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PE: Story Planning Round-up

Mon Jun 17, 2013, 2:29 PM

Greetings all!


So last week we had a fantastic event based on Story Planning; a week that was slightly relaxed for a PE week, but full of good advice. These articles haven't just been written for the sake of filling a week, we genuinely hope there is something in them that is useful to you as a writer, to help you with your journey. There's a flash fiction month around the corner, as well as a camp NaNoWriMo and then a full NaNoWrimo in November. There are the times to get planning- don't leave it too close to the deadline!

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Article round-up

Here is a list of all the articles we posted in the past week! Please favourite, share the love, comment and express gratitude- especially to our article writers who took the personal time to write these articles and share a little of their own writing experience. We couldn't have done this week without them!

:bulletblue: Short Vs Long Contest by neurotype THERE IS LOTS OF TIME TO ENTER THIS STILL!

How did you find this week?

Obviously, we couldn't squeeze everything into one week, but we like to think the things we did feature were of use! 

- What articles stood out/spoke to you?
- Is there anything specific that was new to you that you are going to try with your current/next story?
- Is there other methods/ areas you would like to have seen articles on? (we may be able to direct you to existing ones!)
- We are likely to do another PE week or two this year in literature (This is our second after Poetry Forms week back in March)- what would you like to see a week on?
- Is there anything else you would like to share?

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KyteGlory Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Why didn't I see this before?
I hate myself for not seeing this before.
Beccalicious Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013   Writer
If you don't watch me, or #CRLiterature that's probably why :D
SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that picture XD
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey guys, I found I was just struggling on this.

I had this idea that I'll admit is strongly fanfiction that I wanted to try and turn into an original fantasy series. But when I think of constructing my fantasy world, I feel ultimately trapped by the fact that I feel I'm copying too much from fantasy that I'm a fan of. At the moment my world feels like a rip off between Charmed, Harry Potter and Avatar the Last Airbender as influences.

I know that there is no such thing as originality. At the same time I'm really stuck on how to create my magical universe beyond those three influences...
brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I had a similar issue, but there are a few things that helped me out. First of all, are you creating an entire world of your own? Or are you writing fantasy based on our dear old Earth? If you're creating your own, I suggest spending some time drawing out a map of it. Sounds silly or difficult, but hear me out.


Starting out, I tried writing my own fantasy that may as well have been Tolkien fanfic with OCs. Finally after a couple of years of failure (I was very stubborn about it), I stopped writing for about a week and took a blank piece of paper and began drawing a map. I took my time on it, looked at pictures of the earth and of fictional maps to get a little inspiration for my work and slowly a whole world unfolded beneath my pen. After that, I began to populate it with races and people and then worked on finding a story to fit the world.


It's a long process, and it can feel tedious, but it helped me in that I was creating a story to fit a world rather than simply trying to imitate other things I liked.


Also, try researching some of the civilizations you like or want to model some of your own civilizations on. Look up their mythologies and artwork, histories and origins. Not only will you learn some fascinating pieces of history, but it can help provide a base for the ones you are trying to create yourself.


I hope some of this might help!

Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as I know about my own universe it's based on Earth but maybe in the not too distant future. Maybe a map would help but I was thinking of basing it in a location that already exists - although I'll admit I'd have to travel there for a bit first. Travelling is on my agenda of things to do. But perhaps a map would help too. But the map idea sounds really good.

I'm currently reading a book on mythology so hopefully that will help. I'll get on to more aspects of research. Thank you for the tips!
brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Even you don't draw a map, you can look at some from that area to get ideas. Travel is good, too.

Sounds like you're off to a great start. Look for an encyclopedia of magical creatures. I had one that contained creatures from all kinds of time periods and mythologies, Norse, Greek, Roman, Native American, Hindu, Chinese, you name it. It was invaluabe to some of my own fantasy works.

Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds awesome! Will get to more reading :)
brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Good luck!
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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