Any tips on writing a story?

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  1. sjdestiny
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    Hey gba Tempers! I'm back after a short interruption due to school. So anyways, I joined the school paper today and discovered that the literary editor position is open. (I love that pos) So anyway, I've got some competition I've got to beat before I am able to attain my cherished goal.

    I asked one of my classmates how she writes and she replied that I was like Nora Roberts and she's like Jk Rowling. That a good thing? Another comparison she said is "You are like the Trojan without the trojan horse against the Spartans." -Aint this wrong?

    So anyways, I gotta write a story to impress, but I can only write poems and the stories I write turn to be like stretched out narrative poems. So any tips you guys may grace me with? I know there's some good fanfic writers among you. [​IMG]
     
  2. mcp2

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    You are like the Trojan without the trojan horse against the Spartans

    But that I think she meant you were not being sneaky enough when trying to pry out some of her most valuable writing information.
     
  3. Tdon

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    She's evil [​IMG]
     
  4. 4saken

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    Avoid cliched storylines/endings. Kick that persons ass!
     
  5. Veho

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    Well, if it hadn't have been for the Trojan horse, the Trojans would have won. On the other hand, the Spartans were brutally slaughtered. Meaning, that comparison means you're a winning side faced with an opponent doomed to be trampled (eventually), you only have to look out for underhanded trickery the other side may employ (like the horse) and you're sure to win.

    When you put it this way, it doesn't sound so bad [​IMG]

    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  6. sjdestiny
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    Oh so that's what it means. Thanks guys. [​IMG]
     
  7. spokenrope

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    I haven't read a Nora Roberts book before, but since JK Rowling can't write for shit, I'd have to assume that she's paying you a compliment.
     
  8. ZAFDeltaForce

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    I've got some advice.
    1) When writing a story, make sure the idea/plot/storyline is completely different. Make sure it is an idea that has never been heard/read/thought of before. And here's a tip: Any idea that took you 10 minutes to think about is definitely an idea that has been used before.
    2) The strength of your language must be comprehensible to goober-heads and ding dongs, but also reach the expectation of the advanced levels.
    3) Remember: Long stories are not necessarily interesting. In fact, long stories turn people off. Imagine, you open the school paper seeing an article thats 2 pages long. You'll definitely turn the page. Write an article that is just right, for the fussy and the patient alike.
    4) Make sure your article has a catchy, interesting and appealing title/headline. It really helps a lot.
    5) Last but not least, have a very interesting/sophisticated and deep conclusion/ending that will set people thinking. But not too deep, or they'll get mad. Don't forget: never end a story with cliche ideas, for instance "Oh! It was all a dream!". That gives you powerful negative scores.

    Hope I helped [​IMG]
     
  9. Veho

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    No, I don't think it is. I believe she was trying to insult you and tell you that you don't stand a chance, but she got her comparisons mixed up. Hah. So much for her competence as a writer [​IMG]


    EDIT: And Nora Roberts is a paperback romance novels writer. Literary trash. The equivalent of R. A. Salvatore in romance novels. Meaning, brainless, cookie-cutter crap produced at a speed of one novel a week. And I'll assume your classmate thinks J. K. Rowling is a good author, so she compared herself to a "good" author, while you are a "crap" author.

    Yup. Your classmate is a bitch. Well, bitch wannabe. [​IMG]
     
  10. theorgan

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    go read some bukowski
     
  11. phoood

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    My tip, move your story at a steady pace. I suck at writing and it seems I can ever move my ideas to the next without making it seem like a big jump from idea to idea. Practice this idea with short stories.
     
  12. spokenrope

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    Wow. Romance novels? My girlfriend's mom keeps giving her Nora Robers books to read. I never would have through they were romance novels... hmm..

    So yeah. It appears that your friend thinks JK Rowling is a talented writer for some reason, and that makes her an idiot. It'd be like calling Dan Brown talented. So, yeah, I don't really think you should listen to her. [​IMG]
     
  13. cruddybuddy

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    Tell her that her "stories" make about as much sense as something by Jack Handy.
     
  14. rest0re

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    you need to
    a) write all the time
    b) live life of author .. write from own experiences
     
  15. OSW

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    Now we know that they are both crap, and that she was insulting you!

    So put that bitch back where she belongs (as your slave) !!! [​IMG]
     
  16. Opium

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    My writing tips:

    Tip 1: It's all been done before ("omg so he's that guy's alter-ego?") so just get on with it.

    Tip 2: Silence the little voice in your head that tells you what you're writing is crap. Put pen to paper and just write, even if it is crap. Once you're in edit mode then you can bring that voice back.

    Tip 3: Never start at the beginning. The first sentence of the story needs to be bloody amazing so it's often too difficult to write when you haven't even got anything else down yet.

    Good luck!
     
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    think for yourself, question authority