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Author: Melkor  (signed)
Posted: 6/14/2005 3:31:25 AM

Melkor's Writing Tip:

When in doubt, use descriptive language. This is also handy as a cure for writer's block as it can help redirect your attention.

Author: DarthIshtar  (signed)
Posted: 6/6/2005 9:21:43 PM

DarthIshtar's Writing Tip:

My favorite essay on dialogue said that you have to fit your dialogue to station, time period, gender, and characterization. It gave the example of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens and a 4-year-old who approached a baseball hero, convicted of a felony. In the Dickens, a sister says "Refute these calumnities, Nicholas!" Conversely, the 4-year-old uttered the now-famous "Say it ain't so, Joe!" You can't have someone in Dickens style saying "Say it ain't so, nick!" any more than you can have a 4-year-old yelling "Refute these calumnities, Joseph!"

Author: ben
Posted: 6/6/2005 4:01:52 PM

ben's Writing Tip:

During a lightsaber battle always describe:
1.)The Location (this gives you a much easier picture of the fighting stlye which will be used. and the emotions during the fight (eg:mustafar =firey,anger,hate,suffering)
2.)the movement of the blade (blurred,spinning)
3.)always describe the fighting stlye (defensive,traditional,quick) this gives a better picture of the characters movements.
4.)words exchanged during the battle (IMPORTANT:Never leave out the emotions during a fight. The conversation is the most important part. There has to be a reason for the fight.

if you have any more questions email me

Author: Nakomelingen  (signed)
Posted: 6/5/2005 10:03:47 AM

Nakomelingen's Writing Tip:

A wide variety of word choice keeps a reader interested. Choose words that can appeal to each of your senses and your writting will be much stronger.

Author: darthvadersplot
Posted: 5/26/2005 9:51:52 AM

darthvadersplot's Writing Tip:

Here are more than one tip.
1. Write an outline of what you would like to happen. Then if it is different, it might be better. If not, you can change it.
2. At least try to learn about the characters. You want to know how they are, background and such. Only with already thought up characters, though.
3. Try to have one of the characters as YOU. It makes it more personal and I have found that it makes chapters and stories longer.
4. Write about what you like. It makes it just as fun.
5. Donít always write about the same thing. Like romance. If you like something else to, write a story about it.
6. DONíT steal ideas. If you found an idea you like, give credit to that person. Or at least say you used it.
7. Last but not least, the fighting. Yeah, drawing can help, but it might also work if you watch a movie and see what looks good. Then base it off that. But, add variety. Try sword fighting, shoot outs, death defying stunts, anything. Believe me it works.

Author: ChaoticBliss  (signed)
Posted: 5/10/2005 3:47:38 PM

ChaoticBliss's Writing Tip:

Avoid using passive voice whenever possible. It will make your writing stronger and more polished.
In short stories, let the characters do the talking. We want to hear their voices.
Use semicolons sparingly.
Rarely use exclamation points. Let your words create the excitement.
And when writing use a FANBOY word after a comma. FANBOYS (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So), and ONLY use them when there are seven or more words after the conjunction.

Author: Kaido Rokk  (signed)
Posted: 4/2/2005 9:43:36 PM

Kaido Rokk's Writing Tip:

When your are writing, be specific. Don't just say, he walked down the street. Say, the young many sauntered down the empty street. Giving good descriptions make your reader feel like the story is real, not to mention interesting.

Author: Bria921  (signed)
Posted: 3/31/2005 8:29:26 AM

Bria921's Writing Tip:

Drawing out ship movements really helps if you're gonna write a space battle. Just take a piece of paper, draw out the planet, defenses, what ships/who's attacking who. It gives you more of a feel what you're doing by the time you start actually writing the battle.

Author: darth_grievous1  (signed)
Posted: 3/27/2005 11:59:33 AM

darth_grievous1's Writing Tip:

Don't let anyone but you dictate your writing style. Also, try and limit the numberof charcaters in your story. After a while, it may get confusing. If you get stuck, stop. Get up and stretch. Have a snack, or a drink. Experiment with different words.

