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Dr-Mayhem111

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Dr-Mayhem111

I'm having a bit of trouble writing my stories. I have so many ideas but when I start working on them I get writers block. I've forgotten how to begin a story in a good way to grab attention and I want to make different stories but all I can think of is GTA fan fics. Anybody have any advice?

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waxman.

Sit down, get a pen and paper and start writing what comes to mind. It doesn't really matter how good it is, or how good it sounds because it can be improved. All you need a a protagonist, a location and a situation and you can start writing. My first story in Writers Discussion was a GTA Fanfic, and it was horrid after going over it and reading it again. Like you, I didn't want to write fanfics anymore.

 

I usually get my ideas in the shower, for some reason; I don't know. The idea of the story was based around a new world war that was going out, (between the governments); i.e, like the cold war. I wanted it to be based on an interesting character, so I picked a British immigrint who was making his way into enemey lines with his brother; i.e America. From there, I already had two characters, a story and all I needed was a location. I didn't want to go for the cliche' L.A, N.Y or F.L, so I decided to base the story in Salt Lake City.

 

After writing giberish, and tried to make some sense out the story, it was slowly coming together. I got into more detail with the time periods and developed the characters more and more. I didn't want it set in modern day, so I set it in the year of 1991. I haven't continued with it for a while, as I'm not posting it on the forums anymore... however, I'm continuing with it.

 

 

Here is how you can make up a new story.

 

 

Protagonist: John Manox (brown hair, dark skinned, 15 years old; anti-social with brain tumours)

 

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Situation: John is slowly dying from his brain tumours, however he has to strive to bring true democracy to South Africa, just as his father told him many years ago. The only way to bring food to his family, is to do labour work. He is caught up in gunfire while visiting his friend 'Travis' and is taken hostage by 'the bandits' (a group fighting against the government).

 

He eventually escapes, with an important clue that could stop all this on-going fighting. In his later years, he starts working for the South African government and brings in new laws to stop the fighting. He becomes so powerful, that he uses his power badly - ending up being kidnapped by the U.S government and flown hostage to America. There, he is being sent to a secret prison cell through a large mountain range. The whole world goes into chaos as the loss of his leader. While on his way to the prison, he is taken there via a train. The train crashes and he escapes the wreak. Seacrh and resue say that all prissoners died on the train. Although he escapes, in a strange new world. Finding out what happened, as he runs from the law. Running from his own laws...

 

That's an example above. I just wrote that down in less then five minutes. Now you could expand on it, or remove some of it and then add some of it. Anything can become interesting if you make it interesting. icon14.gif

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AceRay

The best advice I can give you is this: PLAN, PLAN AND PLAN HARDER. Make sure you have a good idea of what's the overarching plot and what's going to happen, because nothing sucks more than being five chapters into a story and having no f*cking clue what to do next. Get a notepad and decide what's going to happen in the story.

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Ronmar The Only

As previous said, planning will help tremendously. I would suggest you read Blake Synder's Save the Cat. While the book is focused more on scripts, it truly is a book about how to tell and structure a good story. There are several books in that series, but the first is the best (sadly, Blake Synder died several years ago now so there will not be anymore).

 

Personally, besides following Blake's advice, I generally write out the dialoge for a story or scene before writing the actual narrative. Find it a bit simpler to focus on one thing at a time.

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waxman.

 

because nothing sucks more than being five chapters into a story and having no f*cking clue what to do next.

 

Yes. I have had this problem. icon14.gif

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Dr-Mayhem111

Thanks for the advice guys, I really appreciate it.

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because nothing sucks more than being five chapters into a story and having no f*cking clue what to do next.

 

Yes. I have had this problem. icon14.gif

So? biggrin.gif

 

Unless you're writing the piece for a deadline... just drop it. It'll stay in your brain and things will stick to it.

 

AceRay's comment about planning is also very important, often it's easier to write a story as bones before you create the flesh.

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