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How to make a mediocre story (the right way) Hello there, and welcome to my super awesome tutorial! Today I'm going to tell you how to make a story. Now I have to put mediocre in front of it to make me look modest. Anyway, if you've ever felt unsure about the splendidness of your story, look no further! For I, Kyan T. Doodle, shall evaluate you and your life choices. Doodle is watching, AND JUDGING. The most important parts of a story are plot, character, setting, and really just a point to all of it. You don't want to have a story that stops midway, unless you're writing a suspense story. Let me go into detail about all of them. ________________________________________________________________ Plot - You need to have a delightful plot. A nice plot can be achieved in many different ways, depending on what genre you're going for, but I'll get into that part later. Right now, the advice I give you is to be unique. You MAY sacrifice a little bit of originality to keep your audience, and that's fine. Like if you have a bad guy in your story, that's okay. I mean I prefer stories where there isn't a really defined bad guy, but it's still okay to have one. Characters - In order to have nice characters, you need to give them qualities AND flaws. Even if they're supposed to be the good guys, they have to have a weakness or downside. If you don't give them both, well, you just created a one-dimensional character as they say it. Remember Bella Swan from Twilight? Remember how much you hated her? Yeah. That was most likely because she was perfect in every way and had two guys fighting over her all the time. You don't want that. If you have a bad guy, it's best to give that person a good quality or a reasonable stance on why and how they turned out to be evil. An example of a character like this comes from...I don't know. That blonde chick from Highschool Musical, maybe? Yeah. That seems about right. Some stories don't even have a bad guy at all, and this is very hard to pull off, but if you can do it, you've earned your respect from dear old Doodle. Take a look at The Lorax. I mean sure, the Onceler was kind of a bad guy, but he really regretted killing all those trees right? Do something similar to that, but not too similar! You might get sued... Oh. And another thing. If they live in American, don't give all of them Japanese names. If you give one of them a Japanese name because they have Japanese parents or they're total weebs, that's fine. Just not all or most of them. Setting - If you have eyes, and managed to pass the 1st grade, you probably know what setting is, however, just in case if you're blind and still in kindergarten, I'll explain it anyway. Setting is the situation and area the cast is put in. There aren't many ways to mess this up, but I still have advice on what not to do. You watch anime, right? Well if you do, you'll notice that at least 80 percent of them involve taking place in either highschools, or characters who are still in highschool. DON'T DO THAT. Seriously do anything else but that. If you have a character who would presumably be in highschool because he/she is 15 but isn't around the school in most of the scenes, that's totally okay, but I...but...okay. Let me make an example of what you absolutely shouldn't do in script. *It shows Nana as his alarm clock starts buzzing irritably* *Nana opens her eyes slowly to turn the alarm clock off, until she notices it it 7:30 a.m.* Nana: Oh no! I'm late for school again! Nana: *this runs over her quickly getting ready* My name is Nana. Nana Takara. I'm just an ordinary highschool student! *opening* *Nana runs down the stairs, quickly gets the toast out of the toaster, and then runs out the door* Nana's mom: Goodbye now! So yeah. Don't do that. It's been done a million times. A point - Maybe teach a moral lesson at the end of it, or have an objective. In The Walking Dead, their main goal is to survive and maybe find a cure. In Pinocchio, Pinocchio learns that he shouldn't like totally lie and stuff. So maybe do something like that, but again, not exactly. You'll probably get sued. ______________________________________________________________ Have you learned anything yet? *gasp* What do you mean "no?!" I taught you some incredibly valuable things just now! *sigh* Fine! I guess I'll have to teach you about genres! There are many more genres than 4, but I don't want you to get bored, so that's all I'll be doing. Let's start with the most common one. __________________________________________________________ Romance - Ah, yes. Romance. This genre is like French Toast. It's wonderful when someone you trust makes it, but when you make it, you fail each and every time. Well no more! Because Doodle ain't havin' that! Let me teach you about how to NOT mess up a good romance story. Now in my honest opinion, unlike french toast, I don't particularly like Romance bare. I much rather prefer it mixed in with other genres. But if you have to have it your way, then I suggest to be original about it. Titanic was a pretty meh movie to me, and you know why that is? It's not because I have something against sinking ships or something, well I mean I do, but that's not why I have an indifferent opinion to it. The reason why is because the romance was SOOOOO boring. I mean the girl knew her for like a few weeks, and he'd already risk his life for her? That's friggin' nanners! AND there's nothing special about their romance! Why couldn't they hate each other at first, but then realize that they should be more mature than that, or have the guy go for the money first and she gets mad about it but then he knows that deep down he loves her. I mean just really something more than lovers on a sinking boat! Horror - Many people try to go for this genre, and many fail. Well I mean not in the box office, but in my eyes. Really, all that horror films are now is some sort of poltergeist living in a family's home and basically nothing else. Another thing that people mistake for horror is an hour and a half full of jumpscares. I mean sure it startles you, but would you really pay for a movie that might give you a heart attack? I mean