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Trying to formulate a story line ??? Not very good at it

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posted on Jan, 4 2015 @ 07:18 PM
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If you have trouble coming up with a plot, you can always start with one of the standards. In one popular view there are 20 basic plots and all stories depend on at least one of them. I have seen articles in magazines and such stating other numbers of basic plots ranging from 3 up to 36. The list of 20 I saw was pretty good:
1.Quest
2.Adventure
3.Pursuit
4.Rescue
5.Escape
6.Revenge
7.The Riddle
8.Rivalry
9.Underdog
10.Temptation
11.Metamorphosis
12.Transformation
13.Maturation
14.Love
15.Forbidden Love
16.Sacrifice
17.Discovery
18.Wretched Excess
19.Ascension
20.Descension.

When all else fails, I will start with someone else's work and just type it until my own words start taking over. That's a great trick and it works very well. Just remember to either give credit to the original author or rewrite the beginning. ;-)




posted on Jan, 4 2015 @ 07:51 PM
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a reply to: HelenConway

Thank you all so much for your help and advice .. I am going to do a plot plan and chapt4 by this weekend :]
I really do appreciate you sharing your expertise.



posted on Jan, 5 2015 @ 08:52 PM
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I don't write stories per se but screenplays.

My inspiration came after reading this book....

www.amazon.com...

and using this software...

www.celtx.com...

Good luck with what ever platform you decide to pursue!!



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