Many amateur writers, myself included, have fallen into the trap of what is commonly referred to as “pansting” – that is, writing by the seat of one’s pants. Understandably so, as it does have a certain romanticized appeal, but at a certain point I had to accept the fact that I am not Stephen King or GRRM, and writing a story without a proper outline was just only going to land me in the ditch.
A plot is, in essence, a cycle of escalating conflict and resolution which culminates in the climax. The primary goal of any plot is to provide a catharsis with the final resolution, sometimes followed by a denouement. For any plot to function, it requires at least two elements:
What makes a character memorable or believable? I maintain that there are three main factors that should go into building characters that your readers (or viewers) will care about.
Setting has two primary purposes in any given story: to define the local the plot takes place in and to establish limitation upon the characters.
Any story’s setting can be divided into three, possibly levels: Scene Setting, World Setting, and Expanded setting.
Welcome to Story Craft 101!
This will be a series where I do my best to impart my own musings and theories regarding storytelling. I have no formal schooling in literature, this is all based on my own personal experiences of writing. Continue reading “Story Craft Theory: Introduction”