Making the Leap: Fan Fiction to Original Work
I really want to start writing my first original story but I have no idea where to start! I’ve written lots of fanfiction stories because it’s easier when you already have a starting point and characters to work off of; but I’m ready to start something completely from scratch. Where do I start?
First, good on you! The leap from fan fiction to original work can be a daunting one.
Second, where to start. Any story begins with an idea. Just the one; that really is all you need to kick things off. It might be a character idea, or just a character’s name, a setting, a single plot idea.
One really good place to start with this is prompts. Here are a few Tumblr blogs that post regular writing prompts:
There are many more; search the tags for ‘writing prompts’. There are other great ways to find inspiration too. Try visiting Flickr and exploring ‘recent photos’, see if anything sparks off an idea. Visit Wikipedia and pull up a random article. Visit coffee shops and eavesdrop on conversations. Visit a junk shop and find an interesting object; think about the person who might have owned it.
Try using a Character Chart to build up an understanding of who your characters are.
And start small. you don’t need to jump straight into writing a novel. Try writing flash fiction, or just individual scenes.
Hope all that helps. Good luck!
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