Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Basics of Fiction

Hi and welcome Writers and would-be-writers,
We're going to look at writing fiction. Before we start we're going to de-mystify as much as possible the writing process. Fiction is composed of:
  • Plot or storyline
  • Characters
  • Locations

Your plot or storyline is what your short story, novel or play is about. You should be able to condense your plot/storyline in no more than 25 words.

Characters are the emperor of fiction writing. Chose carefully; know intimately and empathise with both their strengths and weaknesses.

Locations are the sites where you set your action. They may be as exotic or as mundane as you chose but ideally look to balance location to action - the right location can be a great enhancer.

Your exercise is to:

  • decide on story
  • create at least 3 characters
  • chose locations



  • Storyboarding
  • Lateral
  • Cameo Writing

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