How to Write a Story Hour (by el-remmen)

Has the popularity of story hour writing waned so much? As of this posting, the last story hour update was two weeks ago on July 2. And the one before that was in June. I understand people just don't have the time. But I thought the number of hobbyist writers would not dip this low.

I admit, I haven't been around this forum much in ages. But it use to be one of the great things about ENWorld. Reading the great story hours.
 

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Morrus

Well, that was fun
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Has the popularity of story hour writing waned so much? As of this posting, the last story hour update was two weeks ago on July 2. And the one before that was in June. I understand people just don't have the time. But I thought the number of hobbyist writers would not dip this low.

I admit, I haven't been around this forum much in ages. But it use to be one of the great things about ENWorld. Reading the great story hours.

Technology marches on. People stream instead these days.
 

Maybe. I don't really see that as the same thing. People who stream want to be seen. People who create story hours want to write and be read. It's not an either/or proposition. I wonder if fanfic writing is up or down. :)
 

Richards

Legend
Speaking just for myself, I can only update my two current Story Hours after we've gotten in a game session. One of my campaigns happens about one Saturday a month, and the other (which is normally weekly) had two cancelled sessions in a row.

On the plus side, we played the weekly game this past Wednesday so I'm working on an update, while we'll be playing the next session of our monthly campaign a week from tomorrow. So I should have an update to that one within the following week.

But I definitely prefer writing up my game sessions - it's easier to go back and look up details that way.

Johnathan
 

logan87

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Has the popularity of story hour writing waned so much? As of this posting, the last story hour update was two weeks ago on July 2. And the one before that was in June. I understand people just don't have the time. But I thought the number of hobbyist writers would not dip this low.

I admit, I haven't been around this forum much in ages. But it use to be one of the great things about ENWorld. Reading the great story hours.
I think that people do not have not enough free time for dialogue on forums.
Although I think writers are always online.
 

logan87

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Very good points. The one that I would add is one that I've seen in a lot of books with advice for writers:

"Write something every day. Even if it's just fifteen minutes or a paragraph of "pure crap" that you think you'll just toss out tomorrow. This a) keeps the story from getting cold (and cold stretches, otherwise known as "writer's block", have a way of getting longer and tougher to overcome), b) it gets you used cheap assignment writing on a regular schedule, and c) often the fifteen minutes or the crap-paragraph turns into an unexpected gold mine. I know I've often sat down to write for five minutes, with almost no idea of what I was going to do, and two hours later have written something that ends up being a major new plot point or direction for the story."

Fully agree with the above tips. I was a little fond of writing, I know something about it. :)
 


Dave Peverall

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Hi all! I want to start a Middle-earth story based on Adventures of Middle-earth by Cubicle 7 using the 5E rules. I got a bit overwhelmed as to how to start this. Where do I go? How do I set up a page? I'm an older fella, so don't have a whole bunch of tech skills lol.
How do I get my first blank paper to start typing on? How do I dress it up with pictures that I have. Just the step by step for the set-up would be great

Thank you for any help. =)
 
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Lwaxy

Cute but dangerous
I am running so many games it is hard to decide which one to write for, I have pains in my hands and troubles typing and some of my players don't want o share their stories with the world either. Plus the site I'm playing on most doesn't allow recordings which makes it difficult. So I gave up for now.

Dave if you want to write a story hour here you open a thread like anywhere else and add pictures as needed. There's a little icon looking like an image allowing you to do that.
 

Dave Peverall

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Hi Lwaxy

Thank you for the reply. So, when you say Open a thread, where? Here? I see the tools for adding images etc. If that's the case, I'll just write in the forums. I practiced uploading a picture, as you can see.
 

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Emily Jones

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Excellent post is constructive to write a story.
the best part is
"1. Know What You Are Getting Into
I don’t want to be discouraging right out of the box, but any story hour author will tell you keeping up with a story hour is a hell of a whole lot of work. A hell of a lot of writing that requires a special kind of love and diligence. The history of this forum is strewn with the carcasses of abandoned story hours – people who started writing one up on a whim and were quickly overwhelmed, or people who got a good start but were discouraged by lack of feedback, those who thought they were like gods, but still got rocked – and look, there is nothing wrong with that – what you write is what you write and it is its reward – but if you really need to worry about the uses of your time, think long and hard before you begin. However much effort you think it will be? Well, it is actually ten times more than that… Which leads us to."
 




That's good. I'm limiting myself to a 10,000 character limit per post because CDPR has a 10K character count limit and I want it to look identical on both sites.
Mine comes from a running journal on Google Docs that my players (aka my kids) help with. I make them write the initial part and then I fill it in. This helps me to know what parts stood out to them, even if it can sometimes cause me headaches as I try to smooth it out.

The Story Hour piece lets me add my own commentary, since neither of my kids will see it.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Nearly 15 years later I want to add another. . .


14. Give Your Story Hour a Content Warning
I just spent a good number of weeks of this seemingly endless pandemic reading through, editing, re-formatting, and reflecting on my "Out of the Frying Pan" story hour. I just posted links to revised PDF versions! I loved being brought back to our sessions, even though here were parts of it made me cringe and choices I would not make now. And if I did make them now, I'd make sure to add a clear content warning so people know they are in for when choosing to start it and aren't surprised and upset when, for example, there are descriptions of gruesome graphic violence, discussion of sexual violence or rape, and representations of racism and racist language (like in mine). I'm not saying "don't write that stuff," (I still have some of those themes in my games), but make sure - like you'd do for your players around the table - that people know what they're buying into (generally speaking).

No one has actually complained to me, but we shouldn't have to wait till then.
 

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