Author: General Reiser
Posted: 3/25/2005 6:52:16 PM

General Reiser's Writing Tip:

develop your story as much as you can, what might make sense to you could be confusing to others, remember, always think of your audience

Author: DarthIshtar  (signed)
Posted: 1/25/2005 9:01:58 AM

DarthIshtar's Writing Tip:

Do not be afraid of your original characters, but do not cheat yourself and your story by making them throwaways or developing them on the fly. Have them there for a purpose.

Author: Robert H. Gordon Jr.  (signed)
Posted: 12/1/2004 10:35:20 AM

Robert H. Gordon Jr.'s Writing Tip:

Try placing yourself into your story and see if the path that is chosen by your characters and the resulting outcome is probable and even possible. This way you avoid the fantastic.

Also, look beyond the presumed depictions and take into account the unknown. This will help to flesh out any original characters that you create.

Lastly, come original. Lucas laid out a never-ending galaxy with such variety as one would be limiting their own ability just sticking to the established central characters.

Author: Sani Atasa  (signed)
Posted: 11/14/2004 9:51:37 AM

Sani Atasa's Writing Tip:

Oh, and I forgot, music in the mood of what you're wanting to write helps a lot, too. Do be carefull, however, because the music can also influence what you're writting.

Author: Sani Atasa  (signed)
Posted: 11/14/2004 9:49:21 AM

Sani Atasa's Writing Tip:

If you're havving a blank moment, turn away from the story/poem/song/ whatever and play a board game, or some cards, or anything that has to do with stratagy. Word games can only make things worse, enless you're looking for a certain word to use, then leave the stratagy games behind and play a word game.

Generally, games like Stratego, chess, minesweeper, solitare, spider solitare, freecell, and scrabble are good. If you don't like these games, what SW fan doesn't have something ke Rogue Squadron hanging around?

Author: Scoke Faofa
Posted: 9/13/2004 7:34:00 AM

Scoke Faofa's Writing Tip:

When you are writing, don't be redundant with your words. You have all of the vocabulary in the world with you when you are writing, don't just write, for instance, Obi Wan said. Write Obi Wan exclaimed, or stated instead. The Thesaurus is your best friend when you are writing. Use it well, if you get stuck with your words.

Author: Tym Knyspel  (signed)
Posted: 9/9/2004 10:11:29 PM

Tym Knyspel's Writing Tip:

Always make your story flow. (Like the Force!). Just as everything has a place in the Force, so should everything in your story. The best stories written have an ending that ties the whole story together.

Author: MJSLSBS  (signed)
Posted: 8/29/2004 8:47:21 PM

MJSLSBS's Writing Tip:

i find that if your stuck for an idea for a story but i want to write base it on an events/s of your life

Author: Kenobigirl  (signed)
Posted: 8/24/2004 9:14:44 PM

Kenobigirl's Writing Tip:

You can be inspired anywhere and at anytime. It could be two AM, but you still had an idea! An idea could come to you in a dream or when you are outside among a variety of people. So a good thing to do is: keep a notebook with you! A small hand-held one works perfectly. You don't want to get inspired and not have anyhting to write your idea on; you may forget it later if other things cross your mind.

Author: Kusco
Posted: 8/13/2004 7:40:22 AM

Kusco's Writing Tip:

When thinking out a story it's good to have a few major points of plot or action that you want to get to, parts that you know you want in a story. That way they act as stepping stones, or goals in completing the story. That way if you get stuck you can ask yourself what you need to have happen to get your characters to that certain scene that your excited about. The rest can be made up while you go and allows the story to take on a life of its own. Some of the best stuff I've written is the stuff I use to get to these "stepping stones". It also makes these few planned scenes a lot more fun to write because you may have been planning them for sometime. But don't be afraid to variate from them if all the stuff you've written before makes the scene impractical. It's also a good idea to think of what themes you want portrayed in the story. Above all just keep at it.

Author: Lord Darth Attar
Posted: 7/5/2004 6:54:19 PM

Lord Darth Attar's Writing Tip:

For some reason, this works for me. When writing, be in a quite place where you don't have to comprehend anything. Clear your minds and use the Force (seriously). I mean it, it works. When I am in a clear-minded quiet environemnt, I can type and even think up to FOUR TIMES FASTER than I usually could.

