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Creating a World Through Writing
Transcript of Creating a World Through Writing
This is your chance to
put your most outlandish
thoughts in bottle and throw
it out to sea where all those
who are sitting on their
raft, struggling to survive,
to hear a good story. You must choose one of two paths.
(This is a crucial determinate that will make or break your story.) "Where do I start?,"
you ask... Will your narrator speak
in the first person, like the way you're thinking to yourself right now? Or...
Will you write in the third person?
Whichever you choose...
there is no turning
back. The stragglers at sea won't be there to ask who's speaking. Now you must
choose who your main character(s) will be.
What are their names? What
do they look like? What do they like to do for a living? What kind of first impression do they make? How will they interact with other characters? "I have my narrative voice.Now what?" In order to write a story that is bottle-worthy, you must create people who are interesting to read about. It is important to
choose a narrator (or multiple narrators) that will bring a variety of factors of your story into existence.
In other words, they (or you) have to have something to talk
about! Remember that the key to
a good story is in the details. You must know everything about your character(s) that pertains to the plot FROM THE BEGINNING.
A perfect example: Professor Snape in Harry Potter. The time has now come to finally design a world and all that happens inside it. "I have my character(s). Now what am I supposed to do with them?" This is a question that no
one has the answer to, unfortunately. Writing is an art form that is intuitive and requires much practice to
get a feel for what
is expected and what
should happen. "How can I
organize a plot that my readers will understand
and love?" There are several concepts that one can exercise in his or her writing that will help them achieve the story desired. On the
however... Ask yourself:
"Does my story have a
coherent flow of events? Does
my story have some sort of struggle with a search for an answer or solution? Does my story use vivid sensory language to help the reader visualize the story's world? First and
foremost, your story has to offer something to your
reader. "The path from our house followed the edge of the sea cliffs before turning inland toward the village. Walking it on a day like this was difficult, but I remember feeling grateful that the fierce wind drew my mind from the things troubling me. The sea was violent, with waves like stones chipped into blades, sharp enough to cut. It seemed to me the world itself was feeling just as I felt."
-Arthur Golden. "Memoirs of a Geisha." New York: Vintage Books. 13. Print. Telling people stuff is NOT enough.
There needs to be a lesson, a struggle, something that people can relate to, apply, and love.
This does not necessarily mean that the reader HAS to connect to the story. The story can call for empathy or blow their mind.
ALSO: It is important to find balance. Even Shakespeare knew that a tragedy
needs lighter moments. A word of