YTcyberpunkFeatured By OwnerDec 28, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here's my advice: * Write first, edit later. Accept that your first draft WILL blow, and don't let that slow you down. Just write, and worry about making it look good later. * If you don't want to describe every detail that's fine, but give your reader SOMETHING to work with. Sometimes, a character's age or living situation is enough. If we know she's female and in high school, we can probably form an image of our own of what she looks like. But if you're writing a sci-fi story with a generic hero, and won't tell us anything about his appearance, age, or clothes, you're telling the readers, "I don't care about my protagonist, I just snatched a name from the air so I could have someone to carry the story." * Only fill your story with things that are either important to the plot, or entertaining. If you want to waste five paragraphs on a pointless but fun action sequence, that's fine. But don't waste five paragraphs describing the character's every-day lives, just so you can make your story longer.
brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm Practice writing drafts to see how it sounds when you write it out.
What I like most, are characters that are believable in the way you can relate to them. I like stories that are exciting, that don't give away everything or reveal all the answers so I can still use my imagination.
I'd say more but I'm fucking tired right now. Best of luck to you.
i always try to remember to keep it fresh but not too fresh. For instance, "his coat was blue". "his coat was as blue as his eyes that stared longingly into space." "His coat was the blue of a thousand moons." Option two would be the best choice because its somewhat relevant and also serves as a describing point for his eyes as well. This is just my opinion though. I hope i'm making sense
See, I’m inclined to think that those longer descriptions are just too flowery / over-the-top for a coat. If it’s just a coat, then you’d be better off keeping it simple and using the first description; only go for longer, more elaborate descriptions when you need something to stick in the readers mind.
Its been 5 minutes and i have at least comments critisizing my critisizm ah to be a writer. It's quite useful knowledge of course for my age range is not often taken seriously when it comes to these things. I believe you may be the first! You're right, that was a mistake on my part.
The man strode into the shop with even steps, cloathed ina a long coat that was blue. He was much like a cat in his movements, the shopkeeper thought. Whoever he was, the strange figure had a curious air about him that suggested there was something not right.
No, but if you over stuff your sentences with flowery language, then it drags the story to a crawl and half the time, the description has very little to do with what's going on. In your example, does the fact that the coat the same shade of blue as his eyes an important fact? Is the fact that the coat is blue the important part or the fact that his eyes are blue? And if it's the coat, then what does him staring out the window have to do with anything happening in that sentence? If you just through in random details without rhyme or reason, you'll confuse your character. Bring them up where relevant, but don't just stuff them into sentences because you can.
No worries. Just remember that when you're writing, you also have to think about the reader as well. They're going to be picking up details and things get very muddled very quickly if you're just throwing in things that aren't important to the characters or the plot. Yes, you can give trivial details, but do so sparingly as to not bog down the reader.
I agree 100% with `PinkyMcCoversong. Browsing around in the forum is a great place to start getting some tips. Even if you have nothing to say or contribute, reading the posts and people's responses can be rather insightful!
Because I've lurked every forum with a creative writing section.
Writers go by a life cycle of progression. We all go through the same rites of passages and learn the same things. The only difference is the order and the conclusions.
Just for clarification, there is a right way to write. A human being has a limited ability to fathom concepts and ideas, as such originality is a dead concept. You can indeed create samey crap (you have no choice) but it's the execution of the style and the timing your publishing and the reading of modern trends that makes you a good writer.
Not crap like originality and creativity, that shit is lies. Innovation and ingenuity should be the buzz words you should follow in life as well as art.
I think the OP was looking more for ideas for being a writer and tackling stories in general rather than what to write. Publishing trends would be more relevant to a post about publishing instead of tips for the everyday writer
Once you find the subject you want to write you have to study other books of the same genre. Thats what I do and it helps me a lot, figuring out the borders between all the genres and how far you can go
I wouldn't be unique/original -- there are a lot of siren and mermaid books out right now.
I think that the OP was looking for tips on craft and style, not so much market trends. Either way, this question has been asked a lot. I hope the OP looks thru the forum a bit -- there are lots of tips already here.