Author: Bant428  (signed)
Posted: 5/14/2004 1:30:57 PM

Bant428's Writing Tip:

if u read a good piece of literature and feel inspired to write, either wait @ least a week afterwards or write and keep it to yourself, then look back later on. you might be ripping off and not even realizing it...

Author: Master Zephyr  (signed)
Posted: 5/5/2004 11:17:22 AM

Master Zephyr's Writing Tip:

I find that if you think there is a flow problem leave the story for a few weeks or months and pretty much forget about it. Then after that time come back and read it again. With some of the non-Star Wars fics I have written I found that this works wonders. It also helps out the Beta-Readers in their job.

Author: Danialla-Rahl  (signed)
Posted: 4/30/2004 1:12:40 PM

Danialla-Rahl's Writing Tip:

Be creative. There are a thousand "how Amidala feels when Anakin leaves her". Think of something completely different. It's so crazy that it just might work! *cape flaps in the breeze*

Author: KSA  (signed)
Posted: 4/7/2004 8:17:45 PM

KSA's Writing Tip:

The only advice i can give is to simply write, write, write. Reading has also helped me. I try to get a basic idea of what I want (genre and the like) and then read as much about that as I can. That sparks my muse. Then I just write until what I want to say comes out.

Or if you drink chocolate milk. I've written my best stuff with a chocolate milk in one hand.

How strange.

Author: Hermione Organa  (signed)
Posted: 4/4/2004 8:42:20 AM

Hermione Organa's Writing Tip:

For whatever reason, I find that listening to favourite music that usually DOESN'T have words works for writing fan fics. For example, I listen non-stop when I'm writing Star Wars fans fics to each of the Star Wars soundtracks, I own them all. It's fun and I don't get distracted because they don't have comprehendable words that I can sing along to. It might work for someone else too... I usually get very hyped up with lots of ideas whenever I listen to music (which is usually movie soundtracks).

Posted: 3/16/2004 9:08:54 PM

MJSLSBS's Writing Tip:

I find if your doing homework and you can't think properly- writing a story or something else clears your brain so you can write better- and do more homework. it works both ways i find- weird but true for me.

Author: The Stormtrooper Shrink
Posted: 2/11/2004 6:22:08 PM

The Stormtrooper Shrink's Writing Tip:

Considering I've never even tried to get seems a little pretentious to give advice to people that have been, or better. But I thought, well, why not?

I've found that having a notebook in your bag is a great help. When I'm in the shops, or on the beach, I'm always getting hit by some person or some object that just hits me in the eye and says "This is a good character" or "This is a good plot". And if I leave it too late, I forget. That little notebook is an absolute must for me.

I also find that forcing yourself to write is a bad idea. Sometimes I begin a fanfic or some other writing task really well, and I feel I can finish it in no time, but I get bogged after a couple of pages and start writing absolute rubbish. It's a good idea to quit while you're ahead and come back later when you're fresh.

Keeping a diary - probably more a tip for girls, I don't know any guy who keeps one - is something that always helps me. You don't have to use great grammar or anything in it, and after a while you'll find that you'll be writing about your daily life - or just Star Wars, which is about eight tenths of my own diary - in a certain style, and you'll be getting comfortable with it. Once you've found your style, it's pretty easy getting to writing about other stuff. words of wisdom. Thank you to those who don't snort and those who do probably have a point.

Author: RainTiger
Posted: 1/24/2004 2:57:48 PM

RainTiger's Writing Tip:

This is a strange suggestion, but when writing fight scenes, draw it out first. I take a piece of paper and a pencil and doodle stick figures fighting how I want the scene to happen. I can often think sort of what I want to happen in the fighting, but I can never write it unless I visualize it. So, ta da!, visualization.

Author: baru-chan  (signed)
Posted: 1/3/2004 7:52:25 AM

baru-chan's Writing Tip:

How many times did you suddenly think that Anakin's character would absolutely *fit* that song? Or when you thought that your sister acted like Leia and wondered if she was like that when she was a child? When inspiration strikes, just go with the flow. If you suddenly have an idea about somebody or something, don't be afraid to write. Worry about spelling and grammar later -- when the proverbial lightning hits a person, it doesn't warn said person beforehand.

