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Anonymous asked:

I have trouble with over-complicating plots. I go straight from 'this is kind of boring, I need to add something...' to 'how am I going to put this all in one story?'. For example, the story I'm working on right now, it's meant to me a romance story of a girl who moved in next to a mobster, and now I have dealing with her job, her getting caught up in his "job" and her exbf wanting to get back together. I'm worried I'm heading towards the 'too much going on' territory already.

That doesn’t sound too bad, but I think I’d avoid bringing in any other elements. One thing you can try is listing out all the sub-plots and see which ones relate back to the main plot the best. Then just eliminate the ones that don’t work as well. :)

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Anonymous asked:

I was wondering if you had any advice on writing about music. For example how do I describe it? My character plays the violin and I'm having trouble describing it without using beautiful or pretty

You can describe the beat, the style, the elements, the instruments that are heard, how it makes the character feel, etc. 

Descriptive Words for Music

Elements of Music
Timber: The Color of Music

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Anonymous asked:

I would like to incorporate some quotes from A Separate Peace in my story (as in, the mc is reading&discusses the meaning of the quotes). Can I do this? And what is the proper way to incorporate quotes from other written works?

A Separate Peace was written in 1959 which means it’s still under copyright. You will need to secure permission to use the quotes from the publisher. In some cases you may be charged a pricey licensing fee, but it can’t hurt to ask. Using the quotes without permission could put you in danger of a costly lawsuit. 

If you’re planning to seek professional publishing, you might want to go ahead and use the quotes you want to use and let your editor and publisher decide what to do about the quotes. They may ask you to take them out, but if they get permission to use them, they will take care of citing them properly.

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zacklover24 asked:

Hi I love your blog you give the best advice. My question is I open my story with my MC on train and she tells the story to people. Is that to clichéd? Or should I change it?

Thanks! I think it can be cliché, but if there’s a good reason why she’s telling her story to the people on the train, and if you can tie the story back to why she’s on the train in the first place, you can probably pull it off. :)

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Anonymous asked:

Hi hoping you could give me a bit of advice. I've established a good character but having trouble building the story around him. It's for a screenplay for university, and I'm really struggling!

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redrobinhooded asked:

Do you have anything resources for scriptwriting? And also, in your opinion what kind of stories are better for movies rather then books?

I haven’t done any resources for screenwriting, but I found this handy starter’s guide last time someone asked. As far as what kinds of stories are better for movies, it really depends on what kind of movie you want to make. Action, horror, and romantic comedies do well in mainstream. Sci-fi, supernatural fantasy, historical action, and buddy comedies can also do well. Just about any non-action heavy story could work for indie. :)

ETA:

universalcomicbooklover said:Could invest in buying the screenwriter’s bible on amazon, don’t know how much it costs now, but it’s really helpful as a resource to use when you need it.

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Just a quick reminder that tomorrow will be your last day to get in questions before the ask box closes temporarily. The ask box will close on October 1st and will re-open on October 15th. In the meantime, I will post content out of the queue. <3

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zebramonkeyalpaca asked:

Starting point: Hi, I'm hoping to start writing, just for myself, and am wondering if there's a good style to start with? Like a classic format/method to start with so what I'm writing has some structure and direction? Probably a silly question!

Not a silly question at all!

Stories are usually plot driven or character driven. In plot driven stories, the action happens to the characters and they have to react to it. In character driven stories, the characters create the action through the decisions they make. Character driven stories tend to have looser structures than plot driven, but a good general story structure looks like this:


You can read more about plot and story structure here. :)

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Anonymous asked:

Say my first MC dies pretty far into the book&it kinda seems like the end, but I want to continue with the 2nd MC even though the actual plot has been wrapped up; show him grieving&coming to terms with death. Would readers lose interest do you think?

This would work well for the denouement, which is the “dust settling” stage that comes between the climax and the ending. It’s where we see the characters adjust to the aftermath of whatever happened in the climax. It’s where we see them coming to terms with whatever new reality the climax has ushered in. Try flipping to the last few pages of some books that you’ve read, and you’ll see that most of them end this way. :)

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Anne asked:  Hi there. I just LOOVE your Blog. Is so helpful and i saw so many tips that made my inspiration sparkle. That was just what i needed. I need a little help here. I’m trying to write a Sci-Fi/Drama/Hurt/Comfort story, which includes a very angered character who possesses a trouble pass and makes a friendship bound with a different space race female. She is trying to find her location but she’s currently in possession of her captors. My problem is i cannot move forward. Their are much stronger than her, larger and to put things more simple their are an advanced Alien specie. Can you please help me :( By the way great work with the blog ^_^

Thank you so much! :)

The best route to go in something like this is have your character find and exploit a weakness or flaw in the aliens’ set-up. It could be anything from a sympathetic guard to a weakness for a particular kind of alien alcohol. :)