Hi! I know you've answered this before, but basically I don't know how to advance my story. I've been obsessed with this idea of a cyberpunk, dystopia world centred around a government experiment gone bad? Like, a homeless girl agrees to be experimented on as a test human weapon, but it goes wrong somehow... I don't know, but it's stuck in my head, you know? I have the idea, but no real plot. How do you best recommend bringing that plot to life and developing it in my head?
Hiya! Thanks for your question! You’ve got a great story concept that sounds really intriguing.
It sounds like you need to take the time to really submerse yourself in your story. You’ve got the basic premise, now how to turn it into an actual story.
Try using your main character to create a plot. What do they want? What are their values? Now, put the character on a quest to get what they want where those values are challenged. Or have them get what they want, but give them drastic consequences that they must deal with.
Consider the Hunger Games, all Katniss wanted was to protect her family, so she volunteers to take Prim’s place in the Hunger Games. Katniss ends up competing in her place and becomes the face of a revolution against the Capital.
You can do something similar with your story. Your character needs a goal. That goal can be anything, survival, revenge, just use your imagination.
Brainstorm ideas for plot twists and sub-plots. Just write down random words if that’s all you can think of. You can work them together to come up with a good plot for your story.
And you can always check out prompt blogs to help you come up with a specific plot for your story.
Thanks again for your question. If you need help with anything else writing-related, feel free to send in another ask. Happy writing!
- Mod Kellie