Not all fanfics are written in a linear manner. Some authors write the last scene of the book or the climax of the story first before writing the first paragraph. Don't hesitate to build a story around a scene you wrote, say, about a year ago -- some of the best fanfics were written that way.

And, most importantly, listen to your beta-readers. Something that is completely obvious to you might not be to other people.

I hope that helps. =)

Author: MoriahthePariah
Posted: 12/27/2003 8:49:00 PM

MoriahthePariah's Writing Tip:

MAJOR WARNING: If you don't want to end up with "prequel-George-Lucas-syndrome", READ YOUR STORY ALOUD to yourself, paying the most attention to dialogue. If you can't picture yourself--or anyone else, for that matter--remotely saying what you've come up with under reasonable circumstances, you know it needs fixing. If it sounds natural to your ears, you're on the right track. Trust me, silently reading off your computer screen does NOT work the same. Even better, if you know someone who's patient and has a good sense of humor (or appreciation for your dramatic side), dictate your story to them and ask how the dialogue sounds. This isn't exactly beta-reading, just a sounding board.

Author: Bant428  (signed)
Posted: 12/18/2003 12:33:53 PM

Bant428's Writing Tip:

don't plan out your story -- let your characters get out of your control and write the story themselves. yes, it's scary, but it works.

also, to avoid mary janes in the stories you write based on real life, look at yourself in the worst possible light. bad for self-esteem, but very good for fiction.

Author: anakinskywalker9-19  (signed)
Posted: 12/16/2003 6:48:01 PM

anakinskywalker9-19's Writing Tip:

It really depends on how you are feeling like if you go home with a bad attitude just write to get anger out, or just get a scene and ask what if this happened ? That just gets you idea for a graet story.

to all new writers

Author: Nade_Naberrie  (signed)
Posted: 11/17/2003 3:53:16 PM

Nade_Naberrie's Writing Tip:

Always write with your mood. How are you feeling today? If you've spent a long, hard day at work or school, write through the eyes of a frustrated character. If you just spent the day laughing with friends, write a comedy. This works, and most times the story will appear on the screen or paper before your mind has a chance to catch up.

Have fun!

Author: Tenshi
Posted: 11/7/2003 4:26:18 PM

Tenshi's Writing Tip:

I always like to have the major story plot line in order. Like if your story takes place between two books in the New Jedi Order than you have to read both books and have all the major details down in those books.
Same with the trilogy. If the story takes place between ep1 and ep2 than you really have to have those details down.

and the more star wars books ya read the better you can keep the characters. and if they are ooc than put a warning so that everyone knows. Because some people do not like the main characters to be "Out of Caracter".

Author: Jedi Keladry
Posted: 9/14/2003 7:02:51 PM

Jedi Keladry's Writing Tip:

The Prophet was right - writing scenes while listening to music helps, but I don't limit that to fighting scenes. Depending on the mood of the scene that I'm working on, I may have my playlist of "Romance" or "Magic" or "Adventure" playing from my hard drive. It brings out the general atmosphere, and the story writes itself.

One thing that bugs me in some fan fiction is when the fundamental personality characteristics of some characters get changed. In order to have a believable work, it's important to stay true to the person. I read a story that takes place during Episode III, and for the entire story, Padme was weepy and clingy, and every sentence was either bathed in tears or had an exclamation mark at the end. She was never like that in TPM or AotC - she's strong and brave, but not dramatic. It read like a reeeeally bad soap opera.

Happy writing!

Author: Calandra Arahas  (signed)
Posted: 9/6/2003 8:26:51 PM

Calandra Arahas's Writing Tip:

Keep a notebook and a pencil/pen by your bed. When you wake up in the morning, write down the first things you think about and any dreams you remember. Sometimes they can lead to a good plotline or can provide a new character or an unexplored mannerism of an old one.

Pick a random object and write down everything you can about it. It helps the clarity of your writing if you are used to noting the fine details. If you put too much detail in a story, you can always take it out later.

