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Warning:
This is not a tutorial on how to write. This is a tutorial on how to write better. My ideas are just that, ideas. None of this is probably taught anywhere else. Use at your own discretion. This is formulated for the writing of a novel/story, but can be adapted to pretty much anything.



Extrapolate what you can use, good luck.

Ideas
To quote Herman Melville:
"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it."

In order to write an original story, you must have a good idea. Writing beautifully an idea that reeks will still make it reek. There really isn't any way around that. A good idea is imperative.

But to again quote Herman Melville:
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

If that confuses you, you are not the only one.

What the mighty Melville is trying to say, is that coming up with a crap idea is better than doing well at writing someone elses idea. Which, is cool, because if you think about it, because coming up with an idea is actually a lot of fun, mapping out characters, locations, etc. Take it from me.

If you lack confidence, here are some thoughts to help you come up with some ideas.

1: Take a walk. Getting away from distractions is a great thing, and walking is a great idea.
2: Read. Immersing yourself in works of geniuses can help you get your brain flowing.
3: Thinking. Seriously, stopping and brainstorming is one of the best things you can do.
Background Music
This step is actually the easiest in writing more efficiently in anything.

The title is very self-explanatory. Listening to music can help you focus, as long as it's the right kind. I find that songs that are extremely artistic, and very easy to listen to are the best. These would include mainly Singer/Songwriter and other gentle genres like that. Rock, Pop, and Electronica are typically not that great to listen to whilst writing, as they demand more attention.

I love to listen to Pink Floyd, Andrew Peterson, and the League of Legends soundtrack myself - all good recommendations.

But, be warned. Background music doesn't always help. If you have trouble focusing on what you write when listening to something, then don't. Simple cause and effect.
Grammar
Gee whiz, this one should be obvious, but yet it's much more clandestine than one might think.

Literally, it's seriously more difficult than one might think. Spelling and punctuation are extremely sneaky, and without spellcheck in some word processors, you can very easily make a mistake. Using online spell-checkers can also mess up your flow and grammar-stuffs. Having even a rudimentary knowledge of spelling and grammar can go a long way on your road of writing.

If you struggle with this, you aren't alone. I hate grammar, I can't understand it, I just know how to use it.
Dialogue
Dang, this is one of my least favorite parts of writing. It's almost impossible to not feel dry or just stupid. But I have learned some things to make it easier.

1: The stereotypical regular kind: Jan said. "Hello." Katie said "Hi" back. I personally dislike this, because it's so hard to not sound like you're writing a children's book. Almost every book geared at 1st graders is written like this

2: Dictating what someone is doing whilst they talk: Katie dropped down to pick up her book. "I'm so clumsy." This is my personal favorite. The series of Redwall is written in this method.

3: Combining the two together: Jan also dropped down, to help her friend pick up her books, and said. "No you aren't, there was a crack in the sidewalk." This is one of the best, but yet, not perfect. Harry Potter is written mostly like this.

Seriously though, usually I map out short stories to not involve dialogue. Also, I usually write poetry now, no dialogue. There are ways around it, if you have great trouble with it.
Vocabulary
This is one of my favorite parts of writing. Using big words. I've always loved it.

Using words that are commonplace can drag your story down, trivializing it. If you use words that are more exotic, that you don't hear as you walk down the street, it can spice up your work, making it more enticing to read.

Now, I'm gonna compare using complex vocabulary to seasoning food. Imagine you're making a steak, and want it to not seem quite as normal. So you take out a plethora of spices and seasonings, and begin to slather the inundated steak with them. After cooking it, it tastes like a spice cabinet erupted, and you can't even stomach it -- that's what's at stake (ohh puns) if you use them carelessly. It takes a balance, one which not even I have achieved yet.

Using a thesaurus and dictionary are very important in doing this. If you hear a word used in a book or movie, and you just don't quite know what it means, look it up. I've learned a lot of my vocabulary from books and entertainment.

But, take all of this with a grain of salt. To quote one of the greatest literary minds of the 20th century, C.S Lewis:
"Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite."

