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    Ideas to generate an excellent plot

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Draven, Nov 27, 2006.

    This is a topic dedicated to ways to form an excellent plot.

    One of the techniques that I most frequentely use is combining two good ideas to make a perfect one. I usually get my best stories this way.

    Anyone else have any ways?
     
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    Create a character. Make the character want something. Put obstacles in the way.
     
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    Thats pretty much my method.

    I also get a lot of my plot ideas from news articles
     
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    CS Lewis said that he created ideas by linking images in his head. For example he saw a Fawn standing by a lamppost in the middle of a snowy glen. He saw a group of children sitting down to have dinner with a beaver family etc. He says that he was just fortunate that all of the images fit together to form good stories. That's not going to work for most of us though - but it might work for some. The safest and quickest way is the way that Robert outlined. It's probably the best way to get a good story going.

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    Wow, that sounds like what I do, actually. I concentrate on the images of specific scenes, and I have to link them together to form stories. Depending on where specific images fit, that determines which of my stories the image goes into.

    Thanks for sharing that, zerobytes.
     
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    Since I like writing military fiction, I create a basic political scenario or/and a rough strategic scenario. I create character(s), and throw them into the mix, and depending on how the character reacts, that results in a tactical scenario, and eventually a solution to the bigger idea.
     
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    Well I have always created a character first, I spend a couple of weeks creating the character, right down to the nitty gritty details, the personality, looks, pictures, poses. I find it easier to know my character before I start the novel. I do it the same way as Robert really.
     
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    The best thing you can do for a novel to make it interesting and successful is to try to put your own experiences, personality, and achievements in your plot and characters. Of course, you need good characters, but you need to put your own tone and theme into the story. Give a central message and put your life experiences into the story. The story needs to be genuine, and can feel the pain or happiness as the character feels it in that single moment. It makes you feel like you know that the feeling is genuine.
     
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    Everything is pretty much in my head. I think about things a lot, I zone out and listening to what is going on around me helps as well. Something might give me an idea and I write it down or mull over it.
     
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    When I created my fantasy world for my stories - I then thought about what stories I wanted to tell in that world.

    Much of the world's history provided me with story ideas. Also I started thinking about characters - about who suffers the most in my world (since they make the most interesting characters) - and those characters also suggested story ideas.

    Each time I write a story I also spend a lot of time working out the background - the setting (including cultures and creatures) and the characters. The plot kind of comes together really well when you pay attention to all those things - ideas start to form...
     
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    In Brust's interview, he recommends starting with the food.
     
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    Sorry...wrong thread.
     
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    I start by taking someone elses story, and then changing the names of the characters...



    Seriously though. The first thing I do is come up with an awesome idea for an opening, and then an awesome idea for an ending, then spent the rest of my time trying to fill the middle.

    If the start and end aren't good, then nobody will want to read your work.
     
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    I would say the best thing to do is devolp the characters and then throw them into the mess. But, when I write I focus on the characters more than anything else, so that might not work for you.
     

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