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    In the beginning?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by mattawest, Nov 5, 2015.

    Hi All,

    New to the forum so please bear with me...

    I am looking for advice please for where to begin.. I know that sounds insane but I have an idea for a story.. I am just unsure where to go next.

    What is the best way to handle my idea? Should I brainstorm.. or can anyone suggest any useful methods to use to help take my idea that step further?

    Any advice welcome.
    Cheers
    Matt
     
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    KhalieLa It's not a lie, it's fiction. Contributor

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    You have an idea, so flirt with it and see where it goes. Just pick a spot and start writing. If you feel you need more information to help the reader develop a sense of place you can always go back and write more chapters in front. Anything you write can be edited or changed later so don't worry if it doesn't look or sound right the first time around.
     
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    If you're not sure yet how the story is going to play out I would suggest sitting down and developing the story in your own mind before starting. Otherwise there's a risk that you will stall when you get to a point where you don't know how to proceed. I know some people are against planning, but that is my advice. Work on the story, make sure you have a good grasp of at least the basics before you press start.
    That is
    Main character/-s
    Goal
    Motivation
    Conflict
    Antagonist
    Setting
    Time
     
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    Assume there will be a character change. Where and who is that character in the beginning and why?

    Then build it around the character changing.
     
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    Theme, tone, PoV, all things to consider. As a designer, the working is this....

    What's the brief?
    Highlight key objectives
    Brain storm/first ideas
    Discuss
    Develop
    Further feedback
    Amend
    Finalise
     

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