I've recently been interested in writing a story on here, but I really don't know where to begin. I have the theme of the story figured out and the rough outline of how I want the story to progress, but that's about it. I'd really like any help I can get from you guys about starting a story and finding the necessary help on making sure it's fully fleshed out.
An outline is an excellent place to start. Make sure to write it out. I've tried keeping outlines in my head and the story will still get away from me. If you come to a part that you don't know how to write. Sit down and write it anyway. Keep going after you've written that first page, and if it feels awkward later, you can change it or put another page in front of it. You can lay down the story concept either here or in the discord if you want to get input on that.
Thank you for the response to my questions! Also, do you think it would be more beneficial for me to focus more on the outline of the story as a whole? Or should I focus more on the details of the story, like the character, setting, and tone of the story?
You're going to need to do both at some time. Just don't put the carriage before the horses.
Also, where can I find an invite for the discord? Sorry if this is a monumentally stupid question.
Edit: Not 10 seconds after posting this I found the discord forum... please excuse my stupidity lol.
I had to ask a couple of people to find out myself. No worries.
There are a lot of articles in the Help & Info tab on creating story games and writing basics. Look under "storywriting" for topics like writing your first story, character creation, beating writers block, etc.
If the actual story is what you are having trouble with, I recommend putting your plan down on paper, and then just starting to write. Your plan could just be a list of the main plot points you want to hit in order, and then write from one to the next. filling in the details should be the fun part.
Are you thinking like a short story in the forum? or a story game CYOA?
That sounds good as a first draft. I am curious however as to who Alex is and what he's doing messing around with ancient civilization stuff. Also, are the trials just skill challenges and stuff or is there some physical enhancement/modification aspect to them?
Sounds interesting to me! What is the letter about though? Plans on how to defeat the ancient enemy?
Either way it sounds like a cool fantasy, post-apocalyptic adventure! Mizal probably will give 10 times better advise than me, but I think you have the hardest part done. That being you know what the story is about and where you want it to go. I would make an outline that describes
After that I have had success starting to write between two points. For example you can start with the world you described above, and then design the first trial. After that you just need to fill in the blank of how Alex got from exploring the ruins, to the first trial. Then you can break the story up into segments. For me that is easier to write.
I see, so he can use the letter to find the training areas and take the trials there? I think I understand where you are going! I’ll look for something to come out eventually!
Also it is your story, you can edit the plot, plan, or draft as much as you want.
Might be useful to have a read over one of those Lovecraft stories that begin with a diary/journal entry. The stuff about the 'Ancient Ones', and their eschatological anxieties, does play into the cosmic-vastness shenanigans. Could get some inspiration. I'd mainly be looking for fun, creative ways to describe the ruins. Interesting characters aren't really Lovecraft's strong suit.
An example off the top of my head is The Green Meadow. And obligatory Call of Cthulu.