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I have an encyclopedia, not a story: what to do?

Authors Of AskMe, has this happened to you? During my self-imposed creative hiatus over the last year or so I conducted a lot of research into what would be my dream project. A project I could be passionate about, the kind of book I'd really want to exist. So I made a list of every thing, character, concept, idea, sudden kind of twist I'd like. I have three notebooks of this stuff. I cross-indexed it and included all my references. I have an astounding about of detail on what I want to put in and touch on but no actual story. I keep staring at it, like it's a list of SCP entries, and I can't think of a damn thing for anyone to do with these collected items, places, motifs, themes, and people. It's frustrating cause I can come up with quick pulp narratives on the fly for stuff I'm not working as hard on but every attempt to break and outline a rising action for these people results in rapid breathing and complete brain fume-lock. I keep asking "What does the main character want?" and coming up with nothing. Is this common? Is there a resource for this? Can I pay someone to go through these ideas and find something that other people might want to read? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Apr 23, 2014 - 39 answers

meta stories are meta

I really love works of fiction that use the style, setup, or form of another media product as a means of storytelling and sometimes subversion. For example: TEDxSummerisle (complete with tweets and botched livestream) and The Theory of Narrative Causality, written primarily in the form of Livejournal posts by the Sherlock Homes fandom (inc comments and bits of fanfic) as well as GChats, TVTropes, and related media. What other similar works are out there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 4, 2014 - 22 answers

How to write a story, pulp style

Specific story-writing method published by a '20s/'30s crime writer? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Jul 18, 2013 - 3 answers

How to stop trunking my short fiction before it's even submitted?

I've been writing short fiction. I've got my process down pretty well, to the point that I am not getting stuck in writer's block hell or any other common pitfalls. I have ideas, and I'm capable of getting them down on paper. I revise them, I produce new drafts, etc. My problem comes in the last phase of the process. I don't know when to say something is done. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Mar 21, 2013 - 11 answers

How Do I Write My First Book?

How Do I Write My First Book? I'm a bit shy and uncertain about the whole process and need some help in understanding how to just let the words and story gel into something readable. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Feb 8, 2013 - 13 answers

short question

What are the best online communities for short story writers? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Venue for longer short stories

What print fiction magazines accept longer short stories? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Aug 27, 2012 - 3 answers

How to come up with story ideas in a flash?

Help me prepare for a writing contest! In September I signed up for a competition where I will have 48 hours to come up with a short (<8 min) film script. They will reveal a specific "catch", a theme, prop or other constraint which must be incorporated into every entry. [more inside]
posted by storybored on Aug 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Screenwriting for fun and not profit.

I have no aspirations of being a screenwriter; I'd just like to write a screenplay. I've been jotting down and scrawling ideas, on and off, for the longest time. How do I connect 1 to 2a to 2b to 3? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jun 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Stories of abuse

Looking for good short stories or essays about abusive relationships [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Apr 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me identify this short story based on the plot!

Help me find the name/author of a short story with the following plot: human children are the work slaves of gremlins (goblins?), and made to do manual labor underground. Those with good behavior and who are getting older are "graduated" and told that they're being freed, but after a gremlin-only "ceremony," are killed for food instead. [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack on Feb 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Story/Plotting Software?

Alternatives to Dramatica? [more inside]
posted by empath on Oct 26, 2010 - 7 answers

What are the best articles ever published by Harper's magazine?

What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Ray Carver Filter: what was the name of that story?

Raymond Carver wrote a story in which a character writes a novel, or a story, about and/or titled "The beast that ate Cleveland," or something. [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn on Jun 25, 2010 - 6 answers

How do great writers create stories?

How do great writers create stories? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice on Jun 20, 2010 - 48 answers

Need An Interviewer.

I have lived for half a century and packed in a century or more of life. And I need an interviewer. I need someone near me who will ask the right questions and get the story out of me. [more inside]
posted by Splunge on Apr 22, 2010 - 28 answers

Using my words isn't enough, I need to use yours too!

Help me name and describe these creatures in a story I'm writing! [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Apr 13, 2010 - 31 answers

Writing a love story

What are some tips for writing a really convincing love story? [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor on Feb 27, 2010 - 30 answers

Help me find independent journalists

Looking for independent news sites and journalists' blogs [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Story contest. 500 word-limit. Please tell me that's not counting every *single* word!

When a writing contest puts a maximum of "500 words" for story length, should the count include "a" "an" or "the"? [more inside]
posted by skyper on Mar 27, 2008 - 24 answers

Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? Please recommend!

Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years, that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 14, 2007 - 26 answers

What are the copyright rules governing a stage adaptation?

What copyright issues are associated with writing a stage adaptation of a classic 1950's horror story? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Aug 25, 2006 - 11 answers

Troubleshootin The Tale: Temperature Traveler

Abstract Thinking Filter: So I created this creature that travels by temperature instead of time, so to speak. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Jul 18, 2006 - 29 answers

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