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An example of my progression in writing a story

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:58 am 
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I thought it might be good to sort of illustrate how I go about writing a story. Take it, leave it... whatever. I just thought it might help some people...

I usually start with something general:


Double Scenario - two parter - post battle not until after both games played
. Why?
. Goal?


Now, I do not always answer every question... but it's my launching point. In my short story thread I will usually come up with a game scenario and then play it out. Take notes as I am playing for the next phase.

Next I am writing an outline of sorts. Really, it's not much more than bullet comments. MS Word has been a really useful tool for me in that I can add/delete lines on a whim. At the beginning or end, or just insert in the middle - it's all good. It might look something like this...

King of the Hive --- Cacee, Reynold, and Rogers not used - tunnel dead end
* Set up by a ratskin
** 4 Gangs merge on the treasure
*** Orlocks, Escher, Delaque
*** Chaos causes the Escher and Orlocks to flee
*** Delaque stab Steel Spiders in back
**** Bo, Katan, Hargrave go OOA
*** Ian goes down
**** Recovers - flesh wound for next scenario
*** Dyrke charges into Delaque and seizes the treasure
*** Spiders drive off Delaque


Ok, it's kind of hard to really get a good visual because of how the message formats, but I hope it makes sense....

From there I mull it over... and add more details by inserting lines or details...


Scenario: King of the Hive
• Modified scavenger scenario
o 4 Gangs
 Orlocks – Warren
 Escher – Steven
 Delaque – Alex
 Van Saar – Steel Spiders
o Cacee, Renold, and Rogers attempt to take the ‘tunnels’, but are stopped
 They are not in this scenario
o Ian provides cover fire
o Dyrke runs towards the objective with Ian covering him
o The Orlocks and Escher are scared (?) away
o Delaque then double cross the Spiders
 Ian is taken down
o Dyrke drives off three Delaque single handedly
o Van Saar, despite being nervous hold out
o Aftermath:
 Boanerges, Katan, are out of action
• Bo – full recovery
• Katan was wounded by an exploding bolt pistol (Killed)
 Hargrave and Ian are down at the end of the game
• Hargrave goes OOA (head wound)
• Ian goes recovers without rolling on the injury chart


And so on. Eventually a beginning forms in my mind and I begin writing. Sometimes it's just the title - others it's the first line or two with the title coming later.

In writing classes they say the best way around writers block is to just write. Write anything. Just put words down on paper. And that is usually how it gets started for me as well. A lot of times it will show in the first draft but the key is that you don't have to have the novel all written out in your head. Just know where you want to go and let the road take you there.


You all will have to wait to see how the story comes out. 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:33 am 
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katan died!!! eeek plot spoiler....

looks interstesting will have a proper read later.

Rift do you have an early copy of my work showing the in game notes i made? it might be of interest

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my game notes:mostly badly spelt drivel but it may be interesting to some.

Esher gang, windy night fault fans, bored on ware house guard duty. Cowering being from wind, treacherous to walk in open. Packed warehouse.

Ratskins sneak in via vent, 12 clear shots, 4 packs of 3, 8 missed shots, 4 hits lone shot ganger, who ducks under a spray of bullets and wyrd fire., clear view of the entire gang. rin

Meya pychis charges and cc ganger ryun, ground pratoling cc gangesr, advances to enemy, the gang then rest advances toward the disturgbans stopping to take cover and fire/

Lights fire ground level makes one dive

Light shots from above miss

Scythe Long range plasma spray fire knocking out., as falls from ledge.

Flare Plasma spray at shadows.

Shot gun shot juve, winged down

Rin as more las shots went over,
Wryd twitced

Lots of shots no hits

Cc charges old enemy mayo tusel

High winds sweep saber of the edge and smashers into the floor, graves face owwwe scarrs
Reach moves in to assist maya. Blind tasha chaves a handbow wielding juve

Shotguns sprays fine nocks out one rat, cc next juve breaksm, and gets stabs in the black and scurries off.

Leader in the open get knocked by an autgin and pinned.

3way tousle, rats gets a club scathe but fine, chargeding ganger did nowt




Fire party sprayed and downed rin, wyrd twictched, leader pinned far autogunner#

Tuslete for cc v backstab, blood squirting

Adept supporting ran and stumbing into ganger who flailed a lot

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Old cc throughytly clunked head clunked. Owe fingers.

Plasma shot in the favce, melting flesh off, burning… smells of bacon, brain scrunchy.

Adepts clubs skull draw with meya

Backstab fight shotgun sworded and knocked down, shamen breaks and clinked arm wound.


Training camp, tough training 3ws

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speshul wrote:
katan died!!! eeek plot spoiler....


All will make itself plain. :evil:

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speshul wrote:
my game notes:mostly badly spelt drivel but it may be interesting to some.


Although more verbose than what I have - this is what I was talking about. In some ways the same thing is true for stories not based on a game/scenario.

What is the most important is not how much or how you present it - what is importnat is if it triggers your memory for the details to be used later.

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Plasma shot in the favce, melting flesh off, burning… smells of bacon, brain scrunchy.


suppose that is a bit descriptive :D that equals, 2 headwounds, hidesous scrs and OBW.

I didn't want to waste playing time so i just spewed out memory joggers into an open word doc as to not interupt playing.

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Yea... for me it would have been just a simple statement like...

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Billy Bob went OOA - multiple wounds, Bad Head Wound, Scars, and OBW


I would then get desriptive while writing it out. but remember, that is how I would do it. You should do it what ever way works best for you.

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