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PE: Story Planning Round-up

Mon Jun 17, 2013, 2:29 PM


Greetings all!

WHAT AN AWESOME WEEK!


So last week we had a fantastic event based on Story Planning; a week that was slightly relaxed for a PE week, but full of good advice. These articles haven't just been written for the sake of filling a week, we genuinely hope there is something in them that is useful to you as a writer, to help you with your journey. There's a flash fiction month around the corner, as well as a camp NaNoWriMo and then a full NaNoWrimo in November. There are the times to get planning- don't leave it too close to the deadline!

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Article round-up


Here is a list of all the articles we posted in the past week! Please favourite, share the love, comment and express gratitude- especially to our article writers who took the personal time to write these articles and share a little of their own writing experience. We couldn't have done this week without them!

:bulletblue: Short Vs Long Contest by neurotype THERE IS LOTS OF TIME TO ENTER THIS STILL!


How did you find this week?


Obviously, we couldn't squeeze everything into one week, but we like to think the things we did feature were of use! 

- What articles stood out/spoke to you?
- Is there anything specific that was new to you that you are going to try with your current/next story?
- Is there other methods/ areas you would like to have seen articles on? (we may be able to direct you to existing ones!)
- We are likely to do another PE week or two this year in literature (This is our second after Poetry Forms week back in March)- what would you like to see a week on?
- Is there anything else you would like to share?


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:iconnightmaresdreaming:
NightmaresDreaming Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much.

I'm am a truly thankful.
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KyteGlory Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Why didn't I see this before?
I hate myself for not seeing this before.
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013   Writer
If you don't watch me, or #CRLiterature that's probably why :D
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that picture XD
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey guys, I found I was just struggling on this.

I had this idea that I'll admit is strongly fanfiction that I wanted to try and turn into an original fantasy series. But when I think of constructing my fantasy world, I feel ultimately trapped by the fact that I feel I'm copying too much from fantasy that I'm a fan of. At the moment my world feels like a rip off between Charmed, Harry Potter and Avatar the Last Airbender as influences.

I know that there is no such thing as originality. At the same time I'm really stuck on how to create my magical universe beyond those three influences...
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I had a similar issue, but there are a few things that helped me out. First of all, are you creating an entire world of your own? Or are you writing fantasy based on our dear old Earth? If you're creating your own, I suggest spending some time drawing out a map of it. Sounds silly or difficult, but hear me out.

 

Starting out, I tried writing my own fantasy that may as well have been Tolkien fanfic with OCs. Finally after a couple of years of failure (I was very stubborn about it), I stopped writing for about a week and took a blank piece of paper and began drawing a map. I took my time on it, looked at pictures of the earth and of fictional maps to get a little inspiration for my work and slowly a whole world unfolded beneath my pen. After that, I began to populate it with races and people and then worked on finding a story to fit the world.

 

It's a long process, and it can feel tedious, but it helped me in that I was creating a story to fit a world rather than simply trying to imitate other things I liked.

 

Also, try researching some of the civilizations you like or want to model some of your own civilizations on. Look up their mythologies and artwork, histories and origins. Not only will you learn some fascinating pieces of history, but it can help provide a base for the ones you are trying to create yourself.

 

I hope some of this might help!

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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as I know about my own universe it's based on Earth but maybe in the not too distant future. Maybe a map would help but I was thinking of basing it in a location that already exists - although I'll admit I'd have to travel there for a bit first. Travelling is on my agenda of things to do. But perhaps a map would help too. But the map idea sounds really good.

I'm currently reading a book on mythology so hopefully that will help. I'll get on to more aspects of research. Thank you for the tips!
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Even you don't draw a map, you can look at some from that area to get ideas. Travel is good, too.

Sounds like you're off to a great start. Look for an encyclopedia of magical creatures. I had one that contained creatures from all kinds of time periods and mythologies, Norse, Greek, Roman, Native American, Hindu, Chinese, you name it. It was invaluabe to some of my own fantasy works.

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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds awesome! Will get to more reading :)
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Good luck!
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't find many of these PE weeks useful, but this has been one of the most helpful ones :nod:
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inknalcohol Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013   Writer
:blush:

Glad we were able to help!
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OtterAndTerrier Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved story planning week!! I haven't had time to check some of the articles yet, so I haven't deleted them from my inbox, but it was helpful and I really appreciate you guys making a PE week about it! Kudos to all the contributors!
All the articles were really inspiring, as I love writing but I'm still kind of frightened to go beyond fanfiction. This was definitely a big prompt.
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Bansini Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where can I get more information about Flash Fiction month and Camp NaNoWriMo?
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
~Flash-Fic-Month . Expect some news from that account very shortly.
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Bansini Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SO EXCITED
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Bansini Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too!
Its my first time trying out. I am not too good at writing, but I am looking forward to the challenge! :dance:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:eager:
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EmmyIsAZebra Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
LOVE
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inknalcohol Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Writer
No YOU!

:love:
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EmmyIsAZebra Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:aww: :huggle:
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Writer
I thought *ShadowedAcolyte's The Name Game stood out as being a really useful article. There were some really great tips in there (and I liked that it covered naming places as well as people), but also, right off the bat, it points out that names aren't set in stone and they're really nothing to fret over. Seeing those "Name My Character Please!" posts crop up in the forum, I get the impression that some people worry about that way too much, to the point of never getting on with the rest of the story.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, we can just link that now! :eager:
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Awww thanks.
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Writer
I really thought that one was so enlightening!
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inknalcohol Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Writer
I loved that article too. There's just SO MUCH awesome information in there.
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FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All of these were helpful but especially `GrimFace242's and `PinkyMcCoversong's because I used them right away and got a few ideas.
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inknalcohol Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Writer
:dance:

Happy to be of service!
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FreakieGeekie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Thanks again. I've just got to round up my ideas and put them in some sort of semi-logical order.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Grim's article really stood out to me, mainly because it made me wonder if investing in certain stocks would be a smart idea. ;P All of the articles were good though.

As far as new things...maybe index cards, if I decide to do NaNo in November while doing all my classes. Except I will probaby lose real ones (do they make virtual ones?)

I want something on prose, if possible. I know that's a relatively broad category though - perhaps something to do with genres or word lengths? :shrug: I'm brain dead at the moment for ideas.
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:iconbeccajs:
BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Writer
There is after all, an ap for everything!
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:iconladybrookecelebwen:
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is! It's just a matter of finding it sometimes. :D
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Scrivener also has a feature that works like this. :nod:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll check it out (though Scrivener is somewhat...not confusing. I just don't like it. Then again, if it wasn't for the fact that typing is much easier on my hands than handwriting, I'd still be using paper and pen.)
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not a huge fan of it either tbh, but it has some really useful features :B
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:iconladybrookecelebwen:
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It does have some useful features. My default is still just plain Word, though. :lol:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Word 2007+ :nod:
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:iconladybrookecelebwen:
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have 2010. :D It's nice to just write without bells and whistles...
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Also track changes is my friend :P
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inknalcohol Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Writer
Don't forget paper. Not just binder stocks, but paper too! :la:

I remember back in the days of Windows 3.11 there was a cardfile program. But I'm sure you could probably set up the same with a database in google docs.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:la: I won't! And then I will be slightly richer. :lol:

Probably - I just have to figure out how to work that. Google docs and I have lots of fights, typically over its refusal to open a document. :lol:
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DamonWakes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Writer
^^; When I was planning the record card article, ^neurotype recommended suggesting virtual alternatives to physical cards. Like a boss, I didn't use the idea because the article was already getting a little long and that would have opened a whole new can of worms.

There is at least one virtual alternative I know of, though: Twine. It's intended for writing interactive fiction (like those Choose Your Own Adventure books), but you're effectively working with virtual record cards on an infinite patch of floor.

Alternatively, a nice strong bulldog clip would do wonders for keeping all your cards together.
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Writer
You could create some crazy art installation with a good story, record cards and twine!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No sweat! I understand why it wasn't included. I've dropped things from articles before for tha treason.

Thanks for the suggestion! I wil look into it.

Lol, I'd be scared of losing all of them. I'm redoing my room at the moment (which is scary) and things are all over the place.
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Writer
When is flash fiction month? I think I'd actually like to try it this year.
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Watch ~Flash-Fic-Month for more going forward.
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