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Do you current have writer's block? Maybe this will help: 

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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.

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I was going through some of my old tumblr posts today and came across a bunch of fantastic storytelling tips from a screenwriting blog. It's no longer active, sadly, but the advice is spot-on for all types of storytelling. Here are some of my favorite tips:

Tip #957
Know what moves you. Then step back from it, analyze it, and learn how to recreate it.

Tip #1008
It doesn’t matter how crazy an idea is. If it makes you more excited about the work, it’s a good idea.

Tip #1017
Before anything else, find the emotion in your concepts. Every good story idea will suggest one or two strong, emotional relationships. Identifying them should be your first task when breaking (plotting) a new idea.

Tip #1003
When you get right down to it, all you really need for a story is two people and an argument.

Tip #1187
A great idea is nothing without great characters.

Tip #1096
Know what your protagonist wants, know why she wants it, and know why the thing she wants isn’t the same as the thing she needs. If you know those three things, the rest of your protagonist’s characterization will fall into place.

Tip #970
At the simplest level, antagonists are just characters who force your protagonist to make choices. If your antagonists aren’t doing that, they aren’t doing their job.

Tip #1180
You’re the one in control, not your characters. If they start “doing something you didn’t plan,” make them stop. Inspiration is great but not if it wrecks your carefully crafted structure.

Tip #998
Your scenes can always be shorter. In late, out early. Less linking and explanation, more forging ahead and letting the action tell the story.

Tip #1192
Action isn’t something you have to get through to get to the character-building scenes. Action is character.

Tip #942
Consider the reader’s emotional state and frame of mind as you write. Then try to change it slightly in every scene.

Tip #1186
If you don’t know how your story ends, that’s a good sign that you haven’t figured out the real theme yet.

Tip #1112
Write the ending that makes the most emotional sense for your protagonist.

What do you think? Do you feel like any of these apply particularly well to your current writing situation? (#1017 really speaks to me right now.) What's some of the best writing/storytelling advice you've heard recently?

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Vhetin1138 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Writer
Thanks for the fave. I appreciate it. :thumbsup:
illuminara Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :aww:
AriTheNorseman Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thank you for the llama! I've admired your writing guides since I started on dA =)
illuminara Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Aww thanks! And you're very welcome for the llama!
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