How to Develop a Story by BookRix Member Smithmatthewd

BookRix member, smithmatthewd

BookRix member, smithmatthewd

Many of you know BookRix member, Smithmatthewd, as a prolific writer on the site with the unique ability to sneak in surprise endings. If you need any proof of that, look no further than his tales Anthropophagi (entered into the Frightening Fiction contest) and Easy Money?

In the following guest post, Smithmatthewd gives us a look into how he develops his stories.

Story Development

Before I began to write The Littlest Superhero, I went through the process of thinking about what a superhero symbolizes.  The two predominate characteristics I thought of were hope and action.  After developing this base from which to begin, I tried to find an environment for the story that would be relevant in modern society.  Lastly, I wanted to apply simple dialogue that reaffirmed the base of the story.

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Hope was fairly easy to include within the story.  The obvious hope, that the main character, Gabriel wouldn’t be harmed, and that his mother would survive was a simple part of the story line.  However, throughout the story, Gabriel dons, removes, and then has his cape returned.  The cape is symbolic of hope in the story.  Gabriel begins the story having donned the cape in hopes of protecting his mother in some way.  When Gabriel’s hope is dashed, he removes the cape (and his hope) and offers them to his mother. Finally, as the story ends Gabriel is given the hope back by his mother (unknowingly to him, but consciously by his mother in an effort to keep him from ever becoming like his father.)

Action in the story is in two forms.  I opened the story with the comic book classics of “Boom, Pow, Slash! “to immediately insert a sense of action.  Both the domestic violence and reactions of Gabriel and his mother also apply action to the story.

Domestic violence and Gabriel’s presence in the situation came from having read a news article on the internet about children living in the middle of domestic violence.  The more I thought about heroes and hope, the more I found myself thinking about the hope of these children and their welfare.  Once that was established, I needed to place Gabriel into a situation that the reader would emotionally feel and share in the hope, and fear, of the situation.

The dialogue contained in the story is simple with a purpose.  In order to keep the story in line with the qualities of a child, I did not want to use complex words or dialogue.  The simple structure of the words adds to the innocence of the story.

I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this blog and hope you enjoyed The Littlest Superhero.

You now can check out the next chapters of “The Littlest Superhero” and find a list of all of Smithmatthewd’s books on BookRix.

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