Today I'd like to share with you some of the inner workings to my writing process. All authors have their own way of attacking a concept and I am no exception. Here I've presented a loose list of how I started Gods From the Machine from start to finish in five simple steps:
- Principle Characters - I develop the protagonist because I feel that since the readers have to spend most of their time with the main character, it is vital to make him/her the most interesting. A likeable and relatable character makes for a better read because you feel like you can root for them, which make even some of the most deplorable characters somewhat compelling. For example, Snape from the Harry Potter series was dubbed as the ultimate traitor and everyone hated his guts, but the instant we find that he had actually loved Lily from the beginning we find sympathy for the poor guy.
- Dialogue - For myself, I like to imagine exchanges between the characters as I would if they were standing right before me. The more real I can visualize, the more authentic the exchange. It helps to go outside and actually have conversations with multiple people and becoming more sociable. This way you can gauge for yourself what responses you receive can be implemented into a novel.
- Setting - The setting becomes the next point of importance because the characters need to be on some plane of existence in order for a decent story to be told. That being said, it doesn't really matter where you place the characters as long as they can be placed somewhere. In my novel I've chosen an unnamed modern society, but yours can vary from anything! Medieval, futuristic, dystopian--pretty much wherever your imagination takes you!
- Plot Points - A story wouldn't be much without a decent plot right? So the next step would be to develop an intriguing and unique idea that can fit your setting and characters. It can be anything that you desire, but it should also have some appeal to an audience. Because who wants to read something that is of no interest to anyone?
- Fragmentation - Last, but not least, I write everything in total fragments. For me, it is hard to sit down and write one straight,ongoing storyline without stopping. I like to break my stories into several arcs or pieces and tie them together once I'm nearly finished. I do this because often times I'm stuck on a plot point and I need some breathing room to develop upcoming ideas. This way, I can branch out all my thoughts to facilitate certain points where the creative juices are flowing the strongest.
There you have it! These are the five ways I put a pencil to paper. I hope it helps all the new writers out there and hopefully you can work to find your own voice as well! Remember to share this article with your friends and family.