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Neopia's Fill in the Blank News Source | 19th day of Hiding, Yr 20
The Neopian Times Week 137 > Articles > Storytelling - Why Cant I Get in?

Storytelling - Why Cant I Get in?

by _joleveeflareporeon

THE DEEP CATACOMBS - Maybe it’s the fame, or maybe it’s the attractive trophy on your lookup, or maybe it’s the prize: 2000 Neopoints and a paint brush, but most of us creative Neopians have one thing in common – everyone wants to get their parts accepted into the Storytelling Competition. Most of us also have another thing in common – no matter how often you enter, your parts are never accepted! Am I right or am I right? True, I’ve only been accepted into the Storytelling Competition once, but once is still enough to know what Neopets is looking for in an entree, and I’m here to tell you what you can do to raise your chances of being accepted... Oh, and do bear with me if my strategies don’t work.

1. The Basics

Now there are a few things that each and every accepted entree have in them. Many people don’t know these things and they’re crucial for getting accepted. Firstly, it is only supposed to be a PART of the story, not the whole thing. Yes, I know it’s silly and you’re all probably rolling your eyes at me saying everyone knows that because it’s written right on the Storytelling page, but I know a good number of people who have tried entering a whole story time and time again, only to find out that they only need a paragraph of the story to get accepted.

Second, just missing a few text things like putting an ellipsis at the beginning and end of your paragraph to show that is was continued can affect whether or not your part will get accepted. To prevent these things, reread your entrees several times over, just to make absolutely sure.

2. WaChe yoRe SpeeLing!!

For those who couldn’t read the tittle of number 2, it was meant to say “Watch Your Spelling!!”. Now I know people aren’t going to make mistakes like that in their text, but one too many errors can cost you a trophy! Most people reread their entrees, but others rush through it hoping that they’ll press “Submit Query” before the next person gets chosen. Now these people usually have their fingers slip or accidentally press Caps Lock, making their text next to impossible to read. Also, if you don’t know how to spell a word, don’t guess! Look it up in the dictionary or type it into your Spell-check on your Word program, as it may just save your entree. Of course, Neopets will make the occasional correction if they like the main idea of your entree enough, so don’t freak out too much if you suddenly realize you made one spelling mistake after pressing the Submit button.

3. Would You Want to Read it?

Now most everyone who reads this tittle will immediately say: “Of course I’d wanna read it! That’s why I’m entering, isn’t it?” But unfortunately that’s just your ego talking most of the time. If you worked hard on something, you’re obviously going to feel a sense of pride about it, but if you really want to know if it’s worth entering, look at it from someone else’s point of view. To do this, you may actually want to send your paragraph to someone else and have him or her rate it for you. Either way the person will be looking for answers to the same questions.

Firstly, is it funny? I’ve read through many an entree and ALL of them have at least something funny in it! Whether it’s a downright in-your-face joke or the way a character acts, Neopets likes it to be humorous.

Next, is it interesting? Now that phrase can be a different answer to most everyone, but in general it means the same thing. Think back to your what your English teacher taught you in your LA class and use some of what you learned. Don’t go using all simple sentences with no adjectives whatsoever. Paying attention to this point can change a sentence like: “Link was a Lupe who lived in Meridell and fought because it was his destiny.” to: “In a land far away called Meridell, where many a great hero thrived, lived Link, a powerful Lupe with a silky emerald green coat, fighting the evils and dangers of Neopia as it had been prophesized by many a seer. Most of you who read that would immediately notice that example was completely plucked from a video game, but more importantly, you’ll notice how much more interesting the second sentence is than the first. So next time you write something, give it an edge to it and add more advanced vocabulary and adjectives. It’ll make it interesting, and as an added bonus, it’ll make you look smarter.

4. Stick to the Story Line

Usually Neopets will start the story with an almost obvious purpose to it. It will generally tell you if they want you to make the story a comedy, or something scary. Sometimes they will leave you with a question you need to answer or an incomplete phrase, and once in a while they will even have a clear mission laid out for you.

Take Story 118 for example. Two Neopets get locked in Eliv Thade’s castle, and from there the story is pretty obvious. The two Neopets’ mission is clearly to get out of the castle, and so if they’re in Eliv Thade’s castle they’re almost surely going to meet up with him some time in the story. And knowing Eliv Thade, he’s going to make them solve anagrams to get out, and if you know his history, he’ll almost surely make the friends solve the puzzle that drove him insane and eventually killed him.

Well, I hope that my little guide helped you and that in the future you too will experience the joys of receiving a handsome trophy for your lookup, 2000 Neopoints, a rare paint brush, and best of all, all the bragging rights you could ever want!

Author’s Note: These strategies for succeeding in the Storytelling Contest are merely what I’ve noticed through all the different stories. If you disagree with my article, (or are thrilled with the fact that it helped you in your writing skills) feel free to Neomail me with your questions, comments, or complaints. But for the most part, I feel I was truthful with my article, and though I’ve only been accepted into the Storytelling contest once, I believe these tips are relatively helpful.

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