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Old 04-17-2011, 09:04 PM
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Default Getting a plot and NOT abandoning it? -_-

My stories tend to die from lack of plot, or I abandon them. For example, I posted a prologue a few days ago. A day or two after it was posted, I pretty much completely abandoned it and took one of the characters into a new plot. I wrote a quick draft of that prologue not very long ago. Now I'm considering abandoning that one too. *Sigh* -_-
I have about three random plots floating in my head(including the prologue one). None of them are very detailed.
Bleh. -_- How do I come up with a good plot that I like that is detailed compared to most of mine(which aren't really detailed. At all. -_-), and not abandon it? *Head desks repeatedly* :P
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:10 PM
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Okay. Here's my advice, and if it doesn't work...uh, I'll be out of the country.

a) Write about several different characters that have a similiarity. Maybe they're adopted; maybe they're super artistic; maybe they have the same birthday. Maybe it's something physical, like they're all at this one place during this one time. Then, join their stories together. Tweak things here and there and before you know it, you have several intertwining plots.

b) Combine abandoned stories.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:20 PM
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Well...I'm not completely sure. With me, when I get a new idea I get excited, because it's an idea I haven't previously thought of, or it's an idea that really started out as a random(as in completely random, my brain was secretly on something at the time or that's what I get for allowing it to wander around) scene that sticks with me. And then my mind spends the next who knows how long connecting them. But with my plots, they're usually haphazard, not drawn out or even completed. Take the story with Isaac in it-I actually thought up some possible titles...like Protectors from the Stars or one that was thought up by someone else, whom of which my short term memory can't exactly remember, Sent from the Stars-. It's only thought up about half way. Like I honestly have no idea what's going to happen after a certain point, or how it's going to end. Same with Aakaash. I only just thought up a really good next few parts plot, but after that, yeah nothing. So, sticking with them is really important. You have to have some sort of enthusiasm(yeah, I know, I'm sorry word, I killed you) for the story. It's like a drive to actually finish it. Maybe make some really humorous characters, or write about something you really like(for me it's dragons, death stories and currently, griffins). Oh, and think of some awesome plot twists or something unexpected that could happen. Another way I think you could stick with it is if you wrote down a basic outline of what's going to happen in each chapter(I should really consider doing this, but it's less fun) unless you like the wiggle room where you can change stuff. Personally that's what I'm good with working with, just because my mind is the type that'll get almost done, or half way or to 103 pages(glares at Obsidian) before deciding, right then and there, that it's done. It doesn't like the plot anymore, it's too rushed, too crappy, too needs to be changed and made a million times better, ect. But if you're the type of person that can handle that type of structure and stick with it, then by all means try it out. If not, then just do what I do. Start it and then think about it a lot, try to work it out in your mind in your free time. I hope this helps.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:36 PM
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Gabi: I shall try it! If I included abandoned poems too, I think it might turn out as gibberish. :P

Kiwara: Thanks! I'm pretty sure you didn't kill enthusiasm, unlike me who tried spelling it entusiasm. :P
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:59 AM
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Let the plot come from real expieriences, or real people. Don't use generators or prompts or pictures to get you started. Cause I always abandoned those. But if its a story that you spend time developing it'll work.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:35 PM
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This time the story survived a DAY before I started thinking, "What if this is cliche? This plot isn't very good!" *Sarcasm* -_-
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:58 AM
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Okay. Here's my advice, which I got from a writing guide.

DON'T GIVE YOURSELF CC.

At least, not for a while. Free-write. Scribble down your writing and even if the phrases are clumsy, the metaphors are cliche and the characters are bland, keep going and don't critique.
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Old 06-26-2011, 10:40 PM
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Okay, well, here's my advice-

I tend to not plan stories. I find it boring. However, plan the main events. Like, when you're not writing, think about it. Plan the main plot line, and maybe come up with smaller side-events. You can add smaller things as you go.

As for not abandoning........you've just gotta write. That's what works best for me. If I force myself to write, I write more.

Also- try stopping at an exciting part so you'll want to write it when you pick it back up.

Hope I helped.........good luck!
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:37 PM
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I do that too. I was writing a book called Azure but I gave up after the second chapter. It is SO IRRITATING!!! Maybe try and think of a story YOU REALLY want to write and plan the plot before you write it. Then when your writing it you can cut and change things but you still feel motivated to write it because you like it. Or you could just get all your ideas down in a notebook and choose the one you like best!!! :-P
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:06 PM
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*Laughs insanely with eye twitching* ARGH!!!!!! Apparently I can't finish ANYTHING except POSSIBLY poems… *Head desk* I was writing a random prologue. I had the basic idea. And now… *checks* 161 words into it, I don't really like the idea and think it's stupid and I'm wondering if I'm going to finish it… ARGH. >.< Yeah, I'm annoyed. :P It's like I have writer's block on everything but poems… *Head desk* *Head desk* *Head desk* *Head desk* *Head desk* *Head desk* *Head desks repeatedly*
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