#1 Posted by Project_Worm (3407 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay! So, I am nearing the end of my High School "career". Which of course inevitably brought about a series of needless conversations with my parents about my future. None the less, said conversations sparked up my mind and made me wonder... "What is it I want to do with my life". Eventually I realized that I wanted to do something with writing. Either attempt to become an author or an English teacher... Alright enough of my personal life jazz.

Here I will write a number of different things I believe every writer needs to know about writing (probably weekly, possibly daily). Yeah. Soooo, yup...

I created this (somewhat) early to see people's thoughts on the idea an possibly get some request as to what you might want me to discuss. My first entry will be later today. I'm in school now secretly tapping away on my phone.

In case you wanted to know a little bit of what to expect PLEASE read THIS.

#2 Posted by Irishlad (573 posts) - - Show Bio

cooool, try not to get caught, looking forward to whatever you come up with.

#3 Edited by dngn4774 (3150 posts) - - Show Bio

Write something about the type of fanfic that you like. What do you look for when you want to read fanfics (particular genres, characters, etc.)? What kind of writing would you say attracts viners and why?

Answering any of these questions would be helpful.

BTW I'm three years in college and I'm still not sure what I want to do either. You're not alone.

#4 Posted by Pyrogram (38524 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm: Good luck with whatever you decide to do :)

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#5 Posted by batkevin74 (10795 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm: YOU'RE IN HIGH SCHOOL! Now I feel old...

#6 Posted by cbishop (8228 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74 said:

@Project_Worm: YOU'RE IN HIGH SCHOOL! Now I feel old...

Join the club. It means this pup wasn't even born, when I graduated! lol

#7 Posted by Project_Worm (3407 posts) - - Show Bio

@Irishlad: @Pyrogram: Thanks guys!!

@dngn4774: I may do that eventually, but I mean to put up advice on writing in general not specifically for the Vine. Thanks for the input though.

@cbishop said:

@batkevin74 said:

@Project_Worm: YOU'RE IN HIGH SCHOOL! Now I feel old...

Join the club. It means this pup wasn't even born, when I graduated! lol

Yes, yes. 18 year old Senior...

#8 Edited by cbishop (8228 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm said:

@cbishop said:

@batkevin74 said:

@Project_Worm: YOU'RE IN HIGH SCHOOL! Now I feel old...

Join the club. It means this pup wasn't even born, when I graduated! lol

Yes, yes. 18 year old Senior...

It's all good. We all have to be 18 at some point. lol

It's good that you've given thought to what you want to do though. Take some advice from the old guy: don't lose sight of that. Without giving you a whole long story, I did everything the hard way, making all of the cliche mistakes, and maybe a few that you'd find unique. It has delayed my dreams of writing and publishing, and I'm now at the age that I have to face the possibility that it may never happen for me. I still hope that it will, but at this point, it may not.

Pay your bills and get laid when you can, but don't create so many bills and get so over your head inbetween someone's legs that it keeps you from pursuing your goals. Enjoy life, but live sensibly, and keep tapping those keys. Make your dreams happen first, and they will take care of your bills, and you'll have time to enjoy a love life, instead of trying to fit a little play between double shifts and sleep.

Forgive the sermon - I'm feeling a little manifesto-y tonight. I had to learn from my mistakes as I went. Being practically at that border between being young and being old, I've come to recognize why old people are always lecturing younger people (in a style much like this little rant from me to you). It's not that we think you're screwing up. We just want to save you from our mistakes. Meaning: if I can give you the benefit of learning from my mistakes, so that you don't make your own in the same area, I will lecture all day long. It's not to beat you down and hold you back though - quite the opposite. It's to help propel you forward, so that you get to your goals faster than me. Learn life's lessons at the earliest possible time, so that you don't get held back. ;)

(man, I really don't know where that's coming from tonight, but I hope it helps you sometime. lol)

#9 Posted by Project_Worm (3407 posts) - - Show Bio

@cbishop: Well, thanks very mucho! This quickly became; Bishop's Wonderful Wisdom... which admittedly doesn't flow as well..

#10 Posted by cbishop (8228 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm said:

@cbishop: Well, thanks very mucho! This quickly became; Bishop's Wonderful Wisdom... which admittedly doesn't flow as well..

Like I said: I was feeling a little manifesto-y. lol

#11 Edited by Project_Worm (3407 posts) - - Show Bio

Hopefully this doesn't suck too hard. Wrote around 2 last night... Here we go!!

THE BASICS....... REAL BASICS:

OKAY!!!

What is one thing EVERY story needs?? Give up?

Sentences, duh!

What is the job of a sentence? DUH!! To give information in the form of words.

(Stop talking to them like they're idiots WORM!!)

[Very well "Project", we will move on.]

Wether it be a novel a short story a diary entry or possibly even a ransom note. Every body of writing is composed of more than one sentence. In short it writing isn’t about creating a single kick*** sentence it’s about making sure that the sentence before and the sentence after kick just as much if not more a**!

Now that is not to say that words are totally incapable of standing alone. In fact “lone wolf” sentences can serve to add depth to add much needed mystery and a hook to literature. Take for example; “Carl is dead.”

O_O

.....

See that’s deep, and if nothing else it will serve to keep readers... reading. If you can write a sentence that forces the reader to think. “What the poop happened to Carl?!” Then, success.

