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« on: February 16, 2007, 08:32:15 PM »
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the title says some of it that shall be in mine post.

easy tips for starting a story can be posted by a kind individuel (= poster of the arpia forum Wink ), so ... :D
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007, 07:04:24 AM »
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Best advice I have is to make a believable character. Well, make a few. Once you have characters that actually have some sort of life, something is bound to happen, and the only thing stopping that something from happening is a lack of will on the author's part.
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2007, 10:54:29 AM »
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Grin (but THANKS! :P )
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007, 02:38:47 PM »
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Once you've got the character, try to have the outline of a plot. Think of the story's structure, and write it down. See what you ultimately want to happen, in general. Details come later, except if you already have a particular scene that works in your head.

For example, say you have two main characters, Jack and Jill.
This is the main plot: Jack and Jill go up the hill, and bad things happen, so they go back home.

Let's add some detail: why do they go up the hill? To fetch a pail of water.
What bad things happen? Jack falls down and breaks his crown, and Jill comes tumbling after.

Now, this isn't enough.
What happens after the bad things?
Jack and Jill go home, but not both at the same time. Jack runs home first, and then tries to create a plaster for his wound.
Then Jill comes home.

What next?
Jill makes fun of Jack's plaster. Good or bad thing? Let's make someone else intervene: "Mum". Mum is annoyed by the fact that Jack is hurt, and annoyed because Jill is making fun of him. So she gets angry, and punishes Jill.
This causes a twist: now, it's Jack who is making fun of Jill (who is crying).

And then we have an ending, a happy one: they both are better, and go off to play somewhere else.

And this gives you the following:

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Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.

Up got Jack, and home did trot
As fast as he could caper
He went to bed and bound his head
With vinegar and brown paper

When Jill came in how she did grin
To see Jack's paper plaster;
Mother vexed, did whip her next,
For causing Jack's disaster.

Now Jack did laugh and Jill did cry
But her tears did soon abate;
Then Jill did say that they should play
At see-saw across the gate.


As you can see, you never start with the ending. The ending comes naturally once you've got the beginning and part of the rest in place.
So focus on the beginning, and then let your imagination bring you the missing pieces, i.e. the "action" and the "final situation".


Now, did that help?
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2007, 06:07:22 PM »
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Well, one of the things that I learned from my Fiction Writing class is that once you have a character, something is bound to happen. Therefore, you should never have an outline of what you want to happen in the plot, because if your character doesn't want that something to happen, then you'll have to make him/her act weird or use plot devices to make that something happen.

Although thinking of some conflict to get things started is helpful. Other than that, I agree with Pace.
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2007, 09:44:00 AM »
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yeah, (a bit Grin

vocabulary :

what kind of vocabulary should I use?

Oh, and the story is the genre fantasy
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2007, 11:53:24 AM »
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Try to use a bit of both. Too simple, and the same words come back all the time. Too technical, it's both boring and unrealistic.
Try to always use the right word, but make it such that the reader will understand.

If you create a word, it also has to be understandable, so it has to evoke an image (this is harder, because making a clear and understandable yet precise word is hard. "cleanatron" icon_arrow the reader will know it has something to do with cleaning, but not anything else? "currence", used all alone, makes no sense, but if you put the word "ambulance" next to it, people with any knowledge of Latin (or Roman languages, if they are smart enough to go beyond the strict sense of the words) will make the link, and they'll say it makes sense).

Basically, when it comes to vocabulary, choosing the right term is hard sometimes, but it has to flow with the rest of the text. Putting "metaphysiological model" in a sentence will ruin it, whereas saying "a theory based on the functions and behaviour of a living organism" will probably go with it.
So use all the vocabulary you know, but make it fit.

Also, on the note of vocabulary, expressions need to be adapted. For example, you can't make a person in a world without cows say "Holy cow!". You can't either have "what on Earth?" when there is no planet Earth (and in the Arpia novels + ARPIA2, I use "what in the universe?" to show that Earth is no longer the reference).
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2007, 11:55:01 AM »
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Thank you!

for now , i have no more questions but watch out!

i might have yet another one!
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