From Idea to STORY
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How do you develop an idea? How do you come up with the details behind stories? Do you get them from reading books? Do you get them from modern concepts? Or do they just come to you (if so, lucky you XD)? How do you develop the world in which it takes place? People or settings first? Do you include cults/religions/mass groups? How do you come up with these groups?
-- Thoughtful Writer
In other words, what you want to know is:
How do you build a Story from an Idea?
Let's begin by breaking this huge pile of questions down to smaller, bite-sized pieces...
How do you develop an idea?
I start with a Climactic Event.
-- My ideas may originate from anything at all; from a piece of music to a picture I saw on the 'net, but to make a Story from those ideas I start with What I Want to Happen at the very heart of my story -- a central Climactic/Crisis Event. I then create a Plot Concept
It's actually kind of funny because I also create the story before the characters, but I only just realized it
Sometimes I create a story around a pre-made character, but it is SO much easier to do it the other way
This will help if I ever get stuck on a short story.
There are several interesting events in the Naruto series that are told but not shown. So I thought of making short stories for those events to show what might have happened. And also there are several minor characters, some only given names in the databooks, which would make for an interesting main character to do some stories about.