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PostSubject: help needed!!   Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:20 pm

Hi everyone...

I really need an idea for a storyline... I've got my characters (one of them is a werewolf...) and it's set in Scotland, possibly in the past. I'm not sure what's going to happen, but it has something to do with the main character (the werewolf) being different and not really coping... or something. Not really sure.

Any help is... helpful, and I will name a character after you Smile (if you want. Entirely up to you)

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:42 am

Okay you could have it set in the middle ages, but you would have to do some research for that. If you set it in the modern day it might be a little easier. Here are some questions your going to have to answer no matter what, and this might help with the plot.

What is your character(s) name?
What is your character(s) past?
How did you character because a Were-wolf?
Are there other were-wolves?
What problems would you character encounter because he/she is a were-wolf?

Oh! Could you set this in the future? Like...maybe your main character would be a big part in a war? Or maybe you could do this in your own would? That would involve a lot of world building. This are just some questions that you will probably have to answer, and there are going to be some other important ones too.

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:01 pm

What is your character(s) name?: Alex Hayden

What is your character(s) past?: His parents (humans) didn't want a child so they gave him to a research centre which combined his DNA with that of a wolf (WTH? oh well. Need to work on that...)

How did you character because a Were-wolf?: I have NO IDEA what this question is asking...

Are there other were-wolves? : no

What problems would you character encounter because he/she is a were-wolf?: Well... um... my character finds it hard to live with humans because he constantly wants to eat them (WTH again?).

He also turns into a complete wolf (not a random hybrid) at the full moon (which is when his need to... feed is strongest). He also can turn into a wolf when he wants to. For the transformation at the full moon it is painful, like being ripped apart inside.

I'm beginning to think that modern-day is the best option.

(oh and you said would instead of world. SmileSmile Sorry... I'm an editor)

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:04 pm

I also meant to say how did your character become a werewolf. And, do you have a plot? Are people going to chase him? Or are they going to be scared of him? And what if he finds other mutants?

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:11 pm

OH!!!! Well I explained how he became a werewolf...

I really don't know about the other stuff. I need to work on it

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:57 pm

Well, I find its easier if you plan major plot points out. Where are you going to start? When he runs away? When he's born? When his mother gives him up? When he's changing? Whats going to happen next? Whats the major climax of this story? Him turning human again? Him being found out? Him dying?

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:08 pm

um... I really don't know. I think that he's going to have a drinking problem, so maybe him being chucked out of a pub? I'm not sure. Something like that... yeah, he's going to have a drinking problem. Maybe he reflects on his past while he's unconscious in some alley

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:19 pm

Well, these are just some ideas to help you out and make you think. What do you have for a plot line so far?

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:30 pm

So, drinking problem. Does that mean that the beginning of the story is the lowest point? He has been so beaten down from his condition and not being able to integrate into the world that he turns to stealing (not mentioned, but he needs money somehow) and drinking. If that's the case then things need to get better, but they could get better kicking and screaming.

This is so cliche, but someone with ~ideals comes along and is like, hey! you could be so much more awesome!

and he's like *blink and glare*

---end that entire thing ---

But so far you have a pretty awesome character with some internal conflict. Internal conflict can drive the story, but there needs to be something that makes the character change. Something to tip him over the edge. That is usually external.

This is just random general advice from a super novice writer. Hope it helps

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:46 pm

Um... story starts with Alex Hayden being chucked out of a pub (not sure why), he staggers back to his flat which is a total mess with bottles everywhere and that, then he collapses or whatever.

In his dream he relives his childhood, being changed and imprisoned and whatever.

not sure from then on...



Yeah the beginning of the story is the low point. He does steal, possibly from the lab where he was created? Oh and I based the internal conflict on myself. Actually most of the character is based on me...

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:47 pm

Oh My Scottie...Your a Were-Wolf? And the drinking? Maybe Alex should travel?

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:01 pm

... I'm not going to say anything. ANYway...

I really have no idea what's going to happen. That's why I'm here...

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:22 pm

Well explore the why.

Why did the parents give up the kid? Was it a teenage pregnancy?
Why did the people turn him into a werewolf?
Why is there even a labritory experimenting with human and animal DNA? Are they trying to create a fighter, or some biological weapon?

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:52 pm

Yeah it was a teenage pregnancy...

The people in the lab only wanted to fiddle with DNA, not knowing that one of their tests would actually survive. They wanted to create a new type of weapon to be used as part of the UK Navy. My character is the only test subject to survive. I think they send a scientist during a full moon when he's about 12 and he basically kills the scientist. The human side of him has an aversion to eating the flesh but the wolf side needs something so he drinks the blood.

Um... He breaks out of the lab one full moon, killing several of the people and runs out into the forest. The next day he runs back without being seen and steals money.

Basically later on he gets really depressed and drinks a lot, until he becomes a full-fledged alcoholic. His mixed DNA stops him from having any lasting damage to his body. I'm still thinking about where it should go from there.

He's supposed to be helped by some people... but I haven't gotten to that bit yet

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:59 pm

I'd say start writing! And when you get to that point, plot some more!

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:03 am

urg... it's HARD!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:39 am

Yes but you need to start some where. I'm using this site called 750words.com I'd use it. The site gives you stats if you get over 750 words a day, and you get badges for doing it continuously.

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:26 pm

GAAARGH!!! THIS IS CRAAAP!!!

I wrote thisL

“Get out of here!” yelled the bartender, giving Alex a hard shove in the shoulder, making him tumble out of the door. He landed in a mess of arms and legs on the dirty concrete, his long black coat winding itself around his legs. Alex’s breath rushed out in the form of a cloud in the chill Glasgow air. “We’re sick of dealing with your drunkenness every night! Piss off!” He threw an empty glass bottle at Alex, hitting him in the shoulder and then slammed the door; leaving Alex sprawled on the alley floor. After a moment he clambered unsteadily to his feet. He stared unfocusedly at the door for a moment, and then turned and staggered from the alley. As he came to a larger street, he almost ran straight into a rather flustered-looking woman. He recoiled quickly, his breath catching in his throat, his muscles quivering. She apologised quickly and hurried on, leaving Alex leaning against a wall, one hand on his chest. After a moment he staggered off again, weaving his way through the backstreets of Glasgow until he reached a run-down apartment block. Some old metal stairs wound up the side, which Alex took slowly until he reached the third floor. Plunging his hand into his coat pocket, he pulled out a bunch of keys, fumbling with them until he found the right one. He felt for the lock, missing the hole a couple of times, but finally unlocked the door. Inside was a two room flat. It was very messy, with bottles all over the floor, a towel in the corner and an old couch against a wall. A small door led into the only other room; a bathroom, composing of only a small shower, a toilet and a sink. Alex shrugged off his coat, hanging it crookedly on a hook beside the door. He walked over to the couch, picking up a bottle of vodka as he went. The couch sank at Alex sat down and took a swig from the bottle. After a while he fell into an uneasy sleep, the bottle slipping from his fingers and dropping to the ground.


IT'S CRAP!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:56 pm

Well, you need to refine it. Add in some emotions, and detail to how people speak or what they think.

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:15 am

I'm trying to figure out how to convey a really depressed messed-up character. I still can't properly re-write the beginning!!! D:<

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PostSubject: Re: help needed!!   Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:10 pm

Have him wallowing in his self depressing thoughts.

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