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Hello and welcome to Writer's Block; A Fun and Creative Writing Help Thread!
My name is Micky101037 and I will be one of the two thread managers here! I will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about writing, be it in the technical aspect of writing, or the creative.
I mainly do short stories, and will be glad to help with any problems you are experiencing. My partner and co-thread manager Sherry1968, runs her own legacy story and is very helpful with longer stories.
This thread will have a weekly lesson that can help you with your writing. For example: Plot, Character Development, Under-lying Conflict. These are just a few of the many topics we will cover in this thread! We will also provide a theme for you to write about, but it is completely up to you whether or not you use it.
Whether you are a struggling writer just starting out, or an experienced savant whipping up stories, you can join us here for a fun, friendly, and creative learning atmosphere!
NOTE TO ALL: The lessons here at Writer's Block are weekly, and will come out each Friday-Saturday. Be aware, I live in the Mid-western United States, so I will be following the time there. Please be patient and aware to the fact that while it may be time for the next lesson in your area, it may not be in mine.
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Hi everyone, I'm Sherry1968. Welcome to the Writers' Block. Micky and I hope that you will share your stories with us, and come here if you need any help with writing. We will do our best to share what we have learned with you.
I have been playing Sims for maybe 2 or 3 years. I love the Sims, and I love to write, so it was only natural that the two would eventually come together.
I started a legacy mainly because I wanted to join in a Build n Share challenge and we had to make a legacy heir and home that week. It turned out to be a lot of fun, so I kept going with it. It is called the Vanne Legacy, and here is the link:
http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/158906.page I hope you enjoy it. I have not been able to write in it much in the past month, but hopefully I will have time to add on to it this week.
Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to see you again soon!
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This first week's lesson is: Brainstorming and Pre-Writing.
Brainstorming: Brainstorming is one of the key factors to good writing. It can lead to even better ideas than you had previously had. To brainstorm, simply grab paper, pencil, or in this case mouse and keyboard. Write down all of your ideas, and any other ones that come to you. Once you think you are done, read over your ideas and revise your favorites. Once you have done this, pick your idea and start your pre-writing!
Pre-Writing: Pre-Writing is another equally important factor in your compositions. It often determines the plot, setting, and characters! Once you have your idea, just start writing out how you think the story would go. Example: Write out the list of events, the characters, the setting, and the first few sentences/paragraphs. A lot of people have good ideas, but rush into them without their pre-writing. This can give an un-organized and sloppy look to your writing. Pre-writing is a simple step in the writing process, but that doesn't mean you should overlook it!
Your homework: Your homework for this week's lesson is to brainstorm and pre-write. Simply post your various ideas, and we can help you decide if you are having trouble picking one. Then just post the characters (each with a brief description) setting, plot, and the first few sentences/paragraphs. Please head these, so if one of the community doesn't want to know what happens they can retain that liberty. An example is given below.
My brainstorming: Small town...High school...Senior...Trouble...New Student...
Characters: Lily Somerset, a high-school senior with dreams much bigger than her small town. Jake Somerset, the single father of Lily, Jake has spent his entire life trying to shield his daughter from the pain he has had.
Setting: Lecksville, Alabama, in the mid 1960s.
Plot: Lily is in her senior year when her high school has a new student. The new student is quiet and reserved, with a big secret.
First Few Sentences: "I was tapping my pencil against my desk when Mr. Kelly's door slowly creaked open. Everyone, inlcuding me, raised their gaze to the timid creature standing in the doorway. She had two neat brown ponytails sprouting from her head and a simple plaid dress. Somewhere in the back of the room I heard someone snort at her ponytails, but Mr. Kelly shot them a look. The hair was childish, I must admit, but I kind of liked it."
We look forward to your responses!
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So Micky, can I use this for my legacy? I want to add a little depth to the story so far.
For those who have been following my legacy:
WARNING - SPOILER!!
brainstorming... mystery, ghost, small girl, mother, tragic death.
Characters: Cara Vanne, writer and mother, married to Leighton Sekemoto, Autumn Breeze, young girl ghost, Summer Breeze, mother ghost
Setting: Creepy old house on a back road
Plot: Cara meets a young child who is a ghost and finds that she has a tragic past. Can she help solve the mystery?
First Few Sentences: Cara was out looking for more precious stones. They were really helping out with the bills so she felt like it was a good hobby to have in between being a writer and a mother. She had never been through this particular neighborhood before, but she was hoping to find some more valuable gems or metals here. As she ambled further down the street, she felt the hair raise on the back of her neck. There was a cute little house in the distance, but as she drew closer Cara saw that it was really not cute. The paint was peeling, and the yard was filled with brambles and dead trees. She couldn't help the feeling that she was being watched. Out of the corner of her eye, she thought she saw something move next to the house, but when she turned her head, there was nothing there.
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Sherry, you don't really need my help, but I love what you have! It's very suspenseful and makes you want to keep reading. The only thing I would do is be careful. In ghost stories there are a lot of cliches. For example, don't overdo it with the: Phone rings and no one there, the lights go out, mysterious bumps in the night ect. Just use those elements sparingly and I have no doubt it will be a great addition to your legacy!
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Lol, I see what you mean Micky. But isn't that what ghost stories are all about? Really bad cliches? And even if I don't completely need your help, it's nice to have a fresh perspective sometimes. But I was gonna go in a slightly different direction than that, lol. Are you saying you didn't like the hair on the back of Cara's neck standing up?
It's called the Legend of Nellie Vance. My brainstorming for the story idea came partly from the legacy challenges.
Young single adult starting out life on her own in a new town. She grew up in foster homes, had no family and little money. My main idea was to follow her through her life's ups and downs, and let the story develop with what the game gives her. I want the story to be about her entire family, how they became a family and end up where they're at in future generations. So that way down the line the future generations can say, Well- it all started with Nellie?!
this is such a good idea, i have already put lesson one to good use! i am new to legacy writing and eat up all the tips that i can get my grubby hands on. if either of you have a free second to check out my legacy i would be thankful for any feedback you may have
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Judywork1957- Judy!It's so good to see you here! I have been following your story since it first came out. I love how realistic you make it, expecially the everyday trifles that you include. Keep up the good work!
RepulsiveDesire- I recall you at The Simmers Society, and it's good to see you here!
Hugzies- Thank you, and good job doing your homework! If you say you are new to legacy writing, then this is the perfect place for you. I mainly do short stories, so there are probably some aspects of legacies I can not help with. However, I'll do my best to. And when in doubt just ask Sherry, she's done legacies for a while.
PS. Hugzies, while I don't have time to read your legacy right now, I promise you I will.