How do you come up with a plot if you've already got characters?
To anyone who comes up with characters before plot- what techniques do you use?
I've started writing a couple of times but have had to start again because I haven't given myself enough plot to work with. I'm contemplating just using a simple, genric kind of plot to get going and developing it from there.
Anyone have any tips from your own experience? Thanks in advance ;)
- Anonymous2 months ago
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Pray to your guardian angel to have normal sleep. Vyacheslav Krasheninnikov was the last prophet before Apostle John (who wrote the Book of Revelation), Enoch, Elijah, resurrected Seraphim of Sarov, and resurrected Sergius of Radonezh will preach against the antichrist. Humans were created about 7525 years ago. Birds participate in time creation. It's a sin to kill birds. Dinosaurs live under our level; they will get out through sinkholes and lakes; to kill them, go for their nerves. Save the birds; but kill the dinosaurs. First dinosaur will come out of Volga River in Russia. Scientists don't see dinosaurs under our level because of radiation. Sinkholes happen because people dig for resources underground and because earth is heating up. Demons grow human skin (from a sample taken during abduction) and put it on so as to look like us. Demons will invite people to be healed inside their UFOs; those who go will be like zombies after. 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Lipstick contains cells of aborted fetuses, dog fat, and placenta; human flesh is in McDonalds, Pepsi, toothpaste, antiaging, anticancer, vaccines, perfume, etc.; that's why you should not be using anything that modern society has to offer. You're better off hiding within a 10-12 people group in order to escape Apocalypse. During Apocalypse, Chrtistians will eat dirt from under pussywillowtree as it's filled with tears of Theotokos Virgin Mary; this water will flee if a 666ed person tries to get it. Barcode is Druid black magic curse; QRcode is Mayan curse; when food is scanned, it becomes dead because laser is a substance from demons. Don't go into a UFO to be healed by demons. Green 666 is given by isotope rays on wrist or forehead when people stretch hands to receive small plastic grey card with no name on it (World Passport). It doesn't just have to be during this procedure (could be anything you sign up for or anywhere where there is a secret scanner); biometrics (fingerprints, eyes scan) or getting picture for passport are very dangerous because they could mark you secretly. Gabriel Urgebadze said that they do it on index finger when they scan your finger. Basically, try to avoid new documents at all cost. Police will microchip and isotope ray people on highways. Chipped people will be influenced by computers to take grey plastic card; but when they do, green mark by isotope rays is given on forehead/wrist. Food stores will isotope ray people too. Antichrist will also release prisoners to mark people. Reject 666 at all cost because it leads to permanent hell. If you're about to be marked, pray the Jesus prayer. Hide with Orthodox Christians to escape 666; leave all electronics behind so that antichrist's minions can't track you; burn documents because they're from Satan. The Most Holy Trinity gives you a name during baptism; devil gives an antiname during antibaptism (ex. Social Security Number). People who die with these Satanic documents go to concentration camp in hell to await Final Judgement; once the BEAST Computer is burned down, souls will be released for Final Judgement. That's why you should give back documents of your deceased relatives back to the gov't so that the gov't cancels these digital antichristian names given during antibaptism by the beast system; or just burn these documents because gov't could get upset and could send demons to mark you because of this outright act of defiance. Prophecy from half a millennium ago describes Final Judgement like this: Jesus was very upset with people who had little boards (plastic cards) in their hands because they wanted discount from the antichrist. Give to charity in the name of Archangel Michael; he rescues people from temporary hell twice a year [at midnight September 18-19 and similarly on November 20-21; pray at these times on your knees remembering the deceased by names (adding "and relatives by flesh up to Adam") so that they are rescued if they're in hell] (or brings them up a level, that is, to a level with less punishment; eventually, people are freed). Feed the pigeons; when pigeons bow down, people are saved from temporary hell. It's a big sin to remember the dead with wreaths (because demons put these wreaths on their necks if they're in hell with their hands tied up behind their back while hanging by their hands), meat, alcohol, sweets, and worldly music. Demons print icons of saints in newspapers so that you throw these newspapers in the trash blaspheming these saints. Crosses on soles of shoes and back of pants are blasphemy. Demons make carpets with crosses and put them on sidewalks so that people walk on crosses. Playing cards mock how Jesus suffered on the cross: clubs (cross on which Jesus was crucified), diamonds (four nails Jesus was crucified with), hearts (sponge with vinegar that Jesus was given to drink),spades (spear with which Jesus was pierced).Cremation is devil