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avatar captaincharisma
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I decided to write this, since the story section of the blogs forum isn't getting a lot of entries. Now, most of these tips I learned the hard way through old failed stories(I wrote fanfics for other games too, like Pokemon, Monster Hunter, Harvest Moon, etc.), and sometimes in the story I'm writing now. Anyway, here it goes;

Choosing a Topic
This might be the most difficult part in writing, finding a topic to write your story, then creating a plot for it. Choose a topic that you enjoy. Minecraft for example. Then, find a way to create an interesting and unique plot for it. I won't give much tips here, as it may limit you're creativity.

Plot
Same as with the topic choosing, no tips. Let your creativity take care of this one. Just make sure it's unique. Herobrine stories seem to be common, try to avoid doing one, or you won't receive as much views as the ones now, since people have already read alot of Herobrine stories.

Style
Be it first-person or third-person, horror, or mystery, you have to find the most comfortable style. If you force yourself to write in a style you know you'll have a hard time doing, you'll end up with a failed story.

Writing
You've written the intro, but you don't like it. Then you continue writing, cause you've already started it. Wrong. Start over. Even if takes time, if you don't like what you've written, you have to change it, cause others might not like it either. And don't force in what you've already written somewhere in the story, it is very noticeable, and it won't sound good.

Title
I suggest writing part of the story first before thinking of a title, cause the title might limit what you can write in the main story. If you can't decide on a good title, read you're story again, and you might get inspiration. Sometimes, it's good to take a key word or phrase in the story and use it as a title. Although, make sure that if you're going to do that, to check if the title will spoil an important twist or event. Which brings us to:

Twists
Everyone loves a good twist. Surprise your readers. If the story is too predictable, it will be boring. The whole "hey, I'm the hero! Oh look, the villain! *fight scene* Yay I win!" thing, is extremely predictable. Ways to add twists? Secret identities, a new character, betrayals, conversion(bad guy becomes good guy, or vice-versa), bad guy wins, etc.

Time
Don't rush you're stories. I've made the mistake of announcing something like "I'll get it done in two days", and that did not help. If you've done this, don't do it again, and announce that it might take longer. If you rush a story, it will not turn out as good as one that wasn't rushed. No exceptions. When it's published, you'll realize you could've wrote this instead, something doesn't belong, speech was bad, too many grammatical errors, etc.

Chapters
If you're going for a story that progresses over time like mine, where you will release chapters every now and then, make sure to leave a little suspense. Like, something happens in the end that might change the story. This will keep things interesting and your readers will want to read the next part more. If you are going with this, make sure you know what the main plot is before starting. Only the audience is supposed to not know what will happen. If even you don't know what's supposed to happen next, the story may fail.

Character
Ever wondered why My Little Pony, and other shows by its creator like Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and the Powerpuff Girls were so popular, and brought in fans not in the target audience(yes, guys especially little boys watched the powerpuff girls too)? This was a huge factor. The creator made sure that each character was interesting and had a unique personality. Buttercup and Rainbow Dash. The tough tomboys right? They wre the arrogant ones too, like Blue! The cute and sweet Bubbles. Fluttershy too! Giving the character personality, and having them as factors in the story, will definitely make the story more interesting. This may be difficult to incorporate though, as emphasizing the character traits too much won't turn out well either. I have yet to succeed in doing this, but I'll see if I can in future chapters of my story.

Descriptions
A story where you don't describe enough will be dull and short. Keep things interesting with detailed descriptions.
Example: She sits on the couch holding her guitar = okayHer eyes are closed, and she's cradling the guitar in her armslike a lover. It's as if she's trying to hold on to something that wants to let go = better (I didn't write this. Thanks MickyP for the example!)

Picture
Not much to be said here. It's just that adding a picture to you're story will help bring in readers ;) Make sure the pic is related to your story!

Finalizing
Make sure that you go over your story before publishing it. Check for grammatical errors, wrong words, misfit sentences, and change anything that needs to be changed. A story with grammatical errors won't do well compared to one with none. Also, have good vocabulary. I'm not saying you should force in fancy words, just avoid using the same dull adjectives or words over and over. IMO, ecstatic, joyful, pleased, etc. > happy

That's pretty much it. You may follow these tips if you wish, but you don't have to. Just remember, it's important that you have fun in writing the story as well! ;)
Hope this helps! :D
CreditMy experiences in writing, MickyP for reminding me about descriptions :D
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07/26/2012 6:35 pm
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JapaneseTsuki
This is really helpful! I'm your 24th sub! And have a diamond! :D

