I’m somewhat of a new writer and finally ready to publish my first story but I want any type of advice or personal experience about anything before I start writing and going into depth with my planning.
Some Questions: What Could Make My Story Stand Out? Who Are Some Cover Art Makers You Recommend? What Makes a Good Character? What Makes a Good Plot? What Would You Like to See in a Story? What are Some Over-Used Cliches You Wouldn’t Want to See? Etc.
having a very captivating summary
Having a cover that catches the eye
I don’t know any
To have a good character you need to write down everything you already know about them and really make it as if it’s a real person, and then once you know that, then you can put it in your story, but don’t explain the character all at once, put little details here and there so that they can learn about the character gradually.
As long as it’s original and you love it, then there’s nothing to worry about. If you really are passionate about what you’re writing, then your readers will see that and will love the story even more.
Personally, I like to be able to have choices that matter, customisation, a good plot, very good directing and coding, and especially well developed characters. Also, like I’ve mentioned twice, originality!
STORIES ABOUT VAMPIRES OR GANGS/MAFIAS they are literally EVERYWHERE! I guarantee you that more than three fourths of the stories on episode are either about gangs or vampires and it’s so annoyingggg. Ok rant over lmao.
Also, another tip… try to plan out what will happen throughout the whole story, and in each episode. If you do that, then you will almost never get writer’s block. Trust me
Steer away from stereotypes and characters that are bland and generic. Diverse, interesting casts are awesome to read about, as well as characters that have goals, hobbies and talents. A story that isn’t fully centered around love would be great, as well as a believable villain who isn’t just there to ruin the MC’s life. An interesting cover, great writing and an interesting plot is definitely going to make your story stand out. Good directing is great, but not needed, maybe try not to have much errors.
Someone who isn’t shy and weak, but not rude and overly sassy. A character who is nice and cares about their friends but is able to stand their ground. A good character would be one who is developed, has a clear goal, hobbies, interests, talents, fears, weaknesses, strengths, an interesting personality and much more. A good character to me, is something original.
A good plot, personally I think is something that is original. Nobody wants to read the same old repeated love triangle, or same old chosen one story. A good plot is unique and well thought out, as well as interesting, with some humour and unexpected twists.
Some more diversity: different race, religion, sexuality, disabilities, and more. I’d love to see an MC who’s main goal in life isn’t just falling in love, I’d love to see the best friend have more development, interesting villains, people with hobbies and interests, modest outfits.
Bad boys , gang leaders, tough girl MC’s who are mean to others, shy nerds who transform, love triangles, perfect LI’s, blonde rich mean girl, vampires, chosen one, moving in with the LI, generic looking characters.
What Could Make My Story Stand Out?
male mc, option to choose gender, option for sexuality, lgbt+ characters, a unique setting, using a point system of sorts, accurately represent a disability or condition
What Makes a Good Character?
one with a flaw but they work on it and develop over time, a character with hobbies and interests
What Makes a Good Plot?
occasional minor conflicts here and there while the Major Conflict is being solved or working towards being solved as the story progresses, a climax that isnt anticlimatic, each character has something new/different to offer to the story
What Would You Like to See in a Story?
more choose your gender and sexuality options, love interests with actual morals, healthy relationships, diversity (any type of diversity or variety of human experiences including race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, illnesses, mental illnesses, etc)
What are Some Over-Used Cliches You Wouldn’t Want to See?
-female mc must choose between two guys obsessed w her!
-bad boys that are just rude and mean and actually have nothing likable about them besides their looks (dont get me wrong i love the bad boy aesthetic but wheres the, like, respectful cute bad boys)
just think about what they’re talking about. Make sure it’s significant to the story somehow, otherwise it will seem irrelevant. Also, think about your characters’ personalities, and how they would be in certain conversations. When you’re writing dialogue just make sure it moves the story along somehow- whether it’s getting to know a character, or getting more in depth with the plot/theme
Hope this helped If not, then I’m sorry I’m just dumb lol
I wish more people would come to this thread and leave some more tips. I’m really starting my story and especially with summer coming up, I have a story that I’m planning out currently. What would people like to see in my story?