I have been going through these periods of “oh, I want to write” then “I’m too lazy to write” back to “oh, I want to write” followed by “but writing is hard and I’m lazy.” Which is not your problem other than having (and of course you don’t have to do anything) to read about my whining about it.
So, more practice for me in hopes that the “it’s too hard” part fades.
Kim Weiland has (had? I can’t find it now) a listing of the types of characters you could have in a story, such as the protagonist, antagonist, side kick, love interest, etc. I don’t have this list memorized obviously. Another resource for archetype characters is a Google search on character archetypes, which brought me (today, because you know searches change from day to day) Writing 101 by Master Class, which appears to be promoting Neil Gaiman’s master class (which would be lovely to take but I don’t have the funds for it).
So, let’s say Explorer (“A character naturally driven to push the boundaries of the status quo and explore the unknown”) is our main character. Explorer has an overarching goal of exploring the setting. She wants to explore the setting because a) it’s in her nature and b) there’s money involved. With money comes the ability to meet physiological and safety (security) needs, which are steps on the hierarchical pyramid of needs. Also, to explore is an action verb, so all of this character’s actions will be related to exploring (per the Verbalize theory).
Setting and scenario. Let’s say Explorer – and yes the urge to call her Dora has come and gone – has been hired to explore the edges of a corporate empire’s territory in the solar system, an asteroid belt. Elements that a reader might expect with an asteroid belt are a spaceship(s), no oxygen/atmosphere, darkness, danger, science, and a team of support persons (which would also allow for more conflict in the story). Perhaps fantastical or science fiction elements are needed (with me, they are always needed), so faster-than-light spaceships, advanced technology such as force fields, and alien species perhaps.
Beginning, middle, and ending. The basics, beginning: Explorer is hired to explore an asteroid belt and claim it for the corporation. Middle: Explorer has progressive complications in trying to explore and claim, including the asteroid belt not having a defined edge, other corporations and entities claiming various rocks, pirates?, crew issues?, spaceship issues? technology issues? There has to be one big complication that the Explorer works to overcome, which is the Crisis situation (at the height of the middle of the story) [will she or won’t she finish exploring?]. Climax (Explorer acting on her choice), and then Ending: Explorer completing her task and getting her reward (money, reputation, what-have-you). Which brings us to what type of story (genre) this is going to be, adventure? mystery? thriller?
Stay tuned for my decisions and maybe a paragraph of actual writing…