On this part…
Step 3 – Characters
Now you need to turn your attentions to one of the most important part of the story – the characters. For each major character write a one page summary that includes:
- storyline – what part will they play in the plot
- goal – what do they want
- motivation – why do they want it
- conflict – what stops them from getting it
- epiphany – what will they learn or how will they change
Fun fact: In all my years of writing, I have never used an outline.
And in all my years of writing, I have only published one small short story. Not auspicious.
I feel that I might need to make some changes into how I write longer fiction. I can crank out flash fiction and GM in-game, on the fly changes at will.
But to sit down and write to an outline? With a definite plan in mind?
Yeah, not so much.
I’ve done it sorta-kinda, very loosely, exactly once. And by that I mean that I wrote the story in one go and then just edited it a lot.
It was a good story. But it was for a creative writing course for college and it was definitely not my usual fare. (Creative writing professors are generally really against the kind of fiction that I want to write.)
So, I am attempting something new: I have an idea. I have some thoughts as to where I want it to go (rather than my usual organic method). I have ideas about the consequences of what all this story means to the overall physics of the world/universe that Hero/Protag inhabits. I have given thought to the antagonist and what their deal is.
This is a *sharp* departure from my usual stream-of-consciousness writing style.
I am …curious? hesitant? hopeful?
All of the above.
So. I am beginning to outline Redneck Odinsson and I am super curious as to where this goes.
Part of the process of getting back into writing is looking backwards into your own words. Not just the ideas and thoughts you’ve been fomenting, but the things you’ve already written. The way you wrote them. The things that made you happy. The things that made you cringe. The things where you saw you went wrong and could could use a goddamn editor.
I’ve been poking, somewhat lazily tbh, at a story idea I came up with damn near a year ago. To my mind, it’s a *great* idea. It has a lot of potential, insofar as Jungian ideology and table-top mechanics are good.
All that being said…Here is a bit of Tray just asking for it.
Tray stretched, letting his arms fall loose to the ground. Being upside down wasn’t so bad. He looked up at his feet and then beyond to the small circle of the night sky afforded by the treeline. The moon was gorgeous and full. Night birds called and were answered. He smiled.
A heavy pulse began to beat in in his throat. He began to murmur the appropriate words.