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I want to write a novel in which characters are gods from various mythologies but I can't think of an original enough plot. ?

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  • Andrew
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    2 months ago
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    Apparently you can't think of an original idea either. There are already heaps of stories about gods from different mythologies. It's doubtful that you'd bring anything new to the table even if you did have a halfway decent idea. Has it not occurred to you that it might be a good idea to actually sit down and study about the different mythologies themselves before attempting to write a story incorporating them? The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and the Norse didn't have television or comic books. And they didn't have The Bible either. The culture in which you developed is an amalgamation of all sorts of influences that have been pulled from all sorts of different sources. Writing a story about Heimdallr, Hermes and Horus is fine, but you would obviously need to be familiar with the mythology of each before you would be in a position to work them into a story, because if you think you can simply read a few articles online and then take characters that have been in existence for an incredibly long time and just wing it, you're wrong. That's not going to work. 

    Then there's the obvious question: Why do you want to write a novel if you haven't got a story to tell? The answer is, you don't. You don't want to actually write the novel, you want to have a completed novel with your name on it, which is not the same thing at all. And if you haven't got a story to tell, you've got nothing. Characters do not a novel make. And a novel is not a short and simple piece of writing. We're not talking about an Aesop's Fable here, we're talking about tens of thousands of words. A beginning, a middle and an ending. It will have to be a story that's detailed and complex enough to carry itself for 50,000 words. My last short story came in at around 19,000 words and change - nearly novella length. You would have to produce over two and a half times as much text. If you don't have the first clue what you're going to be writing about, it's doubtful that you'd hit that number. 

    Lastly, writing is not only about producing writing. Any fluent speaker of English who is literate can produce writing. But if you want to produce something engaging and interesting and meaningful, then you're going to need to practice, and you're going to need to polish up your work. You will have to produce a lot more than 50,000 words because a lot of what you produce is bound to be utter rubbish. It will need to be proofread, edited, revised, refined, rewritten, and you will have to execute one or more, possibly all of those steps, multiple times. Many people think that they have a novel in them, but upon sitting down to write, realise that there's more to it than just typing and promptly give up. 

    So my advice would be to read a great deal about mythology. Read the classics, not Rick Riordan or Neil Gaiman or any of that guff. You might just find that gods don't interest you and that you want to write about something completely different, which would be fine. You might as well read some other types of books while you're at it. Read some novels, read some short story collections. Read some non-fiction. And if you really wish to try your hand at writing, start out with a short story. Only a simple plot will be required, you won't need many characters, and the scope of things will be small enough so that you won't need to do an excessive level of planning. Writing a short story will enable you to see what goes into the writing process, what one needs to do before sitting down to write, and what one needs to do after the content has been committed to paper. 

    If you stick with it and become a real writer, one day some kid might come to you and say "I want to write, but I don't know what to write about", and perhaps you'll understand what it's like for me to see a question like this. 

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    If you want to write a story, or a book, the whole point is that the descriptions, the title, the plot, the characters, the names, the places - everything - has to come from YOU.

    If those things come from other people, it’s not YOUR story at all.

    And if you really can’t manage to invent those things, with no help from anyone else, you’re either not ready to write a story or you just aren’t interested enough.

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  • Amber
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Ideas are cheap and what it really comes down to is skill. This idea has been presented in books, movies, TV shows and plays. Gods from various mythologies have been written about for thousands of years. But then so have various other characters and historical events. Character and plot come hand in hand and you can't have one without the other, but characters are usually the driving force and it's their story we follow. Character and plot comes from goals and ambitions of those characters. Goals create conflict. 

    Start brain-storming. Starting learning about the various Gods and what goals and conflicts might arise. Are two Gods of war allies or enemies? Is Odin in conflict with Zeus? Does the Christian God feature in it at all? There are stories surrounding all these characters so see what ones could be used.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Some nerve. Believing "Myth" must be not real, rather than just forgotten times, and knowledge.

    Play the game "telephone" and that might answer you myth questions.

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  • 2 months ago

    Plot comes from conflict between characters. Conflict usually arises because one or more characters wants or fears something that's incompatible with something that another character or characters fear.

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  • Speed
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    There are various ways to "force" a plot if you already have characters.

    One is to pick a main character, then have the worst possible thing happen to them. I don't know world mythology well at all. What are some awful things that could happen to particular gods? How would each react? How might things resolve? There's your plot.

    Another is to play "what if" with a character and their situation. Most of the ideas will be stupid (mine are, anyway), but you can usually spin off some that are clever.

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    • Andrew
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      And while not every novel requires a brilliant plot, those that don't almost always make up for it by being stylistically engaging or impressive. It's doubtful that an inexperienced author would be able to produce a novel with a weak plot and weak prose. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Have them run for President of the USA.

    • Amber
      Lv 5
      2 months agoReport

      This lol

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