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If you have trouble picking a title for your story, refer to GenreTitleGrabBag.

Compare JustForFun/TVTropesHowToGuides. Contrast ThingsYouAreNotAllowedToDo. See also [[SoYouWantTo/MakeAJokeAboutTheSoYouWantToNamespace So You Want to.Make a Joke About the So You Want to Namespace]]

[[AC:The Basics]]

This article covers advice for all writers, regardless of genre or medium; it's the stuff that would go on every page, but instead we put it on this one page and just point you over here:

* SoYouWantTo/WriteAStory
* SoYouWantTo/BeOriginal
* SoYouWantTo/MakeInterestingCharacters
* SoYouWantTo/DevelopCharacterPersonality
* SoYouWantTo/WriteDialogue (needs expansion)
* [[JustForFun/HowToStopTheDeusExMachina Limit the Hero's Choices]]
* SoYouWantTo/BuildYourOwnFictionalWorld
* SoYouWantTo/BeALongRunner
* SoYouWantTo/{{Recap}}
* SoYouWantTo/NameACharacter
* SoYouWantTo/SeeATemplate[[note]]Okay, this isn't for story writing, but we had to index the template somehow. And it ''is'' a basic if you want to add to the library here.[[/note]]

See also ''Literature/StoryStructureArchitect'' and TheHollywoodFormula.

[[AC:Visual and Literary Genres]]

The tropes that make the genre:

* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnAbridgedSeries ([[IncrediblyLamePun Could use expansion]])
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnActionMovie
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnAdventureStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnAlienInvasionStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnAlternateContinuity
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnAlternateHistory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteABlackComedy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAConspiracyTheory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteACosmicHorrorStory (Needs expansion)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteACreepypasta (under construction, please expand)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteACrossover
* SoYouWantTo/WriteACyberpunkStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteADarkFantasy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteADetectiveNovel
* SoYouWantTo/WriteADieselPunkStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteADomCom
* SoYouWantTo/WriteADystopia
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAFilmNoir
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAFolkSong
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAFurryComic
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAGamingComic
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAGoodYaoi
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAHardScienceFictionStoryWithSpaceTravel
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAHaremAnime
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAHeroicFantasy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAHighFantasy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAHorrorStory (could use expansion)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAHumongousMechaAnime
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAKidNovel
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAKoreanDrama
* SoYouWantTo/WriteALoveStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAMagicalGirlSeries
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAMagicalGirlfriendSeries
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAMonSeries
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAPoliceProcedural
* SoYouWantTo/WriteARomanticComedy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAScienceFictionStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAScrewballComedy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASexDrugsAndRockAndRollStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAShonenSeries
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAShoujoSeries (Needs help. Maybe not a total rewrite, though.)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASitcom
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASlasherHorrorStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASteampunkStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASuperheroComic
* SoYouWantTo/WriteATeenDrama
* SoYouWantTo/WriteATimeTravelStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnUrbanFantasy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAVampireNovel
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAVerySpecialEpisode (''NEEDS'' expansion)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAWarStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAWebcomic
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAYuriManga
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAZombieApocalypse
* SoYouWantTo/WriteSchemeAndScansion (needs a better description but probably not a total rewrite.)

[[AC:Interactive Media]]
* SoYouWantTo/MakeACollectibleCardGame
* SoYouWantTo/WriteATabletopRPG
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAVideoGame
** SoYouWantTo/WriteAnAdventureGame
** SoYouWantTo/WriteADatingSim
** SoYouWantTo/WriteAFirstPersonShooter
** SoYouWantTo/WriteAMajorMMORPG
** SoYouWantTo/MakeAMetroidvania
** SoYouWantTo/WriteAMinorMMORPG
** SoYouWantTo/WriteARealTimeStrategy
** SoYouWantTo/WriteARomanceSidequest
** SoYouWantTo/WriteAnRPG
** SoYouWantTo/WriteASurvivalHorrorGame
** SoYouWantTo/WriteAWesternRPG
* SoYouWantTo/MakeAVisualNovel


This section is for certain media:

* SoYouWantTo/WriteAFanfic
* SoYouWantTo/MakeAMusicVideo (needs expansion)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteATrailer

[[AC:Settings, Location]]

This section is for certain settings and locations in a story

* SoYouWantTo/MakeARunAwayHideAway
* SoYouWantTo/WriteACrapsackWorld

[[AC:Story Aspects, Scenes and Large Ideas]]

This section covers things that are either not big enough to be an entire genre ''or'' too big to be only for one genre (but are still not all encompassing enough to go to the basics section).