-Tsuki =3
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07/19/2012 11:42 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Network
jefael
Subbed, imma make a story now >:T
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05/10/2012 9:27 pm
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ChrisSoWorthy
SUBBED :3
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05/12/2012 8:40 pm
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Thanks! Subbed back :D
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04/27/2012 12:11 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
good job
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05/12/2012 8:40 pm
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Thank you :)
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05/13/2012 6:56 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
your welcome! i think all your stuff is awesome
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04/19/2012 12:28 am
Level 27 : Expert Dragonborn
viloriakate
Lol I actually read the whole thing XD
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04/19/2012 12:36 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Ahaha :D Are you planning on writing a story?
I actually could have put more though, but I just simplified everything xD The only part I think I explained alot was Character :)
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04/19/2012 1:43 am
Level 27 : Expert Dragonborn
viloriakate
Probably :D
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04/19/2012 4:53 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Looking forward to it ^_^
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04/18/2012 5:42 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Prince
kenworld1
Is that your hand writing.
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04/18/2012 9:24 pm
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Lol no :) But something similar. But right now, it's summer, and I haven't held a pencil in weeks. If I tried writing on paper now, it'll probably look like my handwriting in the 1st grade =)
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04/18/2012 10:17 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Prince
kenworld1
summer? its just feeling spring (like it should be) here, are you in the tropics or something?lol
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04/19/2012 4:52 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
I live in the Philippines, so yeah :p It's super hot here, going outside during the afternoon seems impossible for me @_@
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04/18/2012 8:24 am
Level 55 : Grandmaster Architect
MickyP
And don't forgot "show don't tell".
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04/18/2012 9:22 pm
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Uhm... I'm not really familiar with that... Could you explain it so I can add it to the blog? :D
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04/18/2012 10:48 pm
Level 55 : Grandmaster Architect
MickyP
Well, showing basically means using words to paint a picture of whatever you're trying to convey into the audiences mind. Engaging things like action, feelings, thought and the senses so that reader can see, feel and experience what the author has experienced.

Telling something simply informs you; good for articles or reports. But in stories; to captivate your audience; to evoke emotion: showing is better.

Example: She sits on the couch holding her guitar = telling
Her eyes are closed, and she's cradling the guitar in her arms like a lover. It's as if she's trying to hold on to something that wants to let go = showing (I didn't write this).

But you probably already employ this technique, even if you haven't heard of the phrase. It's just a good phrase to remember for someone starting out writing.
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04/18/2012 11:08 pm
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Updated and gave you credit :)
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04/17/2012 9:44 am
Level 18 : Journeyman Dragonborn
ToxicMushroomz
You forgot the setting. :p
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04/17/2012 9:58 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Oops @-) Ahaha. But I'm sure people know to have setting when writing a story anyway =) And it will probably incorporated once the story progresses. For places, mention of buildings, people, etc. For time, mention of technology, famous people, etc. Some stories are actually good even without a setting ;)
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04/17/2012 5:26 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Button Pusher
Ash
How about writing a short story? do the same rules apply? I'm currently writing a dramaticised version of a dream I had a while back, but since it's short, would these rules still apply?

-S
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04/17/2012 7:06 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
They aren't rules, just suggestions :D
If you're to follow them for short stories, just leave out the chapters section ;)
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04/17/2012 7:37 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Button Pusher
Ash
would you be able to read this for me? it's somethign i just whipped up in an hour, but i need something for an English essay :P hah I just need feedback :P I think it lacks emotion. but yeah http://www.planetminecraft.com/blog/a-short-story/
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04/17/2012 7:54 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
It's good for a story just made in an hour :O With that time, I'd be still halfway through, or stuck thinking of how to incorporate an idea xD Left a comment and gave a diamond ;)
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04/17/2012 7:59 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Button Pusher
Ash
naw thankyou :) It was literally just my dream i had the other night, but extended a little bit :P hahaha

-S
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04/17/2012 8:12 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Haha =) I tried writing based on my dream once, but I just didn't remember enough of it @-)
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04/17/2012 3:58 am
Level 32 : Artisan Caveman
Triple2712
Very helpful, hopefully this'll make my stories better
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04/17/2012 4:01 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Glad you liked it :D Hope to see your stories soon ;)
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04/17/2012 4:27 am
Level 32 : Artisan Caveman
Triple2712
Just posted it :D
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04/17/2012 4:42 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Cool! The aether seems fun, but I never really get big mods :)
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04/17/2012 2:17 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
This is my first submission that got to the pop reel O.O Thanks everyone! :D
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04/17/2012 2:01 am
Level 25 : Expert Network
Animatrix
Hopefully we'll get s'more budding writers here in PMC! Persnally, I suck at plot and dialouge, but I enjoy writing.
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04/17/2012 2:16 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
I hope so too. :) Hey, if you keep writing, you'll get better ;)
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04/16/2012 11:46 pm
Level 23 : Expert Architect
PhoneticDJ
Wow, this is great! I like to write stories once in a while, but i never post them because im not confident in what i have written/typed this has helped alot, 1+ Diamond, Subscribed and favourited im glad you posted this
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04/17/2012 12:50 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Glad it helped! :D Go on, post your story! :) I'd love to read it :D
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04/17/2012 1:52 am
Level 23 : Expert Architect
PhoneticDJ
I Sorta Deleted It From My Computer.... Lol
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04/17/2012 2:15 am
Level 44 : Master Pirate
captaincharisma
Aww :( Are going to write more? :D
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04/17/2012 2:25 am
Level 23 : Expert Architect
PhoneticDJ
Possibly, Yea
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