Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ray Bradbury on Where to Start

Curious how to start a book? Or wondering if your story is too complex? Author Ray Bradbury makes it simple with this quote.




If you've never seen the Disney movie, Something Wicked This Way Comes, watch it sometime. It's creepy, but really well done. The interesting thing about this movie is, in the end, you know what every character wanted, not just the heroes. And when characters want different things, it creates conflict, which creates good stories.

What does your main character want?

16 comments:

  1. All she wants is to see her family again.

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  2. In my story she wants revenge.

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  3. (Love that quote - wow!)
    In mine, she wants justice.

    -Koko :)

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  4. Well...in "Living Rain," my FMC wanted to get the rain back so no one would be hurt. My MMC wanted respect. In the sequel (which I'm currently struggling through getting back to writing), they both want the rain gone and after the midpoint, they want to save *spoiler*.

    In "Chords That Bind," my MC wants to be free to make her own choices.

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  5. In my story A Ticket to Yonder, my MMC Jamie wants to go to the magical land of Yonder. In another story, my MMC Valentine wants his life to have a purpose; Melody, the FMC, wants make up for her past misdeeds.

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  6. In my story my main character wants to be himself.

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  7. In my story all he wants is to prove he's better than his brother.

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  8. In my camp nano the MC wants power. The others want either love, fame, wealth, glory, to help the poor, or peace depending on who you ask. It's funny because this story I created the supporting cast and main cast specifically so each wanted something different that they're trying to achieve through roughly the same means. I also tried to pick something that wasn't inherently 'good' for most, and a few wants that are generally considered corrupt so that my cast is varied. But those with 'corrupt' wants, such as power, aren't villains.

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    1. And by 'same means' I mean that they have to work together.

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  9. I love that quote, I had never thought about it like that.
    In my WIP the MC wants to win a war, but her main flaw always gets in the way becasue she is too proud to go and ask for help.

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  10. She wants her family to be a whole part again, living peacefully at home without the destruction of raiders.
    - Katie

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  11. It's like this was posted especially for me:) I'm *attempting* to start on a new novel, but every time I sit down to write/plan, I get stumped. Thanks Mr. Bradbury!

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  12. Great quote! In the novel I'm currently editing, (working title Pitch Black Stars) Pitch, the MMC, starts out wanting to remember who he is, and then somewhere in the novel (still haven't quite pinned down the exact location yet) it changes to him just wanting to protect the girl he's adopted as his little sister.

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  13. My FMC wants to have a happy home in a place free form tyranny. She also wants to be able to do whatever she wants--a flaw that will get resolved.

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  14. I love hearing all these, you guys. This is great! Good job knowing what your characters want!

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  15. My main character wants to die. His brother wants him to live.

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