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Author Topic: How to write a quest  (Read 3551 times)

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How to write a quest
« on: March 02, 2010, 11:38:46 am »
I have noticed people trying to write quests lately, and I figured I would write some guidelines to follow when doing so.
Please remember, that these are guidelines, and are not the only way to write.


  • dont rite liek this plz is vry sad 2 c r lnguage b-come so poor tht ppl cnt tipe n e thing nd not evan use grmmr either
  • Write in as proper English as you can. A few mistakes is acceptable, what is written above, is not
  • Write in any format you want (point form; list; sentences/paragraphs; webs; whatever)
  • I recommend thinking out your quest for some time before writing it. When I write quests for PU, I usually spend a whole week thinking about it to make sure it is possible, and in fact, a good idea
  • If you're unsure if your idea is any good, ask a friend, often times if you can get someone else interested in your idea, more people will like it, not to mention, your friend might help you make it better
  • Remember your context. (for example: in Pokemon Universe you will not be able to catch legendaries, so don't even suggest it)
  • Consider approximately when in the game your quest would be best suited (a great climactic battle will probably not be appropriate for the first quest of the game)
  • Remember your "three R's": Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! (Don't reuse the exact same quest you have seen in a previous game, people will know. that isn't to say you can't base it off an idea from one, but don't give us the same thing.) (When taking a previously established idea and making it your own, try not to reduce it until it has none of the good stuff left. That's like trying to make a cake and thinking: "if i take out the yeast it will be better" That's like trying to make tea and thinking: "if I don't use water, than I will be able to enjoy the tea leaves/bag more!".) (Don't recycle 'the same plot devices from season one', again, if you're going to take a previously used idea, make it something new don't just copy other people's work and call it your own.)
  • I find stories are always better when you think of a back story. Some of my favorite stories (movies, books, games, etc.), have an incredibly developed back story that you only see if you're looking for it. (take Lord of the Rings for example, JRR Tolken, created an entire language, and history for all his characters, and look what it has given us). Many times, what goes on behind the scenes is more important than what goes on center stage.
  • Look all around you for inspiration, I think most people would be surprised where a lot of authors get their idea's from. Next time you're bored, look around you, and ask yourself what is going on with the most simple of concepts.
  • Ask why! Why did this happen? Why did my character react this way? etc.


  • I was thinking of many more things I have wanted to say, but it is late and I have forgotten many of them. I will come back and add to the list as i think of things. Also, feel free to add you're own suggestions, if they are valid, I will add them to the list, and give you credit for them.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2010, 10:18:10 pm by spirit »

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Re: How to write a quest
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 02:31:04 pm »
I will try to think more Spirit thanks for the guide.
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Re: How to write a quest
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 04:21:39 pm »
This is a great guide, if everyone follows it, the standard of writing should be very high ^^

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But cakes don't have yeast in them, Spirit, that would be seriously weird.
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Re: How to write a quest
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2010, 06:59:50 pm »
Thanks for the help!
I'm glad I read this before I started writing quests :)

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Re: How to write a quest
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2010, 06:34:49 pm »
this is also good for anyone who wants to add a comment to someone elses quest on a thread, thanks spirit
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Re: How to write a quest
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2011, 06:03:22 pm »
This guide is great, I can try to write one myself following this as a guidance. Thanks Spirit!