Friday, 29 January 2016

Creating Story Plots

Recently I stumbled across an interesting idea for coming up with new story plots when your stuck for ideas or facing the dreaded writers block, so I thought I would give it a try and share my results with you!

The idea is called a 'Word Bowl'.


So what you do is think of a list of random words relating to the genre that you want to write in. You then write each of these words on a small strip of paper, fold the pieces of paper up and put them all into a bowl. Jumble them around a bit to make sure they are all mixed up and you don't know what word is on what piece of paper, then pick 4,5 or 6 at random. You can pick however many you want, I decided to pick 6.


The words you picked from the bowl form the basis for the plot of your story. Now all you have to do is connect them together and add any embellishments and extras as you think of them.

The 6 words I got were;
Nightmare
Gods
Pirates
Capture
Caves
Prophecy

Putting these words together I came up with this story plot;

Hero has a Nightmare in which the Gods reveal to him a Prophecy.
To fulfil the Prophecy he must journey across the kingdom to the secret Caves of the trolls to find a sacred artifact of the Gods.
On the journey he gets Captured by bloodthirsty Pirates and must find a way to escape.


The plot is only a loose one but that's where your imagination comes in. Now that you have a basic idea for where your story can go you can get to work on filling in the gaps and adding some extras.
I really like this way of coming up with story plots. Because you don't know what words your going to get it is totally random and finding a way to connect them together is great fun.
I would definitely use this method again if I got stuck for ideas or if I just fancied doing something a bit different and seeing what sort of plot I ended up with.

If you did this three or four times you could also combine parts of all the plots you came up with to create a bigger more elaborate plot, or you could run the plots alongside one another in a novel or novella.

On a side note, I also thought this might be a really fun game to play with friends over a few drinks in the evening.

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