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handna95

So I don't really have any idea what I'm writing. I have a general idea about the environment I want the characters to be set in as well as the characters themselves but I don't have a plot yet. I am completely aware that stories are always recycled and there isn't really an original plot anymore BUT I did have a few ideas. Something alone the lines of corporate royalty having to be whisked away because of a civil dispute among investors as well a common citizens. Is that too basic, boring, or predictable?

1/2/2013 #1
Kay Iscah

(I know this is over a month old, but I just saw it. So if now irrelevant, just ignore me.)

My test for such things is "If I wasn't the writer, would I want to read this?". If the answer is yes, proceed.

Very simple things can make variations on a theme interesting. Like maybe this is told from the perspective of the janitor, or a tennis instructor they drag along with them.

Most premises start out basic and build, so I'd just run it through in your head and see if it gets your creative juices flowing.

2/4/2013 #2
FEARLESS MASTER
I need some help. With my story Fly Away, Blackbird, I've got the basic plot down (a teenage girl in high school, a Goth, tries to commit suicide and ends up changing her life.) But, aside from the overtly Christian themes, which I'm focusing less on now, I'm having trouble advancing the plot deeper with the supporting characters. I've tried my best with the lastest chapter, something I've been editi g tirelessly for about eight months, I want to bring the story to a close with Andrea's (if you read the latest chapter, you'll see what i'm getting at) death as I think it will be emotionally grounding for the main character, and considering the title of the project, Fly Away, Blackbird (Andrea's namesake), it kinda needs to happen. If you can read and give me some advice, I'd greatly appreciate it!
2/6/2013 #3
FEARLESS MASTER
I need some help. With my story Fly Away, Blackbird, I've got the basic plot down (a teenage girl in high school, a Goth, tries to commit suicide and ends up changing her life.) But, aside from the overtly Christian themes, which I'm focusing less on now, I'm having trouble advancing the plot deeper with the supporting characters. I've tried my best with the lastest chapter, something I've been editi g tirelessly for about eight months, I want to bring the story to a close with Andrea's (if you read the latest chapter, you'll see what i'm getting at) death as I think it will be emotionally grounding for the main character, and considering the title of the project, Fly Away, Blackbird (Andrea's namesake), it kinda needs to happen. If you can read and give me some advice, I'd greatly appreciate it!
2/6/2013 #4
Kay Iscah

I've got a long to-read list, so I don't know when I can get to actually reading it. But one thing that may help is to step back and get to know your supporting characters a little better. What are their goals? How do they support or obstruct those of your main character?

With my fanfic, I had a self-absorbed/depressed Draco and part of this character growth was realizing that the people around him were on their own journeys that didn't rotate around him.

Since this is Christian themed, would it help to align your supporting character with metaphorical elements? Like the fruits of the spirit, the beatitudes, or the armor of God?

Beyond that, if the bit characters aren't moving the plot forward, it may be time to let them fade out until they're needed.

2/6/2013 #5
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