In this lesson we'll write ~12 variations that explore conflict in different ways.
The best way for you to approach this is to pick a story world that you would be interested in exploring and developing over a few hours of writing.
- explore your own life, memories, and personal interests
- take inspiration from another story, or
- take inspiration from an image that suggests a world.
For the two worked examples in this lesson, we used images as starting points.
Example 1: Hong Kong Zombies!
Our first worked example was inspired by renders of post-apocalyptic cities, and personal memories of growing up in Hong Kong.
(By FreshCan 3D)
Example 2: Texan Taxidermy!
Our second worked example sprang from this image:
(By Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times)
This story was 95% imagination and 5% Googling for local details.
Find your own inspiration
All you need to get started with this lesson is a setting that seems interesting to you, and a vague idea of some characters. The rest will come.