My Tips and Hints on Grammar, Spelling, and Story.

Grammar and Spelling Hints and Tips spoken in the words of JadesFlame! Read and improve.

If you want me to be honest, I wasn't going to do this. I was going to join the new Pet Peeve contest thing for Quibblo, but halfway through starting this I realized that was a Quiz contest rather than a Story Contest. I didn't want to ditch this story thing so now I'm going to continue it. As for the Quiz contest, I'm not joining because I can't make Quizzes...

Chapter 2

Story

by: Hyouka
A/N, my apologies, I made a few mistakes on the first chapter. I misspelled the word 'Comma' and in Quotations, a split sentence should look like this:
"I can't," said Mary, "believe you said that."



#1. Story Ideas

This is a topic that a lot of people struggle with. When it comes to creating a story, a good plotline is most important - but along with a plotline, you need good characters and drastic twists to really engage a reader so that they don't become tired of your story.

Here are a few tips to help you come up with story ideas:

1. Take an embarrasing time in your life and change settings, character names, and personalities.
2. Look at a random person on the street, who is dressed oddly or is doing something suspicious, and come up with a background story for them.
3. Listen to your favorite song and consider the singer as a character in a book. Who might they be singing to? What hardships caused them to write this song?
4. If you happen to see a setting that you find intriguing, such as an old wood or a fancy garden, come up with a character who might spend time there.

There are a lot of ways like this to come up with good story ideas. Perhaps there is a character in a book you've read recently that you really enjoy, and so you create a new character with their personality and base a story off of them. You never know where ideas might come from.


#2. Character Development

There are a lot of different places to find characters, and a lot of different options to consider:

1. Find a character from your favorite book and create a new character based off of them.
2. Find a person in your life and rename them, or increase their personalities and habits to make them more drastic.
3. Look at an animal in your house and decide what they would be like if they were human.

The interest in your story can be increased simply by making good characters. Creating them with strange habbits, odd looks, and hidden talents gives them depth. When creating a story, take time to pick out each individual character and decide their background. Who are their parents? Do they like them? What have they been through? Are they a loner? If so, do they want friends or not? These are just a few questions you can ask yourself to create a character.

I myself have written stories completely based off of a secondary character. Often, a main plotline can be created off of a subplot, like a romance. So create a couple that you really like. An example from one of my stories:

Hitomi Nakumoro - A serious, kick-butt girl from the Bronx who knows Karate and is fluent in Japanese, easily irrirated. She's also blind.

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Mikey Jason - An ultimate gamer from Australia who is ultimately irrirating and likes to pull pranks on Hitomi.

This couple is unexpected and quirky, which makes it more likable. This is only a subplot in the large picture of a story.


#3. Plot Twists

A plot twist is a great way to engage a reader and keep them reading. Now, granted, you don't want it to be too frustrating - by killing off a main character or the main love interest - because they readers will be unsatasfied. (I have, on more than one occation, chucked a book at a wall because they killed off my favorite character...Book Thief, HINT, HINT.)

Even so, it is good to keep plot twists. If you're writing a story that has war and fighting in it, it may be a good idea to kill of a secondary character. The more liked the character, the more dramatic, often the better the plot twist.

Another good plot twist is to add hints throughout the story of a certain character's evil, and then reveal them near the end of the book. If you have a character who seems all innocent, try to give them an evil flare. This will add the perfect plot twist for the ending that will keep the readers wishing for book #2.


#4. Paragraph Spacing

This doesn't have much to do with planning a story, but it is very important, especially on writing websites like Quibblo. You have to be sure that your story is easy to read when you write it, and that way people will be willing to try.

1. When writing a story on Quibblo, where you can't use 'Tab', it is best to put a space between each paragraph. This sounds sloppy and is hard to read:

It didn't seem to make much sense at the time, but now Mary was beginning to see the true intentions of the strange man she had met in town.
"It's strange," she said, looking at the boy. "He didn't come across as a cruel man back then."
"Many people are like that," he replied.

You see, it makes it harder to read. So now, let's put spaces between our paragraphs.

It didn't seem to make much sense at the time, but now Mary was beginning to see the true intentions of the strange man she had met in town.

"It's strange," she said, looking at the boy. "He didn't come across as a cruel man back then."

"Many people are like that," he replied.

Easier to read, and therefore more popular.

Another suggestion I would give you is to space out your dashes. When putting a dash between two words on Quibblo, the dash can be quite small, and therefore harder to see. It cleans up words to put a space on either side of it. So this:

It was dark-like fine silk.

Would turn into this:

It was dark - like fine silk.

This makes the writing look cleaner.


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Thank you for reading, everyone. Stay tuned for chapter three!

()~JadesFlame~()

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