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1. Know what you're writing.
It's easy to get off track while you're writing. Thus it's always a good idea to know what you're writing. As soon as you have a good grasp on what your story is about, you'll find yourself writing quicker. This includes the main plot, a majority of the subplots, and where all the vital plot points are going to be.

2. Know what inspires you and stay around it.
Now this doesn't mean that you should go through an entire personal evaluation. It just means to keep track of where you get inspired and what caused the inspiration. For some, it could be listening to music of some sort, while for others, it could be watching families at the park. Whatever it is, try to be around it whenever you can.

3. Map out your story.
Now this is something that a lot of people take out of hand. When mapping out your story, you don't want to have everything in a certain slot. Things can't be one hundred percent organized. The story could change in a way that ruins your entire pyramid of perfection, making you have to rebuild it over and over again. It's just a waste of time to keep on fitting everything together. Now this doesn't have to be written down as long as you know how you want things to work out. Just think on what you want and keep that as a basis for the actual story.

4. Develop your characters.
The best plot ever written will never be able to attract readers if the characters are bland or unoriginal. That doesn't mean that basing your character of off another character is a bad thing. Many people have found that structuring their character off of another makes developing much easier. Lets take my character Roshetta, for example. He was originally based off of Sora from Kingdom Hearts, but there are more differences that similarities. Sora is an innocent child who saves the universe while searching for his friends. Roshetta is a sarcastic adult who saves the world to make sure that his friend doesn't get himself killed. They both have giant blades with chains on the end, but Roshetta's chains are much longer and more a part of the story line. Sora's chain is simply an accessory used to make his blade stronger in one way or another. As stated before, you can't make a good story without good characters. Thus it's a good idea to make your characters seem as real as possible. Give them distinct personalities, and make their pasts build up their present. It's not just about making them look interesting or having them sound cool. You have to make your character believable. That means putting a lot of time and effort into giving them strengths, flaws, and traits that make them unique.

5. Don't push yourself too hard.
A good novel is not written just because it was finished. You never want to force yourself to write. It makes your work sloppy, and it can ruin what you had worked on for days, weeks, months, or even years. When you force yourself to write, you tend to lose track of what your story is about. You write more into what you think sounds good, than what really works in your story.

6. Enjoy it.
You are your own worst critic, so make sure that you like your story. You are writing this, so if you don't like it, there's not much of a chance that someone else will. Now it doesn't have to be your favorite story. In fact, chances are that you will never write a story you like better than your favorite one. No matter how hard you try, you can't get that same enjoyment that you find in other stories. That is because the element of drama is taken out. All of the things that make a story great aren't there for the story's writer, so making a story that you like will be the hardest part of writing.

7. Have a beta reader
You don't have to do this, but it's always good to have a second opinion while you're writing. If you have someone who's always willing to read, then use that to your advantage. A second pair of eyes is very rewarding, but be sure to have someone you can trust with a possible best seller.

8. Stay inconsistent.
This simply means not to repeat yourself throughout the entire story. Don't make the characters go through the same thing over and over again. It makes the story predictable. If Jake has to cross a bridge over boiling hot lave in chapter 7, don't make him have to cross a bridge over a crocodile infested ravine in chapter 20. Just because it's a little different doesn't make it any less predictable. It's the same element in with a different condition. Make the story change, and have the characters go through different obstacles. Make the characters grow up and mature. Little Jake from the beginning should turn into Jake the brave. It's not a matter of making it thrilling or suspenseful. It's about making the story interesting enough to make people turn the page. If they finish the book, there's a decent chance that they'll tell people about what they think about it. Word of mouth still works in this day and age.

9. Listen to the advice of others
Just because somebody hasn't written a story or sold a best seller, doesn't mean that they can't push you in the right direction. Many people who haven't written anything outside of their school life can give you the best advice on how to make your story even better. It's good to be proud of your story, but don't let that keep you from taking advice. No matter how young or old someone is, if they've ever read a book, then they know what they like. Even if they're not your target audience, you can still let them show you a few pointers. You never know what can help when you're writing.
This is just something that I wrote up to keep myself on track as National Novel Writing Month draws nearer. Another good help can be found here.

