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You know why truly ordinary people don't get to be in stories?

Because truly ordinary people have too much common sense.

...........that story would end up being only 2 to 5 episodes or 2 to 5 chapters long, if even that.

Stories need "bad" and "strange" decisions and behaviors. Otherwise there's not gonna be much of a story.

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I'm too boring to be placed in a story.
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Posted 8/17/16
Common sense, sure.

But everyone still falls prey to misguidance.
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Theres plenty of stories with people making logical decisions. Conflict isn't just born out of poor choices, it can be born out of unfortunate circumstances or factors outside of your control.
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Theres plenty of stories with people making logical decisions. Conflict isn't just born out of poor choices, it can be born out of unfortunate circumstances or factors outside of your control.


You did a great job explaining that, and I agree! It's precisely those factors that can create a story from there.
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sundin13 wrote:

Theres plenty of stories with people making logical decisions. Conflict isn't just born out of poor choices, it can be born out of unfortunate circumstances or factors outside of your control.


You did a great job explaining that, and I agree! It's precisely those factors that can create a story from there.


their are also just stories about a regular or mostly regular person's life that have sold well
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Because all it would be is playing games, going on the internet and reading at times. Not really much story development
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sundin13 wrote:

Theres plenty of stories with people making logical decisions. Conflict isn't just born out of poor choices, it can be born out of unfortunate circumstances or factors outside of your control.


...and none of those stories would be nearly as long without the nonsense goosing them along


Monodis wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

Theres plenty of stories with people making logical decisions. Conflict isn't just born out of poor choices, it can be born out of unfortunate circumstances or factors outside of your control.


You did a great job explaining that, and I agree! It's precisely those factors that can create a story from there.


Those things create stories, while the goosing of the stories via contrived items help lengthen them.


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Monodis wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

Theres plenty of stories with people making logical decisions. Conflict isn't just born out of poor choices, it can be born out of unfortunate circumstances or factors outside of your control.


You did a great job explaining that, and I agree! It's precisely those factors that can create a story from there.


their are also just stories about a regular or mostly regular person's life that have sold well


...and none of them would go nearly as long without the artificial prodding.
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Posted 8/18/16
There are plenty of stories where the main character, and even some characters around them, make good logical decisions but are caught up in something much bigger than themselves. These can be long stories, even without "contrived" events. Some of them are real life stories.

Also, there is nothing common about "common sense". Everyone is caught in their own perceptions, so what is common sense to one person can be ludicrous to another.
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Lol then what about all the true stories that are movies or documentaries?
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...and none of those stories would be nearly as long without the nonsense goosing them along.


Nonsense? I don't think I could disagree more strongly. As a writer, my stories are driven by the choices that I believe my characters would realistically make and rarely are those choices poor. Sometimes they may be choices which are the best that can be made out of limited information and sometimes they are just good choices.
Posted 8/18/16
My life has no plot, it'd be kind of dull.
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Reasons I don't belong in a story:

1. I would read ahead
2. Genre savvy
3. You don't get stories about engineers. They tend to make stories boring and efficient.
4. I would break the fourth wall
5. Anyone who says violence never solves anything wasn't using enough of it
6. Addendum to 5: Fire solves almost everything. If fire isn't working it is weak to ice.
7. If I knew I was in a story I would try to derail the narrative
8. "Well that was a thing that happened" doesn't test as well as "And they lived happily ever after"
9. I tend to make my characters in RPGs overpowered in a stealthy way that nobody notices until its too late
10. Star Trek would be referenced and Paramount's lawyers would sue
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