My stories start with the characters.
The birth of any book begins with the creation of the character's personality, and only after that a lot of different details arise.
I mean the plot, the social environment, the problems...and so on.
I love all my heroes, even those who don't always fight for good and justice.
Even those who are cowardly and ignoble.
It's not my characters ' fault that I experiment on them and put them in difficult conditions.
Please share your experience. How are your books born?
Sometimes the setting decides what character traits are needed and I have to retro-fit the development of the protagonist's personality. Sometimes the personality dictates what challenges deed to be presented in order to achieve growth and make a compelling story. But as a whole, creating a story is for me a constant movement like playing chess on multiple boards and with several different people where all the games are interconnected but at the end all matches need to have the same outcome or a variation thereof.
I know, it sounds a bit strange but hey, my head is a strange place.
P.S: I didn't come up with the girl and the tiger as an example just on a whim. I really ended up making plans for a story after drawing this some years ago:
Think of a 'beginning' for anything, then where you think that objective will end up. In between, add more of these 'beginnings' and 'endings'. Along the way, fill in these pockets with whatever you think is needed for those 'endings' to come about. Whether it be characters, new settings, developments, concepts, twists etc. Then you begin repeating that process till it grows into a larger continuum, for however many times the outline of your story will allow - and that outline could be what you imagined to be the beginning and the end.
Maybe put in some hints that subtly foreshadow what's to come later on?
How would one part transition to another?
What do the characters want to do?
What's important is to know where you want your story to end up. Sometimes, writers go with the flow with whatever they imagine from a single point, some others plan ahead and their stories sail smoothly. Everything will emerge by starting with a single aim.
All of my writing works backwards, also. I pick a point near the end and figure out how my characters got there as opposed to exploring where they're going. Tends to nuke lollygagging from the get go.
I can't draw so used to use avatar/doll creators to build up characters. As I did I'd fill in details; personality, history, quirks etc.
Once I've assembled a group of characters I'd start to work out how they all fit in the same world, how they'd come across each other and build up a plot from this.
World building happens as required whilst building both characters and plot.
After the first draft some details might have to change to make things flow better or so things make more sense, be it character, world or plot. But where possible I try and keep things consistent and tend to build as far as possible to keep that, but not so detailed I'll back myself into a corner .
After I have some characters and plot points it becomes a matter of filling in the gaps and connection the ideas. I know event A happens and that later event B happens, but I need to figure out how get from point A to point B in a sensible manner. Only by writing my characters actually doing things do I get a proper feel of who they are.
Zogarth Wrote: I read a lot of novels and then I play Skyrim (stealth archer ofc) and then I think.:"Hey... what if the dude in the LitRPG didn't have a sword/axe/staff but, hear me out, used a bow?"
Stealth archer for the win.
Quote:How do you create your stories?
One word at a time.
Two things, one of which I've already posted on this forum.
I'm locked up inside my head in the cinema of my mind in the best seat in the house, watching perhaps the best movie ever unreel and I'm frantically scribbling everything down on a reporter's notepad so that when I come out of that cinema, I can share that story with everyone else so that hopefully I can bring you into your own cinema and show you perhaps the best movie ever.
When people are screaming about X actress wearing Y dress at Z event, I am riding through the strands of aspens, golden leaves falling around me as the northern winds blow, an edge of cold promising the winter to come.
When people froth at the lips and flop and flail and babble incoherently and make bold declaratives "He's not my president!" I am instead grinning uncertainly and yet defiantly across a shattered pillar at a young dragon as we play a deadly cat-and-mouse, endlessly circling, each probing for weakness, each waiting for that one fatal mistake.
I am there as a goddess is torn from the sky by a nightmare of myth and legend.
I am there to bear witness as an angel, suddenly bereft of her god's sustaining force, cannibalizes her sister angels in a desperate bid for survival.
I am there on the hill, arranging troops for one last push at the castle.
I am there at the castle, ordering more conscripts into the vanguard.
I am there in the van, white-knuckled grip on a splintered pitchfork, tasting adrenaline and fear in my mouth like bad copper pennies.
It's my hope that I can share my world and all it's delights and nightmares, but it's my goal that I can actually tell the stories of that world that my mind travels in.
That's how I create my stories.
I find writing like this more forgiving for me. That way if I'm halfway into a book and I'm like that's dumb, let's change it up, it doesn't affect the ending. It does make for slower writing since I'm essentially thinking up the next chapter while writing the current one.
I guess I just write my way into things.
When my story ended encompassing multiple story arcs because, like gwunders above, I get a scene in my head and decide that a narrative needs to be created around it, I would craft each arc by starting from the villain(s) for that arc. After all, if I don't know what the conflict is and why, then how can I create a story around it?
But, if you sum that up?
Insanity pretty much.
Honestly, the way my head works is complete bs.
That's what everyone I've met agrees on unanimously. Even doctors and therapists. Lucky, I'm not a bad person or anything. I do wish that I could find a way to rid the fog that clouds my mind, though.
I also talk and think to myself a lot, which seems to just add onto it.
Everything is planned, and everything is unplanned.
I know what I want to do, I know what I want to write. In fact, sometimes I actually write chapters from waaaay later in my stories just for fun or for reference on what I want. I've done it a lot in my main fiction. Like, a lot. I'm writing the actual school saga(post outerspace battles part of the apocalypse saga) part right now. It's going to take years to get there, though. Unless I just crank it all out. Yknow, I might just do that. The only thing that would suffer is the grammar, which doesn't really matter when it's basically just a rough draft. I can always just correct it. Hell, I still go through my stories on RR and edit them. I rewrote the first chapter completely, recently, even. Wait, I'm pretty sure even if I cranked it out it would still take years to get there. dangit.
I don't know if you can call that planning, though. it's like it's connected to my story by a string. That specific part is planned and done for. But anything in between can change. So I often have two branching paths that I write. All of my fictions on here are actually those kinda rough draft. It's what is going to happen, but it's basically just a skeleton of what it's going to be. I even put down some of the darker paths on my fiction that holds everything from other chapters which are sometimes way too excessive. Actually, I have a spoiler in one of them, I guess. It introduces a character wayyyy before she's now going to be introduced. And in a totally different way(don't read it. I took out a lot of the bad bad stuff, but it's still kinda screwed up. Especially the second version. I still don't like reading it myself, even. And I made it. It's a good way for me to vent some of my frustrations.). That's not for the main fiction, though. It's for one that not many people read. 467 total views.
I create my stories with my own stupidity as well. I think I have 13 fictions on this account alone. And there are slow releases on most of the side story ones, but I'm not planning on dropping a single story. I'll get to them eventually. Just have one or two stories I have to focus on more right now. actually, I might go and work a little more on a few of them right now.
I plan, but I plan too much. And I didn't make a plan for if I planned something too big.
For example. I wrote way too much on this post. Why do I do this to myself?
Ramingo Wrote: I just think of something that would be cool (like a scene, part of the world, or character) and then I build stuff around it.
Do you mean that you don't know what exactly will come to your mind and inspire you to create a story? ))
LambentTyto Wrote: Usually I start with a vague world concept in my head, then I decide who the villains are going to be, what they want, how they plant to achieve their goals. After that, I invent a protagonist to take them down. Sometimes I invent an organization that will take them down, then I populate that organization with a protagonist or multiple protagonists.
It's very interesting. So, your books begin with the creation of negative characters. In my opinion, it's the villains who make the story interesting))