* SoYouWantTo/CreateBelievableAliens
* SoYouWantTo/CreateAConlang (under construction)
* SoYouWantTo/CreateARoguesGallery
* SoYouWantTo/DeconstructATrope (under construction, please expand)
* SoYouWantTo/DesignAnAlienMind
* SoYouWantTo/MakeTheNarratorACharacter
* SoYouWantTo/MakeUrbanLegendsTrue
* SoYouWantTo/MindScrewTheAudience
* [[Analysis/PlayerPunch Player Punch the Audience]]
* SoYouWantTo/UseSomePhlebotinum
* SoYouWantTo/WriteABelievableMasquerade
* SoYouWantTo/WriteACharacterOfTheOppositeGender
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnExcusePlot (under construction, please expand)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAFunctionalMagicSystem
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAKidFriendlySeries
* SoYouWantTo/WriteLoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASexScene
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheSquad
* SoYouWantTo/CreateAMythopoeia (could be expanded)

[[AC:Groundbreaking Works]]

An overview of how these works rose to the top of the food chain, and how you might duplicate their success:

* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextDoctorWho
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextFateStayNight
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextGundam (under construction, please expand)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextHarryPotter
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextHarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextMyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextStarTrek
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextSuperSentai
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextTMNT
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextX1999
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheNextXFiles


[[AC:Major Authors]]

These are for advice on what to study to improve your craft, given your target genres, demographics, and mediums:
* SoYouWantTo/BeTheNextGrantMorrison
* SoYouWantTo/BeTheNextHPLovecraft
* SoYouWantTo/BeTheNextJRRTolkien
* SoYouWantTo/BeTheNextStanLee
* SoYouWantTo/BeTheNextStephenKing
* SoYouWantTo/BeTheNextWilliamShakespeare

[[AC:Individual Characters]]

Writing a story is hard but writing believable characters, the core of any good story, is even harder at times.

We need tropers to create new pages of these standard characters, and start giving advice on how to craft them! In the meantime, you can visit ''Literature/FortyFiveMasterCharacters'' and ''Literature/TheCompleteWritersGuideToHeroesAndHeroines'' for some basic character templates.

* SoYouWantTo/AvoidWritingAMarySue -- also a Troublesome Trope
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnActionGirl
* SoYouWantTo/WriteABadass (could use expansion)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteACloudCuckooLander
* [[JustForFun/HowToBeACompleteMonster Write a Complete Monster]]
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAFiveManBand
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAFourTemperamentEnsemble (needs a little more work)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAHaremHero
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAMagnificentBastard
* SoYouWantTo/WriteTheSquad
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAVillain
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAVillainousBreakdown (could use expansion)
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAYandere (needs expansion)
* [[Analysis/TheWoobie Write a Woobie]]

[[AC:Creator Jobs]]

Writing a story is important, but writers aren't the only ones doing work. Most creative mediums are collaborative, and many people help to make a quality product. This section is for those who want a specific job in any of the creative industries or want to do a specific creative aspect for a work. Pages should detail some of the finer points about such jobs and if possible give proven ways to get into such careers.

* SoYouWantTo/BeABooker
* SoYouWantTo/BeACausticCritic
* SoYouWantTo/BecomeAVisualKeiMusician
* SoYouWantTo/DesignAFilmPoster
* SoYouWantTo/BeAnAnimator (Needs expansion)
* SoYouWantTo/BeAVoiceActor (Needs expansion)

[[AC:Troublesome Tropes]]

We all know that TropesAreTools. But some of them tend to be useful only in the hands of a Master Craftsman. So here are some pages to help you avoid those tropes... at least until you know what the heck you're doing.

* SoYouWantTo/AvoidBreakingYourAesops
* SoYouWantTo/AvoidFillerInYourWriting
* SoYouWantTo/AvoidWritingAMarySue
* SoYouWantTo/AvoidTheThemeParkVersion
* SoYouWantTo/AvoidUnfortunateImplications

[[AC:Suggested Pages]]

* Be Descriptive
* Write a Synopsis
* Write a BackStory
* Write an EstablishingCharacterMoment[=/=]EstablishingSeriesMoment
* [[CharacterDeath Kill a Character]]
* [[BackFromTheDead Bring a Character Back to Life]]
* BreakTheCutie
* Write Current Events Commentary in a Work
* Avoid PostModernism
* Write a {{Doorstopper}}
* Start a PlayByPostGame
* SoYouWantTo/PlayAConsoleRPG
* Properly Foreshadow
* Write a School Slice of Life
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAInnBetweenTheWorlds a.k.a. "InnBetweenTheWorlds"
* Write a FightScene
* Write an IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight
* Write a WillTheyOrWontThey
* Write an RPG Horror Game
* Pitch a TV Show
* Write a CrapsaccharineWorld

[[AC:So You Want to Write a Genre]]
* SoYPUWantTo/WriteAXenofiction
* SoYouWantTo/WriteACloningStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteACozyMystery
* SoYouWantTo/WriteADisasterMovie
* SoYouWantTo/WriteADramedy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAFantasyAmericana
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAFightingGame
* SoYouWantTo/WriteFolklore
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAGothicHorrorStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAHumanityEnsuesStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteALowFantasy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAMystery
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAMurderMystery
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAMythPunkStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteOscarBait
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAPortalFantasy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteARoadTripMovie
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASatire
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAScienceFantasyStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASelfInsertFic
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASelfParody
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASliceOfLife
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASoapOpera
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASpaceOpera
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASpaceWestern
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASpectacleFighter
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASpeculativeFictionStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASpyFictionStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteASungThroughMusical
* SoYouWantTo/WriteATelenovela
* SoYouWantTo/WriteATragedy
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnUrbanFictionStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAnUrbanLegend
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAVarietyShow
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAWestern
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAShortStory
* SoYouWantTo/WriteAWeirdWest

[[AC:So You Want to Stand Out in a Medium]]
* SoYouWantTo/MakeAMobileGame
** SoYouWantTo/MakeAGachaGame
* SoYouWantTo/MakeAPinballMachine
* SoYouWantTo/WriteADungeonsAndDragonsCampaignSetting

[[AC:So You Want to Write the Next Great Work]]
* Write the Next Franchise/AceAttorney
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/AdventureTime
* Write the Next Literature/ArtemisFowl
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender
* Write the Next Disney/{{Bambi}}
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}
* Write the Next Toys/{{Bionicle}}
* Write the Next Manga/{{Bleach}}
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman
* Write the Next Series/BreakingBad
* Write the Next ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/{{Coco}}
* Write the Next Webcomic/CucumberQuest
* Write the Next VisualNovel/DanganRonpa
* Write the Next Manga/DeathNote
* Write the Next VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub
* Write the Next FanFic/FalloutEquestria
* Write the Next Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey
* Write the Next Franchise/FinalFantasy
* Write the Next Franchise/FireEmblem
* Write the Next Series/FreaksAndGeeks
* Write the Next [[WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow Frollo Show]]
* Write the Next Disney/{{Frozen}}
* Write the Next Manga/FullmetalAlchemist
* Write the Next Series/{{Glee}}
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/GravityFalls
* Write the Next Theatre/{{Hamilton}}
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/HomeMovies
* Write the Next WebAnimation/HomestarRunner
* Write the Next Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}
* Write the Next Franchise/KamenRider
* Write the Next Series/LazyTown
* Write the Next [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda]]
* Write the Next [[Disney/TheLionKing Lion King]]
* Write the Next Anime/LittleWitchAcademia
* Write the Next Franchise/LoveLive
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes
* Write the Next Literature/LordOfTheRings
* Write the Next VideoGame/MetalGearSolid
* Write the Next Theatre/NatashaPierreAndTheGreatCometOf1812
* Write the Next Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion
* Write the Next Manga/OnePiece
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb
* Write the Next Film/PitchPerfect
* Write the Next ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls
* Write the Next Anime/PrettyCure
* Write the Next VideoGame/PuzzleAndDragons
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/RegularShow
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle
* Write the Next Franchise/SailorMoon
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo
* Write the Next Series/SesameStreet
* Write the Next [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]
* Write the Next Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil
* Write the Next Franchise/StarWars
* Write the Next WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse
* Write the Next Series/StrangerThings
* Write the Next Franchise/SuperSentai or Franchise/PowerRangers
* Write the Next VideoGame/TalesSeries
* Write the Next VideoGame/TeamFortress2
* Write the Next Franchise/{{Transformers}}
* Write the Next Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt
* Write the Next VideoGame/{{Undertale}}
* Write the Next ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}
* Write the Next Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale
* Write the Next Literature/{{Wicked}}
* Write the Next Disney/{{Zootopia}}

[[AC:So You Want to Be the Next Creator]]
* [[DanBrowned Avoid]] Being the Next Creator/DanBrown
* Avoid Being the Next Creator/MichaelBay
* Be the Next Creator/AgathaChristie
* Be the Next Creator/AlexHirsch
* Be the Next Creator/AndrewHussie
* Be the Next [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]]
* Be the Next Creator/BillNye
* Be the Next Creator/DavidLynch
* Be the Next Creator/FrankWelker
* Be the Next Creator/GeorgeLucas
* Be the Next Creator/GeorgeRRMartin
* Be the Next Creator/HayaoMiyazaki
* Be the Next Creator/HideoKojima
* Be the Next Big IndieGame Developer/[[Creator/StudioPixel Daisuke Amaya]]/[[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Notch]]/[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Scott Cawthon]]
* Be the Next Creator/JimHenson
* Be the Next Creator/JossWhedon
* Be the Next Creator/JuddApatow
* Be the Next Creator/KurtVonnegut
* Be the Next Creator/PhilipKDick
* Be the Next Creator/{{Pixar}}
* Be the Next Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto
* Be the next Creator/{{Sierra}}[=/=]Creator/LucasArts
* Be the next Creator/RobertLudlum
* Be the Next Creator/StanleyKubrick
* Be the Next Creator/TerryPratchett
* Be the Next Creator/TobyFox
* Be the Next Creator/TomClancy
* Be the Next Creator/WaltDisney
* Be the Next Creator/YoshiyukiTomino
* Be the Next [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} ZUN]]

[[AC:So You Want to Write a Character Type]]
* Write a {{Chessmaster}}
* Write a DiabolicalMastermind
* Write an EvilOverlord
* Write a {{Goth}} (any sort)
* Write a GuileHero
* Write a {{Hero}}
* Write a HighSchoolHustler
* Write a {{Keet}}
* Write a LoveInterest
* Write a ManicPixieDreamGirl
* Write an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent
* Write a PhantomThief
* Write a PluckyComicRelief
* Write an UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* Write a {{Tsundere}}
* Write a {{Yandere}}

[[AC:So You Want to Be a Profession]]
* Cast a Hollywood Blockbuster
* Pick a Filming Location

[[AC:So You Want to Avoid Pitfalls]]

* Avoid ArcFatigue
* Avoid AuthorTract
* Avoid Being {{Anvilicious}}
* Avoid a DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck
* Avoid {{Flanderization}}
* Avoid {{Glurge}}
* Avoid MisaimedFandom
* Avoid {{Narm}}
* Avoid {{Padding}}
* Avoid UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}}
* Avoid PoesLaw
* Avoid RelationshipWritingFumble
* Avoid Turning A GeniusBonus Into ViewersAreGeniuses
* Avoid {{Wangst}}
* Avoid Writing a ClicheStorm
* Avoid Writing a DesignatedHero Or [[DesignatedVillain Villain]]
* Avoid Writing a [[TheScrappy Scrappy]] Or CreatorsPet
* Avoid Writing an IdiotPlot or a WhatAnIdiot moment
* Avoid Writing a RomanticPlotTumor