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#8 - youlikeme (07/09/2014) [-]
Alright, I'll give you some help, but I demand 10% of the money if you win. I know that may seem greedy but my ideas are very good, and many writers would kill for them. So let me list some ideas:

1. Always add one black guy in your story. This will make people think you aren't racist, and it will gain some bonus points from the judges. If you can't make him interesting, you can always kill him off later in the story.

2. Make sure to pull some inside jokes from best site on the internet. Sure, most people wont get it, but if one of the judges browses best site on the internet that's good. Examples: Dickbutt, make one character a giant ass with a dick coming out from his ass.

3. Give the main character a friend, that starts out good but turns out to be a bad guy in the end. The readers will never see it coming! (You can also do the opposite, take a bad character and make him turn good).

4. Spend 10 or so pages describing the landscape, before you move on to the actual story. This will set up a good atmosphere for the rest of the novel. Sure it might bore some, or even most of your readers, but if they aren't interested then that's their problem right?

5. Purple prose. Make sure to use this tool to make it seem you are a great writer. Purple prose is basically to use a lot of description and similes, making the text seem more beautiful and artistic. Why would you type "he walked 500 miles" when you can type "he repeatedly lifted his feet up before planting them down again on the ground, not stopping the process before having traversed a very long distance". Some people, but not many, find this writing technique pretentious.

6. Also make sure your main character is some form of chosen one, the only one able to save the world from whatever evil threatens it.

I have made most of these ideas up myself, so please make sure you give me credit when you use them, because they guarantee success. You're welcome.
User avatar #6 - savethepandas (07/09/2014) [+] (1 reply)
This is OP posting as anon.

I've already written a dozen pages. The story is about my country (Croatia) set in a post apocalyptic state. The rest of the world is ****** up as well, but I am mainly focusing on representing psychological and social problems in this new unknown world as my neighbors and I would handle them.
In the next few years, the world would have endured a world war, civil wars, new diseases (ultimately resulting in zombie-like-but-less-brain-hungry humans) and natural diseases that have changed the face of the earth.

All that is left of civilization are ruins - monuments of the world as we knew it. Survivors are few. Like rats they hid in shelters, only to be scared away by floods and earthquakes.

Having found himself separated from his family when the strongest of the earthquakes struck, the main character starts wandering the country, surviving and trying to preserve as much humanity left as possible in this world.
(his adventures are told in retrospect, typical campfire stories)

After several years of surviving by himself, or mostly by himself, he finally finds a group of survivors which suit him best. But in a world of many dangers, the man driven by hatred and vengeance is still the most dangerous being.
What I've written so far are two chapters, consisiting of one flashback story from the main character. I don't need whole chapters or paragraphs. Some interesting scenarios, morally tricky situations, tight, intense descriptions of the dark, dangerous zombie-like beings and situations revolving around encounters with them would be enough to set me on my way.

If I ever make something out of this, translating it into English will be my top priority.
User avatar #1 - bitchplzzz (07/09/2014) [+] (2 replies)
**bitchplzzz rolls 50**
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User avatar #3 to #1 - savethepandas (07/09/2014) [-]
Yes, racism will be discusses in my story. Here where I live, a war for independence had ended just 20 years ago. People around here are like that; Religion, country, family, money, not necessarily in that order. Everyone who does not think alike, needs to be shot down immediately, no matter the consequences.

I want to see what would happen in a world where religion is unhelpful, country non-existent, money a shameful reminder of the past and man is mans own worst enemy. Which relationships would occur? Will people set aside their differences?

Thanks for a helpful though
User avatar #2 - PVTDickStryker (07/09/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Post-apocalypse, eh? I recently had an assignment in my writing class and I chose the same type of setting. If your standards are low enough, I can share some of the key points I tried to emphasize while writing it.
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