(last edited March 18, 2010)

Quick Tips

Tips you can use now or expand later

Use the following tips to help write your story. Because this is a wiki, expand the tips or add your own.

  1. Tips you can use now or expand later
  2. Characters
    1. Model a character on an actor
    2. Character Biographies
    3. Cast of Characters
  3. Writing
    1. Start Small
    2. Deadlines
    3. Show, don't tell
    4. Sequencing
    5. Suspense
    6. Conflict
    7. Starting the story with a character
    8. Raw Emotion
  4. Great Quotes


Model a character on an actor

Use an actor or actress as a model for your character to envision mannerisms, looks, the way he speaks, etc. Your character will take on a life of his own and when you describe your character your readers will envision your character differently.

Character Biographies

Write the biography of a character from the point-of-view of another character, particularly an opposite character such as an antagonist.

Cast of Characters

Start your story by creating simple sketches of your characters and their desires. For each character, have their desires directly conflict with the other characters. It's in the conflict that your story is born.


Start Small

Start writing by creating scenes. A scene is a story in miniature with a beginning, middle, and end.


Write with a deadline, whether it's real or not. That way you'll actually finish something.

Show, don't tell

Master the principle of show, don't tell.


Write your story in sequences. This helps you to see the larger picture.


Every story is a mystery. Write it like one.

Don't open the envelop. Look at the simple suspense of writing a scene where a character receives an envelop. Don't open the envelop yet. and realize the essay writing services question going through the reader's mind. He will want to know what's in the envelop and how it relates to the story. You can continue other scenes before you settle this question and it will keep your readers interested.


If you're stuck, throw a massive monkey-wrench at your characters to create conflict. This is the heart of the story and without it, your story will lack interest. For example, while developing Battlestar Galactica, Ron Moore and his writing partner decided that a military-only controlled civilization would not be that interesting and decided to add the civilian-controlled government to create conflict. Through this endeavor, the series is constantly struggling between these two branches of government with the entire civilization at stake. There is never a shortage of conflict in that series.

Starting the story with a character

Start a story by starting with a character. Write out a character and a biography and build your story around it.

Raw Emotion

Don't be afraid to write a story based on raw emotions such as hate, envy, or passion. These are complex human elements as they are designed and can make the simplicity makes any story complex.

Great Quotes

The wise words of William Goldman, the screenwriter, should echo in Congress's ears. He not only coined the phrase "follow the money" for "All the President's Men," but he expressed the sum total of writing services knowledge about the making of movies with: "Nobody knows anything." The same has been true about opaque financial instruments. It's up to Congress to fix that. -- Richard Cohen -- A lesson the markets ignored.

The best lies are embedded between two truths. -- Anon.

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Edited March 18, 2010 (diff)