This creative theory was created by PLMII and has proven to be a very useful tool for creating fictional works.
PLMII has given this creative theory out at his seminars and it has been used by many writers who have achieved publication. Note: This theory is the intellectual property of PLMII and cannot be republished without permission.
- Characters must think and in turn make the reader think as well.
- Problem-solving is one of the most important aspects of any well-done characterization.
- Even minor characters must think for themselves and not just be flowerpots in the literary room.
- The physical appearance of any character can tell the reader volumes of information all at once.
- How characters physically interact with others can be a point of the reveal.
- How a character interacts with the physical world is important as well. For it is the unnamed character.
- Characters must show emotion through the story but not to the point of being melodramatic unless that is truly their personality.
- Characters through their actions must be able to stir the emotions of the reader.
- Remember even minor characters have feelings as well.
- A well-rounded world is built upon a strong collective consciousness of all its characters.
- The rules of a world are governed, 1st by its physical makeup and 2nd by the societies that live upon it.
- A world without history is a world without any life. The interpretation of the world comes from the shared knowledge of both the characters and the reader.
- The physical appearance of any world can tell the reader volumes of information all at once.
- How the world physically interacts with its inhabitants can be a point of the reveal.
- The world is often the most forgotten character.
- Emotion is not only limited to characters alone. A great writer can make a world weep as well.
- Visualizations of world settings can set moods and tell a deeper story.
- Societies even in created worlds can express emotional displays of action.
- At some point, great characters through their own decisions will drive a plot.
- Problem-solving is one of the most important aspects of any well-done plot.
- Even minor characters can drive a plot through their own decisions and beliefs.
- The physical appearances of the characters can be the simplest of plot devices.
- How characters physically interact with others can be a point of plot creation.
- How a character interacts with the physical world is important as well. The world may also change along with the character.
- The world is where your characters live and may also shape their emotional development throughout the story.
- The destruction of life or its creation is the most powerful of all emotional plot devices.
- Minor characters are affected by any changes in the world and they are part of the great world emotional makeup.
Philip Lee McCall’s – 3 Aspects of Creative Writing © -2012 – Philip Lee McCall II