Wizard Lexiconi back again with another writing lesson. We have learned, so far, on how to create interesting characters, where ideas come from and establishing plot. Today, I want to take a step back and talk more about brainstorming and developing a story plot line.
Perhaps you already have stories brewing in your mind that need to be written. Good! Sit down and begin jotting out those ideas. Get them out of your head and onto parchment so you know what you have to work with. Many writers have boxes and crates filled with notes about their story world.
But if you are having trouble coming up with a story idea, there are things you can do to get the creative juices flowing.
Draw a sketch of your house and think of something memorable that happened in each room. These are possibilities of budding stories.
Do the same for your school. Jot down incidents that have happened that were funny, scary, or strange.
Journal, journal, journal! I can't say this enough. Write daily in it. Write about how you feel about your day. Write about things that happened, things that made you happy or mad. Writer's write!
Finally, a friend has posted an intriguing activity that is meant to help inspire the creative spark within. Check out Suzanne Hill's blog for a little activity where you pick from her list of characters and then put them into a setting, give them a problem and so on. This provides a basic story plot that you can turn into something fun.
Mainly, just write. And do it often. See you next Wednesday.
Happy Writing, friends.
Let your imagination weave some wacky tales.
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire.