I'm sorry that I haven't updated this story for a while (like, 3 months). I just haven't had the time or been in the right headspace to write this particular tale.
And, still, I'm not in the right state of mind.
So, the plan is, I'm going to postpone this story for a while. It will remain on the internet for all to see, but I'm not going to update it until I've had a bit of time to review it. I need to plan it out a bit, write down what is going to happen once I've decided to pick it up again.
I re-read it, and I realise that it really wasn't that great as a piece of writing, but I've come into a huge pile of good literature to read, so I plan to learn from that. Notably, John Green's works have led me to try a few different styles.
I have, however, compiled a list on how I plan to write better.
1. Sit down before you begin to write, and plan.
English teachers stress this a lot, but I've mostly ignored it for creative writing tasks, because I can just follow a whim for any story under 3 chapters, but for an actual proper story, you need to work out exactly where, when, what and how things are going to happen.
2. Write at least 2/3 of your story before you actually start to upload it.
This is where I failed the most on this story, I needed to write more than a chapter at a time. I needed to let it flow better, and the beginning has to match the middle. It is tempting to just upload a chapter or two to see what people think, and to get praise, but really, if you decide to scrap an idea, this can be bad.
3. Real life is a good inspiration, but don't use what is happening now as a plot.
You learn about things in life faster than you can write, and suddenly you are going to have issues. Also, things happen that you can't predict, and you know that suddenly an important plot element that you were hoping for in real life doesn't occur, but you have a much more interesting or soulful story than you did before. (This happened to me, and it landed me in hot water.) All my plans went down the creek, because this was a greater story that I could tell than my original idea, but then I didn't know what to do.
4. If you are using real people in your story as inspiration for a character, make sure that you don't have aspirations for romance with them, or that they aren't your only friend.
This is actually the most important thing to remember, because it could be a make or break situation in the future. If you have read Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (really good book), you will remember when Tiny mentions to Greg about the annoying whine that Phil Wrayson (who was obviously written off of Will #1. The musical was about Tiny's life, which was a bad idea. I had the same problem.) gets in his voice. Will overhears this, and its ends him into a big feeling of depression, which is no fun, even though Tiny insisted that it was about a fictional character, not Will. It is also vitally important that you don't have a 'crush' (God, I hate that term. Used in this instance, it doesn't mean what it is implying at all, which is not good.) on someone that you are writing about. It is bad if A) they start to go out with someone who is not you (as, if you have gotten this far in the story, Sophie did with Oscar) or B) you get completely rejected by them if you do pluck up the courage to ask them out, which will just throw out your entire will to write a story concerning them.
5. Try not to explain too much in the first 5 chapters. You have an unlimited number of them, use them well. Don't try to reveal every character in the first two, it isn't a Sega game. It is a story to hang on by possibly many people.
6. Ignore everything I just said.
You will only learn on your own, so go on. Make your own mistakes. That is what life is about.
I will re-write and continue the story, but not now. Maybe later. I am going to write something else in the mean time, and I'm gonna follow my own tips and a new writing style.
Sorry guys, but its how it has to be for now, I'm afraid.