JacobS wrote:I will most likly start a new thread for this, but does anyone have any tasty tidbits that may make a story (in general) more interesting, some stories I've come up with in the past have been sort of bland, oh well...
Suvied wrote:JacobS wrote:I will most likly start a new thread for this, but does anyone have any tasty tidbits that may make a story (in general) more interesting, some stories I've come up with in the past have been sort of bland, oh well...
Make it human. People are all different and because of that they cause different things to happen. Greed, jealousy, love, anger, apathy, zealous, fearful, overwhelmed, hateful, exhausted, lonely, suspicious, guilty or any other emotion will cause a character to behave entirely different in any situation from another in the same. Give characters a little history to explain why they are like they are. Your main character could have been unfairly beaten as a child by his father and is now resentful and disreguards male authority figures. His traveling friend might be the total opposite and be a strong male authority like figure which is going to cause friction between them. Yet, because of a relationship lasting 20+ years niether will break the friendship. Later in the story they could through whatever situation you put them through resolve their differences and learn to be better people. Just make them human. Superheroes are good for only a short time. People relate with weakness and failure.
Make it real, not only with your characters but also with the story. If you have monsters in the mountains near town, the town would have some sort of defense to drive them off or keep them out like a wall. If the town isn't very big it probably would not have stayed with monsters nearby. You would not see a small undefended town with monsters nearby unless the monsters just moved in or are interested in hiding more than eating peasants. Use logic, be creative but ground it in some logic to make it reasonably believable. Be consistant with your level of fantasy. Make it real.
Make it varied. Even if you want a dark and dismal story toss in some humor or light hearted spots to make it more varied. A cheery Robinhood type story should have some serious or tense areas to give a story more emotion. Constant trudging and battling not only doesn't make sense but it gets old fast.
As far as actual plot, there is nothing new you can do. A new way to present it or a more varied design but it ill still end up being a different version or patchwork of sroties before it. You might have an underdog, a love triangle, a rivalry, an evil overlord bent on world domination or any other idea but they all have been done before. So you should just write what you think would be cool. Complex or simple just have fun with it.
make it human
make it real
make it varied
have fun with a plot
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