Authors’ brains can storm different concepts in random moments, which would pop up while driving to work or eating your breakfast. Some authors follow certain ways, such as the character, plot, genre, or event. Fortunately, if you have good background knowledge of important events or public personalities, it’s an advantage. You can start from there.
Like most writers, when writing Joe Alamo’s Unsung, I have a good idea of how the story will end but no clue how to start or get to the end. As each character develops, I understand how the story will fit together. But writers and readers hate being predictable. As the characters grow, unique ideas transfix the writer.
With my personal experience and some of the tips to share, delve into yourself more personally and discover which of these tips fit the most.
1. Freewriting it is.
For beginners, freewriting is one of the best exercises to prepare for the vast stories to come. Not to disregard, but professionals do freewriting also. Grabbing your pen and paper or fingers and keyboard on your PC may start from there. Allow any words or phrases to come and see where your brain takes you. Be free in writing at this moment. Sometimes the best concept comes from random words or phrases.
2. Use Graphic Organizers
Writers who are visually inclined need the aid of graphic representations to aid their story telling effectively. It helps to connect the plot smoothly and free from doubts as you write progressively. Using mind map or story map are two of the most common graphic aids for story writing. You can do this manually or using online software.
3. Backward Brainstorming
If you are fond of creating problems or dilemmas, this is the technique for you. Seeing pictures on the other side rather than starting with a good plot can be a good tip in brainstorming. This technique is beneficial to easier track gaps or more holes in the story. In that way, you know how to solve such problems in the story very well.
4. Discover your Public Libraries
Every locality has its own library and it’s for free access. At this type of library, your salary doesn’t matter because every material is free of charge, including books, internet access, and educational and professional training programs. Why don’t you start unfolding pages from the books of your library? There might be potential stories or characters that could be developed. Some of the books you could find in your public library are most likely donated. Donations are of good cause and when good cause is the start, it can bear pleasant fruits.
5. Save the Unpopular Characters
Characters in the story serve as the driving force. On the other hand, when characters are not exciting or fail to develop, stories most likely fail also.
Countless great stories with remarkable plots and characters worldwide have been published, but few of them have failed to be known. Mindfully taking thoughts those characters could not develop, writers can take advantage of them, and it could be the starting point for the greatest story of all time.
6. Discover Locale Treasure
Have you thought of making a great story of the national hero's mother or the great grandfather of the peoples in your country? Frequently, stories that move lives are the most relatable ones. Do your thorough research and investigation since these are facts. Take into consideration that you involve characters or elements that are historical, so be politically correct and accurate in details.
Let your creative ideas be shared by a small circle of your intimate acquaintances. They could be of good help in giving constructive and honest feedback to your work and, most of all, it’s personal.