The Purpose of having 3 Worlsend thread made sticky, Town Map, Characters, and Story ideas, is because I'm trying to make a community "Story Bible" so you don't have to.
But Grimmy-Poo, what IS a Story Bible?
I'm glad you asked.
Before starting a serious writing endeavor, you're going to need to know where the story takes place (setting), who's in the story (Character), and what the plans are (Story Ideas). The recommended amount of info by someone I read, was 7 parts planing, 1 part writing.
That's right. After creating your world, you only show 1/8th of it.
This is especially important with Horror and Mystery, because you never EVER want to patronize your audience. Everything I've written for you folks I've always told myself "They can figure it out." Anyone who's seen the Natch Evil Bible in the Crypt will know (I think Seedlet's the only one left, now) that there's a TON of the Natch Universe I haven't even eluded to. (Example, how many of you can read the code on the Natch Evil front page?)
So it is with Worlsend, tho I'll be honest, I'm holding out on you guys about the founders and the 4 beasts.
oki, a couple of short points before I stop typing for today and start drawing...
a. Always always show. Never Never tell.
What do I mean? The Audience is TOLD that Anikin Skywalker and Padime are in love in Star Wars. They only show it in only 1 lukewarm scene. On the other hand, they show that Ray, Egon, and Venkman are friends in Ghostbusters. They never tell you it. This goes back to treating your audience like they're stupid. They're not stupid. They'll figure it out if you only show it to them.
(Note: That doesn't mean you can leave out clues, tho. A story without details is pretty uninteresting.)
b. Stories are about people.
Yup. People reacting to people or crazy-ass situations. Castaway is a cool movie because it's about a person and how he feels and reacts. Big Trouble in Little China is about People being evil and other people gathering their forces and being friends and duty and shit. The Sent of a Woman is about a person taking care of another person and how they help each other. Natch Evil is about Evil people doing evil things to evil people.
I hear about keeping to the "Hero's Journey" formula but boil it down even more and it's just people. Being people.
You wanna write a good story? Just write about people. You'll do fine.
c. Finally, Creativity's biggest enemy is fear.
Stop being afraid to screw up. Stop being afraid of what people will think. You're a natchian, act like it. Yes, you're gonna screw up. I have countless type-Os and spelling errors and three stories I started but didn't finish (not proud of that). 9_9 Nope, not gonna go back and fix them, I'll just work on keeping them from happening again. Also, when I started the comic, a friend of mine said "Uh...a comic about a serial killer. They already have that, it's called Johny the Homicidal Maniac." I had to keep telling him, "Sure, but I personally haven't made one, yet."
Point is, you will screw up and even if you don't, people won't like what you're doing. It's not just the internet, dood. It's just being creative. Do it anyway.
(Note: I got my start drawing as a kid by tracing comic books. I still trace.)
k, that's all I got. Time to go back to drawing.
I hope this all helps. Also, Leave you own tips, if you have any.
Fall down seven times, get up eight.