This is a deep pit that people fall into, when they feel confident with their writing. Don't overuse describing words, or you will run out of people's attention to them when you actually need to use them.
Tones
Once you become extremely comfortable with writing, beginning to use tones can set the mood of the entire thing. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Tones are just the styles of words that you can use. I personally use a rough and rugged tone, as illustrated in this excerpt from my short story Afire:
"With matches in hand, he built a tower of wood inside his fireplace, doused it in firestarter, carefully tucking in newspaper at an opportune place, to catch the wood and kerosene alight. The utopiadic world he witnessed inside his thermometer dropped steadily. Suppressing a shiver, he struck the wooden match, and again, and again, until he finally lit it. Keeping a careful hand, he moved the match towards the paper, setting fire to it."

It gives the impression that it's a rough and untame story. Imagine if I used a more refined tone to rewrite that.
"With a book of matches in hand, he built a tower of wood inside his fireplace, poured on some firestarter, carefully tucking in newspaper at an opportune place, to catch the wood and kerosene alight. The utopian world he witnessed inside his thermometer continued to drop. As he shivered, he struck the wooden match, and again, and again, until he finally caught it's fire. Keeping a careful hand, he moved the match towards the paper, setting fire to it."

I hope you can tell the difference.
Criticism
Depending on how it's given, this is either the easiest or the hardest thing in here.

A good and experienced critisicm giver can make it really easy to accept it and to assimilate it. Someone who doesn't know how to give it can really ruin it for you though.

One trick to remember though, is that no matter how rude someone is, if their point is valid, you have no ability to ignore it.
Poetry
I love poetry, poetry is amazing, and it's a great tool for telling stories. But, it can be hard, depending on the person.

I play drums, as some people might know here. Believe it or not, just doing that one thing drastically helps in your poem writing. It requires a certain amount of beat to make a poem rhyme and flow, and if you play a beat-heavy instrument, it will greatly help in your writing.

Rhyming is another hard part of poetry. But, one thing I've started doing, is to pay attention to songs and other poems, and listen to what they do to make rhymes. It helps tremendously.

Believe you me, poetry is a lot of fun to write. I highly recommend it to everyone to try at least once.
Conciseness
How can you convey what you mean to convey the best? Some would say using a lot of words, whereas I'd say the exact opposite. Use the least amount of words it takes to properly get your point across. There are several reasons I say this, which I will expound upon.

First off, it's necessary to keep your audience's attention. Using eight hundred words when you only needed to use two hundred will drag down the interest factor drastically. It's also courteous, since your audience is not obligated to read your work. They are open-mindedly using their time to read your work, you shouldn't take that for granted.

Essentially, talk less. Make sure your point is brought across, but you shouldn't take it farther than that.





Wow, this one was nominated for three PMCA Awards.
CreditEveryone who's helped me learn all this stuff
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  • idk lol
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  • Journeyman Crafter
  • April 11, 2016, 1:15 pm
Great blog, pretty useful for my homework XD
  • Spectral
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  • Level 49
  • Master Blob
  • April 7, 2016, 6:01 pm
Imma go write a giant book on fleas now. You can't tell me what to do XD.
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 11, 2016, 1:34 pm
It wasn't me, it was Melville :o
  • Pepijn
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  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 23, 2015, 3:25 am
About picking a theme, write about something you yourself are interested in or passionate about. The passion will shine through the words if done well :).

(nice blog Pikamoar, great work!)
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 6, 2016, 1:30 pm
Buckie though xD
  • Pepijn
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  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • April 6, 2016, 1:39 pm
No clue what you mean ;P
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 6, 2016, 2:02 pm
That was back when my name was Buckie
  • SpowzyThePoet
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  • Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
  • October 22, 2015, 5:53 pm
Its a very helpful blog for others and a but for me, im a poet myself so i noticed "write" away the poetry bar...yeah puns x3
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • October 22, 2015, 6:30 pm
the puns are alive and real

thanks :D
  • SpowzyThePoet
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  • Artisan Mlem Mlem Bat
  • October 22, 2015, 6:37 pm
hehe np! love to see poets around here
  • Punkamoar
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  • October 22, 2015, 9:06 pm
  • Beverly
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  • October 22, 2015, 5:20 pm
This is amazing and very helpful. Thank you for posting this.
  • Rave-
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  • Apprentice Warrior
  • April 8, 2015, 10:08 pm
Nice blog Pika.
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 8, 2015, 10:10 pm
Yey!

