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Random Thoughts on Getting Started with Story: Princess Story Ideas

People searching for ‘princess story ideas’ often wind up at my blog, where of course there are no ‘princess story ideas’ — yet. I guess the search engine picks up on ‘notahollywoodprincess’ and the category ‘story ideas’ and sends them … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: I hate you/I love you

I’m a sucker for the hate you/love you plot. You know the story. Girl meets boy. Girl hates boy. Girl catches boy. Girl throws boy back then gets teary when she realises that girl really really loves boy. Or vice … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: A further thought on star-crossed lovers

If you are interested in the star-crossed lovers plot you might go back to the Bronte sisters who mastered this plot in the mid-19th century. Both Charlotte’s novel Jane Eyre and Emily’s story Wuthering Heights are masterful examples of the … Continue reading

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The Never-ending Narrative Syndrome: Write a single scene

I wrote recently that sometimes the problem of not being able to end your narrative can be more a problem of not knowing how and where to begin. One suggestion I have for writing your story in a short narrative … Continue reading

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The Never-ending Narrative Syndrome One: Start in the Middle

Sometimes the most difficult part of writing a story is knowing where to begin. You may know what your story is going to be about, who the characters are, what the main idea is and how the story needs to … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: the star-crossed lovers

Last week I talked about how most stories are new versions of old stories. Revisiting one of these universal plots is a good way of getting an idea for a new story. Today I’d like to talk about one of … Continue reading

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Universal Plots: the unlikely hero on a quest

It’s hard to write a completely new story. Most stories are new versions of old stories. The characters might be a little different, the setting might change but the plot is similar to ones that have been written before. There’s … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on getting started with story: creating the central conflict

Have you ever started a story then given up because it seems weak and pointless? Have you ever written a story that seems to drag on forever yet goes nowhere? Perhaps this is because your story has no point of … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on getting started with story: have a character find something unusual in an unexpected place.

For example: Two seven-year-old boys discover a strange looking bottle in the school sandpit. When one of them wipes it on his shirt to clean it a genie appears in the middle of the schoolyard. (chapter book) When twin eggs … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on getting started with story: create a character with a secret and have someone discover it

For example: A lonely boy befriends a stray dog but his parents won’t let him have pets. He hides the dog in his room, taking him out for walks when his parents aren’t around. However, his parents discover his secret … Continue reading

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