Don't forget the boring stuff!
People need to eat (unless they’re robot or some sort of super future human being…) It isn’t always interesting to write and I’m not saying you should mention it all the time, but every now and again just to give the story realism.
Even if it’s just describing hunger!
It’s not always day time, the sun goes down occasionally (unless you are at the poles).
People need to sleep (again unless they’re a robot or super human). You can make sleep interesting! You don’t really need to describe it, just say ‘the next day…’ Or something similar. Another idea is to read some of your favourite books, how often do they mention it? How do they? Knowing how others do it helps me, so maybe it can help you.
Temperature changes as does the seasons. UNLESS you are in an area that doesn’t have them, such as rainforests (one season). So research the area you are setting it and what the weather will be like.
People have to go to the toilet! As I’ve been informed! Don’t need to go into too much detail though!
I know these things are boring, but it’s important to mention (at least occasionally). It makes the story believable, the great stories use these to their advantage, think how you can use them? A conversation around the table could give your main character new leads. Or start a romance!
Twenty Basic Plot Ideas
- #1 QUEST: the plot involves the Protagonist's search for a person, place or thing, tangible or intangible (but must be quantifiable, so think of this as a noun; i.e., immortality).
- #2 ADVENTURE: this plot involves the Protagonist going in search of their fortune, and since fortune is never found at home, the Protagonist goes to search for it somewhere over the rainbow.
- #3 PURSUIT: this plot literally involves hide-and-seek, one person chasing another.
- #4 RESCUE: this plot involves the Protagonist searching for someone or something, usually consisting of three main characters - the Protagonist, the Victim & the Antagonist.
- #5 ESCAPE: plot involves a Protagonist confined against their will who wants to escape (does not include some one trying to escape their personal demons).
- #6 REVENGE: retaliation by Protagonist or Antagonist against the other for real or imagined injury.
- #7 THE RIDDLE: plot involves the Protagonist's search for clues to find the hidden meaning of something in question that is deliberately enigmatic or ambiguous.
- #8 RIVALRY: plot involves Protagonist competing for same object or goal as another person (their rival).
- #9 UNDERDOG: plot involves a Protagonist competing for an object or goal that is at a great disadvantage and is faced with overwhelming odds.
- #10 TEMPTATION: plot involves a Protagonist that for one reason or another is induced or persuaded to do something that is unwise, wrong or immoral.
- #11 METAMORPHOSIS: this plot involves the physical characteristics of the Protagonist actually changing from one form to another (reflecting their inner psychological identity).
- #12 TRANSFORMATION: plot involves the process of change in the Protagonist as they journey through a stage of life that moves them from one significant character state to another.
- #13 MATURATION: plot involves the Protagonist facing a problem that is part of growing up, and from dealing with it, emerging into a state of adulthood (going from innocence to experience).
- #14 LOVE: plot involves the Protagonist overcoming the obstacles to love that keeps them from consummating (engaging in) true love.
- #15 FORBIDDEN LOVE: plot involves Protagonist(s) overcoming obstacles created by social mores and taboos to consummate their relationship (and sometimes finding it at too high a price to live with).
- #16 SACRIFICE: plot involves the Protagonist taking action(s) that is motivated by a higher purpose (concept) such as love, honor, charity or for the sake of humanity.
- #17 DISCOVERY: plot that is the most character-centered of all, involves the Protagonist having to overcome an upheavel(s) in their life, and thereby discovering something important (and buried) within them a better understanding of life (i.e., better appreciation of their life, a clearer purpose in their life, etc.)
- #18 WRETCHED EXCESS: plot involves a Protagonist who, either by choice or by accident, pushes the limits of acceptable behavior to the extreme and is forced to deal with the consequences (generally deals with the psychological decline of the character).
- #19 ASCENSION: rags-to-riches plot deals with the rise (success) of Protagonist due to a dominating character trait that helps them to succeed.
- #20 DECISION: riches-to-rags plot deals with the fall (destruction) of Protagonist due to dominating character trait that eventually destroys their success.
Resources for Fiction Writing: Ideas, Inspiration
Resources for Fiction Writing: Setting, World Building
Day 42, 41, 40 and now 39...
I spent the weekend in Kingston, ON. Believe it or not, Kingston was on my bucket list of places I wanted to see. Since Kingston was at one point Canada’s capital, I thought it would have been interesting to check it out. So I did and now I’ve crossed that off my bucket list! Hurrah!
Being in Kingston for the weekend left me no time to write. It was all play and no work, which I’m okay with because we all need a break at some point. After finishing so many assignments, working and simultaneously finding every spare minute I had to contribute to this book - my life had become pretty dull. So I am completely happy that I had time to have some fun in Kingston. I even bought really cute wool mittens!
This places me at three days behind schedule. I don’t think this is a bad thing. School is finished for the holidays on Dec. 6, which will give me more than enough time to write! I don’t have to focus on any assignments! Yay, I’m excited. December should be an extremely progessive month for me.
Today, I am heading to a coffee shop to write some more. I am entering the CBC Canada writes creative non-fiction contest. I’ve finished a short story this weekend, I just have to re-read it and polish it and I can start on another. I’ve brainstormed about three so far that I can start writing and add to my short story collection. I am super excited about these!
Cheers to day 39!