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  1. ColorfulAlpaca

    I’m not good at thinking of ideas – I’ll think of small good ideas, but they last about two chapters and I need to drag it on. Any tips on 1. how to make your story interesting and lengthy while making sense, and 2. How to think of ideas in the first place? I read books and get inspired but then I feel like I’m stealing an idea- even though it’s inspiration not plagiarism, and it’s a fresh idea.

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    1. CollisionOfFates

      Woah, big questions! First of all, the biggest piece of advice I can give on making your writing interesting is to just write. Practice as often as you can, and you’ll get there. Don’t worry about length so much, either; sometimes that can take away from the plot. If you do want to make it longer, try adding details and describe things using the five senses. Secondly, I definitely get what you mean about inspiration! It can be a very useful thing, so look for as much of it as you can. You’re right about original ideas being tricky, too. There are so many books in the world with so many plots and storylines that it’s hard to come up with anything new! For now, as long as it’s not plagiarism and you have original content, don’t worry and just write. Like I said, with practice, it’ll come.
      Oh, and don’t pressure yourself for ideas! Sometimes at school or when it’s really early in the morning, I’ll get random inspiration, and I turn it into a story. Write what makes you happy!!
      Hope this helps!
      With love, narwhals, and a touch of magic,
      *CollisionOfFates*

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    2. SirSlyWolf21

      I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of an umbrella chart, but it’s what I use a lot when making a story. So the top is one big category (aka the umbrella) and it’s the general idea for your story. Like uhhh “Kids stuck in deadly maze and don’t know how to escape” then directly under that you have boxes. You can have as many as you want but a good number to start with is 3-4. In each box is sort of a piece of story arc or maybe a time frame. For this example maybe “MC gets dropped into maze”, “MC becomes maze runner”, “Group runs out of time in maze”, and “Group escapes maze”. (It’s also been awhile since I’ve read maze runner but you should get the gist) Then under those boxes you have a few circles. Each circle is a point you want to add to the story during that arc or point in time. Like for the first part, maybe you want everybody to hate him. Maybe in the 3rd arc he finds a love interest. Little bits like that, something you think would make a better story. I’m not the best at explaining things but I’m sure if you look up examples of umbrella charts you can see easier. Also, this may just be how I do it, I have no clue if it’ll help anybody else.

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    3. sofiapierce3

      The only thing I can tell you is that if you have a talent and passion for what you’re writing, then you can make a story as lengthy and interesting as possible. So maybe take a little time off, and let a new idea you’re really passionate about come around; it’s no use to force an idea to come. Like Alana said before, length isn’t important in a story; it’s the plot, so try to make as captivating and beautiful as you can, and forget about length. It doesn’t really matter. But if you do want a more lengthy story, try adding more description in your characters, surroundings, etc.
      Hope this helps!

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  2. SirSlyWolf21

    Hello, I’m a writer that’s been on Underlined for quite awhile now (I’ve been on figment and wattpad since 2013) but I’m looking for one or two people who would be willing to help me with writing. What I’d like to find is a few people who want to help each other with our writing. Brainstorming, editing, etc etc so we can progress together. Underlined doesn’t really have good discussion boards so I figured I’d post it in the swap section. Feel free to reply to this or my Just Chatting book and we can work something out. I’m willing to help with any and all issues you may have!

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    1. CollisionOfFates

      Hey!
      I’d be more than willing to do this! I’m definitely an amateur writer, but I do know a thing or two.

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      1. SirSlyWolf21

        Hey, I’m always down to get help/help other writers so lets find a way to better communicate and see how we work together. Sirslywolf21@gmail.com is my writing email so you’re free to send me things there whenever, but if you want we can use whatever works easiest for you.

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    2. sofiapierce3

      Same!

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      1. SirSlyWolf21

        It doesn’t allow me to copy paste so basically the same thing as above lol. You can email me at sirslywolf21@gmail.com that way we can use google docs and the like. Or if there is something easier or whatever that you prefer to use then by all means we can use that just lemme know.

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        1. sofiapierce3

          I’ll think about it.

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  3. Breefay

    Looking for pieces to read and leave some honest feedback on! lmk if you have a short story or first chapter I can read:-)

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    1. sofiapierce3

      Hi, I have a few you can read. Let me know if you’re interested, since I don’t know what genre you like (I write mostly self-help, inspirational!)

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      1. Breefay

        I mostly do fiction or creative non fiction, so if you have any within those genres I’ll check them out:-)

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    2. sofiapierce3

      Hi, I have a few pieces you can read. I write mostly self-help, so let me know if you’re interested!

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    3. ColorfulAlpaca

      I published a book yesterday – if you’re interested it would mean a lot of you looked at it, and gave your opinion on how I could improve my writing! Thanks 🙂

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      1. unikyky25

        Wait, did you publish an ACTUAL book?

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    4. luvbooks4evr

      Could you read mine? It’s sort of depressing, and it’s the first time I’m writing a young adult romance, soooo…

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  4. sofiapierce3

    Also, I’m glad you liked my writing. People’s opinion mean a lot to me.

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  5. sofiapierce3

    Currently, I am not writing a romance story, since I mostly write self-help articles, but I can let you know if I give it a try!

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    1. tesshaiku

      Cool

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  6. tesshaiku

    How about anyone writing a romance story. I have a real life love story. I’ll swap with anyone. Get in touch it you do want to swap.????

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  7. sofiapierce3

    Hi,
    Anyone up for short poetry or stories to swap?

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    1. tesshaiku

      Totally. I absolutely love your writing. ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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  8. Sals

    Hi. I’m Sals and new to the community. I am looking for guidance on writing Chapter Books (age 6-12). Like Ivy & Bean style. Are there any forums good for writers like me? Also, does anyone have examples of chapter books that define harder words within the story. The only book series I can think of is Fancy Nancy series. But that’s for much younger kids. Any guidance on this is much appreciated. thanks!

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    1. deekgee

      Series of Unfortunate Events also defines larger words within the story.

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      1. unikyky25

        Haha! Loooove that series.

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  9. Stuti_Das

    hey , i’m Stuti and new to. would like to swap stories and the like. get in touch if you agree

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  10. BobLanham

    Good!

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