|These is an incredibly loose, basic diagram of what story arc looks like. |
I have amassed an entire collection of awesome articles about story structure here.
UndeadI opened my eyes to a beautiful face, but she wasn't smiling.Undead by illuminara
"Good morning, Sunshine," she said totally deadpan.
I grinned, but something about my face felt off. Literally. Reaching up, I felt what was left of my cheek. The sticky blood and protruding bone should've sent me into fits of nausea, but I felt nothing. I groaned. "I always knew I'd end up a zombie."
"Welcome to the club." She held out a hand to help me up. "It's not so bad. No, wait. It is."
On my feet, which thankfully weren't broken, I looked around. Nothing to see but small mountains of rubble and a smoky sky. "Where are we?"
"Oh, this? It's just a little simulation I like to call the apocalypses." She rolled her eyes and walked off, leaving me alone in the dim expanse of my afterlife.
I sighed. "Great, now I’m hungry."
Motivation for NovelistsMotivation for Novelists by illuminara
Motivating myself to write and keeping that motivation throughout a writing project is one of the biggest challenges I face as a writer. I get the impression a lot of other people struggle with it as well.
There are a lot of tools out there such as the Write or Die program and National Novel Writing Month designed to keep you motivated, but they're just gimmicks in my opinion. Writing takes a lot of time and effort, and we as humans need a very compelling reason to exert ourselves in such an extreme manner. A timer or deadline typically isn't good enough.
The only effective long-term motivator is a real, tangible reward. Finishing a novel is a great reward, but the gratification is too long coming to really work as motivation. So what reward system will actually keep you writing and rewriting until you can call your project officially finished?
Well, there's always chocolate. Aside from that, the only compelling reasons to keep writing are that you will literally go crazy if you don't
How to Start and Stay WritingHow to Start and Stay Writing by illuminara
I recently solicited my watchers to ask me writing questions that I would then attempt to answer in a writing guide such as this. This article is my first response, and there will be many more to come.
I've been asked to give advice on ways a writer can begin to put words on a page. The bottom line is as simple as this: sit your butt down and write.
Duh, right? It's the only way I know to actually write.
Sure, sitting your butt in a chair is easy, but getting your fingers to move and stay moving is a challenge. Here are three things that have helped me.
1) Have a goal.
Your goal can be as simple as "describe the person in this picture" or as ambitious as "write 1,000 words of my novel." Having a goal will drive you forward and motivate you to keep writing. Whatever you do, don't move your butt from your chair until you accomplish your goal.
Other practical goals include setting a timer, writing to the end of a chapter or scene, and completing a particular section of an outline or numbe
Elements of Story - UPDATEDElements of Story - UPDATED by illuminara
Updated Mar. 18th 2009
The following is a self-discovered list of elements contained in an excellent story:
An interesting and intriguing main character, an individual with a unique past that has made him who he is at the time of the story. Be sure to explain the important aspects of this backstory where appropriate.
This main character must have a story goal: a mission to accomplish, a mystery to solve, his past to reconcile, a villain to overthrow, a treasure to find, a person to save, etc.
Along with this goal, the character must have an all-consuming desire that drives him to accomplish what he sets out to achieve. Love, revenge, money, justice, purpose, an identity crisis, etc.
Fear. This is the person or thing that has the power to stop him from accomplishing his goal. A threat.
An enemy. If another person, this enemy must be smart, strong, and resourceful with a goal directly opposing that of your main character, and he must have an equally strong desire to ful
How to Write an Original StoryEvery great story is about the same thing: exploring and defining the limits of the human spirit. By that definition, one might think it impossible to write anything truly original, but how can you really define originality?How to Write an Original Story by illuminara
Is originality about changing the human condition? Or is that impossible? The human condition is a constant, so it's consistent in every story ever told. What changes is the lens through which we see the human condition.
Therefore, an original story can be defined as a story that uses a new perspective to commentate on the human condition.
To write an original story, you must first understand the human spiritwhat makes it soar and what makes it break. Once you do, you are then free to create characters and put them in a world and situation that will test the limits of their humanity.
That's the core of every brilliant story. Originality isn't about changing this; it's about showing it in new and creative ways. Don't try to tell a new story. Tell an old story
The Originality IllusionIt's come to my attention that, in the online amateur writing scene, no one seems to understand the proper role of characters in conjunction with plot.The Originality Illusion by illuminara
From what I have been able to observe, literally everyone tries to create characters outside of plot by outlining what they look like, what they eat for dinner, and what bands they absolutely abhor. That's the law on how it's done. The amount of "character survey sheets" containing a never-ending list of questions for prospective characters is ridiculous--and sad, because determining these things will in no way help you create a good character or, more importantly, a good story (which I define as an account of a character's actions within a given plot).
In reality, your character is not going to comb his hair, sit down to the dinner table, or workout in the gym with his iPod during the erupting mayhem of your story. If he does, it's because you've invested way too much time in randomly select
Welcome to the world of Print Design!In grade 10 I made the decision to become a designer, and set out to learn as much as I could. As you probably know, there are a number of different types of "designers", and I chose the path of becoming a print designer. Anything that you can hold in your hand that has been printed on paper, or is on a massive billboard somewhere, I create designs for.Welcome to the world of Print Design! by kaotickell
If Ive seen anything since choosing this career path, its the following two things:
1. The files I have supplied to ensure that they are "print-ready" by clients usually are not; and
2. deviantART doesnt really have anything covering what print-ready means.
So this article is hopefully going to help you learn what your printer wants most. Whether its a local business that prints flyers and business cards for their customers, or just your home printer that you plug into your computer, this guide will help you finish with the best result possible - having everything l
I like to consider myself a nerd with class--not because I'm classy but because I enjoy the classic things in life. I'm the kind of person who notices all the little specks of beauty and inspiration that tend to hide just out of sight everywhere we look. I'm passionate about living a life of creativity and enjoy writing, design, photography, and architecture to name a few of my favorites.|
I'm currently living in Ohio, and I work at a gun shop for my day job and train dogs as my side job. Not even kidding. I have an interesting life.
No need to think me; just hand over the llamas!