Originality: Seven Ways To Ensure Your Story Is Unique

 Originality: Seven Ways To Ensure Your Story Is Unique

 

For most, if not all writers, originality in a story is very difficult to manufacture. As human population has grown and more and more media is produced an original concept screenplay characters t becomes ever more difficult to find. What follows are some simple but powerful methods to ensure both an original concept and a unique execution.

  1. Start with Strong Characters. Give your story populous unique personalities that are based on people you know well. This is tricky at first because it requires us to take someone we know in one context and place them in an unfamiliar setting. The objective here is to focus on their personal traits, habits, mannerisms. How they communicate. How they express emotions. Using a real person as a model gives your characters real life. And, since they are people you know personally, they are already unique to the majority of people who don’t know them.
  2. Create or choose a unique Setting. Setting for a story can be very simple: a mechanic’s garage, a friend’s kitchen, an elderly person’s garden. Setting should be familiar to a reader, yet the décor, surroundings, colors, sounds, smells, and scenery can be easily created through simple choices so that it is very unique. Tying the surroundings in with the main character brings life to both the character and the surroundings. This is almost always a fun process and the results can be very powerful.
  3. Use Scene to set mood and tone. Scene is what a reader sees in their mind when reading. It is what we visualize based on an author’s descriptions. Similar to setting, scene is less concrete and has an emotional element that is subtle but essential. A garage is a garage, but a garage with a mechanic and an unhappy customer who has brought in their newly wrecked Mercedes is a scene. Unique scene is based on the story, and unique characters make the scene genuine and tangible.
  4. Dialogue is often very difficult for writers for a simple reason. We often think too much. Dialogue is the arterial system of a story. We create it best by taking just a moment to listen to how we speak and how people speak with us, or each other. Once this simple technique is mastered, the words and tone a character uses can convey emotion without the need of extensive adjectives. “Get out of my house.” Is a simple statement that conveys anger without having to say it does. Dialogue between characters creates originality because the dialogue itself is as unique as the characters.
  5. Human (personal) Interactions can be demonstrated through dialogue, gestures, actions and reactions. Even the lack of interaction can convey emotions and notions. As characters interact with each other a story automatically takes shape.

 

 

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