Yesterday, I kicked off the challenge showcasing Adele's song lyrics for my Prose from the Pros Friday. (FYI: Since April is National Poetry Month, so I will be showcasing poets every Friday.)
I've made it to day two which is "B" for the building blocks of writing a story.
An idea hits you in the head. You grab your phone or the closest piece of paper to scribble your idea down before you forget it. Then, you make it to your writing area, ready to write. What do you do next?
You start building the world that will allow your idea to grow and flourish. Start with the basic literary elements.
The characters are in charge of carrying the plot to the conclusion. A writer uses how the character appears, what they do, think, say and how they react to other characters to reveal their personality, life history, values, physical attributes, etc., presenting the reader with a sense of verisimilitude. The characters can determine how the plot develops.
The setting of a story creates the environment where the story takes place. Whether it’s on a fictional planet or your favorite bar, it needs to feel real to the reader. Setting influences the characters’ personality, appearance, dialect, etc. and the plot of the story.
Understanding your subject, setting and other elements inside and out aids the development of a story. It gives the writer access to the fictional world, avoiding stalls when information is needed create a strong and realistic narrative. The first draft is stronger with fewer questions in need of answers.
A clear plan for a story can help a writer determine what type of characters and setting would fit best. It leaves out the guessing. Organized and structured. The outlined plot influences what the characters will have to accomplish to reach the conclusion.
Should you start with one element before another? It all depends on the writer’s preference. Every writer cultivates a system that works for him or her. There is no right or wrong way to develop a story.