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Writing HORROR
Writing HORROR Authors: OokamiKasumi When writing a Horror story, one must begin with a Monster. The most terrifying of course, are the ones you don’t notice, or refuse to notice. The ones right next to you. Type:
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Crossing Genres
Crossing Genres Authors: OokamiKasumi Every genre has core elements that make that genre that genre. In order to Cross Genres properly, you need to know each of your genre’s distinctive elements and make them Equally Important in the story. Type:
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Adv Plotting: Character Arc
Adv Plotting: Character Arc Authors: OokamiKasumi What the Character Arc does is map out the Emotional path your characters need to take to grow and change into the heroes and heroines your story needs to achieve your story's ending. Type:
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The NonVerbal Thesaurus
The NonVerbal Thesaurus Authors: OokamiKasumi Watch the average conversation between two people. 90% of that conversation isn't in what's Spoken, it's in what they are DOING while they are speaking. It's in their Body Language. Body-language cues in your story alert the reader by SHOWING them what is going on in a character’s head without Telling them, and without resorting to using the most often repeated word in fiction: said. Type:
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Plot Devices: Deus Ex Machina?
Plot Devices: Deus Ex Machina? Authors: OokamiKasumi Good 'Deus Ex Machina' only happen when they've been set up to happen all along and were simply overlooked--which means they're not really 'Deus Ex Machina'... --They're actually a 'Chekhov's Gun'. Type:
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Plotting: Murphy's Law Method
Plotting: Murphy's Law Method Authors: OokamiKasumi This method is extremely effective when plotting out Adventure stories of any kind. In fact, Van Helsing, National Treasure, Inkheart, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, the James Bond movies, most RP video games, and almost all Horror stories and films follow this pattern. It's also surprisingly effective when plotting out an Angsty Romance! Type:
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Writing Series Fiction
Writing Series Fiction Authors: OokamiKasumi Professionally published Series books and Serial episodes, whether it's a TV program, a set of novels, or a comic book series are EACH written as whole stories because a whole story is more likely to catch and hold the attention of new readers or viewers than a random hunk of story from the middle of a longer work. Type:
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Making VILLAINS Realistic
Making VILLAINS Realistic Authors: OokamiKasumi Human predators, villains (fictional and non-fictional) always have a reason that drives them to be villainous. Even mass murderers have reasons (however twisted) for doing what they do. NO villainous action is RANDOM. The victim may be randomly chosen, but the villain’s actions always have a reason, and that reason is driven by a very human issue caused by an unfulfilled and essential human need. Type:
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Advanced Character CREATION
Advanced Character CREATION Authors: OokamiKasumi To thoroughly understand what makes your characters tick, use this character sheet for Each of your three main characters. This method is particularly useful when you intend to write something the size of a novel. Type:
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Interior Monologues
Interior Monologues Authors: OokamiKasumi When deciding whether or not your monologue is appropriate for what you are writing, consider your target Reading Audience. Type:
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