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|My father was dying of cancer and he wasn't one for saying good bye, but we said good bye three times. I wrote this to help me. I haven't been reviewing my usual daily quota but I'll get back into it soon. |
|Thank you Anonymous for the gift points. And thank you Writing.Com for the |
|Happy 20th birthday, WDC!! |
|I've just edited an item in my portfolio: |
Times like this I wonder why
A poem is easier than a story.
Think and think, at least I try
To add to my repertory.
|I've just edited an item in my portfolio: Thanks to Blimpreaper for tips on how to improve it. |
|I've just edited an item in my portfolio: It's supposed to be a ghost story and I've improved it from Blimpreaper 's suggestions. Do you get the creeps? Maybe I still need to improve it. I'd like to hear from you. |
|Thanks WDC for the contests that give me ways to practice! And thanks for the great feedback! |
Stage 1) Learn to write stories.
Stage 2) Learn to develop characters.
Yay! I'm in stage 2! I feel like I graduated, this may seem silly to some people, but before I could only write poems, not stories.
Thank you all!
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We write to tell the stories that are within us.
|I think contest owners who say they'll give a merit badge for a large enough donation should do so. Twice now, I've donated and not received a badge. I don't know how to find my sent mail folder so I'm having a hard time following up. It shouldn't matter because I'm happy to support the competitions, but it does matter because I think "I only feel new because I recently returned, but what if I were really new? What impression would this give me?" |
|I am starting to succeed with my plan to have dice rolls beat the blank page until a story idea emerges from the prompts' constraints. However, it's not good enough yet and I have some clean up to do because it is scattered across different files. Feeling overwhelmed because I haven't broken it into bite size pieces yet. |
|My stories are flat. Yay, I'm writing stories now! This is great and worth celebrating, but I want to break through to the next level in story creation. So I'm making a to do list, and I'm wondering, do we really need to do all these steps before writing a good story? Doesn't it just come out? |
1. Choose a picture.
2. What's the message? It's directed at.... Where along the situation do you want to show it? When [INCITING INCIDENT] happens, [OUR PROTAGONIST] decides [TO DO ACTION] against [ANTAGONIST]. Write something that may change your life.
3. You want something so you go search, you find something (it's the theme), you take it, return home and all is lost, so you change. Look for what's possible. We see what characters do, not what they think. Character is revealed through action. Plot is character development. What am I questing after?
4. Choose a theme (love, war, revenge, betrayal, forgiveness, rich versus poor). Identify the story challenges and problems.
5. You wrote the premise (logline). Now write the designing principle.
Tootsie: A man needs a job so dresses as a woman. Principle: put a chauvinist man in a dress.
Harry Potter: Boy with great powers. Principle: Grows to maturity over 7 years (7 books).
6. Determine your most interesting character idea. Who do I love? Do I want to see him act? Do I love the way he thinks? Do I care about the challenges he has to overcome? What will I learn from exploring this theme?
7. What is the central conflict? Who fights whom over what? The story is what I did to get what I wanted and why.
8. What is the single cause-and-effect pathway?
9. How does the hero change?