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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


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I'm having some trouble coming up with a plot and title for this novel that I am trying to work on. And the idea I got are well not impressive in the least bit. I was just wonder how did you choose a plot and title? What did you do? Got any advice to help me because I really want to write this novel. I don't want to write the story without knowing what I want it to be about.

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I'm terrible at novels so I can't help sadly


Also creative corner is quite abandoned so yeah I can understand that feeling..

Atleast Lorreen responds to me there XD
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Try using a latin dictionary to come up with names for things, that usually works for me. as for a plot i just daydream a lot until i get something to go on then i use the smallest font possible and write one page. in that page i tell the main events and characters and how they fit together. then just refer back to my one page summary whenever i get stuck. hope that helps
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A title should sum up everything the theme of the book is about, in a teasingly ambiguous way that hints to the reader the direction of the plot, but makes him curious enough to want to find out what it does mean, and will make even more sense only after he has experienced everything the main character has.
"Gone With the Wind", for example, is not about hurricanes, but abut how the character and an entire era lost everything in the Civil War.

Sort of in the spirit of those old Johnny Carson "Amazing Carnac" jokes:
"A: 'Boom-chicka-boom'
Q: What is the sound of a chicken walking through a mine field?"
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C0mlink wrote:

Try using a latin dictionary to come up with names for things, that usually works for me. as for a plot i just daydream a lot until i get something to go on then i use the smallest font possible and write one page. in that page i tell the main events and characters and how they fit together. then just refer back to my one page summary whenever i get stuck. hope that helps


I'm thinking about writing something involving war and the military. But there is just one problem, I don't know anything about war and the military. So I might have to write about something else but I don't know.
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C0mlink wrote:

Try using a latin dictionary to come up with names for things, that usually works for me. as for a plot i just daydream a lot until i get something to go on then i use the smallest font possible and write one page. in that page i tell the main events and characters and how they fit together. then just refer back to my one page summary whenever i get stuck. hope that helps


I'm thinking about writing something involving war and the military. But there is just one problem, I don't know anything about war and the military. So I might have to write about something else but I don't know.


Fictional war.

Now you don't have to know about actual war in its science stuffs.

You just have to know basic things about war.
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hm. you don't have to work in chronological order. when i'm struggling to start with something then usually i'll just focus on the content first and come back to what i got stuck on as my brain starts to roll. trying to force something out of my mind just doesn't work, so i like working in small increments and build from it.
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Basic things like what?
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Basic things like what?


Well like why they are fighting and what weapons they have. some basic ranks and stuff. nothing huge you can make it your own in so many ways so long as others can follow it
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Precisely!
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Thank you.

What about politics?
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Thank you.

What about politics?



Hummm. its always more interesting when neither side is actually bad, but there are bad people in power in both. so like a third party resistance is how a lot of small scale wars would come to an end in the end.
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Well, I'll share how I came up with mine. It might not work for everyone, or anyone. But I might as well share.

It all really started with a single scene I imagined. From there, you just have to ask yourself questions based on that scene. Who are these people? What do they look like? What sort of world do they live in? What relationship do they have to one another? What events happened to bring them to this point? Who did they meet along the way? Where will they go from here? Just expand on it as much as you can. As for the title, you might go though several. You don't have to pick one and stick with it. You might come up with something better later. Just focus on the story and a title will come to you on its own. Plot-wise, try to be as original as you can. That's just my opinion though. I prefer to do things my way instead of following a formula. Oh, and decide on who your target audience is going to be. You know, what group of people you think your story will appeal to. That can help you decide on how to write it to best appeal to that audience.

So are you new to writing in general or do you have some writing experience? If you're completely new to writing, let me give you a few tips.
1. READ. I cannot stress enough how reading will make you a better writer. In the words of Stephen King, "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time, nor the tools, to write.". Ever since I started picking up more books, my style and productivity have improved by great margins, if I may be immodest about it.
2. Practice. Writing is just like any art form. It takes practice to improve and you should never stop practicing. Do lots of research, expand your vocabulary, and spend as much time thinking about your story as you can. Just don't overdo it and burn yourself out. Make no mistake, it's going to take a long time until your novel is truly complete. I've been working on mine for about a year and a half, and I'm not even halfway, I'd say.
3. Share. Share your work with a select few, or a small group. It should be comprised of people you trust and people who read often. And learn to accept criticism. There will be positive feedback as well as negative. Learn to use both to improve.

Other than that, you should take your time and not force it at first. Let it all come to you before you start typing it out. I know I didn't start writing my novel until it had been rolling around in my head for three months. It's ok to just make it up as you go along at first, but it shouldn't stay that way. Strive to be your best and never settle for anything less than your best. Best of luck in your writing endeavors!
As an added bonus, here's some advice from Stephen King about writing. I've found this link to be very helpful, so do give it a read.
https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/03/13/stephen-king-on-adverbs/
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Plots for me always start with a hook. What is the part of your story that makes you interested? For me, I started with the idea "superhero with multipl personalities. It has grown a lot since then, but that is the spark that got me going. Find that spark and build out from there.

I couldn't just say "war" and build out from there. What is it about the war that makes it interesting?
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Alrighty then.
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