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7 Guidelines to Carefully Craft Story Paragraphs7 Guidelines to Carefully Craft Every Paragraph in your Story – With Reference Links
One of the most unexpectedly difficult tasks in writing is learning how to craft paragraphs. It's simply not a skill that we learn in most schools, and mostly relies on our reading and slowly learning the skill from those authors who have mastered it. However, from what limited resources exist on the internet, we can build a checklist to make sure that all of our paragraphs have a solid foundation, as we learn the craft.
Guideline 1: The first paragraph of your chapter must reveal POV, location, setting, and time of day.
The first thing that we need to know at the opening of every chapter is the sensory information of the POV (point of view) character. We can achieve this by starting with the POV character's name (if there are multiple) and then what he/she immediately sees, feels, tastes, smells—and how the scene is lit (time of day). In fact, this is all best done as the very first line i
PE:How To Achieve Smooth and Clean LinesDigital Art
Since it's something many people struggle with while working digitally, today I will be discussing how you can achieve smooth and clean lines using digital mediums.
SAI Stabilizer Tool
Paint Tool SAI offers my favorite method of creating smooth lines with its easy to use Stabilizer tool that works with absolute ease and no need for complicated setting adjustments. It doesn't matter how shaky your hands might be, the stabilizer tool will still be capable of creating beautifully smooth lines for you.
As you can see, the stabilizer tool is easily accessed, and you can quickly and easily adjust the level of stabilization you desire. The lower the number selected, the least amount of stabilization is utilized, the higher the more. I generally leave the stabilizer tool set to the highest setting (as seen above), though I've found that sometimes if you're working with smaller brush sizes reducing the stabilizer
7 Steps for Creating Your Story's Narrator7 Steps for Choosing Your Story's Narrator
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 8 “The Narrator”
With Links to Supplementary Material
All stories are told by a character in your story—whether you know it or not. Now, it could be that your story is told through the eyes of some sort of god or spirit or unknown invisible force, but there is some sort of being that must be present in order to know and tell of the events that transpired. Today, I'm going to talk about choosing the right narrator for your story, writing style, and genre. Please note that these are not the standard distinctions that you will learn in school, but a far more complex and elemental series of distinctions that I have discerned as a student of writing.
Step 1: Choose what Point of View you wish to write in
There are three
9 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Antihero9 Qualities Readers Want in Your Story's Antihero
One of the most trending archetypes in modern literature and movies is the antihero. As such, it is also one of the most abused, used often to gain an automatic audience following, or to add sex appeal to a product. Alternatively, I see many beginning writers use the term “antihero” do describe a gritty, dark, or moody hero. All that being said—when created correctly, the antihero story is one of the best types available; which leaves only the matter of knowing the qualities which make a character into an antihero.
Quality 1: The Antihero has deep-rooted instincts to bring about both good and evil.
This is the primary difference that sets the antihero apart from heroes and villains. The antihero should never be just a moody hero that likes to dress in black clothing. Antiheroes are dynamic because they actually have the deep urge inside of them to do evil things, as well as good things. And a very good antihero should
7 Suggestions for Crafting your Story's Monster7 Suggestions for Crafting your Story's Monster
Recently, I wrote an article about creating a story villain/antagonist, and focused a lot on how this was different from creating a “monster.” Today, I'm going to talk about monsters, how to create them, and how to use them efficiently. Please note that I am not talking about monsters as a designation of species (like Monsters Inc), but as a literary device.
Suggestion 1: Know how a monster differs from a beast or a villain.
Monsters have their own place in the fiction genre—completely separate from such antagonist forces as “villains” or “beasts”. Unlike a villain, a monster has no shred of humanity in it—even if it once was a human (like Freddy Kreuger). And unlike a beast, a monster is not part of the healthy ecosystem of your world. It is not part of the “circle of life” (even the more predatory parts), but a force of destruction.
