A recent session at Faber, Kidnapping A Character, brought up a very interesting question.
Most writers have their own way of working. They either start with a story idea, then make up characters to fit it. Or they start with a character and then make up a story that fits.
Personally, I’ve done it both ways, and I can’t really say which one I prefer.
But I’ve never tried the method where you come up with 2 totally unrelated characters and write a scene where they meet. It was amazing to hear the interesting stories that had started to develop from 2 complete strangers having a chance meeting (during a 20 minute writing session). It’s definitely a technique I will be trying out again in the future.
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Like most things in writing there is no right or wrong way to do things, but out of curiosity which do you start with?
- I’m a pantser. (smpauthors.wordpress.com)
- Where to Get Story Ideas (shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com)
- Facing your character(s)… (diedreblake.wordpress.com)
- Know Your Character (thewearywriter.com)
- Writing Character: Challenge of the Character Most Like Yourself – Part 1 (elissafield.wordpress.com)