PLMII’s 3 Aspects of Creative Writing

Philip Lee McCall’s

3 Aspects Of Creative Writing

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.

CHARACTER

Intellectual

  • 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.

Physical

  • 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.

Emotional

  • 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.

SETTING

Intellectual

  • 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.

Physical

  • 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.

Emotional

  • 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.

PLOT

Intellectual

  • 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.

Physical

  • 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.

Emotional

  • 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