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:
- 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.
- Figure out a setting for your story. You need to be clear where and when your story will take place.
- 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.
- 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:
- You need to have a starting state where your characters are introduced, the setting made clear and the mood set.
- Then you need to introduce the conflict to makes the characters move from their current state.
- 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.
- Then, there will be a period of tying up of loose ends before the story comes to …
- 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.