Am I ready to go in now or do I grind some more first… My pokemon are levels 43-44 and I remember Giratina being 47 and was told Cyrus’s highest was 48… I feel like I should aim for at least 45 and one or two maybe at 46-47… and I don’t think I can turn back from the Distortion World once I’m in there…. Hmmm
Mars and Jupiter beaten at Spear Pillar…. No losses. Kinda scary because I thought Barry would heal my pokemon before the battle but it turned out it wasn’t until after… thank goodness I had saved a few PP on Drain Punch and had two steel types who could take a hit.
Geeze, I love the Pokemon XY ending theme so much. It’s just… really heartwarming, for some reason
I kind of half-wish there was an official version with the lyrics actually being sung, but then the other half of me thinks it’s kind of sweet how they they actually gave it lyrics but just let you imagine whatever voice you wanted singing them
A Guide for the Seasoned and the Not-So-Plot Savvy
This is a subject that a lot of writers tend to struggle with. They have ideas, great ideas, but are uncertain how to string them together into a solid plot. There are many methods that have been devised to do so, and most seem to be based on something you might remember:
The 5 Point Method
This is your basic plot diagram:
Exposition – This is the beginning of your story. This is where you introduce your character (s), establish a setting, and also present your main conflict.
Rising Action – Your story now begins to build. There are often multiple key events that occur where your main character may be faced with a new problem he has to solve or an unexpected event is thrust at him.
Climax – Everything you’ve been writing has been leading up to this moment. This is going to be the most exciting part of your story where your main character faces the main conflict and overcomes it.
Falling Action – This is mostly tying up loose ends after your main conflict is resolved. They are minor things that weren’t nearly as important as the main conflict, but still needed to be dealt with.
Resolution –The end of the story.
This is probably the easiest way to remember how to string together a single (or multiple) plots. It may be easier for some to define the main plot as the central conflict, or the thing that’s causing your main character a huge problem/is his goal.
The 8 Point Method
This method is used to write both novels and film scripts, and further breaks down the 5 Point Method. From the book Write a Novel and Get It Published: A Teach Yourself Guide by Nigel Watts:
Stasis – The opening where the story takes place. Here you introduce your main character and establish a setting (Watts defines it as an “everyday” setting, something normal, but it can be whatever you want).
Triggeror Inciting Incident – The event that changes your character’s life an propels your story forward. This is where you introduce the main conflict.
The Quest – The result of the event. What does your character do? How does he react?
Surprise – This section takes of the middle of the story and involves all of the little setbacks and unexpected events that occur to the main character as he tries to fix the problems he’s faced with and/or achieve his goal. This is where you as an author get to throw complication, both horrible and wonderful, at your protagonist and see what happens.
Critical Choice –At some point your character is going to be faced with making a decision that’s not only going to test him as individual, but reveal who he truly is to the audience. This cannot be something that happens by chance. The character must make a choice.
Climax – This is the result of the main character’s critical choice, and should be the highest point of tension in the story.
Reversal – The consequence of the choice and climax that changes the status of your protagonist, whatever that may be. It could make him a king, a murderer, or whatever else you like but it has to make sense with the rest of the story.
Resolution – The end of the story where loose ends are tied up. You’re allowed to leave things unresolved if you intend to write a sequel, but the story itself should be stand alone.
Three Act Structure
While this method is usually for screenplays, it is also used in writing novels (for instance The Hunger Games novels are split up into three acts). From the The Screen Writer’s Workbook by Syd Field: Acts 1 and 3 should be about the same length while Act 2 should be double. For instance if you were writing a screenplay for a two hour film Acts 1 and 3 would be 30 minutes each while Act 2 would be 60 minutes.
Act 1, Set Up – This contains the inciting incident and a major plot point towards the end. The plot point here leads into the second act and is when the protagonist decides to take on the problem he’s faced with.
Act 2, Confrontation – This contains the midpoint of the story, all of the little things that go wrong for the protagonist, and a major plot point towards the end that propels the story into the third act. This is the critical choice the character must make.
Act 3, Resolution – This is where the climax occurs as well as the events that tie up the end of the story.
Another way to look at this method is that there are actually three major plot points, or disasters, that move the plot forward. The first is at the end of Act 1, the second is in the middle of Act 2, and the third is at the end of Act 2.
The Snowflake Method
A “top-down” method by Randy Ingermanson that breaks novel writing down into basic parts, building upon each one. You can find his page on the method here. His ten steps:
Write a single sentence to summarize your novel.
Write a paragraph that expands upon that sentence, including the story set up, the major conflicts, and the ending.
Define your major characters and write a summary sheet corresponding to each one that includes: the character’s name, their story arc, their motivation and goal, their conflict, and their epiphany (what they will learn).
