I have been asked numerous times what the best part of being a writer is… I usually reply that it is the start, when the page is still blank and waits for the words to show up on the monitor. But, to be honest, I’m not really sure that’s true. In fact, I think, there are several steps that are just as much fun than starting to type…
1. Drafting the plot
2. Finding a motive
3. Creating the protagonist and antagonist
4. Finding the perfect location
5. Thinking of plot twists
6. Create side characters
[7. Depending on the story, maybe even create a world]
Of course, crime story writers work differently than fantasy writers do. Now, since I write fantasy, but wrote a crime story out of my fantasy series, let me start with the fun part on both…
Part I – Drafting A Plot
‘The Council of Twelve’ series generally starts with a new charkacter being introduced to the readers. Since I just started to draft a new book, I would like to be careful not to give away too much. But imagine my thoughts are going into the following direction:
A New Consort
What Is She?
How Does She Meet The Council Of Twelve?
Why Does She Meet Them?
What Complicates The Situation?
Who Is Her Consort?
How Are The Problems Going To Show Up?
What Does The Council Of Twelve Do To Solve The Problem?
What Is The New Consort’s Part In The Fight Good Vs. Evil?
How Is This Story Going To Open A Spot For The Next Story?
When it comes to drafting a new crime story, my first draft was lighter and only contained a few questions:
Who Is The Victim?
Who Is The Perpetrator?
What Is The Motive?
Who Are The Suspects?
Who Is The Investigator?
Before these questions are not answered, I won’t start to write. There are a whole lot of notes to take, and during the plot draft, more questions will inevitably show up. A book rises and falls with the plot, and it has to be worked out very carefully. If the reader at the end is left with too many lose ends, the book is either no good, or it’s part of a series and the questions are supposed to be answered in the next part.
Saving time on the plot draft is not the best time saved. Of course, I can only talk about myself and what is fun for me, but this is the first fun step of telling a new story for me.
If you’re a writer and have something to add, or if you’re a reader and would like to ask questions, the post is open to comments.
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