A story is more than stuff that happens to a person. And yet, if a friend were to tell you something that happened to them at work or at school or wherever, you wouldn’t be uninterested.
In fact, if it was something amusing or surprising or touching in some way, it might even be quite compelling. This incident might involve coincidence, luck, randomness and have no real conclusion, but that won’t necessarily stop you hanging on every word.
However, put that same story down in print, and it doesn’t have quite the same effect. Now it’s contrived and pointless and banal.
Why? What makes fiction—whether it be a short story or a novel—different from real life? And how can we use this difference to help create more engaging and entertaining stories?
for people that write or do art stuff how do you do your work without planning it?
like lets even say its something you have no plans to release or show but you’re just in the mood to shit something out. how do you get yourself to shit it? i can never shit anything and i really really wanna.
Spec scripts have this tendency to fall back on dramatic near misses. Like, if Jane found out Pedro cheated, the wedding would be off, but thank goodness that didn’t happen fifteen different times, and here comes the bride.
Actually, no. Jane finds out. Impact. Now Jane and Pedro have a megaton of ejecta material to deal with, a fireball explosion, shock waves, and a different landscape. And hopefully more projectiles.
whenever i try to write i never get past the phase of fleshing out the idea/characters/story in my head which means not even the outline. for those that are productive and actually write things how do you focus your mind properly so that you get stuff done?? idk i just never know what im doing its so scary and uncertain.
New strategy: Begin every scene in the split second after the person outside the room is invited to come in. It starts the action sooner and I may never have to type the words “there was a knock at the door” again.