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Tips For Writing Stories
« on: August 22, 2016, 05:57:18 PM »
Tips For Writing Stories


I. Introduction

If this is your first time writing, I shall help you develop your story here. Little tips on writing and how to properly get stories out with some finesse. I am, by NO MEANS, not a professional writer. I've just been doing it for years and REALLY enjoy it. We'll go over Settings, Characters, Themes, and how to execute stories in different perspectives as well as how to get into a creative mindset. I hope you enjoy, and feel free to post anything I may have missed (for those other veteran writers). And, without further ado, let us begin with the first topic: Creative Mindset!


II. Creative Mindset

Now, most folks think this step is unimportant to produce ANY semblance of a story. False. Even with short stories, lore, anecdotes(not all are REAL), a good creative mindset is KEY! Basically, everyone has their own way to get into this mindset. Whether it be with music, watching a favored show/film, or even reading another novel/book that gives them inspiration. You must always ENJOY doing such things. If you are writing for any reason but your own pleasure, you will not do as well as you can. You must really enjoy the thought of making this creation, your own thoughts and ideas. Remember, loving what you're doing will show more in your work than doing something for views or for another purpose (I.e school, some people hate writing papers).


III. Themes

Once you are in the mindset you feel most comfortable with, then begins the gear turning idea machine that is YOUR BRAIN! Yes, once you activate the creative juices, it will be hard to turn them off. Now, during this zone of enjoyment, you will already begin to feel out ideas of things you wish to write about. I, for example, have a drink or two, listen to music/watch a film...and before ya know it I am inspired! Everyone is different so, remember: do something comfortable for that Creative Thinking! Anyway, with themes, your mind will begin to gravitate towards a feeling. Typically the emotion you come across will center on your theme if you listen to yourself. Anger, sadness, fear, revenge, happiness, these will help you center your theme and allow you to use your emotions to write it. When emotions come out, they help the writing REALLY COME ALIVE! So stick with your theme and you will be ready to go, it will generally make creating characters and setting THAT much easier! Now, moving on to the very next creative process to writing: Settings and Characters!


IV. Characters & Settings

Now these, they tend to follow the theme quite easily. It just comes together. however, if you are having issues we'll resolve that here. First off, having a main character first helps branch out other character ideas. So that first person is your MOST important, the Setting generally follows the theme. One could do an off the wall idea with the Theme, but make sure it makes SOME sense. Sometimes I tie in themes/emotions and it comes to a very good setting. I tend to worry about this stuff much later, that way you can work out the feeling of your narrative. For example, if you feel dark and angry let's say you made a Gothic Fantasy story. Typically you can center around a cathedral or a castle, but one could branch out to a tavern, or an abandoned sewer system. But, if the story has a twist...such as, Steam Punk. Then one could have the setting mostly on a Steam Powered Zeppelin, or something to that degree. It's believable, but also FANTASTIC! Most think a story, if fictional, doesn't have to be some-what believable. Not true. The story feels more real with SOME idea of cohesiveness within reality. But, this is really all you need to know about Character and Setting creations. Hell, if all else fails, draw a rough map out so you can keep your new creations locations in check during your story! I sometimes use this tip.


V. Perspective

This one is, more or less, personal choice. One could write their story from the characters perspective, or third person perspective. I.e: "Jack walked into the bar, he was feeling rather uneasy." This is explaining his situation and his feelings, but not from his perspective. It's from a totally different perspective. It gives the readers a glimpse into the characters mind. Where as, first person could do the same. But only if the character decides to divulge those pieces of information within his own dialogue. Or inner monologue. Either way, it's all on the reader to say and do what they please for the character based off the perspective.


VI. Conclusion

So, this is most of what you need to know to write a rather well thought out story. I know it doesn't COMPLETELY hold your hand through the tips. But, you have to remember, writing stories is an art form using words. Art requires YOUR unique, clever imagination. So, get into that creative mind set and let the creativity FLOW!


VII. Questions & Answers
Q: What do I do if I cannot find a muse, or any way to get into said mind set?

A: Don't force it! This is important, DO NOT FORCE CREATIVITY. Just because you want to write a story, doesn't mean you should rush it. VERY IMPORTANT rule. Never rush anything when it comes to this.


Q: What if none of my story makes sense, how can I fix it?

A: To be honest, the story is only messed up if it is unintelligible or literally makes no sense as far as theme/character/and setting. Give it some form of cohesiveness and you won't go wrong. If you have to, make a diagram to better help you construct the whole thing!


Q: What if I have a problem with spelling?

A: Dictionary/Thesaurus help, IMMENSELY! You will not only learn new words, but how to spell ones you have not used much.


Q: How long should the story be?

A: Well, that all depends on you. Do you want to write a novel? A Poem? A short story? Or a graphic novel (This is more or less using two forms of art. Writing and Drawing)? You debate the length of the story, and you dictate what and how it ends. It's YOUR STORY!



