WEEK 4: BUILDING YOUR STORY

  1. Developing the detail of your character will help you arrive at your story. And discovering causality – what causes your character to do things or to be the way they are – will give you plot. But how do you develop that plot?

    Keeping a writer’s notebook

    What have you written in your writer’s notebook so far? Find out how other writers use theirs and how you can develop a ‘notebook habit’.

    1. 4.1
      HOW YOU MIGHT USE YOUR NOTEBOOK

      VIDEO (01:00)

    2. 4.2
      WHY TAKE NOTES AND WHAT TO NOTE

      ARTICLE

    3. 4.3
      RESEARCH

      ARTICLE

    4. 4.4
      DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO RESEARCH

      DISCUSSION

    5. 4.5
      THE NOTEBOOK HABIT

      ARTICLE

  2. A page with the word 'Plot' written down.

    Character and plot

    A plot is not simply a story. It’s a succession of events with causality highlighted. Making use of the handy question ‘What if?’, you will now be developing your own plots.

    1. 4.6
      WHAT IS PLOT?

      ARTICLE

    2. 4.7
      DEVELOPING YOUR PLOT LINE

      ARTICLE

    3. 4.8
      WHAT IF?

      ARTICLE

    4. 4.9
      WRITING CHARACTER

      ARTICLE

  3. A page with the word 'Ideas' written down.

    Ideas for stories

    Ideas for the starting points for stories can come from many different directions. Even ordinary situations can seem extraordinary by a new or surprising insight.

    1. 4.10
      HOOKED BY LINES AND IMAGES

      VIDEO (01:25)

    2. 4.11
      HUNCHES THAT MATTER

      ARTICLE

    3. 4.12
      WRITING ABOUT PERSONAL CONCERNS

      ARTICLE

    4. 4.13
      DRAMATISING CONCERNS

      QUIZ

    5. 4.14
      REFLECTING ON CONCERNS AND IDEAS

      DISCUSSION

    6. 4.15
      EXTRAORDINARY VERSUS ORDINARY

      ARTICLE

    7. 4.16
      SUMMARY OF WEEK 4

      ARTICLE

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