Stories abound around us everywhere – in the news, on YouTube, TV and reality shows. It’s said that there are no new stories and as writers, it’s up to us to… put a different spin on old story lines. There’s some truth to this and the saying that “fact is stranger than fiction.”
By Wanda Kight
A technique I use to spark creativity is to mix and match. By that I mean putting two opposing sides together – old and young, black and white, rap artist and classical musician, conservative and liberal. From there the conflict naturally develops. I start with a story line but get started on character development immediately. Who is the protagonist and what does he or she need and want? What is preventing him from getting this and why? What are the obstacles thrown in his way?
When you have trouble thinking of a new story, try linking two unlikely people or situations together. What would an older black police officer and a young Korean woman know about each other? A housewife and a murderer? A tennis champ and reverend? A sex addict and used car salesman? Using this technique may help you develop compelling story lines. Whether it’s a thriller, action, drama or comedy, story beats can be produced.
Hope this helps you in your quest for screenwriter domination. See you on the red carpet.