1. N7Ortega

    N7Ortega New Member

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    I've been working on this a story project for a while, but have been getting stuck on things

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by N7Ortega, Feb 6, 2017.

    Hello, I've been working on this story project for six years (Technically six years because I actually sat down and got to write the ideas I had for my story, but in actuality if I count the total amount of time I've put work on my story it would total to a month and a half lol. This is due to the fact I have real issues like: Family, College, Job, Etc.) but it's all just a bunch of ideas I have written down. I tried to form a plot but I keep running into a major problem. Before I mention it, it would be better to give you an idea of what my story is centered around.


    My story generally revolves around four individuals who meet due to a paranormal event. Which catches the attention of an organization whose objective is protecting people from the occult, supernatural, and paranormal. The four then get an offer to join the organization, with each having different reasons for joining. But before they can get become a full member they are put through training. The end of this story (for now) is these four becoming members of the organization.


    Not sure if I that was enough but it will have to do lol. If you would like to know a bit about the four individuals, I don't mind telling but it's not really important in relation to the problems I'm having with this story.


    So now that you have some idea of the story (I think), the problem I’m having is well, deciding if the story should have a Masquerade or not. It seems pretty generic for an organization that protects people from the paranormal, supernatural, etc. to keep their existence a secret, but I honestly like reading stories like that. Surprisingly I'm having a hard time trying to come up with ways to cover up certain paranormal/supernatural incidents. Well I guess it all comes down to what happens in a particular incident and to what degree I take to cover it up. It's just I'm a type of writer that likes the situation to keep escalating, and the more I make situations escalate the harder it is to find a way for the four main characters or the organization to cover it up.


    Now I can make the story not have a masquerade and have the world know the existence of the supernatural/paranormal. I find it more interesting but I don't know how to build a modern world where that, um, “rule” can be applied. Or what to think about when building a modern world like that.


    This is a major problem for me because I can't construct a plot nor build a world if I don't know whether or not the existence of the paranormal/supernatural are common knowledge. Can seem to decide what to stick with lol. Masquerade or no masquerade? Keep it a secret or have everyone know already?
     
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    This may seem like a silly question - but which of your two options sounds like more fun to you?

    Seriously, you're planning to spend a lot of time on this thing, right? Forget plausibility for a second, decide which one sounds like awesomeness - then extrapolate how to get yourself to the conclusion you want. Don't build your world based on what's most plausible...it's paranormal, so that ship has sailed...build it around what's fun and then invest the hard work into MAKING it plausible.
     
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    I do plan on spending a lot of time on this and I did have fun having the masquerade in the story when I first wrote my ideas down. But what got me to think about the idea of my story not having a masquerade was when I thought of the amount of creativity I can have with this story. (Can't say for sure because I barely started writing on a version of the story that has no masquerade. The majority of my ideas were made when I wanted the story to have a masquerade.)

    I agree that focusing on what is plausible in a story where the biggest element is arguably one of the least realistic things to happen, is a bit pointless.
     
  4. Dnaiel

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    As an idea, your organization could cover up the big events by dispatching their own reporters to downplay the events with rational explanations. Your organization can cook up a little solid evidence in the form of leaked files that tell the story they want to tell (between the lines that the skeptics will pick up on), and even a little video magic (as in video editing by the organizations' coverup artists). Then let the regular population take over as the skeptics will use the organizations' reporters' explanations to argue with the "nutty" witnesses. The public can be quite useful when a little info that one class likes is simply handed to them for their own means. All your organization has to do is tease it out with a little help.
     

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