Enjoy writing. If it isn't fun for you to write, it isn't fun for others to read. :)

Calandra Arahas

Author: LianaMara  (signed)
Posted: 8/14/2003 7:03:03 PM

LianaMara's Writing Tip:

Write, rewrite, and rewrite again until your brain turns numb. Studies show that you're able to think much more creatively when you write your thoughts down on paper, so always scribble your first draft down in a notebook, or anything. Next, correct your draft, adding details or eliminating useless words, and then type it up. And after it's typed, continue revising until you feel confident that your work is the best you could make it. Believe me, this works.

It also helps to put a piece away for a few weeks, then pick it up later and reread it. You'll be amazed how many things you'll correct or change, just because you let a little time pass inbetween revisions

Author: Darth Sideice
Posted: 8/11/2003 8:36:10 PM

Darth Sideice's Writing Tip:

Prewritten your story on paper, then read it over a few times. Know your story by heart. Start typing and have a clue of what fits with the tile and general plot. Change and take things out put in ideas that you didn't have in the prewriting.
Read the final and add if you wish.
Your stories will come out better then before

Author: EmperorEdgardo
Posted: 7/16/2003 10:16:04 AM

EmperorEdgardo's Writing Tip:

The war agaisnt the Vong and the Sith continues.Their leader Lee's dark side continues to kill all the Jedi that pass throuh his path. Lee now is more desprete to kill his Dark Side.But the dreded Voynx have been remade to kill the Jedi and when Mace Windu,Plo Koon,Arca Jeth are killed the Jedi are more afraid than ever.Shimra the Supreme Overlord of the Vong confronts Yoda in an epic Duel of Fate's.Who will win?Anakin Skywalker figth's Exar Kun.Obi-Wan confronts the Emperor.Lee fight's Marka Ragnos,Darth Bane and Dooku.

Author: EmperorEdgardo
Posted: 7/2/2003 8:13:45 AM

EmperorEdgardo's Writing Tip:

Part 2 of the Lee saga: Lee has chosen to be Grand Master of the Universe,now the galaxy has a new threat somehow the YUHZAN VONG have revived along with all the SITH and DARK JEDI that have existed.Now with the help of the Vong the Sith are destroing anithing in their path.It's up to Lee and Jedi to stop the Sith and it's up to The Republic to stop the Vong,though a powerful enemy is helping the Vong wich look's a lot like Lee(he has to because it's Lee's dark side,wich he abanded when he became Grand Master,now his dark side is the Dark Master.

Author: EmperorEdgardo
Posted: 6/30/2003 1:26:57 PM

EmperorEdgardo's Writing Tip:

It is a trillion years after the war with the Vong Luke's decendent Lord Lee is now the most powerful Jedi the Jedi Order has known.He is the Supreme Master ofthe Jedi order but he has a decition to make be Supremme Master or the Grand Master of the Universe.AND if he chooses 2 he will have more power than all the jedi that ever existed united he will the most knolege wisdom and greatest fighting techniche ever used though leving his family and friends behind.This is part one of 12 of Lee the Lord of Light.

Author: EmperorEdgardo
Posted: 6/30/2003 1:13:23 PM

EmperorEdgardo's Writing Tip:

What would happen if:Yoda killed Dooku inep.2,then Siduos is killed by Yoda(for me Sidous is Palp. so that his end to),Anakin still is good.This wil be part1.Now 2 will be in the Yuzhan Vong invasion:Yoda,Ben,Annie,Mace are alive.Luke is married with fellow classmate Mara Jade(Annie is married with Padme she still lives and is the new Supreme Chancellor will Bail is Vice Chairman and Mon Mothma is Chief Senator).The clone army is still with the Republic.Many ships that we see the Empire use(TIEs STAR DESTROYERS etc)are now used by theRepublic.The Jedi have now more than atrillion members do to the fact that they found a crystal named THYUKO that has the power of reviving people.The vong do not win the war.Yoda dies of age.ANNIE takes his place and so on the Skywalker linege.

Author: EmperorEdgardo
Posted: 6/30/2003 12:47:41 PM

EmperorEdgardo's Writing Tip:

Comedy plot: What would be the Jedi Academy with bullies.Including wegies,swirlies.

Author: TriceroDragon
Posted: 6/18/2003 3:50:45 PM

TriceroDragon's Writing Tip:

DETAIL ,DETAIL ,DETAIL. Visualize then write. If you just write blindly, then your story will be all over the place.

