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The two-step process of identifying ideas for typing
There are four main elements to typing ideas: characters, story, theme and settings. Don't be trapped in thinking up an image for one of these things - a smart move, let's say - and thinking you're willing to write your novel. Secondly, you toy with the results and rearrange them like puzzle tiles until you come up with the ideal new concept for you (probably several).
All the point of the brainstorm is to develop many ideas (or resources ), and you won't do that if you try to turn the resources into good ideas for typing too early. Even if you already have a clear vision of the novel you want to create, try to ignore it during this time.
They could come up with a better concept, find a new one, or perhaps find a way to produce a whole range of books similar to those you already have in mind. What do you think of? Composing a novel takes an enormous amount of effort (probably several years), so it makes perfect sense not to commit to an ideal until you know that it is the right one.
Unplug the telephone and make yourself at home (I find it so much simpler to sit in an easy chair than at a desktop and brainstorm for ideas). Just fill a piece of hardcopy (more if you like) with ideas in each of the four sections. If you don't have any ideas for a character yet, don't be worried - they're easy enough to drop by once you've thought about it.
Do you know how many men in your lifetime or do you know them? In addition, there are literally a thousand folks you've seen on TV or seen in papers, journals and textbooks, and you have a huge supply of features and behavior and physical attributes from which to build your fictitious personalities.
Oh, and don't miss the greatest source of inspirations for novel characters: your good self! Hopefully your completed novel will have tens of personalities (hundreds if you take the walk-ons into account), but all you are interested in here are nominees for the role of the lead wife or husband - or the novel's hero.
They are ideas for personalities that are interesting to me (and perhaps mean nothing to you at all), but they should give you the ideas. If you want (if it will help you to "see" the people in your mind's eye), you can work them out more than I have done. However, to spend too long with a person will defeat the object of this tutorial, which is just to search your memories and fantasies for as much footage for your novel as you can.
I' ll just put some ideas on the table and get on with it. This gives you the best chances to explore the depths of your spirit and fantasy - and that's where the best ideas often lurk. It' simpler than you think to find ideas for a novel.
As soon as you have finished reading the easy techniques below, you will never lack lots again. Exactly how can you invent something as complicated as a storyline in a novel? Like you didn't try to create in-depth personality profiles in your ideas for characters in your brain storming, now you're not trying to create in-depth storylines, each with a beginning, a center, an end, and turns and turns along the way.
See the section on plotting a novel to find out how to do all this. Now all you want is the twist of an action, or a straightforward story. For if a people wants something - really wants something - and if that's not something that' s easily available (if they have to struggle with everything they have), then you have a story in hand.
Suddenly he wants something: to find company and loving. It is this simplistic wish, the wish to find a mate, which is the prerequisite for a whole story in a novel. It' the dear of the next guy or the next guy. Obviously, many of the ideas you come up with will end up in the trash.
You are unlikely to turn them into literal action even with those you keep (unless you plan to create strongly autobiographic fiction). Instead, you will use them as a point of departure from which more powerful ideas for action will emerge. It is probably not enough to make up the main story of a novel (though with fate and fantasy, it could be).
You' re holding a novel now! So, when you create your own schedule of plotter ideas, don't be worried if the things you wanted were big or small, significant or seemingly insignificant. As long as you felt the intense need to reach a certain target, that's all you need for an exciting action.
After all, keep in mind that your completed novel is likely to go through many storylines that all intertwine, but everything that concerns you here is the core story. Just mentioning topics in a novel is enough to scare some people.
The topics are actually easy - not least because they don't take a great deal of work. Everything you need to know about the subject to find ideas for possible subjects is that every novel should be "about" something - about un-requited loving, about the devastating character of lust, about the vainness of warmongering, about whatever you want.
The storyline and the figures and places are on the interface of your novel. Below the interface runs this deep level of significance in the shape of the novel's subject. So, what you have to ask yourself here is whether you have something to say about a million other subjects or something about it?
Perhaps you believe that being friends is an even strong bond beyond loving. But if you fire from your own hearts and speak sincerely about what your own friend has mean to you in your own lifetime, it will be. Don't fret, I'm not asking you to fill your next piece of hardcover with little bits of information about your loved ones or boyfriends.
Like the best way of living is a straightforward one. There is no point brain-storming for idea writer if you are less than 100% upfront. When you fight back, try to look back at the different experience of your lifetime and ask yourself which really influenced you - which caused a strong emotive response of rage or pleasure or pain or what.
And, please keep in mind, this is what injured you the most as a author. You' ve must have traveled to innumerable places in your lifetime - local, national and international - and each of these places could be the inspiration for your novel. Even if you've never been anywhere before - even if you've been living in the same small city your whole lifetime and never dared to go beyond its boundaries - you still have the ideal framework for a novel: your own city!
Keep in mind that you do not have to use a preference in your work. For example, if you choose to play your novel in your home city, you do not have to use the name of the city. Use a fictitious name, and all the sights and roads, including fictitious ones, and even reorder the city' s geographical layout and change its story to better meet your needs.
There is more than one place for ideas for the settings. I' ll go into more detail later (in the section on the setting), but at the moment I know that the set includes much more than just roads and houses and the municipalities in which they work. Each novel needs a specialization.
It often comes from the place where the novel is set: the city or a place within the city (e.g. a certain store or restaurant). Of course, books that focus on one thing must still be located somewhere, but the city itself does not have to be such a "focal point", because the work in the center of the novel fulfills this part.
Return to brainstorm ideas for attitudes. Remember how well you know a location or action. When you' re raised on a New Hampshire milk ranch and wrote your novel on a New Hampshire milk ranch, you won't have much to do. When you play your novel during the reigns of Ferdinand and Isabella in Spain, you will have a lot.
As I said, it is worth taking your sweetest moments for this practice and developing as many ideas as possible. And if the ideas don't work out, try again in the morning. Now is the right moment to have some joy and to turn all this work into your own ideas.
So the resulting new concept will be more than the total of its parts and, if it is the right one for you, awaken your spirit with opportunities. They could probably do this by chance and come up with some good ideas for typing, maybe even a great one, but a more methodological one is obviously better.
Begin by selecting any item from one of your four brainstorming list of authoring ideas. You like the notion of putting your novel in a diner (maybe you work in one), but for some occasion you can't put your fingers on Rita, doesn't really make her uncomfortable.
So, cancel the diner notion. You' re going with the farming concept. A good man's affection (one who won't let her down this time). The best way to live is a straightforward way of living that turns its back on the excess of the contemporary age.
It goes well with this smallholding, so choose it. Let's get back to the plan. Due to the subject matter, the key story in your novel is probably not about romance (although there will almost certainly be a romance interest in the novel). It' important that your storyline supplements your subject, and so come up with an notion where Rita gets a lavish bar deal for her ranch from this eager creator.
Return to the top and select a new item from one of your brainstorming ideas for typing and take it from there. There is no limit to the opportunities for developing new ideas with this methodology. You will probably find that you are far from having a good plan, but that you will have the opposite dilemma of having to do first.
By the way, if you go through this procedure, don't get too entangled in detail - you're just trying to find the naked bone of a novel here. For example, if you choose the action, don't think about the story of a novel. Don't be worried about the subtleties of fictitious character creation.
There is every item that all good new ideas should have: Action: We know what she wants - to remain on her loved outfit. The action will force them to do so and not give in to the developers. An easy way of fighting the advance of the present-day state.
Adjustment: Now you know that the brainstorming ideas are real, who you are and your interests (because each item from your own brainstorming list of ideas that you liked). It is important to recognise, however, that one is not obligated to adhere to this last notion.
Yes, you need a powerful plan to get your novel off to a good start. Without it, you have no foundations to build on. However, if the novel that the notion will be completely different from the initial sparks, then it does not play a role. Ideas for scribbling are not carved in stones.
Let's tell how you are planning the Rita story in detail that the interest - between Rita and the eager dev? - requires more and more room in your novel than you initially expected. Now, well - let your novel go wherever it wants. However, keep in mind to change the other parts of your initial concept to mirror any changes you make - which in the case of the Rita romance story and the designer means to change the subject from exploring a basic way of living to exploring an aspectof loving-.
It' s not possible to start a novel without an original concept, but they seldom lead you to exactly the goal you have in mind. It' your turn to develop your own ideas for your work.