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So. I’m back. Finally. A little bit more on writing tips and how to write a story. I mean, you can write a story but that doesn’t mean that it’ll be good. Not that anyone’s perfect. Get what I mean?
 

Off the topic. I’ve been looking around the forums, and I’ve noticed the most popular type of story on here is an ASBL, URPG and lastly, fanfiction. But since I don’t want to bore you, this article will basically be about imputting information and history.
 

I, as a mostly original story writer, am not a fan of the whole term fan fiction at all, unless it’s for webcomics. And even then, they are very, very narrow. I guess it’s really hard for me; seeing as I like to have fresh, new, ‘original’ (since there’s that totally untrue myth about there being only 18 original stories around the world or something like that), and even writing that is pretty good makes me go ‘errgshskhgrg.’
 
LINCHY NO-NO: ALWAYS ASSUME THE READER KNOWS EVERYTHING.
And by this I mean the Pokemon background. I’m definately not a die-hard fan, but I know a few things here an there. It’s essentially important that you do not assume that, especially if you are creating new laws and rules in the Pokemon World that isn’t in the manga/anime (which will probably happen often). You must slowly, carefully tell the reader the information.
 

LINCHY NO-NO: ASSUME THE READER IS SOME KIND OF CYBORG ROBOT AND THEY CAN’T GET BORED BY ENDLESS HISTORY.
There are good and bad ways in telling history, especially if it was some kind of Law or Act or special kind of thing that happened before the set time period. Some (not all) writers just go like this:

I cast my eyes toward the rusting sign, which held those many words: BOBBY JONES IS AWESOME. I remembered when I was three thousand and sixty four, there was freedom. And there weren’t Vulpixes that wore crowns. And spoke English. And threw hissy fits.

 

OKAY. Not absolutely like that, but people just slowly push us to the edge and then holler about how awesome Bobby Jones became. Just because you started out OK, doesn’t mean that you can suddenly smack us in the face with some kind of history Bobby Jones hand crafted text book.
 

LINCHY YESH-YAY: USING FLASH BACKS OR DREAMS TO EXPLAIN SITUATIONS.
I absolutely love the idea how there are flash backs, or dreams, to explain/tell/show the history or any information. Sadly it’s easily turned into the No-No above, but a good way not to do is, to fabricate some things. Dreams are easier. I mean, if you already have the power to point a laser gun at the moon why not make it burst into a million pieces in your dream? Things do not have to be set in stone. You don’t have to go by the book, but it’s hard not to.

It was a nightmare. People were screaming, buildings were tumbling. It had finally come. And she didn’t even know what it was.
 

As the people’s cries being soft, ghostly sounds of the wind a figure stepped up to the highest point of the rubble. It wore army-type uniform, with green-brown colours and to match a slim, built appearance. She knew what was going to happen. But that only happened in books. Movies. Fairytales. But that fairytale became her reality as the man cleared his throat, and even the furious winds became silent.
 

“Hello citizens,” he called. There were some mutters but there were a few clicks and they fell silent. “My name is Bobby Jones. But you will call me Awesome Leader Called Bobby Jones.”
 

There was an outburst, which lasted for about thirty seconds but when Jones raised his hand their voices were lost to the gales.
 

“I’m here for a change. A big change.” he cast a look at the surivors. “A good one.”

 
Right, so what does that tell you? Other than I absolutely love the name Bobby Jones? I’ll let you decide. Some of that doesn’t even have to be real. It doesn’t have to be straight. It can be whatever you want to be. Don’t bore people. Capture their attention. But don’t get carried away. :D
 

That’s it for now. :) I hope you found this useful.
Linchy Out.


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