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FM Story Writing Guide

A guide on writing stories, the style, finding your style, posting
Started on 2 January 2013 by The FM Rookie
Latest Reply on 7 July 2015 by Sam2901
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thankyou very much for the advice. it is much appreciated.
I've seen stories written as though they are a manager that pre-exists in the game. Is this done from a viewing perspective, or is there a way to actually be that manager?

As in, if I decided to do a story as Allardyce being manager of England, would I have to edit that in the data editor and play it out as a 'what would happen if....?' sort of thing, or would I have control as Allardyce/England myself?
2014-05-21 11:52#175927 baronia : I've seen stories written as though they are a manager that pre-exists in the game. Is this done from a viewing perspective, or is there a way to actually be that manager?

As in, if I decided to do a story as Allardyce being manager of England, would I have to edit that in the data editor and play it out as a 'what would happen if....?' sort of thing, or would I have control as Allardyce/England myself?

Most of the time people will remove the manager from the editor and recreate them as themselves
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Hey where do I post my story?
2014-08-29 16:22#192419 Footymattaar : Hey where do I post my story?

You post them here. Click the big red new topic button to start one!
Could you combine 1st and 3rd person maybe?
@SimichC: Sure, why not? It's your story, write it how you want!
Hi, everybody-

I'm new to this forum, but I've written stories for another site. I have a quick question before I try my hand at a story for the FM Scout board.

I sometimes play Football Manager using "fake names," and I'm thinking about writing a story based on one of my saved games. Do writers here ever build their stories around fictional football universes like that? I think it might be fun to create a completely new, unknown cast of characters for a FM story. (Of course, the "fake names" players seem to have "real" counterparts--same nationality, age, etc.--but they have different names, at least.)

If "fake names" stories aren't the style here, I have another idea for a "fantastic" story that might be fun. Thanks in advance for the information!

Cheers,
GB
2014-11-26 15:30#201405 Greyfriars Bobby : Hi, everybody-

I'm new to this forum, but I've written stories for another site. I have a quick question before I try my hand at a story for the FM Scout board.

I sometimes play Football Manager using "fake names," and I'm thinking about writing a story based on one of my saved games. Do writers here ever build their stories around fictional football universes like that? I think it might be fun to create a completely new, unknown cast of characters for a FM story. (Of course, the "fake names" players seem to have "real" counterparts--same nationality, age, etc.--but they have different names, at least.)

If "fake names" stories aren't the style here, I have another idea for a "fantastic" story that might be fun. Thanks in advance for the information!

Cheers,
GB

Sure, why not? It would be interesting from a readers perspective to try and guess the players. I do not think anyone has done this before, but new ways of doing things are great, so I would love you to try it out and see how it goes :)
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Sure, why not? It would be interesting from a readers perspective to try and guess the players. I do not think anyone has done this before, but new ways of doing things are great, so I would love you to try it out and see how it goes :)

I don't mind being an original. :) I've started a game with the British League System database that's posted here at FM Scout, and since I'm managing a lower level team (Rochdale), unless you're a fan of League One or League Two, you might not know their players too well.

Thanks for your reply. I think I'll give it a go.
2014-11-26 16:30#201405 Greyfriars Bobby : Hi, everybody-

I'm new to this forum, but I've written stories for another site. I have a quick question before I try my hand at a story for the FM Scout board.

I sometimes play Football Manager using "fake names," and I'm thinking about writing a story based on one of my saved games. Do writers here ever build their stories around fictional football universes like that? I think it might be fun to create a completely new, unknown cast of characters for a FM story. (Of course, the "fake names" players seem to have "real" counterparts--same nationality, age, etc.--but they have different names, at least.)

If "fake names" stories aren't the style here, I have another idea for a "fantastic" story that might be fun. Thanks in advance for the information!

Cheers,
GB

This has to be the single best story writing idea I've ever read. So much so that I would consider nicking it ;)
Thanks a bunch for the suggestions mate. This gives me some courage to continue my story over long run.
"Punctuation and grammar IS important."

I hate to be the one to tell you, but it's "Punctuation and grammar ARE important" :) Still, this is a very nice basic guide for writers.

I moderate the FMS section on the SEGA company boards (community,sigames,com) and am glad to have found this particular section of this website. Our corner of the web has a strict rule against screen shots to encourage people to tell their stories with words instead of pictures. Sort of the "George R.R. Martin" approach only with a few thousand fewer pages!

Because of those house rules, which obviously don't apply here, allow me to add a few other writing formats to your list too:

DAILY DIARY - Far and away the hardest form of writing because it requires the deepest character work and development. You won't be writing about football all the time -- in fact, most of the time you won't be writing about football. This form should only be attempted by the experienced writer because it is very easy for stories of this nature to collapse of their own weight.

THIRD PERSON STYLE: Written as an onlooker, not necessarily a journalist. Perhaps the most common form of novel writing. More flexible than the daily diary, this form allows the writer to be "omniscient" or detached at discretion.

SIMPLE SUMMARY: For those writers who simply want to share their results without using screenies. It's a straight match write-up style with no frills.
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