More often than not, we watch a great TV show, an inspiring novel or an awesome movie with great haracters, action-filled plotlines and jaw-dropping plot twists that leaves us with one thought: I wanna write something great too! That´s how it started for me a long time ago watching anime and manga. Everything was so captivating that I started creating a world of my own where i could live ( as real as possible) the adventures of those hero boys. It´s all in my head but, for now, it´s good enough.
But maybe you wanna take it further, even publish a book, make it a movie, a TV series,ect. Why not? There´s no rule against it.
So today, we´ll talk of a topic that we wanna do but at the same time avoid altogether: writing our story.
There are many guidelines to the ways you can begin writing, and I say guidelines because there are no absolute rules about how you write ( except for ortography and spelling right, you don´t wanna mess that up).
Number 1. Choose a theme
Many times we think we´ve got planned out the blueprints for our story, with the protagonists, the villains, the arch-villains and whatnot. But at some point you realize something: you don´t have a message, a morale of the story, a central idea which youir story revolves around, also known as a Theme.
A theme is the central topic a text treats.
The most common contemporary understanding of theme is an idea or point that is central to a story, which can often be summarized in a single word, be it Love, Death, Betrayal, Heroism, Power, Unchecked Ambition,etc. There can be one or many themes in your story, but for starters you can begin with one mayor theme and grow from there.
Most stories in literature find themes of love,” “war,” “revenge,” “betrayal,” “patriotism,” “grace,” “isolation,” “motherhood,” “forgiveness,” “wartime loss,” “treachery,” “rich versus poor,” “appearance versus reality,” and “help from other-worldly powers and all of them can be found together in one story.
Themes often explore historically common or cross-culturally recognizable ideas, such as ethical questions, and are usually implied rather than stated explicitly. An example of this would be whether one should live a seemingly better life, at the price of giving up parts of one’s humanity, which is a theme in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Along with plot, character, setting, and style, theme is considered one of the components of fiction.
Number 2: Ask yourself the question ” What if…?”
When you ask yourself a “What if” question, you’re telling your brain to take something ordinary and think of it in a new way. After you ask a “What if” question, think through some possible answers. Keep in mind that every “What if” question can have various anwers. Keep answering your “What if” question until one of your answers ignites your imagination and feels like it could lead to a larger story. Examples of “What if” questions can be about anything.
Imagine something like:
- What if humans turned to robots to avoid mortality?
- What if animals began talking and reasoning like people?
- What if superpowers sprung out of nowhere?
- What if I was kidnapped and forced to fight in a battle royale? ( sounds extreme)
Anything goes; just imagine, choose what you like and develop.
Another thing here goes for the question “I wonder…” too.
“I wonder” questions are a way to probe deeper into the reasons for why something happens, who it might happen to, and how it might feel. It doesn’t matter if you ask an expansive question or a very specific one, asking and answering an “I wonder” question opens your mind up to the possibility of learning new things and seeing old things in a new light.
- I wonder what he does at the basement?
- i wonder what happens every night at the plaza?
- I wonder what would happen if I follow her?
Stuff like this helps you probe deep into questions to explore.
This is it for now. Gonna post more later.