lrkilian – 2009-10-03 11:24 PM
I used to have the same problem you had until I realized that everyone needs to be motivated for every action they do. As for the outlines, I think of an idea or concept and think about how they concept is usually played out in real life. Then I decide on two entities, not characters to act this out. I sit down, write out an extremely thin outline. Just a paragraph of what happens, why it happens and what everyone learns from it. Then I start on the story. And things morph from there, but at least my original idea is preserved and in some cases, even improved upon. You can never underestimate the value of an early synopsis before sitting down to write a story.
As I read through the responses it seems more and more obvious to me that I’ve been approaching fiction the wrong way. Lrkilian seems to have a good process, but I’d like a bit more detail on the concept part. You mean a story concept, right? I suppose the reference to (ageless, genderless) entities threw me a bit, and I started to wonder whether you were referring to some intellectual concept–a Platonic form, as it were. Can I assume that you mean plot concept, and that your entities have genders, social positions, etc., but not names?
Really helpful responses from everyone….Thanks!