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I'd like suggestions on how to organize my story script...

#1 Post by Tage » Mon Dec 13, 2004 4:34 am

Since, I have never written narrative stories, I was wondering if any of you had suggestions on how to organize my script. I can't even imagine ways. x.x

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#2 Post by burnout02urza » Mon Dec 13, 2004 7:01 am

All right, separate the script into 'spoken' and 'non-spoken'. Assuming you're making a 'standard' ren'ai game, not a narrative, it goes something like this...

<Action, surroundings, etcetra...>

Character: (Dialogue)

<Action, etcetra>

Character: (Speech)

And so on so forth. It's always easier to separate them, unless you're working on a true narrative (Like my own project). Writing in a 'scene' format is also easier, for example:

Scene One:

You stand atop the rooftop, feeling the cold winds buffeting your form, even through your armor. Far, far beneath lies the city, glittering in its finery as snowflakes spiral down from above. A small part of you shivers at the cold, even as the larger part ignores it as petty and unimportant.
The wind catches your cloak, sending the fabric flapping about your shoulders, the noise like the flight of a crippled bird...

Ichiro: It's time to go.

Or, if you haven't finished the story yet, choreographing the events beforehand is also helpful.

(E.g: Brain-eating zombies arrive, so-and-so says 'Hey! You aren't supposed to be here!, zombie gums him...)

You get the idea. Basically, planning is the key. Get an idea for what is about to happen and write within that framework, rather than trying to cut-and-paste as new ideas come up.

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#3 Post by Tage » Mon Dec 13, 2004 3:09 pm

:D Thanks! I appreciate it!

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#4 Post by Tage » Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:10 am

I remember specifically why I posted this here now. :shock: I was wondering how I keep track of all the different storyline branches. (a game with more than one ending) Does anyone have any suggestions for this? :) Any help would be appreciated!

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#5 Post by Sai » Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:39 am

Tage wrote:I remember specifically why I posted this here now. :shock: I was wondering how I keep track of all the different storyline branches. (a game with more than one ending) Does anyone have any suggestions for this? :) Any help would be appreciated!
Just use a path tree/flowchart

A simple linear flowchart:
http://www.ettc.net/writing/PDFfiles/Flowchart.pdf

A less linear flowchart (with different branches that lead to different otucomes):
http://www.fictionaddiction.net/organizing.html

(it's halfway down the page and there is an image example )

There are a lot of sites it seems though that explain this.

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#6 Post by Tage » Tue Dec 14, 2004 6:55 pm

dah, that's perfect! n.n Thank you, I appreciate it!

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#7 Post by mikey » Wed Dec 15, 2004 5:12 pm

A flowchart of the GAME and not the STORY works for me.

First I set some general rules (say 2 characters and 5 endings, 40 minutes of play). It is critical to do this BEFORE thinking about your plot/story, because once you start writing, the size of the game can grow exponentially. You must have limits.
burnout02urza wrote:Get an idea for what is about to happen and write within that framework, rather than trying to cut-and-paste as new ideas come up.
... what he said ^_^

Depending on the complexity, I usually draw a sketch of the plot branching and then refine and redo it a few times (not too many, though). Once this terrible part is over, I can start thinking what kind of plot would suit that type of game set-up. I know I will have say 5 endings and 20 path possibilities and try to think about the setting (also dependent on the resources) and graphical layout. Once this is more or less established, I can focus on the story.

Personally, I never ever make any character designs before the story. Many writers have character-based stories, where they design a character and let it act and interact in an environment. I have a different approach, as I don't want to present a character, but certain emotions. I decide on an emotion and then think of how I could best present it. In Black Pencil it was loneliness. In River Trap it was the question of loving the person inside. And in Kaori, it was letting go of the past. You can see my characters don't really have any special characteristics such as "outgoing" or similar, because of the story-writing style. The drawback is that the characters have less charisma and the plot often goes in an inevitable direction. (sorry)


So I think you can make it work with any of the suggested systems, just try them all out and see what works for you. And back on topic, when things get too complicated with the script, I use the Outline function in MS Word. It lets you do up to 9 levels of hedings and sub-headings, if you require.

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#8 Post by Tage » Wed Dec 15, 2004 5:34 pm

phew, okay, story writing is TOUGH work for someone like me... especially BRANCHING storylines, lol. All these suggestions have been very valuable to me. I thank you all for your time and suggestions! n.n!

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