The short story of vengeful Felicity is now complete and what a piece of work she turned out to be. In the previous blogs I tried a variety of techniques gleaned from creative writing books. Now I can conclude how useful, or not, they were to me over the course of writing the story.
Theory says everything should be related to proving the premise, else it shouldn’t be there. Well, I found the premise ‘Murderous revenge leads to peace of mind’. The first part was derived easily from the inciting incident where Felicity goes way over the top in Continue reading “12. What I’ve learnt”
For my short story about the murderess (she has a name now, Felicity) I am trying out a six step formula, which I read about in an article in ‘Writing’ magazine. Here it is:
- Present your character with a problem.
- Create an incident that intensifies the problem. Continue reading “8. Formula and Plot system”
Premise is a thing that divides, like plotters v pantsters, black v white, or even Brexit losers and winners. Ok, maybe not quite that extreme. I haven’t studied all the arguments for and against but, I know I want one for this story. Premise nearly always gets a mention in ‘how to write’ books and I even have a whole book dedicated to the subject. However, as I just want to find one and then get on with writing; I’m going to use the method in the book below to reel it in.
Continue reading “6. The Premise”
Conflict, conflict, … it is so important I can’t say it enough. Now we have womanising Nathaniel, we need conflict in the story. Without it the reader will be bored, and I will be even more bored, the story will be a corpse. We get conflict by giving Nataniel a dilemma.
Continue reading “5. Conflict, conflict, conflict,”
I was born Nathaniel Fripp under the star sign of Aquarius in the year of our lord Nineteen eighty seven.
Mum and Dad got married young, they were both in their early twenties. From an early age I sensed they didn’t get on. Probably why they only had one child, me. They are still together now, I don’t visit often as I don’t like to see how much they loath each other and can’t understand why they don’t just breakup. Dad is a good looking bloke for someone in their late fifties and he has always been a snappy dresser. It was one of the few things I admired about him, he looked good, and he dressed well.
Continue reading “4. Nathaniel Fripp, in his own words”
All stories have a germ of an idea to start. That germ can be anything, for me it is a notion that I’d like to write about a prolific womaniser who has a system.
‘Character first’, every book on creative writing I own alludes to this, so it must be right. So the next blog is a character biography of my womaniser, Nataniel Fripp