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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 19, 2014 - 6:08pm

I used to base stories around something like this: What is a well known aesop or moral known to you. Does it have an exception, now write about that exception.

It was when I was still experimenting with survival horror that I originally formed a story about the exception to the aesop "thou shalt not steal", with the natural theme sort of coming out that being about the sin of greed. Sort of an anti-aesop methodology.

And then usually I base it on an experience. Not a concrete experience memoiresque experience, but rather a sense of time or place I'm familiar with.

I'm not sure why I don't do that anymore. It used to be easier to get longer stories done that way as I didn't think about have linear plots as much as I do now.

Does anyone else have a formula they fall back on, if they don't outline? How has it worked for you?

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated May 20, 2014 - 5:36am

If you hit a road block, hurt the characters.  

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Angel Colón from The Bronx now living in New Jersey is reading A Big Ol' Pile of Books May 20, 2014 - 7:34am

Chandler's law: When in doubt, have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 20, 2014 - 4:52pm

Thanks I'll try that. Lol.