of course you would. But I...let me put it this way. If you were vulnerable one day, and your friend put his hand on your shoulders, you would be like "OH MAH GOD WUT" right? However, after you've calmed down and realized it was your friend, you wouldn't want to be like "Hey! I should feel that for 2 hours while staring at a TV screen!" What I prefer in horror films is a scary atmosphere. Like in The Walking Dead (yes. I'm using this comparison again.), you don't get scared because they put in a random sound with a close up of a zombie. You get scared because zombies are horrific-looking things, and you fear that one of the characters that you love get bitten. To summarize my point, don't make a horror flick about a ghost living in a family home. Please. Comedy - This is like my favorite genre of all time! We all know that I can be quite comedic, but that's beside the point. Now I'm not going to tell you to do what you think is right, because that's obviously false. Whatever you have in mind needs to be concentrated on and polished. You need to test the jokes out, and you obviously can't do that yourself. Testing them out with friends is just fine, but some people need more of a push than that. Because some friends are like "Wow, it's...great." or something. If you're unsure about a joke, just post it on this site, and see what kind of attention it gets: https://www.reddit.com/r/Jokes/ A comedy isn't all about jokes though. You also need a plot, some well-developed characters, and a nice setting. Try doing the unthinkable! Here's a Comedy I would definitely watch: A mad scientist finds a way to build a time machine and travels to the late 1500s and accidently kills Shakespeare. The town is furious with the scientist and threaten to kill him unless he finished Shakespeare's uncompleted play the way Shakespeare himself would do it. In the end, he is successful and the town is okay with the scientist. He even gets to be in history books and stuff. Doesn't that sound like a nice comedy? I came up with it myself. Maybe you could evolve that story. Perhaps you could throw some romance in there. What if the scientist fell in love with one of the town's women, but they couldn't be together because they're from different times. I think it sounds magnificent! A mystery - I really like this genre too! What I like to do for this one is to put people in an undesirable situation; kinda like what I like to do with horror. Take a look at the obscure game, 999. The plot is that these people capture 9 people and put them in a spacious building together, and they have to compete with each other to escape PLUS one of the 9 people is the culprit who put them there! Sounds interesting, does it not? Well do the same with your audience and intrigue them with your plot. Make them wonder what will happen next! _______________________________________________________ Well that's all Doodle has for now. If you liked the tutorial, great! I like you! If you didn't like the tutorial, I shall rise from my mediocrity and make you like me! Haha! Hahahahaha! Okay! Goodbye now!
Thank you :)
Great Job @KyanTheDoodle !
Thanks man :D
No Problem :)
What do you mean? These are facts.
good job doodle :)
@KyanTheDoodle Stuffed with good advice!
Awesome facts! Awesome job. I'm writing a book at the moment and I did get some hinters...ahem. With that anime info...heh. ;) Those tips you gave are really insightful! Now I kind of learned a little bit about what genres you like. It gave me some pointers as I was getting stuck on the first few pages of my story just now. xD Oh didn't you write a book once before? I didn't read the compilation yet. Please pm me the link. :D
You mean that fan fiction I wrote for Open Study a while back?
Here it is: http://www.wattpad.com/myworks/33177262-stranded-on-study-island-an-open-study-fan-fiction :D
Aw I have to sign up. XD
For reals? Las time I checked, you didn't have to do that. Maybe it's part of the update or somethin'
Great job doodle! And yea it wants me to sign up, not going to happen x'D
Darn! Oh well. Maybe I'll find another way later.
Why am I getting medals for saying: Great job @KyanTheDoodle :P
Maybe it's the way you say it? XD
Aha! It has been done! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iXjox_U_QF_v3iFuOZVVZ9fNGY-49ZhGgrSMSCE0gIA/edit (I'm not sure if the link will work though. I always had trouble with Google documents.)
Wow...you must have put a lot of work into that! Great job!
http://openstudytutorials.weebly.com/ Have you thought about submitting your tutorial there?
Indeed I have!
Oh. And to add a little bit more on what not to do, When you're making a fantasy story, and have a main character as the chosen one, I beg of you. Don't do the whole "the prophecy says so" thing, 'cause that's not cool! Do it because the character has some sort of heroic trait within him or her, or maybe the chosen thing is random, and he or she just happened to be picked. Okay that's all. Have fun!
nice tutorial, even though i did not exactly need it( i have problems in grammar when it comes to writing)
Well that's an odd coincidence because I'm almost flawless! If you're confused about something grammar-related, I'm sure I can help. :D
Everyone makes mistakes.
That doesn't mean that her story doesn't contain facts.
@funnyguy2 If you don't like the tutorial, fine. I get it. I can't please everyone. But don't use the excuse that I'm not using proper English, because I am. These are tips, so of course they would be opinionated in the slightest. Also, being a straight-A student doesn't really guarantee that I should take advice from you. Making a good story has almost nothing to do with being a good student.
Yes I do, and I wouldn't be arguing with you if you hated my tutorial for the right reasons, but really, you seem like a kid who's trying to start trouble.
How long did it take for you to type this?
Not long at all actually.
I couldn't find anything better online.
This belongs in the English section. literature definition "written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit." Source: Google
Actually it wouldn't belong in English either. It would belong best in writing. I can't relocate it though.