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Old 11-14-2011, 11:28 AM   #1
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Help picking a fictional story topic for writing class

I have the green light to write on anything I want. I was either thinking a fictional story about a character comes out of the mountains on a camping trip to find the zombie Apocalypse has occurred and is on a mission to find his family blah blah blah. Or a story about 2 buddies on a hunting trip get stranded and have to survive. what y'all think? any other ideas?
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:32 AM   #2
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Go with what you know, what interests you and what you can be descriptive about. If you already have a narrative in mind, that's a long way ahead than picking something you know nothing about.

Not sure how long this is supposed to be, but spend a little time on character development. Readers are more interested in characters they can empathize with than just action/scenes.

And for the love of god use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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Go with what you know, what interests you and what you can be descriptive about. If you already have a narrative in mind, that's a long way ahead than picking something you know nothing about.

Not sure how long this is supposed to be, but spend a little time on character development. Readers are more interested in characters they can empathize with than just action/scenes.

And for the love of god use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.
this is my biggest problem lol THANK GOD FOR SPELL CHECK. paper is at least 10 pages.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:34 AM   #4
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fictional?

how about a story about the day OZ's balls dropped
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:35 AM   #5
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How about the story of the H3 that had to pull the Tacoma through a rock garden because the terrain was too rough. Definitely fiction
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:37 AM   #6
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write a jose wells kind of story. man at the end of his road out for justice in the west. everybody loves those stories.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:40 AM   #7
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write a jose wells kind of story. man at the end of his road out for justice in the west. everybody loves those stories.
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How about the story of the H3 that had to pull the Tacoma through a rock garden because the terrain was too rough. Definitely fiction
NEVER

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fictional?

how about a story about the day OZ's balls dropped
or the day he put his bumper on
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how about 1 of the 2nd gen V8 swaps?

I know theres a real V8 x runner out there, but the rest might make for a good zombie mobile story
lol I think someone on here has a v8 5 lugger
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NEVER


or the day he put his bumper on


lol I think someone on here has a v8 5 lugger
Haha, low blow on the bumper, I like it!

You sure that 5-lugger V8 wasn't a Tundra?
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:47 AM   #9
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Go with what you know, what interests you and what you can be descriptive about. If you already have a narrative in mind, that's a long way ahead than picking something you know nothing about.

Not sure how long this is supposed to be, but spend a little time on character development. Readers are more interested in characters they can empathize with than just action/scenes.

And for the love of god use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.
^^^^ sound advice.

Write about something you have firsthand knowledge of, because you will include detail that has authority and therefore is believable and engaging.

Also, show, don't tell. Illustrate actions and responses, don't spoon-feed the reader everything through narration, or worse, having characters do it in unnatural dialogue (aka, Basil Exposition). A lot of character is revealed in how they respond to what is going on around them. And BTW, no one cares what color thier eyes are. Don't waste time and words with that crap. Unless you are writing a Fabio bodice-ripper, and if you are, we have other issue to discuss.

Dialogue is very tough to do well, so I advise minimizing it and using it for only key interactions.
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:49 AM   #10
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If you're looking 10-20 pages, don't get too caught up in the minor technical details (e.g. -- don't spend 2 pages describing how to swap a Dana 44 onto a Tacoma) unless they are pivotal to the storyline. You'll be amazed how much you can accomplish with one sentence.

10 pages is enough to tackle 2 conflicts, a broad one and a personal one. For example, surviving in the wild would be the broad one and losing a friend to hypothermia or a bear attack would be a personal one. Or, fighting zombies would be the broad one, while rescuing a family member from imminent death would be a personal one.
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Haha, low blow on the bumper, I like it!

You sure that 5-lugger V8 wasn't a Tundra?
100% sure it was a taco with a swap
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If you're looking 10-20 pages, don't get too caught up in the minor technical details (e.g. -- don't spend 2 pages describing how to swap a Dana 44 onto a Tacoma) unless they are pivotal to the storyline. You'll be amazed how much you can accomplish with one sentence.

10 pages is enough to tackle 2 conflicts, a broad one and a personal one. For example, surviving in the wild would be the broad one and losing a friend to hypothermia or a bear attack would be a personal one. Or, fighting zombies would be the broad one, while rescuing a family member from imminent death would be a personal one.
thanks for the advice man
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^^^^ sound advice.

Write about something you have firsthand knowledge of, because you will include detail that has authority and therefore is believable and engaging.

Also, show, don't tell. Illustrate actions and responses, don't spoon-feed the reader everything through narration, or worse, having characters do it in unnatural dialogue (aka, Basil Exposition). A lot of character is revealed in how they respond to what is going on around them. And BTW, no one cares what color thier eyes are. Don't waste time and words with that crap. Unless you are writing a Fabio bodice-ripper, and if you are, we have other issue to discuss.

Dialogue is very tough to do well, so I advise minimizing it and using it for only key interactions.
thank you for the advice
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100% sure it was a taco with a swap
+1 for you man! Egg on face for me
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I would go with the survival thing, no offense to anyone but the zombie apocolypse crap is getting old seriously, that would never happen. But be creative, do what your mind comes up with
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Go with the friends stranded; it happens enough IRL it'll be a good touch on current topics, and the zombie thing has been done (pun intended) to death.
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Go with something you know, something that interests you, and do tie personal events into the paper since it would be more believable.

Set the scene, don't rush into action or rush the story along, and do not forget about the details. The details make the story.

When I read Les Mis unabridged, there was about 40 pages just on the paris sewer system before Javert drowned. Just don't be like Moby Dick unabridged where Meville spent 150 pages describing how a whale is a mammal, but then discredit it by saying that in the bible, Johan was swallowed by a fish, but the only fish in the ocean large enough to do so is a whale, ergo, a whale is a fish.

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