Have you ever heard of the term ‘Composition’? Perhaps in the artsy context, which is used to describe how the piece or work has been arranged visually. Good composition is considered to be when the audience of the art looks at the piece as a whole, not just one part, and I feel this is essential when writing a story.
Tip of today’s post : Ensure that every detail in your story appeals to the story and audience.
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Often I find that the more I play a certain character in a novel, the more ideas I have about them. I find ways I can develop them and work them even deeper into the story, and I find ways to change their personalities, likes or dislikes, and even make them more desirable to both myself and my friends.
Tip of today’s post : Update the information you might keep on your character from time to time.
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There’s no real question about the fact that seeing things right where we expect them to see is boring. For instance a story about a school based entirely on the students and their studies, or another superhero fighting crime in New York, tearing up the city to save one person. But what if the scenario changed?
Tip of today’s post: Try placing a character in a situation you wouldn’t expect them to be in.
This is often the basis of what I believe a good story should include. Although many successful stories work on what the intro contradicts, it only takes one person to call you out on copying them, then plagiarism bites you where it hurts. Not necessarily legally, but it damages the originality and predictability of your story.
It never hurts to try something that’s already been done before, but when it’s everything you’d expect from the setting and character used, it’s gonna get a little boring. I’m guilty of judging a book by it’s first page, I like to make a prediction of what will happen and see if it matches what actually does (By the way, try that, it’s fun), and it disappoints me when my prediction is in fact correct.
Put a business man in a carnival with a clown for a week if you want a nice comedic aspect in your novel. Or scary. Depends. Just think of something out of the ordinary that works for no one but you, because when you explain the plot to a possible reader, they’ll be hooked instantly if you’ve done a good job, and they’ll be wondering how you pulled it off.
P.S.: I figured it’d be worthwhile to leave contact details at the bottom of my future posts. Talk to me, interact, ask me anything. If I can be of use, I’ll be glad to help.
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