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IMAGINING THE FICTIONAL STORY
There have been many who have stated that having a good imagination is an asset when creating a fictional written story. The what if meditative practice is often followed by some writers as they question their ideas and thoughts before converting them into written words and creating the plot of their story.
Certain writers who research various real life situations can often find inspiration for a story theme from a location, or from some specific individuals who have carried out special interesting deeds; or the details could be interwoven from other different series of events to suit the setting.
After selecting characters, the writer then has to set about creating their personality, while at the same time remembering to maintain the ploy by masquerading them with fictitious names and past life backgrounds.
In certain instances, some writers agonise within themselves when deciding on the flow of the story and, while using the what if process, they may question a particular scene so as to change or redirect the story line. While keeping in mind the FIVE basic elements – THEME, PLOT, CHARACTERS, SETTING and FLOW.