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I’m often reminded that most ideas that had struck me earlier; that I developed into movie scripts (some to stories) didn’t happen in bed or while thinking about “what to write about.” My first movie script was a job, in fact, the characters were created and I built a story around them. With truth, most of the ideas to my works struck me in the bathroom while a few others happened in the kitchen. Sometimes when I’m walking down a quiet road that
requires me to concentrate, I’m often fronted with all my characters and plots all swimming in my head, waiting for me to recount their existence on paper.
When faced with such imaginations waiting to be literalised, the first thing to do is to:
Draft It: No matter how short the imagination may be, it could be your next big story. Tell it in short or long, describe the characters and their deeds, build a city of your own and add a church bell at its entrance. It’s all up to you. Just make sure you put it down somewhere and don’t look down on it.
Start At An Earliest Point: The thought of putting down what you have in your head is often fiddled by the urge to draft a perfect story. Remember, it’s just a draft, a fresh unseen story. You have nothing to prove to me or anyone. Just start with what you have in your head at that point in time; pen it down on a paper or word processor. Don’t worry about the rest, they will build up from where you began or left off.
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Re-write it: This is the part most young writers skip. A draft should not (and must not) be thrown away just because you don’t know the end of the story or just because it’s short or messy. At this stage, you’ll need to go over your draft and polish it. Kill some irrelevant characters and words, especially the ones with –ly (in dialogue attribution) which I’d explain in a later article. You could add and subtract from your story while you’re re-writing it. That is one quality of a good story (if you ask me) but don’t subtract too much, you might turn it into a bland little drama.
The END?: Don’t ever stop writing because you want to “think” about the end of the story. You could pause along the way to take a break or think about the end IF you are almost there. On a second, reasonable thought, don’t think about the end. You might end up stopping there just because you feel it’s long or because OLIVER TWIST FOUND A NEW HOME, he still has an unresolved past.
Don’t Lose Steam: This is the crucial thing in all the journey of writing. I mean, why start a story you can’t (or won’t) finish?. It’s not only important that you continue writing, it’s necessary that you don’t give up on those wonderful characters you’ve created. Don’t throw your imagination into an abyss or plant the idea into someone else’s mind. It’s your story; tell it…your way.
In conclusion, your imagination might not carry the whole story in the first place. So, you would do yourself a great deed to apply the above mentioned points on your journey to a terrific story. Kindly leave a comment or hit the share buttons, if you feel this article is helpful. Thank you
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