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I fixed grammatical errors and fixed it up a little. Nothing big, but it's a little better.
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I took out what seemed too much like the other tips in my eyes. If there are more, just tell me, and I'll remove it.
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shadow990x Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
thnx
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zoriusth Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
uhm... what if you have been thinking of a story... and the storyline has gotten a little out of hand as it goes into multiverse theory, string theory, extra dimensions, and the storyline can now fill 12 books while still not explaining everything... how would you go about writing that???
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Writer
You would just write it. Find ways to explain what needs to be explained while still leaving enough out to keep people guessing. If it's that profound of a story, then I'm sure you can have ins and outs all throughout the story.
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zoriusth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so just write each book... over twelve book series O_o... ^^ ok then ^^'
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student Writer
Yeah. The Xanth series is pretty long as well, currently up to 38 books.
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zoriusth Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok then ^^' this will definetely take a while... so I'll separate it into separate arks to make it easier, also will start each ark to work on each at the same time ^^
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Writer
Sounds like a good idea to me. I hope your story does well. Tell me when the books are out, and I'll buy a few copies.
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nounouisawesome Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
awesoem u helped me out alot. would u mind checking my writing and letting me know if u like it and if there is room for improvment
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Writer
The best thing to remember is to describe things. Don't expect people to know what you're thinking. Use a vague element only when needed or else your writing will be very dull. Your work wasn't very impressive. Sorry. I can see where you're going, but you lack any real elements. You're not telling stories or creating any powerful emotions. You're just saying things. A good story not only tells you what's happening, but also makes you feel it, makes you want to keep going. Your writing seems very young, but there's one really good thing about writing badly. Every great writer has written poorly. Don't stop trying, but also listen to the advice of others. Develop your own style and find something that works with your strengths. Keep it up, and you'll go far. Just don't let someone saying that your work is bad bring you down. Yes, you have a long way to go, but so do I. My work is far from perfect, but as bestselling author Maureen Johnson will tell you, keep on sucking. Dare to suck.
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nounouisawesome Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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KarinaMacGill Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very helpful! Made me re-think a lot of my ideas, and how I approach to them. But I think the best about this tut is that it is encouraging begginers to write!
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Writer
I wrote this as I was just a beginner as a writer. I was still learning all the rules, and those were the basic tips that I learned.
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reidric Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there! It has been a hell of a while since I have been involved in creative writing, but I am now going to get back into it starting off with short stories. These tips have brought back a lot of memories for me and has also helped in getting me back on the horse after my breakdown in September :) Thank you for the guide :)
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Writer
You're very welcome. If you get anything published, I'd love to read it.
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reidric Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definately :) How did you get into writing?
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Writer
One of my friends told me that I should write out my ideas, so I did it for her. I didn't really care, but then I realized that I enjoyed getting my ideas written out. It's been about four years since then.
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reidric Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, it sounds like you have come a really long way since then :) Well done!

I'm just starting to get used to getting my ideas out again and it is in honesty a bit of a struggle. Sometimes the ideas I get can send me down a certain train of thought and I end upputting the pen down before I get worked up, but I am slowly getting there :)

Listen, I've written a poem earlier on today and I wondered if I could get your opinion on the work, and also if you could possibly direct me to some places where I could get exposure and input for my work?
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Writer
Actually, I'm still trying to find a place to get exposure and input for my work. I wouldn't mind reading your work, but honestly, my opinion isn't the greatest out there. I like to review things, but I don't look hard enough on them to get the deep understanding people are looking for in a critique. The best thing to do is to show things off to beta readers, or people who are close to you who also care about your art.
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SoraIsMySky Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this! This has really helped me.
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student Writer
You're welcome. I'm glad you were able to get something from it.
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OnyxSturm Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Writer
Very helpful article. And you're right on #4 -- many of the villains in my series are roughly based on existing villains, the main inspirations being Sauron from The Lord of the Rings and Organization Xlll from, yep, Kingdom Hearts. Sucks, though, because prior to even knowing about KH I'd made a character that had long, spiky hair and carried a book as a 'weapon' (Water elemental abilities), but then I played it and found Zexion. Ciest la vie.

