The making of a Story

This book contains all you need to know about writing the perfect book. Whether you are new to writing, or just want to improve your skills, this is the book for you! I have written this to inspired writers and help them into creating their own unique story world.

Feel free to used the process that I took, but don't steal ideas without asking! I hope it helps you if you are having trouble with your own writing!

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3. Making your ideas more interesting and original

This is the development stage of your idea. If you haven't already got an idea ready and in place, check out the previous part of this book. 

Making your idea interesting and original is as big of a part in your journey as writing the actual book. If your book is not interesting, than no one will want to read it - its that simple. When I write and plan, I like to keep a certain rule in my mind:

If I'm bored while writing/planning this, then my readers will be bored reading this.

Its a simple rule, but effective. This is the part where having honest friends, family and colleges can come in handy. Once you have your basic idea, write it out in full, explaining the setting, the time it is set, the whole plot idea, and any other ideas. Pass it around and get people to underline which parts they think will bore them (if they underline instead of tell you personally, they are more likely to be honest). If have have any bits that have been underlined, either scrap that part, or change it. If it can't be changed or removed without changing the whole plot, its time to maybe think of a new idea, unless you think you can make it work. 

Add more problems

Adding more complications to the plot idea will make your story a lot more interesting. You need to make the plot tense, and you can do this by making the job of the protagonist so much harder. 

A story about a young girl who has grown up being able to talk to plants, and is captured by scientists to be experimented on so she can cure poverty and famine.

The girl can't speak or understand english, she can only speak to plants. She also has a mild condition where she cannot read the emotion behind a facial expression.

A time travelling ghost will not be at rest until he says goodbye to his wife, and somehow he must work out which century they lived in together to be able to find her.

His wife doesn't remember him either, he finds out she has alzheimer's disease and lives in a home.

Don't got too deep into the plot too soon, but with what you have written down, add a problem to it. This will make the overall plot more difficult and challenging. Not only will this make readers interested, it will also give you more to write about. You'll be able to plan the plot easier, and will be more likely to leave a good overall impression.

Remember to make the plot more interesting, dramatic, and harder for the protagonist - NOT impossible.

The girl can't speak or understand english, she can only speak to plants. She also has a mild condition where she cannot read the emotion behind a facial expression.

She is also blind and deaf, has a lost all her fingers in a tragic accident, and has psychotic tendencies.

This plot line went from better, to incredibly terrible. Not only can the main character not speak, but she also can't hear, see, or feel with her finger - and on top of that, she is insane. This will make for an incredibly frustrating experience for the reader and writer, and make it an overall boring and repetitive book as she would be completely unable to help herself. The book would most likely have to end how everyone thought it would - her death. 

AVOID CLICHES AT ALL COSTS

This is something that I cannot stress enough! Although there are some people who love a cliché romance (good girl meets bad guy, handsome popular guy goes for the unpopular girl), the successful love stories are the ones with that added problem, the originality - they stand out from the crowd. If I take a well known example of this, such as the Fault in Our Stars by John Green, we can  see that this is not your average love story. It has a problem which goes against all cliché's, Hazel has terminal cancer and knows that she will not recover, leading to a good old sob-story (I think we all know how it ends by now). Another good example is 'if I stay', where the main character is involved in a car accident killing all her family and is put into a coma, another good sob-story.

If you are writing a story, include problems and twists to the plot that will pull your plot away from the Cliché zone. Another way to avoid having a cliché love story, but is not always possible but something to consider, is to avoid the school scene all together. Yes, your characters can go to school, but to avoid clichés, consider leaving out the school in any big parts of the plot. Do not base your story around the school. Neither the Fault In Our Stars or If I Stay was mainly based around school, the main focus was Hazel's cancer and her enjoying her last months with her new found love, and the crash that rendered Mia in a coma.

For genres other than Romance and general fiction, you have a lot more space to open up and do whatever you feel like, making it so much easier to avoid clichés. 

Another problem area is the fantasy genre, and I'm mainly talking about a certain section called 'High Fantasy' (kings, queens, dragons, elves, knights, goblins, elves ect. Think of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, they are both High Fantasy). The clichés that pop up a lot are things like prophecies,  'I am the chosen one', 'I am the king's son and I did/didn't know it', quest adventures and lots more. The 'I am the chosen one' shows up in a lot of genre's, so avoid making your character 'The One', as it takes away the originality.  

There will be a whole section on 'Clichés' published in the future.

 

Remember, at the end of the day, if you think you do have a bit of a cliché basic plot - you haven't actually planned it out properly yet with chapter and scene descriptions. Thats where you need to avoid the clichés. And if you do still have a bit of a cliché story line still, its the characters and the setting that will make it stand out.

Again, if you wish to use any of my story ideas for your own story, please send me a personal message. I can only let one person use each story line to avoid any confusion and copy-cats. 

If you want to know my opinion on some of your developed story ideas or you are worried your story is a cliché, leave a comment or send me a personal message, I will try to reply! 

~Thank you for reading this part! There will be more published in the future!~

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