Your Romantic Story is in its climax, your characters are waiting for the real action to begin, but none of that will happen until you write what will happen to them.
The current romantic novels do not have a unique meaning. Each love story can have totally different plots that emerge from the author's own imagination. The "how" and the "why" only make you wonder what will happen to them. But, what are the things you should keep in mind when writing Romance?
1- Inspire yourself: Reading other stories is always helpful, but be careful: they will only give you an idea of how to write it and it's you who should create it.
2- They are mine! : The protagonists are important and more than anything in a love story. Their strengths and weaknesses will enrich your story, stick to them and let yourself go. And never forget how they feel!
3- They say it but ...: Pay attention to the dialogues, they have a very important role around the whole story, they are what define -sometimes- their voices. Accept that every now and then they have a bad day and they can escape something!
4- Your ideas, your world: Imagine an interesting conflict and from there create the love story. Some of your characters may have had a story with an ex, allow yourself to develop it, and be free to break hearts!
5- Do not forget the focus: If the main plot is about a couple do not delve into stories of other couples that appear with the plot, since some readers will not be interested. Dedicate exclusively to one, capable in the future the others may have their own history.
6- Stop the fire! : If your desire is to write erotic scenes, do it. It transmits physical attraction, its own desires and its deepest thoughts. Free yourself from sexual tension and ... Ca-Boom? Just be sure to specify that your story is of erotic romance and that it is not suitable for minors.
7- Accept the end: Romance stories do not always have happy endings. If you decide to create a shocking ending, be careful not to overtake it in the plot.
8- Imagine t-o-d-o: If you are one of those who dream with romance or believe in love at first sight, write it and enjoy it.
Text by: Milagros Borro
June 17, 2019, 2:24 p.m.
We already are in the second month of the Authors' Cup and we have a lot of writers participating, competing, interacting and obtaining points. At the moment, the ranking is very even. In this article, we explain in detail how to participate in the different types of challenges in case there is still some confusion.
Once inside the Authors' Cup section -in the challenges area-, you will find them separated by Cup Challenges, Monthly Challenges and Flash Challenges. Once you choose the one you want, you must click on 'Participate Now'. At that moment a window will open in which you will see the other requirements to complete the challenge, such as: the number of chapters that are required, the minimum number of words per chapter, the categories, the hashtags to use, frequently asked questions, etc. Once you click in 'Participate' again, you will be participating immediately. However, this does not mean that the challenge is completed or finished.
For a challenge to be completed, you must mark it as such. This box will appear in the same challenge window once you are already participating. However, be careful to check this box if the challenge is still in process. It is very important that you signal it as completed ONLY when everything that was requested has been completed. Otherwise, the Authors' Cup team will reject that challenge and you will not earn the points.
To mark it as completed you must perform the following steps:
1) Click on the challenge
2) Check the Complete Challenge box
3) Depending on the type of challenge, above the completion button you will find: a field to fill in any information, a list of the stories you can choose or a list of micro-stories. You will also have the option to mark it as incomplete again, in case you have made a mistake and/or you still have something missing.
REMEMBER that each time a challenge is marked as completed, the story will be automatically BLOCKED and you can't edit it until the Inkspired jury verifies and grades the challenge. However, that doesn't mean that you can't participate with this story in other challenges, as long as it allows it.
When a challenge is related to Social Networks or asks for a URL, it is important that you add it in the field that will appear next to the completition button, if by any case it doesn't appear, the jury will not be able to give it a score either.
Finally we want to inform you that the ranking is updated every Friday, but this doesn't mean that all challenges that have been completed until that day have already passed the verification process, so if you don't see all your points updated, do not worry, they will appear in the following weeks.
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You decide that it's time to write. What you want to create is a novel, but you do not know well about what. Until you realize that your life itself is a story to tell, and that it may be simple and useful to write about it.
This is usually common in writers who are getting started. However, first you have to define how to do it the right way.
The main thing is to define if what you want to tell are memories of your life, or a autobiography as a novel. Memories are anecdotes that you have experienced in the past, and don't need to have a chronological order or connection with one another. While an autobiography is like any fiction novel, but based on the course of your life or in a specific moment in particular. However, this one needs to have an order, a sense and a clear objective about what you want to convey. The autobiography is one that has an approach, a knot and an outcome.
Before you start writing your autobiography you have to define what do you want to tell? We know that it is your story, and that you will have different experiences and learnings, but there must be a main idea, something that you can summarize in a sentence. Maybe some of these questions can help you identify it: What do I want my readers to learn with my story? What teachings do I want to spread?
