DEEP CATACOMBS - Have you ever had that frustration when your submission NEVER
gets published in The Storytelling Contest? Do you ever wonder what it takes
to get it published? If you’re one of the many struggling writers out there
who enter the Storytelling Contest each day and can never win, you’re in the
right place. “So, how do I win the Storytelling Contest?” I bet a lot of you
are asking yourselves right now. The answer is quite simple. You just have to
contain the knowledge of what’s essential when you’re going send a story in.
In this article, you’ll learn all the key facts that will help you write well-written
stories that are sure to be published in The Storytelling Contest and that will
help you one day become a triumphant writer.
First off, I’ll start out by giving you a brief detail on what the Storytelling
Contest is about. On Monday, the judge starts off by writing the beginning of
the story. It’s your job to write the next paragraph and send it in. If your
story gets chosen you will receive 2000 NP, a rare item and a really cool trophy.
Sounds interesting, heh?
Now that you know what the Storytelling Contest is about, this is the time
to decide why you really want to send in your paragraph to the Storytelling
Contest. You may be thinking this is a funny thing to do. Well to be honest,
it’s not. Many people enter the Storytelling Contest for the wrong reasons.
Some of the reasons are: you enter for the prizes or maybe it’s just for the
popularity. It shouldn’t be about any of those reasons. You should enter because
you love writing and you want other people to enjoy your work. If you’re only
entering for the prizes or the popularity this contest isn’t for you.
I’ve learned all about the Storytelling Contest and I’ve decided why I want
to enter. Now can I start writing? Uh… nope. Not yet. The first thing you have
to do if you’re going to send in a story is read the previous paragraph! When
you read the previous paragraph it gives you a basic idea on what to write.
But unfortunately, some people do the exact opposite. You have no idea of how
many cases I’ve seen of people entering paragraphs that have nothing to do with
the Storytelling Contest. For example, my friend at school told me he had written
a really good paragraph and had sent it in to the Storytelling Contest but hadn’t
won. He didn’t know why he had failed so I told him to Neomail it to me so I
could check it out. He sent it to me and I started reading it. I was surprised
to see that the story had absolutely NOTHING to do with what the judge had started
out with. He wrote a paragraph about a Faerie being attacked by Dr. Sloth’s
army when the judge had started a story that was about a green Scorchio turning
into a mutant Moehog. See how important it is to read the previous paragraph?
CAN I PLLLEEEASSE START CREATING THE STORY NOW?? Yes, now you may. The first
thing you have to decide on when writing the story is if you’re going to alter
the plot. This means if you are going to add twists to it. If you are, I advise
you not to make the twist TOO big. This might change the plot too much. Remember
though, to make sure the plot follows on from the previous paragraph. If you
fail to do this, writing the story will have been a complete waste of time.
You’ve decided on your plot and now it’s time to decide if you want to add
and formulate new characters. If you want to create a new character check to
see how many characters there are so far in the story. If there’s only one,
this usually is a hint from the judge saying he or she wants you to add a new
one. If there are two in the story, a third one might not be the best idea.
“But why can’t I have 10 characters in the story?” a lot of you may be wondering
right now. The answer is because there are only 10 sections. The plot needs
to advance, not receive more characters that are useless to the story. When
there are too many characters, the story goes overboard and the readers lose
track of who is who. If you REALLY, REALLY want to add a new character think
about whether it’ll advance the stories plot or be a complete waste. If there
are no problems by creating a new character, start thinking about the personality
and physique you want the character to have. Be sure to make the character engaging
to the readers. Form interesting names and create eye-appealing descriptions.
Finally, you can start WRITING the story. But make sure you grab a thesaurus
and a dictionary before you start writing. If you have a program like Microsoft
Word this won’t be necessary since there’s the spell check and the synonym
tool. Using words that you wouldn’t use every day in your story is a MUST. This
improves your chance of getting published by about 60%. Also, when you’re writing,
create descriptions of the settings, use proper grammar and punctuation and
like before, employ interesting words.
HOT TIP: If you really want your story to the grasp the judge’s attention
try and make the beginning of the story which follows on from the cliff-hanger
in the last section really surprising and out of the ordinary. The judge ALWAYS
looks for this. And it gives you a better chance of getting published.
You’ve written your fabulous story and now your at your cliff-hanger. Cliffhangers
are very important when your writing a story for The Storytelling Contest because
it’s what makes the reader want to read the next section. So, when you’re deciding
on a cliffhanger, try and make it shocking and exciting! Write one that’s GOING
TO WANT TO MAKE THE READER READ THE NEXT SECTION!
Your story is completely done and you badly want to send it in. Unfortunately,
you can’t yet. There are two more little things you have to check before sending
your story in. The first one is checking the size of your entry. To know if
your entry is the appropriate size, look at the scrolling sidebar beside your
box. If it’s as long at your cursor or smaller that means there’s enough in
your story to advance the plot.
The last thing to check before you send in your story is the spelling and grammatical
errors. If there is only a few, that’s fine, the judge edits the entries before
putting them on the site, however if it looks like this: The JuB,jUb said bYe
Bye, tO hIs M,uMm!Y or this: The Jbubuj said godobey ot ish muymm, you’re going
to have to completely re-type it. If you don’t, all your hard work will have
been a complete waste because the editor would have to re-type it all and you
most surely know that they would never want to do such a thing.
Extra Tip: Writing isn’t the only important part in The Storytelling Contest.
Timing is just as important. You always want to get your entry sent in as fast
as possible so that it will be one of the first stories that the judge reads.
It also gives time for the judge to edit your entry. For the first section of
the day, I recommend that you send in your entry before 11:00 a.m. NST and 3:00
p.m. NST for the second.
See how easy it is? Now you know all the vital facts when writing an entry
for the Storytelling Contest. These include altering the plot, creating new
characters, actually writing the story, spelling and grammar errors, the size
and timing. So get your creative juices flowing, start writing and I look forward
to seeing your story get published in the one and only Storytelling Contest!
Author’s note: Thanks to stoneman3x who helped me SO much on this article.
I deeply appreciate it! I’d love it if you could Neomail me any constructive