- kingxana0 wrote:
- A little advice I have found in my history of writing Slender Man blogs is that Slender Man is a great monster, but he is not a villain. Make sure that your primary proxy antagonist is someone who people can really find themselves interested in.
An alternate view? Don't listen to this. If you're writing for the horror angle or writing a standalone story, proxies are overdone and really not even necessary in the first place. If you're intending to become part of the interconnected 'verse, it might be a good idea. But otherwise, try to stay away from them.
Anyway, some bits of advice:
-Take chances. Whatever you do, don't be formula. There are a lot of predictable blogs out there. Don't be one of them. Feel free to draw from other sources, but make sure that you're merely imitating their flavor and not their plot. We really don't need more stories focusing on "found footage" or "notebook full of crazy."
-If you're going to be writing about the Slender Man and/or intend to actually use him as an antagonist, make sure he has a character. Lots of people say that Slendy has no canon. That's sort of true, but it'd be better to say that his canon is up to individual interpretation. Your canon is fine as long as Magic A Is Magic A
. Maybe you want to make Slendy an alien. Maybe you want to make him a forest spirit. Maybe you want to give him pyrokinesis. Maybe you want to give him tentacles or maybe you want to give him multiple branching arms. You can do that, as long as your story's canon stays consistent. Give him motivation and personality (but make it subtle and don't delve into it; you don't want to ruin his mystique, do you?) so that you can write him consistently.
-Have a plot. It's possible to write short pieces that are fairly plotless, but at least have some narrative structure to them. If you write a story about, for example, a guy creating rules or guidelines to help fight the Slender Man, you're going to start running out of things to write about pretty quickly. Trust me, I know this from the experience of a few separate blogs. You have to have a plot to actually drive the story along and keep you from burning out or coming down with a horrible case of writer's block.
-Plan your plot in advance. If you can't think of the whole plot beforehand, that's fine. Some amount of winging is acceptable, as long as you've planned at least the beginning story arc and have a general idea of how you want things to end. The rest of the plot can be filled in as you go, but always be thinking at least an arc or two ahead. After all, you have to know where you're going, since writing a blog in realtime isn't like writing a novel and then going back and editing so that things build up to later revelations.
-Get feedback. People tend to be terrible judges of what they've written. Getting someone to give you a second opinion or proofread your work helps a lot. Just make sure it's someone you trust as a writer.
Anyway, those are some personal guidelines, not rules. There are always exceptions. But hopefully that helps some.