There's no take two

Let's start from the very basics before slowly moving on to the more complicated topics.


Ideas aren't stories

I think a lot of people, including myself have the urge to start writing whenever possible. We have an idea and we would hastily put it into words without any planning or thought over it. The problem is, most of the time, ideas are but ideas. Stories are more than just an idea.

Perhaps, it's also the reason why many of us tend to start stories but find it hard to continue it after a certain point. The plot would flow nicely and work out very well until a certain point where it feels like you've cornered yourself in a dead end and there was no way out. This explains why there are so many unfinished creations out there.

Ideas also come in many forms.

For example, I often have ideas for a scene, which usually forms the start of my stories. Often than not, I have too many ideas, explaining why I can very easily start so many stories in one day without too much effort. The problem is how you would continue it thereafter. This means, not only do you need a single idea, but multiple ideas that can be linked together.

I also see it as pieces to a puzzle. Each idea may be a short burst of inspiration from time to time that you can record down to eventually form the final concept. It's important to refine your ideas.

Before I start a story, I would more importantly ask myself what will happen after. Obviously, I can't start without an opening, but there has to be some sort of plan to ensure the story does not deviate from your intentions, which means structure is very important. It is often to write by following the flow of your mind and you end up with something you've never planned for. At this point, it is important to have say, a list of points you need to strictly follow and guide your imagination to the right path.

In the end, whilst your idea might be great, there are many considerations before you hastily head off to turn it into your story. It is best if you keep a record of your idea, and perhaps with a few others later can finally form your story.

Remember that ideas need to be explained, and be able to integrate well with the rest of your other ideas. Also, your marvellous idea might be one thing, but its contribution to your story as a whole is another.


FP Tip: Ratings

Jokes aside, ratings are a pain. However, it is something you have to consider when approaching a story. The main importance is that you should not write for the sake of the rating, or purposely lose some of your story's characteristics due to the rating.

I would analyze my idea and consider what rating I would need to completely portray what I wanted to. For example, use of vivid and heavy descriptions involving blood, deaths, and violence might be necessary to create the atmosphere or portray the characters. More importantly, I would first start unrestricted and consider how restrictions would affect the story. A lot of times, many devices, such as adult themes may be unnecessary in regards to what you're trying to portray. Keep a note of what is actually needed and something that you'd merely wish to include.

After all, it depends on your topic, genre and plot.


Author's Notes:

The length is because each chapter will try to talk about a topic specifically. My last attempt's failure as I see was because I got lost in the topics and what I originally wanted to say. It ends up being vague and loses its power. Perhaps, if it's deemed too short by me, I'll talk about more than one topic per chapter to make up. It's not an English assignment. Yay! There's no minimum/maximum word count.

There's only hit/fav/alert/review count.

If you would like to ask about a topic...like the perhaps famous tragedy, then feel free to mention it as part of your review. I'll try to discuss it first as opposed to those I've originally planned.

So, it'll be a general writer topic followed by an FP tip specifically here.