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Anonymous asked: What's the best way to start a story?
Don’t open with the weather and don’t open with dialogue. That is all.
I disagree with the weather bit. Scott Westerfeld Opened up Uglies with a description of a hazy morning that still makes me giggle to this day (and spurred me on to buy the rest of his series)
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There are specific ways to punctuate your dialogue. Learning to do this correctly will make you look more professional and accomplished as a writer to potential publishers and agents.
- Speech followed by a dialogue tag: “Come on,” she said. Use a comma after the speech, treat the dialogue tag as being part of the same sentence.
- One sentence of speech split by a dialogue tag: “Come on,” she said, “or you’re going to make us late.” Only punctuate with a full stop right at the very end of the whole sentence. Start the second part of speech with a lower case letter.
- Two sentences of speech split by a dialogue tag: “Come on,” she said. “We can’t afford to be late again.” End the tag with a full stop and start the new sentence of speech with a capital letter.
- Speech separated by action: “Come on.” She pulled on her shoes and opened the door. “We can’t afford to be late again.” The action can’t be rolled into the same sentence as the speech, so it becomes three separate sentences.
And remember that all punctuation marks attached to the speech itself should be placed inside of the speech tags.
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Two weeks into the third grade, Lane and his family moved into a new apartment. It was bigger than their old one, comprising of two floors, three bedrooms, and a small room too big to be a closet but not quite big enough to fit the idea of a room in their home. House Lane reminded himself. Its a house. The new apartment was generously furnished by Zodtech, the company that had recruited his father. Every bit of furniture in the kitchen was brand new but that didn’t stop the ghost of his mother from following them to their new dwelling. She hid in silence behind the smiling picutre frame that graced the table in the kitchen. Lane grabbed a chair and pushed it to the sink, so he could grab a glass from the over head cupboard and get some water. Seven forty-five. Fifteen minutes.
A soft shuffling sound filled the kitchen and Lane reached for another glass. “Want some water Dri?”
The answering grunt told Lane all he needed to know. He filled the cup half way and got off his perch, handing a cup to his brother who took it with a head jerk that Lane hoped was a nod. Ruaidri stared at the liquid as sleep swam in his eyes.
"This apartment is fancy huh." Lane sipped his water, keeping his eye on the clock. Ten minutes. “Its more like a house eh?” At least say something you butt.
Ruaidri finished his water and went back upstairs, leaving Lane to suck at his teeth in irritation. Lane checked the time again. Five minutes before he had to check on their dad. He didn’t think he could stand not having breakfast that morning. He picked up the abandoned glass and drained his own water, tossing both glasses in the sink. With Ruaidri gone Lane could feel his mother hover over his shoulder. Cold seeped down his back as he left the kitchen.
Lane made his way to the not-a-room room where his bag and books lay, stacked one on top of the other. His unoffical fed up room. Maybe I could get some blankets for the floors or something. Lane ran his hands over the wall. Maybe get a bookcase and a clock. Lane hummed to himself, grabbing his bag and putting away supplies for the day. Busy work to keep himself from lopsided feeling in their new home. Not a home.
"Oh shit. Dad!" Lane slapped his mouth. His eyes darted to the door in hopes that neither member of his family heard him. The bag abandoned, he raced through the house, past the bathroom where his dad and brother stood, brushing their teeth.
His father spat. “Why are you running in the house? You’ll break your neck.”
"Its almost eight." He peaked inside, Ruaidri was looking at him in the mirror, expression still blank but more aware. "We have to eat before school."
Alymer brushed past Lane, patting his shoulder as he went. “Then brush your teeth and get dressed.”
Lane didn’t realise how tense he was until his father pat his shoulder maybe his dad was normal today and they could go get real food for the apartment. Lane said, “I brushed my teeth already.”
"Then get dressed." His father shouted from down the hall, not bothering to look back at them. Ruaidri had come out of the bathroom. He sill hadn’t said anything for the morning and looked expectanly at Lane.
“Go get dressed Dri. We might get timmies before shcool.” Lane frowned and went to his room. Ruaidri’s quiet footsteps following behind him.
This article here has some tips for writers on how to create unique plots. As we know, ideas are almost always recycled, and there are hardly more than a handful of different major plots being written worldwide, and across generations. However, we can still attempt to create unique ideas, situations, or subplots for our stories. Andrea Simoncic explains 5 brainstorming techniques:
(All content is taken directly from the article and I do not possess any of them.)
1) The unrelated ideas plot technique: This type of plotting involves taking two different and distinct concepts and marrying them to each other in a way that gives birth to a unique plot-line. An excellent example of this technique can be found in the short story collection entitled, Many Bloody Returns, which features a plethora of tales centered around vampires and birthdays. Some of the advantages of this technique include the opportunity to explore seemingly unrelated ideas and the ease of creating a compact plot for short stories or flash fiction. One of the disadvantages, however, is that it is more difficult (although not impossible) to use this technique when plotting longer works of fiction, such as a novel.