Pester your chums about good storytelling!
Homestuck will devour your life. If you’re not already reading it, it’s a mildly interactive (via the comments) webcomic about a computer game (and also… about computer programming). Much, MUCH better than it sounds, and I don’t want to spoil anything. Also, if you’re not already reading this rampaging juggernaut of popular culture, throw away your spare hours and read it already.
Okay, so the rest of you who are still reading this post have clearly already been following Homestuck, and need something else to help you flush your spare minutes down the Toilet of Really Good Interactive Fiction. Never fear, I have your fix right here. If you want your horror fiction to come with lots of heart, and actually lots of hearts (some critters such as earthworms have like ten hearts), then Bogleech has created the immersive storyline for you! Go introduce yourself to Awful Hospital right away.
Or, if you dare, take on the Ultimate Time Sink: TV Tropes, a wiki-style catalog of all of the tropes in fiction. If fiction were a building, then tropes are like bricks and basic building materials. If you want to explore a work of fiction, like Watership Down, it’s got a list of tropes that compose the work. If you want to explore a single trope, like when a character tells the truth but is never believed, you can do that too, and it will list examples of works in which this trope appears. It’ll ruin your life but improve your writing. Needless to say, be careful of spoilers!
By the way, several library branches are hosting fan fiction workshops this Summer, so polish up those drafts and get ready!
Kelly Creagh Presents: Fan Fiction Frenzy
6/22/2017 @ Southwest, 2 – 3 PM
6/24/2017 @ Highlands – Shelby Park, 2 – 3 PM
6/29/2017 @ Shawnee, 4 – 5 PM
7/13/2017 @ Fern Creek, 2 – 3 PM
Absolutely relevant I swear. Read Watership Down if you haven’t already.