!END: Well! This has been my tips on writing. I hope you enjoy, I will add more if necessary. This guide is not meant to be a grade school diagram on how to write in general. This is merely on how to develop a story and asking questions with any issue you may have. Its a creative process guide. If you have any questions, post here or PM me. And, happy writing!
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Re: Tips For Writing Stories
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 06:14:19 PM »
Very good post, Jack.

One very important thing that I do whenever coming up with a lore behind something is try to imagine every little detail that I can. I visualize these things, And while I don't always give clear mention to these things, Them being there gives more depth to the story. Especially if someone asks you about something and you can immediately give a clear answer to them.



Another thing that could be touched on. While believability is important in a story, Things that don't make sense make great plot points and can be great for inspiration. Why are they like that? What is going on?

If you are focusing on something related to deterioration of the mind, That exact kind of thing makes it all the more enjoyable to read.



One other thing that I'd like to see touched on is the actual process of writing the story. Because that is honestly the most difficult part for me personally. I can make really intricate stories in my head, But I'm kinda meh at writing them out.

Despite the title, This guide only mentions the creative process and the creation of story. None of the actual writing.

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Re: Tips For Writing Stories
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2016, 06:27:08 PM »
Very good post, Jack.
Thank you, Dryym!
One very important thing that I do whenever coming up with a lore behind something is try to imagine every little detail that I can. I visualize these things, And while I don't always give clear mention to these things, Them being there gives more depth to the story. Especially if someone asks you about something and you can immediately give a clear answer to them.
Yes, it is important that the devil is in the details. However, like I once told you...Mystery also makes the prose that much more appealing. Mystery gives the reader license to use their imagination. :D



Another thing that could be touched on. While believability is important in a story, Things that don't make sense make great plot points and can be great for inspiration. Why are they like that? What is going on?
This is true. Explanation is key. However, some things (even when explained) still carry no real weight of believability. It can tread a fine line, most may not care for it. But if you are a detail hound, then you will need a concise lay out of these details. So yes, this is true. but most of the setting needs believable things to help center the story instead of making it TOO fantastic. In which case, I've noted losing readers due to such things. Although, it's all based on reader to reader personal opinions.   
If you are focusing on something related to deterioration of the mind, That exact kind of thing makes it all the more enjoyable to read.
Right, detail and explanation are quite important. This mostly just outlines how to get things started. As opposed to the finer details. I could, however, add that in. :)



One other thing that I'd like to see touched on is the actual process of writing the story. Because that is honestly the most difficult part for me personally. I can make really intricate stories in my head, But I'm kinda meh at writing them out.

Despite the title, This guide only mentions the creative process and the creation of story. None of the actual writing.
Well see, that's the hardest part. This is, more or less, a creative process guide. I suppose you could re-title it. Actually writing the story all depends on the type of story you write. Literally, the writing process is personal preference. For example, one could write five sentences and then skip a few lines and continue writing. Separation of paragraphs. BUT Others agree more sentences are needed, or less so for dialogue. I could provide example if need be. It really is a creative freedom. There is no wrong or right way to situate the writing. Honestly, some things can be TOO odd. But otherwise it's not hard to really invent your own style of writing it. Or use simple 5-6 sentence separation. But to touch on what you wrote, the process in itself is also personal preference. I just begin writing from inspiration in my head. I use me emotions to dictate the path of thew story. Others may use structured diagrams to plot their story and settings. Almost like a script. I've seen some folks write their story like a script to annotate the main points of the narrative. I mean, I could always add more to this, Dryym. ;) But I do thank you for the criticism and opinions here. They do help with my guide. 

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Re: Tips For Writing Stories
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 04:15:28 AM »
A very nice post, indeed ;)

I'm glimg to change the theme of my story from ancient greek, which i told you earlier, to zombies. Reason beimg is that this guide has kinda persuaded me to change :D also i have made zombie stories before, so.. :P

I hope to see more writers like you, now that there is an amazin guide out there, hopefully there will be more authors :)

Well done,

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Re: Tips For Writing Stories
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2016, 07:16:49 AM »
A very nice post, indeed ;)

I'm glimg to change the theme of my story from ancient greek, which i told you earlier, to zombies. Reason beimg is that this guide has kinda persuaded me to change :D also i have made zombie stories before, so.. :P

I hope to see more writers like you, now that there is an amazin guide out there, hopefully there will be more authors :)

Well done,

-2/10 :P jk :D

What about zombies in Ancient Greece?

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Re: Tips For Writing Stories
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2016, 10:08:56 AM »
A very nice post, indeed ;)

I'm glimg to change the theme of my story from ancient greek, which i told you earlier, to zombies. Reason beimg is that this guide has kinda persuaded me to change :D also i have made zombie stories before, so.. :P

I hope to see more writers like you, now that there is an amazin guide out there, hopefully there will be more authors :)

Well done,

-2/10 :P jk :D

What about zombies in Ancient Greece?

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Re: Tips For Writing Stories
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2016, 08:29:50 PM »
The guy has a certain flair for ideas. Way to go, Dryym. 8) But just so we're clear, this guide is not meant to be a grade school diagram on how to write in general. This is merely on how to develop a story and asking questions with any issue you may have. Its a creative process guide. /sage