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Old 09-14-2011, 06:50 PM
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Default How does one formulate an idea for a story?

Just curious to know how the creative process actually begins. I've wanted to write a half-decent fanfic for a while now but I really suck at plot. I'll have a vague idea of what I want it to be about, but after that it just crumbles. How do the rest of you do it? How do you figure out what events you wish to occur and how to deliver them?
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:04 PM
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Default Re: How does one formulate an idea for a story?

I too have had problems with this sort of thing. There's really no foolproof process for it, give or take this one.

1. Make your characters
Always make your characters fit the story. Don't make the story fit the characters. Just make a few to start with, then add in a few later.

2. Make your ending
Sounds odd, but it works. Always keep your ending in mind as you write, and always have a plan to get the ending you want!

3. Make a setting
The more open-ended, the better. Myidea for mine was a home base like thing, and that allowed the story to continue indefinetly due to quests and such. When you feel like advancing the story a lot, kick the characters out.

4. Just write!
Write detailed paragraphs and sentences, you want it to be the best it can. Want something to happen in the story? Just do it, but have a good reason. I call it a "Plot Wall" when you've ran out of characters to explain or say/do something to advance the story without making sense. Always have your story make sense. Do this by adding in enough characters for them to have pasts and things they want to do.

You could follow that, or just ask for help. I would bre really happy to help a fellow writer if you need help with plot walls or holes, just VM or PM me if you want. I'm sure other writers would help you to. Everyone has thier own process; mine may not work for you.

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Old 09-14-2011, 08:11 PM
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Hay, never fear. I will make another chapter to my little guide about this! See it in a few! =D
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...Thanks for stealing my thunder, Voices. Thanks a...bunch.
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Here to steal your thunder some more:

http://pokemonelite2000.com/forum/sh...38&postcount=2

http://pokemonelite2000.com/forum/sh...39&postcount=3

While Neo wrote this guide for roleplays, much of the information is directly applicable to fanfics, especially regarding setting, and a lot can be applied to plot as well.

Imho, the best way to make a plot is to first create your setting, then create your conflicts, characters, and factions (if they exist), and then come up with a vague idea of where you want the story to go. After you have all that set up, just imagine how each of the characters act and interact in their situations in order to resolve the conflicts. In this way, plot grows from the elements of setting in characterization, resulting in a natural series of events that follow logically from your characters, rather than an artificial storyline where characters are forced to constrain to a certain pre-determined plot. Characters drive the plot, after all, and a lot of published fiction writers start off with an idea of where they want to go but end up somewhere completely different because of how the characters behave.

If you get stuck, introduce a new conflict or character to shake things up a bit and get things moving. And watch out for plot holes.
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Thanks AGAIN. Seriously, can't I just actually help someone? Freaking stupid. *rages*
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Thanks AGAIN. Seriously, can't I just actually help someone? Freaking stupid. *rages*
Hey, hey. xD It's not about 'stealing one's thunder' or looking great through giving out advice. It's about helping the other person, and that's what counts, right? Sometimes a collaborated answer is a lot more helpful than just a single one. And besides, you did help me. :]

Thanks for all your advice, guys. I'll be sure to check out any guides you write / links you post. Much appreciated.

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Eh, whatever. I'll be in Trivia/Games if anyone needs me, I think I could make a good game. And no problem.
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Hey, hey. xD It's not about 'stealing one's thunder' or looking great through giving out advice. It's about helping the other person, and that's what counts, right? Sometimes a collaborated answer is a lot more helpful than just a single one. And besides, you did help me. :]

Thanks for all your advice, guys. I'll be sure to check out any guides you write / links you post. Much appreciated.
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Yeah, gosh! xD

Nah, I honestly didn't mean to do that, Max. Sorry. xD I have just been compiling a list of different things one can do for writing here.
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It was a joke xD think nothing of it. And could I write a cliche's to avoid section there?
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It was a joke xD think nothing of it. And could I write a cliche's to avoid section there?
A wha- with the wha-?
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A wha- with the wha-?
You know, a cliche. Like one example would be having Team Rocket capture a character.
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Yeah, it is just the wording in the sentence confused me. xD As a matter of fact, I still don't know what you meant. xDDD
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