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Help picking a fictional story topic for writing class

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by davestaco, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Nov 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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    davestaco

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    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?
     
  2. Nov 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM
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    Lost_Humanity Bad decisions make great stories.

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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.
     
  3. Nov 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM
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    this is my biggest problem lol THANK GOD FOR SPELL CHECK. paper is at least 10 pages.
     
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    fictional?

    how about a story about the day OZ's balls dropped
     
  5. Nov 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM
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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 :D
     
  6. Nov 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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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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    lol
    NEVER

    or the day he put his bumper on
    lol I think someone on here has a v8 5 lugger
     
  8. Nov 14, 2011 at 11:41 AM
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    Haha, low blow on the bumper, I like it! :laugh:

    You sure that 5-lugger V8 wasn't a Tundra? :rolleyes:
     
  9. Nov 14, 2011 at 11:47 AM
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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.
     
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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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    thanks for the advice man
    thank you for the advice
     
  12. Nov 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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    +1 for you man! Egg on face for me :eek:
     
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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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    its all good man...i dream of a v8 taco one day
     
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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.

    EEFFFFFFF............
     
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