How to turn inspiration into stories. Fiction Story Writing Skills: How to conceive a novel with an interlocking plot?

1. Collect and sift through stories for creative inspiration

Before writing, have a point of inspiration worth creating. Inspiration needs to be filtered, and not every inspiration can make a good story.

This inspiration point needs to be in line with the appetite of your readership, and at the same time have a certain novelty, not a cliché.

For online novels, you can sweep the list and read more excellent works of the same kind. When reading, you must stand in the author's perspective and disassemble his plot and framework. Absorb nutrients from it, and generate your own creativity in the process of reading.

You can find inspiration, adapt, add, modify, combine, etc. from ancient stories, historical figures, and movies you have seen. You can find character archetypes from your own life experiences.

2. Turn inspiration into compelling story cores

With inspiration, we also need to condense the inspiration into a story core.

The core of this is a sentence, which must contain contradictions and conflicts, and must be attractive.

The core must have brain holes and novelties, otherwise the story is destined to be difficult to attract the attention of readers.

Later, we will expand to a paragraph, a story outline, and then the following parts of the story characters, outline, outline and so on.


3. Personalized characters, dramatic character relationship design

Design unique characters, different characters, different personalities, different underlying motivations, and their words and deeds are different when dealing with the same thing, and various stories will be generated.

The relationship between the characters and the character of the characters directly affects the plot of the story. These characters are characters in the world you designed and will interpret the story in their own way.

Do a good job of character settings, such as personality, occupation, age, etc. The first is what is the goal of a well-thought-out character, which is the meaning of the story. If you set obstacles to the characters in the middle, there will be conflicts and contradictions.

The characters then continue to overcome difficulties through hard work, and then the story turns and climaxes until the end.

You can draw a character relationship diagram first, and build a good relationship framework for the characters, such as opponents, lovers, companions, masters, etc. Then design the plot.

4. Expand the outline of the story and the outline of some core chapters

Many novice writers often write on a whim. They may only have a very vague idea without any cause and effect. It is difficult to write a complete story.

Therefore, it is very important to conceive a good setting, character relationships, and build a good outline of the story in the early stage, so that when writing later, it is not easy to deviate from the main line, and it is not easy to get stuck.

Sort out various clues, characters, time, scenes and other elements. Write the outline first, and then gradually improve some small plots.

The reverse method can be used here. With the final goal, the process in the middle can be reversed. What difficulties will be encountered in the middle, what needs to be done, etc., and gradually improve the entire story framework.

5. Verify the logic of the story and whether it is attractive

The story has to be logically sound. Before officially writing, the author should think about whether some details in the story conform to common sense? Does the plot development character fit the characters? Does it conform to the logic of cause and effect?

Comb through each node to see if there are any loopholes. The development of the story must follow the logic of causality and conform to the law of the development of things.

Go through all the plots in your head to see if they are reasonable and attractive.

6 Bury clues (foreshadowing), set suspense, and improve the plot

To learn to lay the foreshadowing, it is also through the method of reverse push to slowly prepare the ground for each part. Bury clues and enrich the plot of the story, such as the emotional line of the characters, the growth line, the social line and so on.

When readers see the final result, they may recall some of the previous details and exclaimed the subtlety.

In the process of conception, the author can constantly ask questions, diverge thinking, and enrich the plot of the story. For example, to achieve the goal, what conditions are required, what difficulties may be encountered, what needs to be done, etc.

In the process of storytelling, we must know how to set up suspense, hide part of the answer, arouse the curiosity of readers, and continue to attract readers.

A common technique is to first construct an expectation that deviates from the outcome of the story, and then use misleading reinforcement to stir up the reader's emotions until the end of the story, when the reader suddenly realizes and becomes hooked.

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