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  • Fluent and Appealing Writing

    Let me throw you a moment in time...

    So you’re sat down, ready to write the most badass of scenes to ever exist in any roleplay or story ever. You’ve got your characters, your plot and your setting. The most awesome of thoughts are about to explode from that sexy brain of yours! You write it down, your imagination spilling out onto the page.

    ‘This is great!’ You think, ‘I’m about to defeat Magus, the Evil Battle-Lord of Hyland! This tale shall conclude in the best of ways!’
    When suddenly, you’re finished, and it looks like a block of text straight from a Math Methods textbook… Yikes.

    Has this ever happened to you? Don’t worry, I’ve run into the same problem a few times myself. Well fear not, young padawan! For I, Abyssal, will teach you the ways of fluent expression. Your paragraphs will be so easy to read; it’ll feel like watching a unicorn floating blissfully over a rainbow. Let’s get right into it.



    Here are my four handy tips to help combat a massive block of text and create an appealing read for your audience.

    1) Laying off the specificity

    Let’s say you’re creating the world of a fantasy roleplay or novel, and you want your readers/collaborators to get a feel for the environment. If you list every single detail of your world, it’s gonna make an excruciatingly long read. Sure, it’ll show them exactly what your world is, but it limits how others can interpret it. Just as you want to use that lovely brain of yours, so do those who wish to join you in your roleplay or read your work.

    Listing major details, such as countries, races, empires, lore and story (if a pre-determined roleplay) is key to showing the audience what kind of world the plot will revolve around. Feel free to add other minor details, like village names, but there is no need to list everything about it in the prologue and introduction! Let the main plot add the details for you.
    There is no rule that says you can’t introduce your antagonist or your neighbouring countries some chapters into the plot. If done right, you might not even need to mention some of the aforementioned major details until later on!

    This gives the readers and collaborators of your work the creative freedom to interpret your world in their own way, without getting bogged down in extensive amounts of minor detail. It also keeps the ball rolling by allowing you and your audience to get into the juicy stuff, the plot, faster.
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    2) Sentence Structure

    Now, ironically, this doesn’t have to be followed precisely to the letter, everyone has unique methods of building their work, but sentence structure and how you construct your paragraphs can be the decider between a fun read and a dull one.

    Think of your favourite song. It’ll most likely have an introduction, a few verses, a solo and/or a bridge, and a conclusion. Though they all contribute to the same song, they all add their own spices of flavour into the mix to create something truly magnificent. The same can be said for your own pieces of work! A paragraph is a group of different sentences, collaborating to create magic that you can visualise in your mind. Of course, you already know this, it’s pretty basic stuff, but there are a couple of different parts, like those to a song, that can be included to form a solid sentence. Look out for ‘em the next time you’re writing!

    - Main Parts. These parts usually contain the main action of the sentence: “Alistair, […] stormed up to the mountain peak to confront the dragon […]”

    - Lead-In Parts. These parts lead into other parts, often main parts: “The clouds shrouded the evanescent sun as […]”

    - In-Between Parts. As the name implies, these parts go in between other parts. They feel like a slight interruption: “in his shiny, silk dress […]”

    - Add-On Parts. These are extra parts that convey additional information about any of the other parts and are usually used to make things more specific:
    “and save the woeful town below.”

    Together, we’ve got the following.
    "The clouds shrouded the evanescent sun as Alistair, in his shiny, silk dress, stormed up to the mountain peak to confront the dragon and save the woeful town below."


    Again, pretty basic stuff, and it’s nothing that is absolutely necessary to follow, but trust me when I say that it’s a saviour from the likes of unnecessary clutter when used with your own style of sentencing. Throw in one of these bad boys with what you already have, and you’ve got yourself a bona-fide paragraph. When using sentences like these, you’re getting right to the point and keeping things fluent. You’re also adding some delicious visuals to your story for you and your audience to indulge in. Yummy!

    3) Variety

    There will be a more in-depth look into adjectives and adding a bit of shazam to your writing in a later lecture. But for now, I’ll say this: much like films – stories and roleplays operate best when new words and ideas are being utilised. Keeping the reader on their feet by maintaining fresh visuals and hot vocab are sure-fire ways to keep the audience hooked on your work!

    Speaking of ‘hot’, let’s say you’re describing something as hot. You want to emphasise to the reader that this object is hot, and is so hot that the heat is causing the object to be hot. It was red hot. …Hot. Read the word ‘hot’ enough times, and it doesn’t really look like a word does it? That’s your brain’s way of telling you that it’s bored of reading the same word over and over again, and needs to be stimulated with something new and exciting! It disconnects you from what you’re reading. This is where synonyms come into play. A simple search for synonyms to the word ‘hot’ yielded the following results:

    very warm, balmy, summery, tropical, boiling, boiling hot, blazing hot, baking, scorching, roasting, searing, scalding, flaming, parching, blistering, oven-like; sweltering, torrid, sultry, humid, muggy, close, airless, oppressive, stifling.

    Pretty cool, huh? Using synonyms to depict something, rather than repeating the same word, keeps your work fluent and your readers interested.

    4) Grammar

    I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

    Checking your work for tiny ‘lil errors in syntax goes a long way. Putting up a chapter of your work or a new part of a roleplay without looking for bumps in the road can lead to readers paying more attention to your grammar than your story. We’re all guilty of it! Look over your work before you post, and if there’s still some errors afterwards, there’s no harm in clicking that sneaky ‘edit post’ button and fixing it up then and there!

    There you go, hopefully you’ve learned something from this! Fluency is unique to the author, and not one person will write the exact same as another. But, hopefully, these handy hints will help you better develop your finesse and elegance in writing.


    Thank you for reading!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Fluent and Appealing Writing started by Abyssal View original post