Sunday, June 5, 2011

How I come up with ideas and plan

This post will be rather straightforward.

I'm going to discuss how I come up with story ideas and plan.

Some people start with a concept, a theme, etc.

I always start with a character. Even when I'm dealing with a fantasy world of my own creation, the protagonist (or the rarer option, the antagonist) is the first thing I come up with.

When I come up with the character, I generally already have a story idea because my characters are always created with a conflict in their lives.

Caleb's conflict is his quest for revenge. I simply took that quest and expanded on it to come up with the concept of my series, The Sword of Kirakath.

That's really all I do. I guess it should be a bit more thorough, but the rest is something that I work on as I go.

Now, I'll briefly go over how I plan.

I've attempted to write a story without planning at all. My hatred for rewriting convinced me that it was a bad idea.

I've attempted to write a story by planning everything. My characters rebelled against me because I tried to make them do something they didn't want to do.

Thus, I generally only plan the beginning, the middle, and the end. Thus, my planing usually equals up to be three paragraphs.

I do, however, generally go back in and write a single sentence over what each chapter is going to be about, but I only do that later on when I know the characters extremely well. Even then, they occasionally rebel.

Well, that's it for now.

Thanks for reading.

I doubt I'll post again until I finish Through the Flames.

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