Hello! Déjà-vu thread isn't it?
Well I'm so original and decided to copypasta the hella that thread and revive it here and there, in this new Forum section.
This is a thread for you people who consider themselves "writers", or who like writing stories / scripts / scenarios in order to share them on the internet or in real life.
Some kid made some thread earlier asking about help and ideas for his story. It made me realize SO many people (on Newgrounds, but also everywhere else) ask for help when they want to write something. They need help with ideas. They ask others to give them ideas.
Writing is about creativity. It's about being creative. Writing's all about using your brain to create a masterpiece people will enjoy reading, then ask "MORE, MORE, MOAR!". Writing a successful novel isn't easy. Requires time.
Lucky me, a good friend of mine is a successful writer. French stuff, you wouldn't know him. I write in French too, but just for you, Newgrounds, I'm willing to spend a few thousand bucks and get my shit translated in a perfect English. My story happens in South Carolina anyways, so the translation wouldn't be too bad.
ANYWAYS, if you want to write, there's the stuff you need to know.
First: Dedication and discipline.
If you ain't disciplined, your book, flash project, boat in a bottle, name it, wont progress. The tip my friend told me when I started writing is this one: "When you professionally write, you gotta be disciplined. You gotta be able to write 6 hours in a row before stopping. It has to be your job, your routine. You have to be able to do it every day. Write a certain amount of pages. Write a certain amount of paragraphs, chapters, however you want to function, it can work, as long as you do it."
Well he didn't exactly said those words, but that's what I understood from him.
Second: Know your shit.
If you decided on writing a short, a story, a novel, a dictionary or the god damn Bible, you gotta know what you are writing. Stephen King said he invents his novel as he writes it. Meaning what: he doesn't even know the end of his novel until he wrote it. Oh well, clap clap, you're a fucking genius Stephen (hey it's my name too)! Us lowlifes have to work differently.
Before starting my novel (did I mention that I'm writing a novel right now? no not this post, TL;DR guy...) I already had all my story all planned in my head. From the Prologue to the Epilogue. Of course, I didn't know and I still don't know exactly what I am going to type in every sentences of every paragraphs of every chapters... that's where creativity takes place. But I know the skeleton of my book, and I can work around it.
If you ask random people on the internet for ideas for your story, you should consider quitting. It's okay to ask people you know, people you can trust, people who share the same state of spirit you have, people that understand you. But if you're down asking people on the internet, you probably are just not trying hard enough or don't have the required imagination to write something amazing by yourself.
GRAMMER (some smartass is going to quote that and say "ITS NOT SPELTED GRAMMER LULZ") (Some smartass is going to copy these exact same words, I know, I've been on NG for 10 years)
Then, comes all the syntax, the grammar, the punctuation, the RULES (they love inventing thousands of random grammatical rules in French, it's fun (not)). It's okay, you're a teen. It's okay, you're not the best in English class. No need to use that as an excuse to not do any efforts while writing your text though. No one wants to read a piece of crap full of "what the fuck is that"s. Of course, all your linguistic skills will come with time, again patience, and practise (is that even the good word for this?). See? Even myself I got a terrible English and I've been speaking / writing in English for more than 14 years. It gets better and better though. You just have to try.
Read. It's one of the best ways to get better at writing. Not saying "copy paste". Read, see the styles different writers use, don't try to copy it, but you can pick your inspiration from them. Read a book, n*gga.
Read what you just wrote.
Finish a paragraph. Read what you just wrote. Re-read it until it's how you want it to be. It's rarely perfect the first time. Sometimes I can spend a good 30 minutes working on one sentence. Yep... Fun times indeed.
Avoid overused shits.
Avoid overused themes. Try finding a revolutionary idea for a story. Good luck ;)
That's what I did, and I believe it's going to work out pretty well.
Don't censor yourself. if you censor yourself you might as well not write at all. Remember: shocking, disturbing and awkward stuff sells, as long as it's moderate and well in context! We don't want to read a cesspool of pointless violence or have a sex scene every 4 pages.
Incest, cannibalism, bestiality, rape, murder, you can pretty much write on any subject you want, on any taboo subject, AS LONG AS IT IS IN CONTEXT. No one likes random stories only the writer will understand.
Be careful with racism. If you are racist, keep it to yourself, your book might just get you a lawsuit.
Basically, don't be scared of taboo subjects: but be careful at how you introduce them.
Nobody likes foreseeable stories and characters. Your character wont be interesting unless he has a nice background, maybe a hidden story behind him, or whatever. Don't spoil everything about your character too early either. Keep some secrets for the readers or whatever. If your protagonist is boring, your book might. If your protagonist is boring, your book will be most likely boring. Put your protagonist in situations where he wont know how to react, making him unpredictable! Give him hidden superpowers, anything! Fantastic stuff that happens in a totally rational and realistic world is always an interesting subject. The same thing goes for your overall plot and story: if the reader finds out how the novel ends before reading half of the text, consider you have failed. Add mysterious and unpredictable characters and events, be impulsive. Surprise yourself.
AND PLEASE, FOR FUCKS SAKE: DO SOME GOOD RESEARCH IF YOU'RE GOING TO WRITE ANYTHING REALISTIC THAT HAPPENS IN A REAL LOCATION! DO SOME HISTORY RESEARCH AT THE LIBRARY, AND DON'T COUNT ON WIKIPEDIA!
SHORTEN YOUR SENTENCES!
If your story is full of uselessly long sentences, you might lose your reader.
Example: The women sitting behind the wheel was driving back to her home town after a hard day of work.
Could be changed into: The driver was heading back home from work.
A text that could count 300 pages can easily be shortened to 200 and yet be just as good, and more interesting for the average reader.
If your first book is 1,000 pages long, chances are there wont be as many people reading it than if it was a 500 pages book.
Here I will (try to) answer your questions, help you, guide you, teach you engrish (jk don't ask me that).
I strongly welcome other good writers of Newgrounds (I know you guys, don't worry), to come post in here and give your 10 cents... Again.
P.S.: You are in no way asked to follow these tips. These are just tips I took from actual writers, from myself and from my experience. These aren't universal laws, just some good sense. Hope this is helpful to at least one person.