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How to derive a storyline from a beginning?

Every writer has their own way. In a very general sense you either write as a discovery or write with a plan. It seems like you have a good idea. Write it. Since you haven't discovered your next step ...
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How to derive a storyline from a beginning?

You have an inciting incident and a protagonist. I think something is off about one of them. Your protagonist is under-developed, or your inciting incident is under-developed. In a typical story, ...
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Working out details of a technology concept

The best way to explore the implications of any idea is to write about it. Write an origin story for your technology; then write about its first presentation to the public and the resulting upheaval. ...
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How do you get solid concepts and stop scrapping ideas?

Let me recommend Stephen King's (and my own) approach, "Discovery Writing." In this approach, you don't begin with a plot, you let the plot develop as you write. Instead, you begin with a ...
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How to derive a storyline from a beginning?

A story is about one or more characters. These need not be human, and they need not necessarily even be living beings (a story about an AI's struggle for equality could make an interesting sci-fi ...
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What editor can I use for world building that has a tree-like structure for my files?

Give Scrivener a try. It’s designed for long-form writing, such as novels, screenplays and dissertations. Each Scrivener file contains multiple documents: the stuff you write and other files you ...
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Is it odd to have a bunch of characters with unique personalities and gimmicks in one place?

I think one answer to your question is found in comic books. Would there have been a Lex Luthor without superman? Would the molemen have attacked if it weren't for the existence of the Fantastic ...
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How to derive a storyline from a beginning?

What you need is inspiration - try throwing a coin The problem is that you only have the start - but not the end. Without knowing where you want to go it will be hard to flesh out the middle part ...
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Details: How do you describe a character's clothing in a story?

Do not say "written boldly", everybody knows what a "football shirt" looks like. A "football shirt" is a "jersey", the reader will know it is a football jersey by any single mention of football. ...
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Working out details of a technology concept

The British science-fiction Bob Shaw described this process in relation to his concept of slow glass. He devised the idea of a form of glass where light passed it extremely slowly and went on to write ...
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Working out details of a technology concept

To what the others have said, I will add the following: Your new technology must have its limitations. There must be times, places, circumstances and/or purposes in which this technology cannot be ...
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How to extrapolate a spectacular crime from everyday ones

A crime written in the newspaper is largely boring. Someone stole something, killed someone, the more interesting parts of the crime are hardly written in public papers. If you want to write good ...
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How to extrapolate a spectacular crime from everyday ones

I have worked as a police inspector for some time and I can tell that there is no normal crime. When you start exploring the motives and the criminal's psychology it becomes very interesting. I'd ...
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What is the best way to generate ideas?

Often, it is not the questions about a potential story idea that we ask ourselves to invoke inspiration; it's the questions about life we ask ourselves that tend to want us to create an answer. What ...
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How to derive a storyline from a beginning?

To get an end from a beginning, ask three questions: 1) What changes? 2) What stays the same? 3) What changes, and then changes back? In Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta's relationship changes, so ...
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How do you know if your story concepts contradict each other?

I don't think they make sense together, if the queen has no political power, she is just a pretty prop or puppet that has to do as the men decide. You say she does not rule "directly", that is ...
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How specific should I get when brainstorming with what-if exercise?

I don't think the specifics matter that much, what you are looking for is dividing lines that can create conflict. In your example, say you decide the son doesn't want to work with his father. That ...
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Possible location of impact injury?

Being hit by a truck would be a plausible cause for those injuries Now this is a morbid question. I really hope you're not asking us to provide you with an alibi to tell to the police... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ...
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Writing a character that only the protagonist hears/understands (kinda like R2D2)

I would suggest that you write the doll as if she has dialog like a normal character and have her "talk" while you are writing. I call this the "Groot Script" after a leak from Avengers: Infinity War ...
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When it comes to superhero stories, would an audience be accepting of a weak character that is superhuman?

No, in fact to me, the more god-like and invulnerable a character is, the less heroic he is. What do they have to be afraid of? What makes them struggle? If you are invulnerable, it is not "...
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Working backwards from "Delete the people, keep the math and jazz." (SciFi short story)

You’ve a start at an idea. And, as you’ve recognized an idea isn’t a story. The term for the next step is Pre-writing. The web is full of differing processes and ideas on this subject. One process ...
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How to derive a storyline from a beginning?

The answer in this case is fairly simple but at the same time pretty complex: What drives your characters to some kind of development? In fact: Even if you set up your story around a hero, the hero ...
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Details: How do you describe a character's clothing in a story?

Try using more visual details for the reader. Incorporate multiple senses. How does the jersey look, besides the number? How is the player running? Is he quick or lumbering? Describe the player: what'...
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What is the best way to generate ideas?

Answers to this question are obviously going to be pretty opinion based. Here is mine! I look for problems people will struggle to solve, for some reason, because to me this is the essence of a plot: ...
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How to derive a storyline from a beginning?

My advice is to look for the conflict that interests you. If you have conflict, you can have players on both sides and that conflict can guide you to possible conclusions. -- I think it's likely that ...
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What editor can I use for world building that has a tree-like structure for my files?

Based on the answers, specifically this answer to the question What software is available for keeping and organising notes about your world? on our sister site WorldBuilding.SE I would recommend ...
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How do you know if your story concepts contradict each other?

The Iroquois Confederacy had something similar where women were the more dominant political power of the sexes, but they were more democratic than monarchical. Basically women would lead local ...
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How specific should I get when brainstorming with what-if exercise?

Not a direct answer to "how specific", but a technique you might find useful not to get bogged down in details: instead of writing a list, make it a tree. In your example, "writer", "actor", "...
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