A story, a story, my kingdom for a story!
November 30, 2011 7:45 AM Subscribe
I can write fiction, but nothing I write ever seems to be a coherent story. How do I write a story?
posted by Senza Volto to writing & language (31 answers total) 96 users marked this as a favorite
I write 1000 words of fiction everyday for creative writing practice, but most of my writing seems to wander around, describe experiences or conversations that even I don't really understand. These conversations are like eavesdropping on someone's else's - they're completely out of context and boring.
But the meat of my issues with creative writing is that I just can't seem to come up with a plot or a story when I write. In all the fiction I've churned out, I haven't written a single one that can be defined as a story with a plot, conflict and resolution. There are no colourful characters that interact in interesting ways. Often there's just the protagonist character, who isn't interesting at all, wandering about and experiencing things or talking bland stuff with people.
I just can't seem to come up with anything decent and I've been doing this creative writing business for a few months now. It's been bugging me for as long as I can remember.
How do I come up with stories and plots? Is there a guide or something that helps explain this?