Help:Writing Advice

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Unrevised Style Guide Section
This section of the Style Guide has not been revised from early drafts. As a result, this information is disorganized (as you can see) and possibly not representative of current wiki policies. While you may find useful guidance here, it should not be taken as gospel nor used to settle disputes without wiki mod confirmation.

Creating Interesting Characters

Consider this a very basic creative writing model to help smooth out character creation discussions amongst your team.

A common character structure in creative writing has three core elements: A history, a personality, and motivations. A history will tell you where this person came from. A personality will tell you what they are like now. A motivation will tell you what they want to be and what actions they will take. If you take these three points, and tell people to write one sentence for each point, you can quickly generate and work through ideas.

Notably, this does not include or exclude gimmicks. Gimmicks and jokes can be the core of a character, but they have proven to be challenging when characters get traded to other teams, so we discourage investing too heavily into them.

Article Structure

Below are two common ways that you can structure an article, and they serve different purposes to different ends. These structures are not comprehensive, and if you find a different structure serves your article better, feel free to use it.

Inverted Pyramid Style

The Inverted Pyramid is a classic writing tool commonly used in journalism. The general principle is the first few sentences should communicate as many of the broad details as possible. This is suitable for a player article where the author wants the reader to learn the fundamentals of a player in a single paragraph. Later in the article, perhaps under a History subheading, the author can break down the details of the player's history. This continues to follow the concept of an Inverted Pyramid. The first paragraph should cover the basic details, and subsequent paragraphs can break down things in greater detail.

Linear Style

Linear Style is a more narrative-focused structure to use. This will often be suitable for recording historical events. Much like Inverted Pyramid, it is advisable to start the article with a paragraph describing the broad details of the content within. Then, using subheadings to break up the page, tell the story in a linear fashion.