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Here's a link to an excellent lectures series about writing popular fantasy/scifi novels, which can be applied to visual novel writing, for most genres.
Brandon Sanderson, the lecturer, wrote the fantasy series Mistborn as well as books for the Wheel of Time.
I've never seen a better breakdown of the abstract and often mysterious process that professional writers tackle from a novel's beginning to end.
This stuff is gold. I certainly wish I had stumbled across something like this as a fledgling writer!
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Honestly it's a huge surprise for me, last time i tried to write anything i was 13 and i didn't even finish up the introduction part of that story. The other surprise is that i actually enjoy it, which i'd argue is the most important part.
But i did learn some useful things here from later posts. By reading the OP i got confirmation that i'm not doing anything wrong so far
Thanks for this thread, remember the importance of pacing your story. You usually shouldn't jump from a very sad scene to a very happy scene all in one page flip, it can knock out the reader's immersion in your story if you're not careful with things like that.
Btw instead of the 250+ pages of "Learn to write with uncle jim" i think this should do nicely.
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The principles in building a story are covered thoroughly throughout, but I've found it's an especially useful resource for those out there who feel like they've read everything out there for writing and need a new perspective. Hulk critiques the 3-act/5-act structures and the hero's journey in a way that makes a lot of sense and was pretty formative in my approach to story plotting. Hulk warns against over-reliance on pre-existing structures like that, while acknowledging their usefulness in many situations. It's a pretty good take, in my opinion.
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Resource Dump: Creating Characters!
You may want to change the link in the OP.
And thanks for this great post. I'm learning so much!
I've got a problem...
"Resource Dump: Creating Characters!" seems awesome to the extreme, but when I reach the page none of the articles are 'clickable', as if they don't have links embedded.
If that is the case, that would be the greatest act of evilness that I've ever seen.
Could you guys tell me if that great list is available from other sites?
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