1. Sarah's scribbles

    Sarah's scribbles Member

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    Building plot off of ideas

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Sarah's scribbles, Aug 30, 2015.

    Okay so I'm trying to build a plot, something that is my weakest field for writing. I don't know what to do with the story. it's about a bounty hunting assassin in a cyber punk world. Anyone who would be willing to take some time out to help me would be thanked greatly
     
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    I'd be happy to bounce ideas around with you. What do you know about your MC so far? Tell me about your bounty hunting assassin.
     
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    Ok, so you have some cool ideas that intrigues you, but do you have a story? That is something you need to figure out before we can start talking about plot, because the plot is what drives the story from A to B. An idea is not necessarily a story. It can be a setting, s genre, a time or a character. What you need is more specifically a character with a goal. Someone who takes action in order to achieve something. A conflict. An antagonist. Obstacles. Then we can start talking about the actual plot.
     
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    Basically, every story boils down to simple arithmetic: "protagonists" (or "actors") + "antagonists" (or "motivations") = "conflict" (or "actions")

    *Some people start exclusively with the protagonists and the antagonists, then figure out later what conflicts would result between the two. (P + A = C)

    *Some people start exclusively with the protagonists and what they will be doing to solve the conflict, then figure out later what antagonists might be responsible. (C - P = A)

    *Some people start exclusively with the antagonists and what conflicts they are responsive for, then figure out what protagonists will solve the conflict. (C - A = P)

    *And some people switch back and forth at different times as they flesh out the details. (P + A - C = 0)

    You already have a Protagonist, and it sounds like you've been trying to come up with a Conflict that would lead you to an Antagonist (C - P = A). Is also sounds like that hasn't worked very well, so perhaps you could try coming up with an Antagonist that would lead to a Conflict (P + A = C) instead?
     
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    I think you miss one important component here. How can the mc have an antagonist without a goal?
     
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    I wouldn't mind trying to help you bounce some ideas around. If you want too.

    I recently wrote a story about an assassin myself actualy :D
     

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