Biographies often contain many feelings, which makes them emotional and inspiring at the same time. "The Diary of Anne Frank" is a clear example. Here we can read (and not just read, but live) the life of this little Jewish girl in the middle of the Second World War and learn about everything she went through while hiding from the Nazis.
Another important point to keep in mind, is that you should not tell everything. Just like when you write the story of someone or some important event (journalists know a lot about this) you can not write all the details because the story becomes boring. The same with your biography. You must add what really contributes to your main idea.
The structure is fundamental. You must present a conflict, which is presented in the statement, which then gets complicated in the knot and then resolved in the outcome. And even though you are writing about your experiences it is better to think the story as if it were someone else's. In this way you can be more objective about how to tell it, what facts to change, or what to subtract or omit. Do not forget that the novel must be understood and interesting for our readers.
Although the story is about your real life and is a recount of your experiences, this does not mean that you can not recreate certain scenes or exaggerate others or even invent new ones. Sometimes you choose to do it simply because you do not remember certain moments accurately or to generate more interest.
It is vital, too, that you have characters. Which in this case will be the people of your life. It would be
a good idea to talk to them and include their opinions, dialogues, memories. By doing that your novel will be more complete and, at the same time, interesting.
In conclusion, writing your life as a novel is a great job and always a good idea, but to create successful story you must follow certain guidelines that can catapult it. Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell it.
PS: At this moment, within the Authors Cup, we have a 'Cup Challenge' that is precisely about writing a story about your life. If you want to know more about it, enter here. The challenge is called The Personal Writer.May 20, 2019, 3:07 p.m. 0 Report Embed 4
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They were sitting in front of their screen, they had to describe their story, then their fingers let themselves flow through the keyboard, but the scene they wrote was not what they imagined.
Facing these situations can be daily, the problem is how to solve it. Each author has the ability to imagine situations so different from each other that no scenario will be the same.
When we develop a description of the place where our character is going through a situation, detailing some aspects can enrich or ruin the scene. Some authors write keywords in a list to try to convey what they imagined. Others have more initiative to describe the feelings that their character has and the things that surrounds them. But, if our character is in an extreme situation in which he has to save his life, trying to let our reader imagine it, can help you observe the scene in your head and create the tension that it deserve.
Some points to keep in mind are:
1) Detailing everything can be overwhelming:
The reader may or may not be tolerant with details that are unimportant, for example, the color of a wall or the way in which an object is placed. Although, if it is relevant for the story, it should be written.
2) Put more emphasis on one kind of description may be important:
Writing how our character feels more about something that happens to him can develop excessively dense. There is a tacit rule that mentions that, the description of feelings can not take more than two paragraphs. (But you never know!)
3) Describing everything monotonously can cause the reader to abandon reading:
When we are facing a scenario that our character previously visited, it is not necessary to describe the place again (or write the same thing). But, if there is a new detail, it can be written with the use of two or three simple sentences.
4) How to develop our characters:
If we want to differentiate one character from another, the use of a character card can help us a lot. In her the physical data of the character are detailed: age, color of hair and eyes, stature, physical complexion, if it has some disease, etc. They should also include biographical information: where he was born, family (for example the number of siblings or if he has children), studies, work, hobbies, etc.
5) The same can happen with places:
If our forest is dark and scary, we can add words that reinforce it. For example: A description can be made, in a detailed and orderly way, of how the leaves move with the wind or the sounds that develop at night.
6) We can implement other talents:
Draw or put together a sketch of how our places will be before writing it. This can help our mind to imagine new objects, or simply, to be able to in another perspective what we imagine.
7) Take advantage of the moments of the plot:
Do not fill your story with long and tedious descriptions. There are times that what a character thinks has new information to give us.
8) Be as free as possible:
There are no limits in terms of spaces. You can make your whole story go by without gravity or it rains throughout the sequence. The ability that sometimes has the mind can lead us to write the most crazy and unexpected ideas.
9) Do not despair:
If your number one attempt is not as you thought, look for the failures that generate concern and reformulate them for your taste. It never hurts to write and rewrite descriptions.
10) You have to know when you are original:
Do not pay so much attention to what others have already invented. It can serve as inspiration, but always the idea that comes out of your mind will be unique. (And what if the flying cars were created, your cars can do other crazy things!)
11) Have fun and have a great time:
If you do not enjoy what you are imagining try something else. Erase and write constantly can accelerate your mind in imaginable ways.
12) Recognize your strengths:
If you are good at describing the characters, put the focus there even if you do not overdo it.
13) Read, read and read:
Reading to others can help us. Mark descriptions of others, highlighting what caught your attention gives you the foot to think yours. (And if they are strong scenes, much better!
14) It's your story, imagine it:
It is your work, your effort and your dedication. (Learn to appreciate it!)
By: Milagros Borro
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