It’s true! You definitely want a clear idea of the motivation and rough arc (where they begin and where they end) of the central character, protag and antag, but might be best in your case to work on…
Start with the beginning and the end of the story. Try to simplify the story into just one sentence. If you can’t do that yet, you need to step back and do so. If you can, then just keep slowly stepping down. Start with the biggest picture and move inwards, until all those details become clear.
It’s a bit of a balancing act because you certainly can’t NEGLECT the characters, what they do and why, but you need to be able to back up and look at the story as a whole too.
Not getting caught up in the details until you’re dead certain on the big picture is the important thing though. Yes, if you don’t know your main character’s motivation, you need to figure that out! But you should know where you’re story begins and will go at the same time!
Of course, this is all going back to the theory of crafting a story, which sometimes just isn’t enough to get one going! Sometime you have to throw yourself into the story and just write, forget about making it “good”, just get it down. Go back and refine it later. This can even be done with webcomics (if making the art can be part of the creative problem), because who ever says you can’t just restart a webcomic from the beginning if you’re not satisfied with how it went?
So yeah, trial and error. Sometimes writing means considering the theory at length and carefully writing a story based on those principles. Sometimes it means being AWARE of what the theories are, but rather than trying to follow them exactly, throw yourself into the process of creating and learn from it. Make mistakes without fear, and learn how to not make them again.
At the heart of it all, just make sure you know: “what is your story about. What is your story at it’s core?”.
Writing is a very personal experience, I’ve found, and what works for one person won’t always work for another. But just writing, in some form, over and over, you’ll eventually begin to find your way!
Aw geez, it sounds so complicated, haha. But I guess it might come naturally with the process.
ffffffffffff. my muse has such a one-track mind that it might need jogging with other areas.
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