Storyline Idea

 IDEA...for Your Storyline

Most of us have a story we want to tell and a way we want to express it.  Whether your story is a drama, sci-fi, comedy, reality, horror, dramedy, etc. etc. EACH GENRE MUST INCLUDE A FIVE-WORD PHRASE IN YOUR STORY WHICH IS QUITE CLEAR TO SEE:

A PERSON WITH A PROBLEM!

WITH THIS, YOU ARE DESTINED TO HAVE CONTINUAL CONFLICT IN VIRTUALLY EVERY SCENE OF YOUR STORY!  AND THAT'S HOW IT SHOULD BE IN WRITING!

THIS MUST BE KNOWN BY YOU, AS A WRITER, BEFORE YOU CREATE THE FIRST CHARACTER OR BRING YOUR STORY TO LIFE.

Now, your story description can use more or less words.  For example, "Sally wants to find the killer of her husband and bring that swine to justice if she doesn't kill him first!"

With her husband murdered just before she's due to deliver their first and only child in the upcoming week, has totally taken Sally out of her comfort zone.  With a pregnancy due very very soon, this causes more of a challenge to her to progress than in another phase of her life where she could literally move around easier.  Who's to say that the killer will not make Sally the next target?  And say, that, Sally has been placed on bed rest and the doctor expresses that she must stay home and rest as much as possible because she and/or the baby can potentially die, if she does not rest and stay in bed?  Is this a ploy to make Sally an easy target or does the doctor truly have Sally and her baby's best interest at heart?  It can seem one way and totally turn out a different way entirely than any of us had ever imagined! 

With a dangerous disruption in her normal daily activities, Sally has to find the killer and have him taken care of before he murders the child she will deliver soon (as the note on their door implied) once she delivers.  She has to go against her health issues and the doctor's wishes for her husband's seed to live on!  This is a serious problem for Sally.  She has to be a trooper all the way!  With this, once we see things that Sally has already done, like rescue a child from a car just before it catches fire or trying to resuscitate her husband but, he still dies.  We see some backstory on how they met.  He may have saved her in the past and she swore she would return the favor one day, but didn't get this chance.  We, as an audience, with these dynamics, want to root for Sally to reach her goal and most likely take this evil person to justice in one form or another.  With this type of rooting for Sally, we want to read this story on the screen pages or see it on the screen all the way through until the end!  Each scene in this story should capture our attention with the conflicts as often as possible and have us on edge until the end of the story. 

You see...an idea can DEVELOP AND EXPAND SO MUCH MORE CLEARLY FROM just a few words IN YOUR DESCRIPTION, like mentioned above.  There are numerous conflicting layers you can have fun in creating that will also capture many people's attention!  This way, you will have much fun and enjoyment during the whole writing process; the crew will have fun making the production; and the audiences will go to the theater and/or turn on their TVs or set their recorders in a flash to see your enticing SCREEN creation!  It all STARTS with your captivating idea and developing it from there!

 
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FURTHER DEVELOPING YOUR STORY IDEAS

Once you've determined your idea and which type of characters you will incorporate in your storyline, start jotting this information down.  In case you forget, take a moment to write the key idea down, where you can see it.  Ideas will fly away at times.  Make sure it doesn't happen to you!!!

Your main character has a specific goal or destination to reach in the story.They want to SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IN SPITE OF ANYTHING THAT COMES AGAINST THEM!  This must be SHOWN IN YOUR STORY, not simply discussed.  REMEMBER THIS TERM...SHOW IT, DON'T TELL IT!  The goal has to be something that your main character, your “star” (Protagonist/Good Guy/Gal) wants deeply and 150% and will not turn back until their goal is reached. 

As well, the antagonist/bad guy or gal is set on stopping the protagonist from reaching his/her goal.  Your characters don’t have leisure time in your screen/stage stories.  Every scene is set up to where your main character gets closer and closer to his/her goal until he/she reaches it at the end of the story! 

There may be things that will cause him/her (your main character—as we humans typically do) to reconsider or pause for a moment after encountering certain conflicts or “road blocks,” in the midst of taking steps to carry out our goals, but this main character must continue on regardless of the odds coming against him/her.  This can be listed in their backstory (which you will see discussed on this site) and included in a scene (or more) in the story.

Example: Christ, just before they captured Him to crucify Him, He was deeply praying to the Father to take the 'cup' (option) away from Him, so he wouldn’t be crucified.  We see this in "The Passion of the Christ" as well as scripture.  Jesus later saw the benefit of reaching His goal of being the perfect Sacrifice for us and then said to God, “...not My will, but Thine, be done” and soon, he got right back on track to reach His goal, to be the perfect sacrifice for us human beings.   

ALSO, CONFLICT:  To keep the drama heightened, there should always be conflict between characters and in the story overall.  Is it spiritual?  Is it racial?  Is it educational?  Is it socioeconomic?  Is it values based?  Is it beliefs?  Is it familial?  Is it environmental?...

It’s stated that some type of conflict must be in each and every scene in one way or another.  Yes, even in comedies.  For example, in a movie let's say, where Steve Martin plays in, a conflict in a scene could be him having the toughest time keeping his tie on strait, while he's at the dinner table, talking to the Queen of England, trying to keep himself from getting arrested!  Though this can be visibly hilarious, it can be quite easily A MAJOR CONFLICT FOR HIS CHARACTER!  And Steve Martin is an actor who does his roles ever so wonderfully well!  This makes the story interesting and engages us as viewers.  Conflict can be summarized in four following ways:  

A)    Conflict with Self

B)    Conflict with Others
C)    Conflict with Nature
D)    Conflict with the Supernatural

Some basic Genres your story can fall into includes: (A) DRAMA, (B) COMEDY,

(C) SCI-FI, (D) MYSTERY, (E) DRAMEDY, ETC. ETC...
 
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