The Novelry Blog
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Here's how to create a story:
1. Know it
An experience or circumstances of which you have direct knowledge as a participant or an outsider looking in
2. See it
Translate it - to a different time or place or different gender main character - to create arms-length distance to get a more 'divine' perspective on the matter
3. Apply Pity
Feel for the flaw or failing of the hero taking this journey and appreciate their charisma (magic or personal charm which will prove an amulet to protect them and deliver them to a safe place to find themselves 'beloved' on this earth)
flaw + charisma
4. Own it
Take your most loved book of all time, consider why you love it. If it's a genre - a period of history, or speculative treatment sci-fi or fantasy - or a human psycho-drama or thriller - now's the time to own up to it. What is it about it? A mood? A place? A mode of discourse? A kind of human intimacy? A sense that anything is possible or that everything is impossible. Humour?...
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