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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Writer
Thanks. I come to this every year around this time so that I can remember my own advice for NaNoWriMo. I'm really excited for it. I hope to win again this year.
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BellaNellaMorte Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This really helps! I mainly write poems but occasionally I'd start a story and just get stuck because I keep going back and messing with what I've written and loosing sight of what will happen in the story.
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Student Writer
I'm glad you got some good stuff out of it. It's the most popular thing in my gallery.
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BellaNellaMorte Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much for taking time to write it :)
This is gonna be my referral hehe
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dragontamer363 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Good advice :)
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JoyBundle012 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I completely agree. I love writing and can't wait until I can get my stories published. (once I finish them, of course <.<;) I try to write everyday no matter how late it is (im doing schoolwork most of the day) and sometimes find myself writing til sunrise. When I get to a good scene in my story, it's damn near impossible for me to stop until I get it just right. I can always tweak it here and there later if I want to change something. Lol
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Student Writer
Oh I know what you mean. It's hard, and we often find ourselves making time just to write. That's one of the reasons that I sleep in a lot. I'm either writing or talking to the person who helps me write.
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JoyBundle012 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
For me, it's just writing. When I'm sitting in my room with a notebook or my cell phone (it has microsoft word on it so I can type my stories even if I'm not on the computer. HOW COOL IS THAT?!) I just get lost in my own story and wish I didn't have to come out of it. Reality makes me sad sometimes T.T *sniffles* I let a couple of my friends read the first chapter of one story I'm working on now and a lot of them like it. It's a real boost of confidence when other people like my work ^_^ Hopefully when I'm done, it will be a decent success. Best of inspirations for you and your writings!
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Student Writer
Thank you.
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JoyBundle012 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome Y(^_^)Y
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earthandshadows Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
I'm in the process of writing a novel - and this would really help me :D THANKS !!!! :heart:
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Student Writer
You are very welcome. I'm trying to write a novel as well.
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earthandshadows Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
I just posed part 1 of my novel if you wish to read it ^^ Critiques are welcome!
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Student Writer
I made a comment. I hope it helps.
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xScorchiex Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Thank you. :heart:
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Student Writer
No problem.
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x--Lurid--x Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Would you mind if I linked to this in [link] ? I am trying to make a collection of tutorials so that people do not have to search around as much and can just find the help that they need.
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Student Writer
Sure thing, but I'd appreciate it if you gave me credit for it.
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x--Lurid--x Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, of course I will credit you! I guess I should have said that before...
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Student Writer
Okay. Then that's all I ask. I hope that people get a lot from your ultimate tutorial. It sounds like a great idea.
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x--Lurid--x Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks ^_^ I am glad you think so
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OnlyHere4ThePics Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
great tips! =)
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Student Writer
Thanks.
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OnlyHere4ThePics Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
no prob =)
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shinzombie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008
very true, most fanfictions writers should read this
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Student Writer
Thanks. Well there are a few differences in fanfiction writing. I prefer it when people take a known universe and put their own characters in like *Lock-of-Hyrule does. I mean, the cannon characters are great, but it shows more creativity to create a separate story.
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Miki-chii Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
6. Finish the story, don't redo it. You want to finish your story before you proofread and edit it. As you go through the chapters, experiment to find what style works with your story. Don't go back when you find that style. Just keep on writing until your story is complete. After you're done, go back an rework your story so that it flows correctly, and make sure that your grammar is proofread.

xD wow...I am a fairly good writer (fantasy and science-fiction ^^) but....*sighs* what I do with my story is I go through the chapters, have semi-organized paragraphs, and well...when I write, how I am feeling greatly affects it. so anyway, I go through the chapters while I'm typing it, find these random mood-swings and type the rest fo the story and I never end up making it flow T^T my gtreatest weaknes.....
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forbiddenhero Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Student Writer
That's why you should try to have a certain mood that you write in. Yes it's good to write your feelings, but you should also have things set up so that the story will be able to flow later on. It doesn't have to flow when you're done writing it out. That's what editing is for. Write out your feelings, but also stick with how you planned for the story to go.
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Miki-chii Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
YAY that was awesome advice ^^ I'm still kinda young though so I guess I have time to improve ^^
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