When I begin a short story or a novel I like to have a firm idea of the plot in my mind. Once my imagination is pre-loaded I flesh out characters and work through various outcomes. I do best when I have the rough draft of six major scenes. If I do not know some key things going into a story I usually fail to connect enough to finish it.
The Interview often unlocks a story. Just the simple ‘what’s up?’ is enough to get things started again. You may discover your ‘helper’ character is clueless about your ‘main’ character’s motives. Your ‘antagonist’ may be blissfully unaware of the ‘protagonist’s’ intentions.
Creation I thought I fill up some white space with a little bit on creating characters. I love to create characters. They seldom appear within pages unless I know them very well. I keep notes and files on physical, mental and spiritual aspects of my protagonists and antagonists. I know what they like to eat. […]