Tell me, how do YOU write YOUR stories?

I made a web diagram on each LI and the MC (background/visuals/personality) then recorded myself talking about key points in the story (WHAT MUST HAPPEN) then I listen back and write it in a journal but the whole scene with actual dialogue then I type it up and tweak (add scenes or take out scenes)

Well I’m a messy writer which may be bad to most but I like to go with the flow and let the story go where it feels best. I ofc have a plot that I stick to then, exposition rising action climax falling action and resolution. And then I kind of just write what feels best filling in those spots.

I first think of a title, because if i start with a plot then a title, it’s hard for me to match the title with the plot. so i begin with a title and create a plot to the title (hope it makes sense). Then I create the overall short plot. The MC’s and LI’s family situations. Then i do a bunch of minor details. I create more characters and their relations to the MC. Then that’s when i create their outfits where each character has 3 school outfits, 2 swimsuits, a party outfit, and so on… then that’s when I start thinking of 3-5 minor events that will happen in the episode. after all that planning is finished, i finally start coding and add things along the way.

AHHHH! I’m about to blabber :skull:! My planning process takes months, to be honest! See, the thing about me is I can have a ton of vague story ideas, but when I want to pursue an idea that’s really piqued my interest, I ~have to plan it out. That being said, this is how I write my stories:

One of my first steps into my planning process is creating my character, as I’ve found it gives me something to work with. I shape their personality, getting to know them and the way they think along the way! This also goes for other main characters/side characters who play a role in the overall story.

It should be noted that all of this is done and typed up on one of the greatest creations ever: Google Docs or Word :sparkles:. Within the doc, I have literally everything you can possibly think of. Characters’ personalities, plot points, a timeline, possible title names (if I haven’t come up with one already), certain dialogue I want my characters to say in certain scenes, ideas on how I want to start the very first scene of the first chapter, scenes (a certain background/ what characters&background characters are doing), etc. There’s so much on my document, and it’s honestly so lifesaving!

I’m the type of person that can’t “go with the flow”. I’ve tried it once, and it just didn’t work out for me. It was constant writer’s block and lack of motivation. Kudos to those who can create amazing stories using this method, though :nail_care:t4: :sparkles:! I’ve tried multiple methods of writing, but this is what’s stuck to me: creating an outline+more.

As far as writing on the portal goes, I always refer back to my document. I feel like every episode needs to have something that keeps the story moving, if that makes sense. Crossing out important plot points or minor ones that lead to those major plot points is key! Dropping hints, foreshadowing, or other techniques are things that I implement into my writing & chapters to engage readers. It’s always fun to have someone slide into my DMs and mention that they caught onto something that was said or have them start developing theories :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:!

Another one of my favorites: setting the scene! It’s no doubt that all writers on the platform improve in their writing and danacoding skills as they continue to learn. With my new story, I’ve just now started playing with filters when there are throwback scenes, or adding effects to a scene to make it stand out. Simply by adding those dramatic flairs when they’re appreciated goes a long way, and the overall outcome is so, so worth it!

All of what was mentioned above keeps me motivated in writing and continuing a story! I think it’s important for me to have something to look forward to in every episode. It makes “writing” all the more fun. I suck in general with updating because I am super slow and persnickety, but just the thought of something exciting happening in the current episode keeps me going!

One last thing I wanted to mention is if you have a trusted friend, it’s always great to have them check your story out, if they’re willing of course. It’s amazing what a fresh pair of eyes will do. My gal Emma is my goto person :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:. We brainstorm our story ideas together and send each other our stories (via Google Docs; again, godsend!!! Or our story links). I say trusted because it’s important to be honest with each other and not easily take to offense the feedback we receive. That could be correcting things that don’t make sense or asking for clarification if there’s ever plot holes. There’s so much more to it, but that’s just the gist of it.

Overall, just have fun with it! If you’ve got an idea, don’t let anything stop you! Get those creative juices flowing! I hope this was able to help you and good luck with your journey :relaxed: :two_hearts:!

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Wow that’s a lot of planning haha what do you think is the best way to start a story out after an opening hook?

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Well, for me since I am writing my second story I used to go with the flow but now,
I planned everything out on www.storyplanner.com like what @adriana.writes I also can’t go with the flow it turns out bad for me.
But I also look up and do other writing techniques to improve my writing skills because I know I can improve and do better.

Before I put the story on the portal I planned out and research whatever topic I’m confused about or the plot****Same here but I also do in my notebook Idk why but I love paper and pen but I also do it on google docs too.

I do the character development backstories, editing making changes to storyline cross out the unnecessary stuff or if the dialogue doesn’t make sense.
I have a hard time with the NARRATOR take a long time on this part. so I look up how to describe things better and dialogue is a bit easily

**I even write out question to see if my storyline does make sense I don’t want the plot to be confusing and I also take my time planning out my storyline and make changes to it too.
It’s going to take me an awhile to published or planned another story but I like to take my time and not rush into anything I didn’t do that good on my first story so I’m taking forever on planning it

I use google docs it’s a lifesaver and like what @adriana.writes
I feel like when you planned it out and everything that’s when it all makes sense and it’s fun and I planned out the beginner to end of the storyline and I also take a while to update because I want to make sure it makes sense and I also ask a friend to help me as well.**

[quote=“adriana.writes, post:17, topic:466894”]
I’m the type of person that can’t “go with the flow”. I’ve tried it once, and it just didn’t work out for me. It was constant writer’s block and lack of motivation. Kudos to those who can create amazing stories using this method, though :nail_care:t4: :sparkles:! I’ve tried multiple methods of writing, but this is what’s stuck to me: creating an outline+more.

SAME HERE

As far as writing on the portal goes, I always refer back to my document. I feel like every episode needs to have something that keeps the story moving if that makes sense. Crossing out important plot points or minor ones that lead to those major plot points is key! Dropping hints, foreshadowing, or other techniques are things that I implement into my writing & chapters to engage readers. It’s always fun to have someone slide into my DMs and mention that they caught onto something that was said or have them start developing theories :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:!

Are we the same person because I do the same thing no joke
Before I start this story I look up writing techniques and stuff too and I’m still for that for future stories

Another one of my favorites: setting the scene! It’s no doubt that all writers on the platform improve in their writing and danacoding skills as they continue to learn. With my new story, I’ve just now started playing with filters when there are throwback scenes, or adding effects to a scene to make it stand out. Simply by adding those dramatic flairs when they’re appreciated goes a long way, and the overall outcome is so, so worth it!

I"m always going back to improve on my coding.
I make changes to my chapters and get rid of any unnecessary scenes and learn something new when you code.

All of what was mentioned above keep me motivated in writing and continuing a story! I think it’s important for me to have something to look forward to in every episode. It makes “writing” all the more fun. I suck in general with updating because I am super slow and persnickety, but just the thought of something exciting happening in the current episode keeps me going!

I love everything that you wrote, I definitely agree with you.
I do the same thing before I write I look up more on how to improve with writing, character arch. creative writing books.

Same here I agree with you I really love and admire what you wrote like. I am the same way

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It honestly just depends on how you started it to begin with! For example, I started off my new story with the climax. I knew I wanted to “grab” the attention of the reader somehow, and for this story, I thought this was the best way to :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:! It works out perfectly in this case because now I just have to add the events that actually led up to the climax. All in all, I think the best way to start out a story in general, after an opening hook is to make it align with the beginning or have it connect to the beginning and the rest of the story.

The last thing you want to do is add scenes where it starts one way and jumps to something else without any context :grimacing:. You can run into a lot of things here, especially if it’s not planned out. You can create plot holes or forget vital information from the plot.

Just as long as the rest of the story and scenes to follow line up with the route you want to direct your story, you’re golden! I don’t think there’s no right or wrong way, just as long as it’s going somewhere. Just to be clear, this is just my opinion and what works well for me! I hope that makes sense :sob: :blob_hearts:.

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Thanks bro, this gave me some ideas.

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Ty for the input. :))

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Truee okay thanks for that it’s helpful.

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Definitely! Whenever there’s an opportunity to showcase your growth, go for it! Even better when you learn and improve! I always tell myself that every story of mine is physical proof of my growth! I will find myself going back to my older stories and cringing so bad. I’ve grown out of some things and noticed that I could have added some other things, but that’s the beauty of widening one’s writing abilities!

THIS!!! Especially if your story is dealing with sensitive topics or issues that you are not really familiar with! You can never go wrong with going the extra mile and spending a few days or hours on the internet broadening your knowledge on topics.

I tried notebooks and paper, and I get it! The physical feeling of pen and paper is something else, but I just end up having a bunch of scattered thoughts and ideas. Usually, I end up losing them. I have thoughts in one notebook, some weird thing that doesn’t make sense on a sticky note, loose-leaf paper with other ideas… It’s a lot :tm:, and I’m an organized, unorganized mess. Google Docs and Mircosoft Word are my heroes. Totally envy you with having that notebook. I could never :skull_and_crossbones:.

YES, YES, YES! I end up falling in love with side characters even more when I create those backstories. BE STILL MY HEART. Yup, having to scratch some out sucks because sometimes I really want to add it, but overall, it’s redundant and it’s not needed. Doesn’t mean I can’t save ideas on the back burner though :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:.
AH, SEE! I don’t really use narrations because I honestly don’t think it’s one of my strengths. In the rare chances that I do, it’s my characters explaining certain situations that are better suited for that instead of actual dialogue. The whole 3rd person narration, which I’ve seen my favorite authors use, suit them so well, buuuut it’s something that I’ll avoid and let them excel in, thank you very much :relieved:. But omg doing your own narration?! YAY for you!!! I’m certain that you make it sound wonderful!

HAHAHAHA! I’m glad I’m not the only one!!! Yeah, I hate having to go back and change something as soon as I’ve published a chapter. As soon as it’s published, I don’t want to work on it anymore, and that’s fine with me. I feel like if I do end up going back, I’m going to criticize everything and hate it and want to work harder on it again, so :cowboy_hat_face:. I don’t have friends help me write the chapter, but I do have my friend read it and make sure there are no spelling errors that I may have missed (after previewing so many times, you miss some things!!!), and just give me her opinion. She makes sure that what’s been written makes sense and doesn’t leave room for confusion. We’ve got a system, and I’m so grateful for it :relieved: :heartpulse:.

Aw :pleading_face:. Thank you! There’s so much to writing a story, and I know I missed some other important ones, but at least this has helped some! Writing is meant to be fun!! The moment it starts feeling like it’s becoming a chore, well one should prooooobably take a look at why it’s feeling like that :eyes:.

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My pleasure! :heartpulse:

Yeah, I’m the same way and I agree with you. :heart:

Yeah, but I if I have too I will lol

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Little late. But I do plan everything i rarely do go with the flow . But I do write what I want to happen in my writing notebook super handy. I do have a go to person as well when I want to proof read or bounce ideas off as well. But if you have a trusted person you can tell about your story do it. Don’t go through your writing journey alone it may seem ideal but it’s not. I learn that the hard way, but def write everything like key points,time lines background characters for me i just used my trusted friends i dont add like random ppl haha. Or backgrounds or overlays if you don’t make them then find drives or ask ppl on the forums or have friends help you out or give recommendations on where to get specific drives. But anyways yeah just know what your doing and be unqiue and authentic to your own self, just plan everything out but i feel like that is the main key point on everything you do and it will make everything worth it. Hope it helps xoxo

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Thanks for your advice and tips.

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aww np :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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For short stories, I take my base idea and go with it improv style. I then go back and fix plot points and sentence structure, and that’s that.

As for Episode stories, I do much more than that. I write the simple basis of the story (ex. Alice’s life is nothing but normal until she meets Damien, a vampire. Only catch is that she is suspicious that he’s a vampire but everyone else just thinks he’s a normal guy.), then I begin to flesh out the characters, first the main character. Here’s the form I use for my characters:

Character form

Name:
Age:
Gender:
Height:
Nationality:
Race:
Sexuality:
Romantic Attraction:
Glasses or Contacts:
Distinguishing Features:
Siblings:
Parents:
Mental Illness/Neurological Condition:
Birthday:
Occupation:
Dress Style:
Habits:
Hobbies:
Biggest Flaw:
Best Quality:
Extrovert/Introvert/Ambivert:
Goals:
Religious Views:
Backstory:
Extra:

I then go about planning the plot in detail after I’ve created the characters. I go first simply by writing the plot out in as much detail as I need, putting different bullet points as each plot point, having sub-points below each main point if I want to add some small details to it.

Then, I go to each episode and put usually around 5 points including what I want to happen in the episode. Sometimes I also add small scenes there if I already have a plan for them to add to the episode.

After all that, I just go by the episode outlines and create my episode.

The secret of my success is simple - I write when I have inspiration. If I feel that I am not in the mood to write, I do not write. I will soon need to register a personal application to college, but I am not in the mood for doing this. My friends advise turning to personal statement writing services and solving this issue without stress. I think this is a great solution, but I would also like to hear your opinion.

Hi Zoey,
Being a writer is another job itself honestly.
The most important element of a story has to be the plot and the twists, you need to make the readers engrossed in the story. I have seen a few people writing a story before even writing the plot, twists, how the story will end, etc.
So, you should plan out a story before you start coding it to have minimum writer block, secondly, I see people losing motivation if they are not gaining a lot of reads on the first few chapters. It’s def ok if you don’t have a lot of reads on your first story cuz everyone can’t get recognization on the very first time, The forums is here to help as people promote stories here, do R4R’s and you can make your very own post and promote your story.
Thirdly, I would say to give yourself breaks, it’s not really possible for you to code 24/7 or whenever you have time as you need to give your mind a bit of rest.
Fourthly, before writing a story make sure you note down the characterstics of your MC and LI or anyone important in the story. You need to know them better than you know yourself, cuz you have to narrate their feelings,etc.
I think so that’s all from my side.
Wishing you the best of luck.
Regards,
Sophia.

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