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Story Arc Explained
In every writing community, terms like "plot" and "development" and "arc" are constantly thrown around, and everyone expects everyone else to know what they mean without ever clearly defining them. Sure, vague advice about the importance of character development and story structure are great and all, but how do you actually do it? Aside from style and grammar, what are the mechanics behind a well-told story?
What does a good story look like?
The answer is surprisingly simple. Not easy, but simple. Every good story does one thing well: it asks a question, deliberates it, then answers it. This provides a framework of three acts that create what's called dramatic tension.
Here are some examples of what this looks like:
The Little Mermaid
Act one: Will Ariel become human so she can be with the man she loves?
Guide to character namesFor starters I’m gonna put it out there that a cool name =/= a cool character!!! You got that? If people were to put more time into fully developing their character instead of trying to make them cool and edgy, this site (and every other writing site ever) would be much better. Just because your character’s name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way, doesn’t mean you get to ignore everything every character tutorial has ever said and still have a decent story.
Think, “Would a parent give their kid this name?”
A simple question to ask yourself, if the answer is no, then I suggest you find a new name.
Oddly spelt name
Examples: Jayk, Alix, and Haylee (Note: I have a Sim named Haylee because I couldn’t figure out how to spell Hayleigh).
Just, no. These are not okay, and are one of the lowest forms of trying to make a character seem cool. In fact, it’s just plain lazy. It would also really suck for you
Anatomy for TF WritersAKA "Why knees should never 'reverse direction' in TFs. Ever."
So. How many times have you read this exact sentence, or some variation of it, in a TF: "Bobby winced in pain, sickened by the loud 'crunch' of his bones as his knees turned backwards, and he fell to all fours, no longer able to stand"?
I'm guessing the answer is, as it is for me, 'too many to count'. Oftentimes, you find it in inexperienced works, but it's not the sole province of the amateur. You can also find it even in commercial transformation stories - KA Applegate, author of the Animorphs series, which got me and likely a lot of other people into TF, tries to work it in at least once a book, and it bugs me every time.
The main problem, and the reason it's so prolific, is that it makes sense. If you take a dog, or a cat, or a horse, or a bird, and you look at their hind legs, the first thing you'll probably notice is that they bend in the opposite direction of a human's. When a dog or bird lifts it
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