worship; only blasphemers such as Lenin should be burned; if Lenin is buried, earth will be polluted, and China will attack Russia because of this.After China attacks Russia, Ruski Orthodox Tsar (shown by resurrected Seraphim of Sarov) will come to power in Russia;this Tsar will slay traitors inside church and gov't; as a result, Russia will be the only country not under the antichrist.Ecumenism = 263 heresies;each heresy leads to hell. In 2006 in Moscow (that's why Moscow will sink),representatives from most religions signed a document where it says that all religions worship the same Supreme Being [aka the devil]. Priests who participate in ecumenism will have Pagans walking on their heads in hell. Arkhimandrite Antonin Kapustin left a prophecy that Church of All Russian Saints in Gorny Monastery, Ein Karem, Israel will be blessed by forerunner of antichrist; Patriarch Kirill of Russia and Mark of Berlin blessed this church in 2007. When priests pray for current gov't (instead of praying for future Tsar),Jesus gets up from His throne and turns His back to them. Forgive me.Source(s): Women wear headscarves tied at the front to prevent headaches from sky pushing down and to prevent throat cancer. Mega-tsunami for New York will be 400 meters; then engulfed-in-lava Los Angeles will be flooded too; also, asteroid destroys Gulf of Mexico; only Alaska, Eurasia, and Africa remain (obviously without coasts). 1st big earthquake in Russia; 2nd bigger one in China (will be split in half; radiation!); 3rd biggest will be in the USA (Greek Orthodox monk Elidiy from Africa); forgive me.
- AndrewLv 73 months ago
How do you come up with a meal when you've got a kilo of flank steak? How do you come up with a song when you've got a couple of chords? Characters are ingredients, not a recipe or a melody. Just because you've got a can of tuna and a jar of peanut butter, that doesn't mean that you've got to use both at once. If you haven't got a story to tell, having characters isn't going to do anything for you. And who's to say that the characters you developed will be right for whatever plot you devise? Or that they'll all blend into the same story well? Put them aside and develop a plot, then see if they fit into it or not. Characters are meant to fit the story, not the other way around.
- TinaLv 73 months ago
I literally do not understand what you mean.
The reason for writing is that you want to tell a story.
If you haven't got a story you want to tell, what is the point in writing?
- Elaine MLv 73 months ago
Think of a genre you're interested in ---
Decide what basic idea you want from them in that genre---
adventure takes them somewhere
they have to save something
they're lost and need to travel to get someplace safe
someone is trying to kill them
they are trying to kill someone/something else
they have to deliver something
Then you decide HOW they're going to do this accomplishment, you put in sections of choices they have to make and what happens because of those choices.
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- AthenaLv 73 months ago
WHY would you come up with characters if you do not have anything for them to do ?
- u_bin_calledLv 73 months ago
Create backstories for your characters, not just descriptions. Write about where their places of origin, their families and relationships. Don't just create personalities for them, write about the things in their lives that shaped who they are.
In creating lives for them you not only get in the habit of building "plots" but also points where their lives might interact and conflict. Use those "intersections" to build your main story.
- SpeedLv 73 months ago
I nearly always create character first. I make sure I don't just know who they are now but how they came to be that person--their family, background, upbringing. I know their opinions, weaknesses, disappointments, hopes, biases, daydreams, all that sort of thing.
Next I go with what their day to day life is like.
And then I have tragedy strike. Having something really bad happen to your main character, based on a purposeful act by another character (who is the hero in his own story), creates the necessary conflict and produces a goal, and voila, we've got a plot brewing.
- 3 months ago
Plot arises from conflict between characters, and is the exploration of how that conflict is resolved (or not resolved, if you're writing literary fiction or the next epic fantasy series ;-) )
Conflict arises because one or more characters want something that's incompatible with something that another character or characters want. A simple example is two men who want to marry the same woman. Unless their society allows polygamy and everybody's cool with it, they can't both have her, so you can get a story out of this conflict and its resolution.
- FaitheLv 63 months ago
You are probably aware that in any book of quality, the main character has a serious weakness and definite strengths. Imagine a situation that would hit your character especially hard considering your character's weakness, and how your character would use his or her strengths - or develop strengths never known - to overcome the situation and come out better.
- yet-knish!Lv 73 months ago
If the characters you have are fleshed out enough, you should be able to imagine what sorts of things they would do. So you could write about them doing stuff and hope a plot forms eventually.
Suggestion from a non-writer.