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Author Topic: Tips for making the best Forum stories  (Read 2475 times)

« on: May 18, 2006, 08:59:58 AM »
All you elite story writers out there can post tips on how to make good forum storys/games.
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2006, 12:57:52 PM »
I would re-write, re-write and re-write because you have to choice to what those words are gonna be so take advantage of that! Overall don't rush!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2006, 01:22:30 PM »
Ah, might as well.

1. Keep your story descriptive, you don't need one that leaves out to many details, or the story looks boring plus with details the readers can feel like their in the story, and be sure the readers actually know what's going on.
2. Introduce things correctly, be sure the readers know what they need to know about all the objects in the story unless you want to insert a plot-twist.
3. Don't make short stories, just because the readers appreciate what you've written the first time doesn't mean that that's all they want.
4. Keep trying, just because you might have failed, or someone thinks you should stop doesn't mean you can't try again and move on, or tweak the first part.
5. Don't be discouraged if someone tries competing with you, because even if yours doesn't turn out as good, the readers would still be able to read both, and enjoy them.

That's all I can contribute right now.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2006, 03:53:22 PM »
Also, if you have an idea, make sure to use it to it's full potential. Plan out the story first, whether it be in your head or in words. Also, if you're dreading coming back to write a story, then you're not having fun, and that's usually the point of a story.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2006, 05:35:50 PM »
These are all very helpful tips they will help many members write good stories
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2006, 05:43:45 PM »
Don't be afraid to create your own characters.  Fanfics are great, but so dang boring if the cast isn't colorful.  Be very descriptive...

...and actually writing it helps too.... -_-'
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2006, 09:00:13 PM »
Cool!  I love to write stories and also give advice so this should be fun.  (I've only finished writing one of 3 stories, which was pretty short.  The first one I began I quit because I got a big writer's block and lost interest.  There's one I'm doing right now that I hope to publish if possible.  I may continue the first story sometime and try to publish that too.)

1. Think things all the way through before you run into a terrible writer's block that forces you to make annoying changes.
2. Be careful how you set things up so you can make things more mysterious if that's a goal.
3. Don't be too serious but don't be too funny either.  Have more range of emotions if you want a really great story (but The Blue Toad's "The Mushroom Ball" was very funny and still a great story)
4. Decide what your story will be like to decide how you'll write it.  If you want it to be somewhat accurate to the games, try to make the story feel like the game by having some certain elements of the games.  If you have a romance story, scary story, etc, then prepare your writing style to acheive that.
5. Prepare to be disappointed because there's a chance that few if any people will read the whole story or any of it (especially the really long ones).  I started to read a great story from Jman, I think, about Tatanga attacking the Marios and Warios to steal their blood, but I stopped reading it because it was so long. (And I'm too busy now anyway, sorry.)  But remember that there are other websites you could give it to.
6. Try not to offend people with things that you think might be a little too much for some people (and that could get you booted).
7. Keep practicing your descriptions of scenery, feelings, thoughts, words, etc. to really make a good story.
8. Read lots of other stories from good authors.  Pay attention to plot elements and how the author does things.
9. Don't write something like The Prophecy where you don't finish it for an eternity.  I almost guarantee you WILL regret it for a long time!
10. Help Yoshisaurus Rex out by answering his question in "Publishing Perplexion: Need help!"  He will then give you a Yoshi cookie.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2006, 09:07:35 PM »
9. -_-'  Hey, it's finished, man! It's just a crude rough draft, though. >_> <_< (Yeah, I know, it's been three years since I updated it. >_<; )

The thing that I've learned [is that in order] to make a more complex plot that's not too confusing is to have about 5 or 6 main characters max to focus on from their point of view. Also incorporate a bunch of minor characters that are vital to the story and are occasionally featured (and kind of link the different plots together.)
I find it better than just focusing on one protagonist--it adds more depth. And if there are too many main characters (like 25), then everyone will get really lost. (Also, when switching between one's point of view, separate it somehow (i.e: --------).

Part of the key is plot twists, suspense, and leaving you hanging (even though it IS cruel. heheh).
^ The above is something I've learned from personal experience from reading and writing. It's also my personal opinion/preference/interest/perspective, so others may feel differently.
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2006, 05:42:51 PM »
3. Don't be too serious but don't be too funny either.  Have more range of emotions if you want a really great story (but The Blue Toad's "The Mushroom Ball" was very funny and still a great story)

Hey, thanks!  ^_^
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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2006, 06:23:40 PM »
Yikes. I have alot of advice, but here's the most important one. Just be you! Write how you wanna write! If you don't like it, go back and do it again.
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