Expand each sentence of your summary paragraph in Step 2 into its own paragraph.
Write a one page description of your major characters and a half page description of less important characters.
Expand each paragraph in Step 4 into a page each.
Expand each character description into full-fledged character charts telling everything there is to know about the characters.
Make a spreadsheet of all of the scenes you want to include in the novel.
Begin writing the narrative description of the story, taking each line from the spreadsheet and expanding the scenes with more details.
Begin writing your first draft.
This is what I do. I tend to keep in mind the basic structure of the 5 Point Method and just roll with whatever ideas come my way. I’ve never been a fan of outlines, or any other type of organization. According to George R.R. Martin, I’ve always been a gardener, not an architect when it comes to writing. I don’t plan, I just come up with ideas and let them grow. Of course, this may not work for some of you, so here are some methods of organization:
if you need it to get back down, and you don't have Fly, I would say it's okay to use a technically dead pokemon just for HM use (until you either release or put it in the PC). I count HM usage as different from battling so, for instance, if I've already caught all the pokemon I can so far but I need surf and none of them can learn that HM, I will catch one pokemon JUST for surf, use it to get to the next pokemon center, and then release it. I wouldn't be allowed to use it in battle at all.
Hmm, I suppose that’s a good way to look at it. Thanks!
Seriously even just thinking about it now.. if I lost anyone at this point, It’d be really hard to recover from… but it’s just getting to the hardest point of the game.
And I’m kinda worried because my team as is right now is perfect and I’ve become attached to every single one of them but I’m not sure if they can get through Spear Pillar without at least one of them kicking it at this point… I should probably level grind more but I also want this to be a challenge.
What do you do in a Nuzlocke if a pokemon dies but you need an HM it knows to get out of the location you’re in and continue the game?
For example, I use Rock Climb to get up to a ledge. My pokemon that knows Rock Climb is killed while I’m up there, and I don’t have an Escape Rope or flier. Would the game be over in a situation like this since you’re legally not supposed to use the pokemon once it’s ‘dead’?
I mean I know you get some ROMs that are programmed as Nulzockes, and I can only imagine in a game like this the pokemon would disappear once it died or something, and you would wind up being effectively stuck.
Just kinda curious since I’m in a location where I need a lot of HMs to get around right now and am very underleveled and finding myself going “oh god I hope no one who’s crucial to me getting around or even getting out dies”
There are a lot of misconceptions due to the anime. For example:
1. You do not become a trainer at 10. You can at any age. There are preschool trainers, elementary aged trainers.. 2. The only protagonist with a given age is Red, who is eleven, and it’s safe to say most others are around that age. Nate, Rosa, Hilda, Hilbert, Serena, and Calem are older but how much is unknown; anywhere from 13 to 18 is game. 3. 10 year olds don’t go on adventures. Look at the trainers you encounter. The little kids, like Youngsters and Lasses, are almost always near towns while the older teens and up, like Ace Trainers, are the ones who travel. 4. Pokedexes aren’t given to everyone. You’re an exception. 5. Similarly, you’re an exception when it comes to starters. Totodile, Charmander, and the lot are rare Pokemon. Most trainers get their first Pokemon from someone other than a region professor.
I forgot getting Earthquake in this cave was practically impossible without Repels because wild pokemon keep coming and interrupting your little bike jumps and you need to hit all of them in a row to get over there…
I have an Indimidate ‘mon out in front but I still haven’t managed to get over there… agh
Ran into a Gible in Wayward cave, but ran from it in hopes of encountering a Gabite in Victory Road later and not having to grind as much (my dupes clause is basically ‘one per evolutionary line’)
That was probably a really stupid idea though because I just realized I’m not guaranteed a Gabite in Victory Road and I don’t remember what their appearance rate is or what other ‘mon appear there… OoOps…. OTL
I’m actually trying to figure out who to replace Oven with… I’m thinking either Sneasel or Swinub, but I’m not sure about which.
I get the Razor Claw to evolve Sneasel in the Galactic Veilstone HQ apparently, but I’m not sure I want him dying prematurely and the 4x fighting weakness is risky with the amount of pokemon that randomly know fighting moves (which is actually how I lost Oven as well: a very poorly timed switch-in that happened to be on a Focus Blast)
It sometimes really frustrates me that Neopets disallows people to sell art for virtual or real currency because people wind up thinking it’s okay to ask people for art for free and it kinda… makes me uncomfortable
I mean I’m okay if someone genuinely wants to do giftart for you and it’s their decision to do so but… All these boards going “seeking app art” and expecting people to draw them stuff in exchange for a BC vote or flat out nothing just…. I dunno