Suggestion 2: Your monster should be more pow
6 Ways to Add Mystery to your Story6 Ways to Add Genuine Mystery to your Story – With Reference Material for the Rules of Mystery
One of the most common and most annoying things that I come across, when editing manuscripts, is when there is a vague mention of the protagonist's back-story or mission. I ask the writer why they don't clarify, and they tell me that they wanted to leave a mystery for the audience. This is not mystery, that is leaving the audience in the dark. Today, I want to talk about the difference between this cheap ploy, and creating genuine mystery in your story. But before we begin, let me share the first rule of creating mystery:
The first rule of mystery is that your audience should be able to see everything and have access to ALL of the same information as your POV (point-of-view) character. (AKA the Scooby-Doo Principal)
Method 1: Show mystery by revealing everything, not by concealing it.
The first way that mystery is created is by allowing the POV character to see something that does not f
6 Suggestions for Overcoming Writer's Block6 Suggestions for Overcoming Writer's Block or Lack of Inspiration
A writer writes, always. But sometimes there is simply no motivation—our muse simply does not motivate us like it normally does, and we have to think of ways to cope with the situation so that our writing does not depend on fleeting emotions or feelings. Here are my top suggestions for overcoming “writer's block” and for continuing writing no matter what.
Suggestion 1: Remind yourself that writer's block does not exist.
Except for as an excuse not to write, writer's block does not exist. No matter how uninspired you feel, you can always put words on the page. And since writing a story is mostly in the later drafts anyways, you can always just write your way through a boring part and make it inspired later in the process. Just get words on the page, and move the story forward.
Suggestion 2: Write something else.
If the lack of inspiration is so bad as to be unbearable (as mine is right now, I've gotten
3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete BS3 Tips on Writing a Novel that aren't Complete Bullshit
Today, I spent a good many hours scouring the internet for tips on improving my writing. You know, useful and practical suggestions for someone who has actually written a bit and wants hints on some of the finer points of writing—you know, as opposed to just wanting to learn how to get publishers interested in the latest Hunger Games or Twilight knock-off. Well, other than the two masters of storytelling—Stan Lee and Stephen King—I found nothing. I thought to myself, “Blake, even you could offer better writing advice than this!” And so I have. Here are three non-subjective tips for the beginning writer.
Tip 1: Pay attention to “Point of View” (POV)
The first mistake I made in writing my novel, and one that I have seen in every single beginning writer's work that I have edited since, is that I did not really pay attention to POV and narration. When telling a story, it is important to rememb
3 Reasons To Use World Creation Sheets + Links3 Reasons To Use World Creation Sheets Before Writing Your Novel
PLUS: links to the best world creation sheets
So I was never really interested in creating a perfect universe—and neither will or should many writers. However, in my time editing my first work, I found that there were many contradictions and things that simply could not work when I had friends test-read my material. For that reason, I had to re-create and define my universe from scratch, and then force my story to conform to these standards, or create reasonable explanations for why they did not. The results were incredible, and raised the level of my writing significantly—driving me to show you the benefits of using a world creation sheet.
Reason 1: A World Creation Sheet will reveal the cosmic order that governs your universe.
When I addressed the questions of a World Creation Sheet, the natural consequences of actions (the results of the ideas of a sort of karmic force or cosmic justice or complete cosmic a
5 Tips for Revolutionary Writers5 Tips for Revolutionary Writers
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 9 “Types of Writers” – Section 7 “Career Writers”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Each of us has revolutionary ideals within us—we believe in certain morals, values, causes, and beliefs that we would like to see in the world. And these ideals that we have will affect everything from which characters of which ideals play the antagonistic or protagonist role, to the natural consequences of actions. Not to say that we are all trying to topple a class-based system of oppression; but something as simple as illustrating that being nice to others is a good thing is a message and a call for revolution in itself. Today, I'm going to talk about how to empower this tendency in writers, while directing the tendency to support the overarching story, without