Saturday, March 14, 2009

So You Want To Write?

So, you’ve wanted to write your memoirs or the greatest novel of the 21st century but you don’t know where to start. Here are some quick tips to help you get started:
  1. How does this story begin?
  2. Where does this take place?
  3. How do you want the story to end?
  4. Who are the main characters of this story?

Once you’ve answered those questions, start building the characters:

  1. How old are they?
  2. What do they look like?
  3. What is their job?
  4. How much do they make?
  5. Who are they involved with?
  6. How do they interact with those people?
  7. What quirks do they have?
  8. What are their likes and dislikes?
  9. Who is the key antagonizer?
  10. Research your characters’ occupations 

What does your setting look like?

  1. If the location is remote to you, start researching the area
  2. Look online for pictures or in magazines
  3. Jot down descriptive words about the location
  4. If there is a home or a specific building, what does the layout look like?
  5. Build your own fictional location and jot down descriptive words

Check back often for more tips and ides…..