If you slow down, imagine the words in your head before you write. When you're going to bed, try to think up new ideas. Your subconscious will imprint the ideas, replaying them in dreams, with you witnessing, able to write clearer.

Author: Princess1
Posted: 5/30/2003 7:31:44 PM

Princess1's Writing Tip:

Alot of people have a hard time writing lightsaber battles, and this hint works very well for those. It also works just as well for any other scene.

Visualize everything like a movie inside your head. Ask yourself questions. When I think up scenes, I run them through my mind, visualizing evey expression, every movement, the type of lighting it is in, even what type of music would be in the background. What tone am I going for? What would this look like in real life? What am I trying to emphasize here?

Imagine camera angles. In this kiss scene, is it like the Falcon kiss where we're close up, or is it like the Ep2 kiss at the lake retreat where we are watching from the distance?

How do I want it to 'look' in the readers mind?

In a lightsaber battle, picture the blurr of the lightsaber, what angle you want it to come down, how its glow at that angle will reflect on faces.

How fast is it going, will we bring everything into slow motion so that everything is in sharp clarity, from the bead of sweat on Obi Wan's forehead, the glowing arch of the lightsaber comming down twoards him and the emotions coursing through him, thoughts of the consequences of this battle going throug his head?

Or do we want it fast and sharp, comming almomst to fast to process, even the characters thoughts comming in fast and unconnected, chaotic, room for nothing but the battle, everything comming in flashes, blocking, breathing hard, oh force no what is going to happen, I don't want to die....

A movie portrays all these things, even though we aren't always concious of the details, our minds just process them automatically for us. In some scenes, like the snowspeeder versus Imperial walkers on hoth are fast and sharp, and some are like battle between Vader and Luke on the second death star, the emotional heaviness of it, and Lukes expression, focusing on Lukes lightsaber sitting on the arm of the Emperors throne....detailed.

This sort of detail and clarity, reguardless of pace or style is what makes something intersting, it keeps your scenes from getting repititve. I can't manage to do this unless I use this technique. But of course something differnt works for everyone, but this is what works for me. I hope that was helpful. :)

Author: Elinon Bybeth  (signed)
Posted: 4/3/2003 7:22:09 PM

Elinon Bybeth's Writing Tip:

Write down EVERYTHING. As soon as you think of something, write it down immediately, because you WILL forget, no matter how much you swear you won't. Write down everything, snatches of conversation, imagery and even what seems like absurd ideas.
You can always come back, pick and choose and whittle down. A lot of the time, you may not use some snatch for its intended purpose, but somewhere else!

Author: Darth Breezy  (signed)
Posted: 3/31/2003 8:53:01 PM

Darth Breezy's Writing Tip:

1) Develope a thicker skin... get good hard ***ed betas who will make sure your hair is combed and your shoes are tied.

2) Write FIRST for yourself... not everyone will see things the same way you do, it's not a critique of you as a writer but a testiment of the diversity of creativity!

3) Use your tools... "Word" can be taught how to put that annoying accent above the 'e'.

4) Write FIRST for yourself.

5) Listen to your characters, use 'thier' voice... if you listen it will come to you... It may not sound like your friends version, or mine, or what some people believe is right but you will find yours....

6) Don't berate yourself for not being Stephan King, or Jackie Collins, or Carrie Fisher... the key word here is FAN...

Finally, write, read, and listen. Remember that this is ment to be a joy, not a chore...

When it stops being fun, walk away for a while... it's perfectly all right to do so. No one else will think the lesser of you for
it, why should you?


Author: TK-007  (signed)
Posted: 3/26/2003 9:59:57 AM

TK-007's Writing Tip:

Whenever I right a story I always imagine what the readers are imaging in their head as they're reading it, in order to do that you have to articulate the intricate details of the world and the characters, but allow the reader to be enveloped by the words and get a clear picture in their head. I don't try to dictate the story for them, as if I'm showing them a painting of the world, I try to get them to escape and imagine the world for themselves.

I think that is the goal of an author. To paint a vivid detailed picture of the world, and for the readers to get out of that story whatever they perceive in the context of the worlds.

