Creation Myth

It is a myth to think that creation is difficult. All you need to do is put a few things in place and then apply a little time and energy.

Things to put in place:

  1. Sling together some characters. You will need to know their physical characteristics, personality traits and, to make them more realistic and give them a chance to grow, their flaws.
  2. Figure out a setting for your story. You need to be clear where and when your story will take place.
  3. Work out what kind of conflict you’re going to throw at your characters. For any story to move from start to finish there needs to be a reason for it to do so; otherwise, your characters will just sit at home and drink tea.
  4. Decide what mood your story will have. Is the tone of your piece going to be spooky, loving, tense, angry or any one of a multitude of options. You choose.

Once you’ve done that, it’s pretty much all about painting the above onto the following framework:

  1. You need to have a starting state where your characters are introduced, the setting made clear and the mood set.
  2. Then you need to introduce the conflict to makes the characters move from their current state.
  3. After a period of wrestling with the conflict, you will need to bring your story to a climax where the action is at its most fierce.
  4. Then, there will be a period of tying up of loose ends  before the story comes to …
  5. The end.

And that’s it really. See – I told you it wasn’t difficult. Now all you have to do is do it. Go on now – create something you’ll be proud to call your own.

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