artist OokamiKasumi from LJ, Yaoi Gallery, LiquidEros, and the LemmaSoft forum. Don't expect too much from me here. Most of my stories and art are way too adult for this place. If you want to see what I can really do, look me up on the other sites.

This account is merely to post my writing Tutorials, search for Photoshop resources, and browse the occasional art piece.

Current Residence: NC, USA
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Personal Quote: "I can resist anything--but temptation."

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...I am wondering, do you want to read the next story I post either here or elsewhere? -- Friendly Amateur Writer

Thank-you for the invitation, but I don't do critiques. I am much, much too harsh a judge of fiction. I've made published authors cry after posting my opinion of their work. Seriously! One NYT's bestselling author still hates my guts. Mainly because her editor told her --on a public forum-- that I was Right.

The other problem is that I Absorb what I read and Use It later, especially if the idea is Good. Worse... I won't remember where the idea came from.

NEVER let a professional author read your unpublished work. All of us are Scavengers looking for a good idea. It's not deliberate! It's just a side-effect of the job.

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A Company of Wolves, The Matrix, Despicable Me,
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Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Dexter
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Poe, Aerosmith, ELO, Wumpscut, Linkin Park
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The Complete Brothers' Grimm, Roget's Thesaurus, The Writer's Journey, Women Who Run with the Wolves, Witches by Erica Jong
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Brothers' Grimm, CJ Cherryh, Jim Butcher, Laurell K Hamilton, Tanith Lee, Andre Norton
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Word, Roget's Thesaurus, Photoshop, RenPy
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writing, photo-manipulation, game-making

You ARE what you READ.

You ARE what you READ.

You ARE what you READ. by Randy Ingermanson, "the Snowflake Guy. Reprinted with permission of the author. Years ago I was talking to a fellow novelist whom I’d just met and I asked him what his Top Five favorite novels were. This is a question I ask writers a lot. I’m always looking for great books, and one place to find them is on the Top Five list of another writer. He said, “I don’t read fiction.” This guy’s answer just about knocked me over. I couldn’t believe it. I asked him if he meant he didn’t read much fiction. No, he didn’t read any. He was a nonfiction kind of a guy. He

You ARE what you READ.

You ARE what you READ.

You ARE what you READ. by Randy Ingermanson, "the Snowflake Guy. Reprinted with permission of the author. Years ago I was talking to a fellow novelist whom I’d just met and I asked him what his Top Five favorite novels were. This is a question I ask writers a lot. I’m always looking for great books, and one place to find them is on the Top Five list of another writer. He said, “I don’t read fiction.” This guy’s answer just about knocked me over. I couldn’t believe it. I asked him if he meant he didn’t read much fiction. No, he didn’t read any. He was a nonfiction kind of a guy. He

10 Second Tip - Making Titles

10 Second Tip - Making Titles

Do you have a tutorial on how to decide the title for your story? When I can't decide on a title, I fall back on how the professionals do it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > No more than Three words, preferably Two. One word is considered ideal for a title. > You can have Four if the word is 'And,' 'The,' 'A,' or something similar. > One word for the Genre. > Any other words should stand for: -- the Emotion the story is trying to invoke -- a Character -- an Action or -- a Location Examples: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Star Trek (genre + emotion) Grimm (Genre & Emotion in one word.) Once Upon a Time (Genre) The Addams

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