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- Jan 4, 2018
- North-east England
This is a follow-on from HareBrain's thread about critical choice and the eight-point arc for a story. Several people expressed the opinion that this kind of analysis interfered with their creativity or imagination. So my question is, how do you go about stretching, exercising and pushing the boundaries of your imagination?
I find consideration of plot elements, character types, scene structure and such to be a good tool for identifying what I've done In a story and then forcing myself to do something different. For example, I recently realized that I'd never written a story with an unreliable narrator, so I sat down and wrote one. The choice of narrator shaped everything from the basic plot elements to character interactions and that forced me to write in a different way. It forced me to be more imaginative.
I'm definitely not saying that's the only way to approach this. I also work at the level of "this scene is boring, how can I give it some punch". For me, however, that method won't get me very far unless I've first done some experimenting with my characters and world.
I eagerly await your pearls--golden apples, even--of wisdom!