Now, I do not wish to confuse you more than I may have already. So I will return to sentence “clusters”. See, the way I look at it is every sentence has it’s own rhythm. And it is is the writers job to tie each individual rhythm together for a solid flow. That's it! Make it flow, like the proverbial wave. *Does the wave*

That is all.

#12 Posted by Project_Worm (3407 posts) - - Show Bio

@Irishlad: @dngn4774: @Pyrogram: @batkevin74: @cbishop:

Check it out. Please.

#13 Posted by Pyrogram (38524 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm: Good start, keep me posted..

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#14 Posted by batkevin74 (10795 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm said:

THE BASICS....... REAL BASICS:

Wether

I'd say spelling personally, whether :) Sentences are good, proper words in those sentences; better! :)

#15 Posted by Project_Worm (3407 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74 said:

@Project_Worm said:

THE BASICS....... REAL BASICS:

Wether

I'd say spelling personally, whether :) Sentences are good, proper words in those sentences; better! :)

Eh, like I said 2 a.m.

#16 Posted by dngn4774 (3150 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty good! I've tried to see how you're description relates to my sentence structure. The best label to describe my writing style would be "conversationalist writing." It's basically an intermediate form between the lone wolf sentences you described and clusters. I use clusters to set up the upcoming dialogues, then I use the occasional lone wolf sentence to steer the conversation toward a different direction. It useful to know how the sentences are used so we know when to properly use them.

#17 Posted by cbishop (8228 posts) - - Show Bio

If you're going to write about writing, then spelling, punctuation, and editing are essential, and what you wrote above needs all three. You should clean it up, because what you've said there is a great start.

#18 Posted by CapFanboy (5136 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74 said:

@Project_Worm: YOU'RE IN HIGH SCHOOL! Now I feel old...

STOP SHOUTING! NOBODY ELSE HERE IS DEAF!

And use your chair lift dammit you take forever climbing those damn stairs!

#19 Posted by Project_Worm (3407 posts) - - Show Bio

@CapFanboy:

A wee bit harsh, no?

#20 Posted by CapFanboy (5136 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm said:

@CapFanboy:

A wee bit harsh, no?

You'd think so but all the times he'd shout at me for scaring his birds off when all I was doing was playing outside--

#21 Posted by Project_Worm (3407 posts) - - Show Bio

@CapFanboy said:

@Project_Worm said:

@CapFanboy:

A wee bit harsh, no?

You'd think so but all the times he'd shout at me for scaring his birds off when all I was doing was playing outside--

When I was younger scaring the birds was playing outside.

#22 Posted by CapFanboy (5136 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm said:

@CapFanboy said:

@Project_Worm said:

@CapFanboy:

A wee bit harsh, no?

You'd think so but all the times he'd shout at me for scaring his birds off when all I was doing was playing outside--

When I was younger scaring the birds was playing outside.

THAT'S WHAT HE DOESN'T GET!

#23 Posted by Project_Worm (3407 posts) - - Show Bio

@CapFanboy said:

@Project_Worm said:

@CapFanboy said:

@Project_Worm said:

@CapFanboy:

A wee bit harsh, no?

You'd think so but all the times he'd shout at me for scaring his birds off when all I was doing was playing outside--

When I was younger scaring the birds was playing outside.

THAT'S WHAT HE DOESN'T GET!

PFFT!! Old people...

#24 Posted by CapFanboy (5136 posts) - - Show Bio

@Project_Worm said:

@CapFanboy said:

@Project_Worm said:

@CapFanboy said:

@Project_Worm said:

@CapFanboy:

A wee bit harsh, no?

You'd think so but all the times he'd shout at me for scaring his birds off when all I was doing was playing outside--

When I was younger scaring the birds was playing outside.

THAT'S WHAT HE DOESN'T GET!

PFFT!! Old people...

And their damned bourbon. *Sips bourbon*

#25 Posted by batkevin74 (10795 posts) - - Show Bio

@CapFanboy said:

@batkevin74 said:

@Project_Worm: YOU'RE IN HIGH SCHOOL! Now I feel old...

STOP SHOUTING! NOBODY ELSE HERE IS DEAF!

And use your chair lift dammit you take forever climbing those damn stairs!

A stop shouting from the KING of typed shouting...yup irony!

#26 Edited by CapFanboy (5136 posts) - - Show Bio

@batkevin74 said:

@CapFanboy said:

@batkevin74 said:

@Project_Worm: YOU'RE IN HIGH SCHOOL! Now I feel old...

STOP SHOUTING! NOBODY ELSE HERE IS DEAF!

And use your chair lift dammit you take forever climbing those damn stairs!

A stop shouting from the KING of typed shouting...yup irony!

I'm the king of typed shouting?! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! *Cries hysterically*

#27 Posted by dngn4774 (3150 posts) - - Show Bio

@CapFanboy said:

@batkevin74 said:

@CapFanboy said:

@batkevin74 said:

@Project_Worm: YOU'RE IN HIGH SCHOOL! Now I feel old...

STOP SHOUTING! NOBODY ELSE HERE IS DEAF!

And use your chair lift dammit you take forever climbing those damn stairs!

A stop shouting from the KING of typed shouting...yup irony!

I'm the kind of typed shouting?! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! *Cries hysterically*