Author: Ani'sFallenAngel  (signed)
Posted: 3/17/2003 10:25:48 AM

Ani'sFallenAngel's Writing Tip:

Sit somewhere and just imagine the story. If the story takes place on Naboo, go outside. The Senate, go into an office or something.
Act it out. Be your character. What would they say? What would they do? Again, be the character.
If writers block strikes, don't try and finish the story. Wait out the symptoms. It will be over soon. :)
if all else fails, go sit in a room in the Jedi Temple, cross-legged, and feel the Force around you. ;)good luck!

Author: Cal_Wiggins  (signed)
Posted: 3/4/2003 1:35:37 AM

Cal_Wiggins's Writing Tip:

1)Keep it simple. If you can't understand where you're going with the story, it needs to be simplified.
2)Keep it organized. A common problem is that most people have these great ideas but can't get them in order. The plot shoudl go from point A to point B, but in the excitment of generating new ideas, the plot runs from point A to point D to point Q to point B.
3)Characters need character. Whether it is the created cast or your own original characters, you have to fill them out. Make them believeable. If you walked into a cantina and saw your character, could you hold a conversation with and would they hold your intrest.
4)Be your creation. Role play a little. Put your mind into that galaxy. If you can't see yourself doing, saying, acting like you write, it won't work.

Author: Ryanso  (signed)
Posted: 2/23/2003 11:44:09 PM

Ryanso's Writing Tip:

Writing a story is fun yet not always that easy writeing blocks come up. Story conflichs and character development also may become a problem here are some basic tips I can gather for getting help myself.

1. Before you jump into writeing you should go through your ideals first and maybe write them down also do some basic character profiles to help you keep up with them and be creative.

2. Go around and read other storys that are simular to yours in ways. They will help you get some ideals and a basic on how to write things.

3. Add good detail to your story explain the characters thoughts and everything well and use it to move the story along. If you have trouble with something find something maybe in a movie or another book or something that can help you continue along.

4. Don't be afraid to make mistakes your first time through. Always write what you can then go through and redo it and add in things and fix things to help it become better.

5. Enjoy what you write and dont discourage yourself if your in doubt ask a friend or someone for help. Find ways to motivate yourself to keep going take your time and don't rush evertyhing just to get it done. Writing requires time and patience but always have fun while doing it.

As for writing styles just check out other styles on how thier written or write in a style that best matches your type of writeing remeber not everyone's styles are the same so don't worry about coming off differnt.

Author: Siri Ruane
Posted: 1/5/2003 8:47:21 AM

Siri Ruane's Writing Tip:

When I write, it takes me days, but I go really deep into the story.
1. I like to play Fleetwood Mac CDs (because they have a big variety of sounds) and just think about my story. I will sit there for hours, just thinking about it. I like to do that at night before I go to bed, that was, it also relaxes me.
2. To get deep into the character, I write up bios for them that don't have to be mentioned in the story. That way, you know how the person would talk and act.
3. I never go anywhere without a notebook and pen.

Author: Fettster  (signed)
Posted: 12/4/2002 10:04:24 PM

Fettster's Writing Tip:

Just write. The way I write, I don't really plan too far ahead. If I come up with a good idea, I try to work it into the story soon. If I can't find a way to do that, sometimes I'll put it in a different story (I usually have three or four going) or start a new one just for the idea.
Of course, this can result in blockage. But that's the beautiful thing about having a few stories going. If one isn't really going anywhere, you can just take the stuff you like from it and stick it in another story.

Author: Mira Naberrie Kenobi  (signed)
Posted: 11/23/2002 11:16:00 AM

Mira Naberrie Kenobi's Writing Tip:

Read other people's stories. It might just spark an idea! Also, sit back and think of your character. What do they feel? What do they love? Also, try writing down ideas and pick the one you love the most. You can also do what I love: listen in on people's coversations. They might just form an idea. Have fun and be creative!

Author: Mine Mi Fin
Posted: 11/17/2002 12:21:09 AM

Mine Mi Fin's Writing Tip:

By using index cards you can write individual scenes on each card and then you could switch scenes around in any order you want by moving the card a in different order.
Using this method you can also see if a scene idea really fits in with the story as a whole, and if any part of the story is missing something.
Once you feel you have the whole story set out on the index cards you can write out the story scene by scene using the index cards as a map for your story.

