Whether it is going to be set of short stories, a (screen) play, or a novel, I don't know. But I've decided I am going to begin story writing for therapeutic reasons.
Still, I like all my work to be reasonable good, and it has been 11 years since I had a creative writing class, and I know we have a lot of writers on the forum.
So I have a bunch of questions:
Without something to say, there isn't much point in saying it. But, as a consumer of fiction I have always been put-off by very "preachy" stories. (Devil's Advocate, the Matrix sequels, etc).
How do you go about selecting a theme?
How does it effect your story goal?
How do you weave it in without clubbing your audience with it?
Regarding Story Goals
What exactly is a story goal? I kind of think of it as what the main characters try to accomplish through out the story--the thing tgat when accomplished finishes the story.
How do you select a story goal?
How do you relate it to you theme?
How does it drive your plot?
How do you weave an interesting story?
How do you avoid "plot devices" and make the events natural to the characters and setting?
How do you make interesting hcaracters that "live?"
Can you use Myers-Briggs, or Enneagram, or other psychology?
How do you chose how they think, feel, talk, dress, move, etc.?
How do you bring a place alive?
How do you make it a place natural for the characters to meet, and for the plot to happen?
What style make a good read?
I persoally prefer heavy on dialogue and events, and decription to be weaved in instead having long sections of it.
Opinions on what styles are good to read?