Resources

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:

I would recommend writing your story in Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or even Notepad. Then when you finish your story, just copy/paste it into the submission box. That way you won’t lose anything.

Stories also take time, and if you write them in the submission box, my guess is that you’re just coming up with it on the spot. Even you if you don’t have access to any of those programs I listed earlier, you could write it in an actual notebooks (which to me is cooler, because then it’s like you’re writing an original OY case file!)

It takes me weeks, sometimes over a month to shape a story into how I want it. You don’t have to use this if you don’t want to, but my process is something like:

1. Idea
2. Synopsis
3. Characters and Plot Outline
3. Complete Draft One
4. Keep editing the story until it’s something I’m proud of.
5. Post it.

  1. Nice boi Hades

    Just thought, I’d comment here…

  2. origami_master53

    :):):):)

  3. origami_master53

    Nice tips!

  4. Another tip for plot building is something called a “Maguffin.” for example in Indiana Jones a good example of a Maguffin is the Holy Grail, the main protagonist has to go and get the Maguffin before the Antagonists do. Also in spy thrillers a Maguffin might be information about a weapon or a person and the Protagonist has to keep it safe.

    • That’s a very good tip, Thrawn. However I would say don’t use a Maguffin 100% of the time. It’s a fun and easy plot device to use and I recommend that beginners use it, but don’t make it the only thing that matters in the whole story. Almost always there are two or more parties that are looking for a Maguffin at the same time. What if one of those groups teamed up with another? Maybe someone is a double agents and betrays their friends! There are countless ways it can go, but whatever you do make it interesting! 😀

  5. Also, if anyone has a question about writing, either me or one of the other Council members will try to answer as best and as quickly as we can. Don’t be afraid to ask us something, there are no dumb or wrong questions here. Just ask away!

  6. How to make a Folders of Tomorrow style show

    Use a show format

    So you start season 1 with a small team, you have your team already the 7s+ Condiment Kirigami, season 1 should start with them after a single objective. Something simple, maybe even selfish. Have a villain have a one goal that is to stop them. On the heroes’ way too there endgoal the heroes and villains encounter an easter egg that’s make you think “huh, he should really expand on this.” Then the heroes reach there endgoal and realize they’ll stick together to do even more shenanigans.

    Optional: The villain, after his defeat, vows revenge and goes past his original goal.

    In the sequel, you go and expand upon this easter egg, use it to update your roster, have the villain want to destroy the subject of the easter egg and/or there Legacy.

    You could break some of these rules, but these rules are for shows that expand the world and enrich the DCOU.

  7. origami_master53

    The process I use is just write something you like! For example Amazing Spider-fold. I loved Amazing Spider man and then I wanted to write the story! Then after I write it I proof read it and if I catch anything that I think needs to be changed I change it! I know it is not the best but it works for me!

  8. Supreme_Leader_Skywalker

    Note that you can bend the hero’s journey and setup + payoff tropes to your heart’s desire! If you want your character to have an unfavorable ending, go ahead. If you wish for the main character to be antagonistic–well, go ahead! No one’s stopping you.

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