Author: Jedi Jayman  (signed)
Posted: 9/9/2002 4:03:48 PM

Jedi Jayman's Writing Tip:

Before and when I write a book. I go around and ask people questions about what they like. I then take what I like and the others likes and make a character.

Another way I do this is I make Forums for people to sign and depending on what they put down Ill use that info for the Character.


Now here is the easy part. When I make a name I Either use the first or last name first depending on which sounds cooler. Such as a person named Audra, Use that persons first name and let them come up with there own last name like, Dreaper.
Audra Dreaper.

Another way is to ask the persons first and last name like, Ralph Craft. Here is where you get 'creative'. Take what ever letter from the
first name and place that one letter in place of the first letter of the last name like, Raph Lraft. Dosn't sound right yet dose it? Now add any letter you think would make it sound right like, Raph Laraft.


This may be fun, but to do this you must be 'creative'. Here are the essentials.

Birth Place:
The rest is up to you to create more essentials. Add stuff like Fav Food, Blah, Blah, Blah.

Author: Elrana Farflung  (signed)
Posted: 9/8/2002 4:38:01 PM

Elrana Farflung's Writing Tip:

Writing tips:
1) If the dreaded writer's block strikes, don't just sit and stare at the computer screen. Go for a walk, listen to music, watch a good film, browse your book collection - do anything that helps get ideas and words flowing again (I personally find that a good karate session works wonders)

2)With the first draft of a story, don't be too worried about getting every detail and plot aspect right - get it finished and get the essence down first, and then you can tweak and chip it into shape at your leisure.

3) Enjoy your writing! A labour of love is so much more fun to write and read than something that was a bore!

Author: Jedi Mastre Kris
Posted: 9/7/2002 8:03:20 PM

Jedi Mastre Kris's Writing Tip:

I find that reading other (Star Wars) related fan-fic is REALLY helpful for inspiration. It can also improve your vocab for your story. I think that vocabulary is very importante in a story (and punctuation); I guess it justs boosts the value of it. Having a good plot is also key; you don't want a pointless story- unless you're writing a documentary one like a journal entry where it ell what happened and so forth.

Author: danielle_skywalker  (signed)
Posted: 8/23/2002 8:19:43 PM

danielle_skywalker's Writing Tip:

I find that just about anything can get an idea into my head. That's how I developed the character Danielle Skywalker. before I got into Star Wars, I LOVED the movie Hocus Pocus and still do. I used to play a game where I would be Danni (I spell it Danny) and I changed the storyline around a little and the brother was dead, and then when I saw Star Wars, I got the idea of having Danielle be Luke Skywalkers cousin and it went up from there. Watching a movie or tv show gives me ideas because it has a plot that I like. I suggest watching one of your favorite movies that has action-adventure and romance and what not (take Indiana Jones for example) and watching it and using whatever you like about the movie to create your own storyline.

Author: Kaiyla Eleric
Posted: 8/23/2002 12:17:42 PM

Kaiyla Eleric's Writing Tip:

If you're writing a fic, not necessarily in first person, but including a specific character's thoughts and feelings about what's going on, try taking five minutes before you write to sit down, lie down, kneel, and just shut your eyes and become the character. If you find that your mind isn't switching over, try taking a break. If it still doesn't work later, try doing more research on your character. If it's an original character, try writing about something in first person, like taking a walk, but don't write as yourself. Try to think about what your character would do in the situation. It doesn't even have to be star wars related. It's aim is just to help you find and become your character more easily.

Author: DarthRoland  (signed)
Posted: 8/20/2002 8:23:50 PM

DarthRoland's Writing Tip:

I find listening to one of the Star Wars soundtracks really gets me in the mood for writing Star Wars fanfic. If you're writing a battle scene listen to The Battle Of Hoth or Duel Of The Fates. If you're writing a love scene, put on Meadow Picnic or Across The Stars. And to get that evil ambiance for writing a scene involving the Imps, the Imperial March is perfect (obviousy!).

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