I don’t even know how it works.
So we’re back on the topic of me writing a story again, oh buoy. And let’s not even get started on the whole Blogger T&T thing, ’cause I’m probably not going to find time for that this week.
In any case, writing a story is hard. Coming up with a decent storyline is even harder. And then there’s the part where you need to piece together all the tiny fragments of the storyline you came up with in such a way that the flow is okay, all the important points come to light, the screentime per character is as balanced as it needs to be, and all that without creating plot holes.
This is kind of my problem right now. I’ve got so many little snippets of neat little story elements and plot devices, but I have no idea how to piece them together, and what to fill the remaining gaps with. But eh, I think my problem lies in the fact that I have, like, twenty-something characters that need good screentime so they can be fleshed out properly. It’s hard to create that many unique, entertaining, interesting characters. Most of them have got quite a few plot elements by now, but weaving in a personality in there is hard. Like, really fucking hard.
When I socialize with people I do see their personalities, sure, but it’s hard to put my finger on what makes them so unique. At best I point out some of the more obvious, stereotype-esque traits, and that’s that. If just observing already proves such a problem, creating is an even larger mountain to climb.
And then within the storyline there’s also plenty of character interaction. But when do I make them interact? How do they interact? Will they get to experience something interesting together, or will they just fight amongst themselves about trivial things?
Not to mention my “notes.txt” file is getting kind of messy as well. I should just grab myself some character creation cheat sheets and fill those in with the information I currently have, so I can rid the notes of the character information. Repeat for terminology, scenery, plot points, and then we’ve got it all neat and sorted.
But I won’t do that yet, since I get all OCD when I do stuff like that and just flip my shit for five minutes when I’m not sure where something should go. Ugh.
Any of you guys experience with, or tips for, piecing together your storyline from separate elements?