ps forgot to diamond ;o

nevermind
  • Rave-
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  • Apprentice Warrior
  • April 8, 2015, 10:15 pm
Lol man, this is impressive though.
  • Reddt
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  • Grandmaster Dragonborn
  • April 5, 2015, 2:16 pm
This is over my level.
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 5, 2015, 2:17 pm
get on MAH level
  • Reddt
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  • Grandmaster Dragonborn
  • April 5, 2015, 2:27 pm
I am higher than your level son!

or am I?
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 5, 2015, 2:32 pm
no, I am above your level

on pmc
Latest research suggests that if you cannot focus when listening to music you need to put it down. Add it into the article please :D for the sake of people lol

Original post : www.sciencealert.com/listening-to-music-at-work-could-be-messing-with-your-brain-function
  • Masq
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  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 4, 2015, 9:10 am
umg too advanced 4 me

Seriously though dude, this is a fantastic blog; a very extensive, in-depth tutorial that is easy to understand, and will hopefully inspire many to improve their writing! I for one need to work on my dialogue: I enjoy describing people, just not letting them speak xD
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 4, 2015, 1:18 pm
Yummy, thanks
pls teache me the wroting
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 4, 2015, 1:18 pm
but I already did, in the blog
i cannott read to hardd pls halp
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 4, 2015, 7:22 pm
#1, learn to read
#2, read this
  • InkSpot
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  • April 3, 2015, 12:45 pm
Thanks
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 4, 2015, 1:28 pm
thanks
  • Monotone
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  • April 3, 2015, 12:12 pm
Idk if I just found reality or If I'm having a brain overload.

Very helpful. I know some big words but tend to let the vocabulary card go to dust.
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 4, 2015, 1:29 pm
Totally should fix that
  • Monotone
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  • Apprentice Hunter
  • April 5, 2015, 7:31 am
Probably should. I should look up synonyms of daily used vocabulary and find something else to replace it with
Vocabulary (Medium - Hard)

Ah, yes, I've always liked using long words because they make me sound more incandescent :)
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 4, 2015, 2:47 pm
just be clandestine with them, don't want to seem pretentious o;
  • Happs
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  • Master Blockhead
  • April 3, 2015, 4:56 am
I like tones. I like confusing my audience too.

One day I shall rule the world, I shall enslave all of human civilization and bring them all to their weak knobly knees! But first, my owner has given my cat food, he shall be the last human to die, also he's cute.
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 4, 2015, 2:48 pm
plot twist, you're Tuckers
  • Vezora
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  • April 3, 2015, 1:08 am
This is really good! Thanks!
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 4, 2015, 2:48 pm
naah, but thanks anyway!
  • Voidarel
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  • Expert Taco
  • April 2, 2015, 6:36 pm
Be prepared Pikamoar...
For if this does not make pop-reel, it will be taken down..
You have been warned.

(My What is? Wikipedia post got taken down for not being related to MC even though I specifically said "This is what wikipedia would be if it were in MC")
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 2, 2015, 6:43 pm
That's weird, and unless it's spam, doesn't have grounds. But still, you should talk to the moderator that removed it, not in a random comment.

Oh and PS, it did hit pop reel ooo;
  • Voidarel
  • Level 20
  • Expert Taco
  • April 2, 2015, 6:50 pm
ooo pop reel
I can't remember who took it down, but it was sooo long ago.

I still don't know how art tutorials are up though.
I must make an art tutorial and become rich and famous in xp! Get higher than...

Hold on a second I've got to check who has the most xp on pmc...

-3 minutes later- (yes, three minutes is a long time to check but my internet is snoozing at the moment)

Get higher than DISCO!
(who I believe is Australian)

I do like this tutorial though - maybe I'll finally win a writing contest or something!
  • Zatharel
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  • Master Sweetheart
  • April 3, 2015, 10:14 pm
the non-minecraft-related rule got removed a while ago, if you submitted your blog before that then it's probably why it was removed
  • Voidarel
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  • Expert Taco
  • April 2, 2015, 6:52 pm
-starts writing an art blog-
  • Punkamoar
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  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 2, 2015, 6:52 pm
Ohh, that would explain it.

And thanks o;o
  • Samakes
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  • Master Answer
  • April 2, 2015, 4:05 pm
omg best wroter evar
  • Punkamoar
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Gent
  • April 2, 2015, 5:07 pm
But I am

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