-- The Story Domain --

  Main - Return to the the main page.
  Story List - Check out the current list of stories.
  Interactive - Continue stories by other strangers.
  Writing Tips - Some tips on how to write original stories.
       - The Interest Factor
       - Be Creative!
       - Writing implements
       - Grammar and Spelling
       - Characters

  Archive - Download the stories for future reading.
  Guidelines - Here are the guidelines in submitting stories.
  Submit - Don't have email?  Submit them through this site.
  Copyright - Various copyright info.


  Writing Tips

Need some help in writing stories?  Here are some pointers that I've came across when trying to write my latest masterpiece.

  The Interest Factor

In this day and age, most people have an attention span of about 3 minutes.  So if you can grab someone's attention in the first 4 or 5 paragraphs, then the reader will most likely continue with your story.  That's why most action stories today start with a cliff-hanger scene, and then afterwards, they really dive into the story.  
So make sure your stories include many surprises and good use of details.  No one likes boring stories.

  Be Creative!

There's absolutely no point in reading a story if its about something you've read before.  Instead, use your imagination and think of something interesting and to write about.  It could be about something you've dreamt before or maybe a unique experience you've been through.

  Use proper writing implements

If you can't type very fast, then don't use a computer to type up your first draft.  You want to get your train of thought down before you lose it.  Usually, I have a bunch of episodes running around my head just dying to become text.  I can type pretty fast, but usually I lose some of the great ideas I  had before.  If you're like me, then get a verbal-text program.  So whatever you say will instantly become text on-screen!  You'll spend less of your time on typing and more on thinking.

  Grammar and Spelling

Good grammar and spelling is essential in writing stories.  You don't want to sound stupid or give your readers a difficult time trying to decipher what you're trying to say.  

  Character Development

Make your characters lively and believable.  Good stories are often further enhanced with rich character personality.  Shakespeare was an excellent writer because his characters weren't one-sided.  They made jokes, they betrayed, they performed unnecessary acts, they showed emotion, etc.  Always try to incorporate real human behaviors and attitudes into your characters.  

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