|Stories - Part One: Creating Stories|
Collect - Get background information before you start (People, places, situations).
Collate - Put it in categories with the people who know each other, situations that link up.
Analyse - See what the people involved want to do and how they want to do it.
Synthesise - Start building sequences from the blocks of information.
You do not have to start at page one and work through. Though some stories
may flow naturally, you can start at any point, even the end, and create
a series of situations, which can then be put together. Take an event
like someone finding a wallet with a large sum of money in it, and also
the details of the owner. Here are a few possibilities for development:
The finding of the wallet provides a dramatic situation that can be used in different places, and exploited in various ways.
Sherlock Holmes was based on a doctor who used deductive reasoning as
part of his methods. Moby Dick, Robinson Crusoe, and James Bond, can all
be traced back to real people and events.
Analysing existing stories is a good way to find structures and ideas for new stories.
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