Welcome to the Creative Resources page! Here you can find information on the basics of writing and storytelling! The following list is a very, very, simplified version of what we’ll be discussing in the future. But while we work on that, this should still contain a few helpful tips and tricks.
- 3 Act Structure
- Every story has to have a cohesive beginning, middle, and end.
- Hero’s Journey
- Many of fiction’s greatest stories follow the same structure, The Hero’s Journey.
- Outlining the Story
- Don’t just start writing with only basic ideas in your head, instead come up with a broad outline of the major plot points, and then work towards them, kinda like a checklist.
- Character Arcs/Motivations
- Every character in every story exists for a reason. What is that reason?
- Setups and Payoffs
- Now that every character has motivation, make sure every item does too. Where does it show up? Does it come back later? What purpose does it serve?
- Convincing Dialogue
- Instead of writing: “Blah blah.” I said. “Blah blah?” she said over and over, be creative. If someone is shouting, say they shouted it! If someone is asking a question, say they asked it!
- Proper Grammar
- The biggest problem that many stories have is that they are filled with tons of incorrect grammar. Learn to follow basic rules such as how to use quotation marks, when to indent, and please use spell check when you’re done writing.
I wrote this in a comment to a SuperFolder recently, and thought it would be nice to also post it here: