Week 1: Fiction basics
Welcome to week one! This video goes through some basics of writing fiction; I'm not too happy with the sound quality but I hope I'll find a better microphone or setup.
This video is about 1 hour long; I recommend breaking it up into chunks and doing a few slides a day - I also included the PDF of the slides I was using down below.
What makes a story?
- Consistent tense / POV
- Linear timeline
- A character worth caring about (avatar)
- Something they want, and an inability to get it
- An event or challenge they cannot overcome
- ...that forces them to change.
- A barrier or active antagonist
- A setting (description)
- Interesting characters (cast)
- Obstacles (challenges)
- Difficult decisions
- A beginning and an end
Rewards must outweigh the risks (they must want goal enough to overcome dangers: must be completely committed to action). Pressure forces action, and keeps the momentum.
See if you can write your story in a few sentences, using this formula.
My character is a _____ who wants _____. But then when ________, they're forced to _____.
And they have to choose between ____ and ____.
In the end, they learn _____ (probable theme of the book; but don't worry if yours doesn't have a crucial or critical theme, it's not necessary.)