Ever start thinking of a story that keeps changing?
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Posted 11/19/14
I'm only fifteen so I'm not as experienced as many others, but I've been into writing since I was in seventh grade. Most of them were just small things. Until eight grade where one story we had to write was one where we had to use vocabulary words we were going over blah blah blah anyway the words were all based around avalanches and stuff. So I ended up typing a five page story when we only needed to do one page. After that I decided to expand upon these characters and write a full story. It was complete crap. But I didn't give up, but the writing was put on hiatus, and after watching some more anime, maturing the brain, and reading more manga and light novels, I went back to writing. This time the main character had narcolepsy and wanted to be a light novelist because she liked to write and loves anime. All the characters retained their original names, new characters were created, and a story was starting to come together. I started writing down plots for different arcs, how the characters look and act. It could have been a full novel if I had the ability to write well at the time. I expanded on that story up until last month when I looked back at the two years of thinking I had done. I still remember the first stuff I though of. So after looking back I thought "This is good, but I think it could be better." I looked to anime and video games I have been paying attention to as well as another series I was working on that had espers and I thought "I'm going to make this a science fiction comedy set in 2054 with the characters having esper powers!!!! THIS WILL BE AMAZING!" So now I'm on the third, maybe fourth, version of a story I started working on about two years ago. The characters are still the same. Same names, interests, relationships, etc. The location is still the same only it's now got more advanced technology. And the story is almost the same, save for the esper part. I just wanted to explain an idea of my thought process and see if anyone else suddenly does these huge overhauls to their stories they are working on.
Posted 11/20/14
That's totally happened to me too! I love writing, but when we have to do writing pieces for school i usually only get 70% or so. I guess I can't write when i'm stressed out about marks or something. that's when my stories keep changing because i'm too worried about what the teacher will think and I start writing logically, not with my imagination, especially because my ideas are anime inspired and they might seem a bit ridiculous and my friends are better at it than me...
once again:
But from now on i'll try my best not to worry abbout that!
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Posted 11/21/14
I understand completely. Originally I started writing about people named "Gatekeepers," humans with the ability to travel through dimensions. Secondly, I tried writing about a world with 6 people similar to the Avatar; named "Harbingers." Throughout both of these story writing attempts, I kept the same setting and a few of the same characters. Though during these stages of writing, my world lacked detail.
Now I've gone through 5+ story variants, all of which have contained the same characters and settings. With the amount of plot expansion I have introduced in my current story, I refuse to start from scratch. I've heard from friends that I have enough content thought out for my story to run as long as One Piece.

All I can say is that its about a teenage boy trying to find his lost family. However, his only leads are in a language that is foreign to him. (There's actually MUCH more that this, I'm just afraid to put more information out.... I'm sure you'd understand)

Oh and a major problem that I have is needing to changing things up whenever I have ideas for new characters.
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Posted 11/22/14
Yeah, the novel I am working on is a concept I originally started playing with over 10 years ago. Basically everything has changed though except for the main character's names so I am not sure I can say it is the same story. Actually, it's gotten much better. I guess the story was waiting until I grew into it and could do it justice. I read a lot of fantasy novels and fairy tales when I was a kid, and I drew on those liberally, but I didn't really know anything about life so it was all sort of reheated ideas from other people without a commensurate understanding of humanity. The trap I now face is that I know that as I grow older my understanding will grow, so I end up holding off when I should just go for it. Stupid really. Sometimes I think the characters I created may understand life better than I do and I envy them a little.

Still, I've also looked back at short stories and changed ideas to make them work. Often problems in a story that I could not resolve become simple when I look at them again after a little time.
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Posted 11/22/14
Yes that's definitely happened to me with one of my stories. I started creating it many years ago and at first it was meant to be a story with a female MC with the theme of revenge and how it gets you nowhere. As i started to add more characters and depth to the world they gained powers and it became a lot more brutal(think Afro Samurai). Then, at some point, I had the sudden thought. Wait a minute, I don't know how to write a girl's thoughts and so i changed the MC to one of the guys. After adding more depth to the male MC i started having more and more ideas about this world and as a result the overall story changed too. As time kept going on i wanted to add more and more themes. Now the the only thing left about the previous MC is her motivation, everything else is different. There's a lot more to this story than revenge even though that's how it starts out. It's my biggest story yet and i still have a lot to work on for it.
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Posted 11/22/14
LOL yes. In fifth grade, I started writing this story about this serial killer breaking into this guy's house, killing his sister. So they guy was supposed to go on this mission to bring her back from the dead, but then I gave the kid superpowers, and then the kid became this lady's wizard apprentice in another dimension (like a Harry Potter/Septimus Heap-y kinda thing), then it became kinda The Lost Years of Merlin-y, I gave the kid a friggin dragon, then I involved witches on, like, the Last Apprentice scale (if you even understand all this . . .) I did finish the story in maybe sixth grade (200+ pages), but there's no way I'm publishing it, lol.
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Posted 11/28/14
Oh believe me. I definitely remember the days where my stories were in their most turbulent forms. I had always been into writing, ever since grade six myself, and I met this guy (funny enough, the guy who got me into anime AND my best friend) who got me into RPing in grade 9. I made a character, decided I would make a back story. That back story evolved until it was MUCH bigger than just a simple back story. Fast forward five years to now, and after probably about 70-100 iterations of the dang thing... I finally have something that I can call concrete.

Does it look anything like what I started with? PAH! Nope. xD What was once a back story about a war veteran is now a fleshed out world created through blood, sweat and tears.
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Posted 11/29/14
It's happened to me too. I HATE planning a story/paper for that reason. I start in a 'ok, I am going to do this and this.' And never stick to it. I have a book I'm writing that has changed from a WW3 setting, to a Modern Civil War, to a now Sci-fi/Politcal book. I think it could be a good trait. Without the restraint of "Planning" or sticking to your "plot" can help with being creative.
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Posted 11/29/14

tribe21 wrote:

It's happened to me too. I HATE planning a story/paper for that reason. I start in a 'ok, I am going to do this and this.' And never stick to it. I have a book I'm writing that has changed from a WW3 setting, to a Modern Civil War, to a now Sci-fi/Politcal book. I think it could be a good trait. Without the restraint of "Planning" or sticking to your "plot" can help with being creative.


Your book seems to have reversed itself. You went from WW3, something that will happen in the future, to a modern civil war, to something that can spark both of those to happen. You could maybe do a follow up to the first story that has one of the other two ideas.
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Posted 12/8/14
I think this has happened to everyone at least once. It's happened to me EVERY TIME I try to write, and I've been writing since 5th grade. I've tried planning, and it doesn't work for me, because every time I reread what I've written from the beginning I end up changing something. I go 'Oh I don't like this' or 'I want this to happen later'. It's frustrating.
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