Asking someone what makes a story for them can obviously come with many answers. This like so many other things comes down to one thing. Our great nature as humans to have this ability. An ability to great, that it sets us apart from others, and one which makes us unique.
Just asking about a story really opens up a huge horizon for answers. Movies, games, books, poems, pictures, drawings, even blogs. If you take a look here on WP, it want take long to find that creativity. So many bloggers tell reality, fiction, fantasy, or what ever makes your brain crave more. This natural ability is again what makes humans great.
The opinions I seek to find is simple.
What makes a story for you?
What breaks it for you?
What brings you back?
As I grow older with each passing day, I find that I try to evolve my skills. As each of you do. In doing that, I’m really by myself a lot, other than work. A dead end job doesn’t give me the needs I want though. People are too negative, and worry to much about the little bit of cash they grind to get.
If you take a step back, and daze upon the Earth with a different set of eyes. You could easily make the connection with most daily workers and zombies. Brain dead, no life within them, most wasting their life doing nothing.
Take that, twist it a bit, and most of you could come up with a nice little twisted story for people to enjoy.
I look back at my favorite movies, books, games, and everything else. Its hard to see a connection when you mash all of it together. I like a wide range of media from action, to drama.
You again try and find what really makes a story for you. This takes you to a place where you pick things to pieces. You eventually find whats left is only what you truly love.
For example, my favorite stories from books are Harry Potter. Games is Metal Gear Solid. Looking at both of those, you can probably not see any connection.
I realize that for me, I want a universe full of knowledge to take in. So much so, that when someone talks about it, I want to throw out something only hardcore fans will know. This is the connection Harry Potter and Metal Gear Solid share, a universe. Go ahead, throw other greats in there, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Halo, it doesn’t really matter.
Having great characters, plots, what ever it may be is a must. To hook someone to a point, that they seek more based on the story created by you though, is truly amazing. Adding to that amazement, is that the creator would/will go to that point, of creating more content, for the ones who would want it.
See one day you and I will die, that’s pretty much promised. Things we create doesn’t, unless you destroy it. I think that, at least for me personally is the biggest payoff when creating things.
Have you ever found an old piece that you created a long time ago? I found some poems, and short stories not long ago from middle/high school. It is incredible to see something like that, showing what was in your mind at the point, that is now your own history. It also does a great job at showing how far you have come off the years, granted you stuck with it.
All of this still comes down for me looking for your opinion on stories. Things you like/dislike. As I go on trying to create what I’m trying to, I want to hear opinions. Its easy to create something for yourself, as it usually sounds good to you. This isn’t always the best thing when trying to get others to like your work.
Granted you can’t capture they eyes and minds of every individual. As nice as it would be, it isn’t possible. This doesn’t stop one from trying to get everyone though.
I’d love to hear your opinions. Doesn’t matter if its about stories from books, movies, games, comics, Anime, it can be anything. Just highlight what you like and dislike from your perspective.