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Kamachi Kazuma’s 10 Year Structure (3/17)

js06 Mar 19th, 2016 309 Never
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  1. Connecting the Points with a Line
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  3. This is for when you have stocked up a certain amount of “points”.
  4. I think it depends on what kind of story you want to write, but as you build up your ideas on a daily basis, you should naturally end up with an order of priority.
  5. When you line up Idea A and Idea B, you really don’t want to get rid of Idea B.
  6. You want Idea B to be in the center.
  7. You want to make a story out of it.
  8. If you start feeling like that, then it’s time to move onto the next step. At this point too, you need to transfer your thoughts into external data instead of just thinking in your head.
  9. It can be digital or analog, but I feel like I can gather the information better when I actually move my hands. That means I use a notebook or loose leaf paper and a mechanical pencil.
  10. For example, if I wanted to write a battle novel with an Oni theme…
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  12. Oni
  13. As a Youkai?
  14. Just as a monster? Or as an invisible phenomenon?
  15. A world where physical and living Oni confront digital and internet phenomena Oni?
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  17. Just like that, write down everything that the term brings to mind and you can draw out ideas you never would have thought of otherwise.
  18. Another useful technique is to place the first character, setting, world, scene, or line of dialogue you wanted to write in that novel and then add in other words around that.
  19. It’s hard to describe, so here’s an example.
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  21. Write the word “Oni” at the center of a notebook page or piece of loose leaf paper and then add other words that come to mind around it:
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  23.            The real world coexists with a Japanese-style virtual reality
  24. Creatures and data                     Modern setting? Fantasy setting?
  25.    Just a type of animal?        Oni        Who is the enemy to be defeated?
  26.                        Who is the protagonist? Who is the heroine?
  27. Monstrous strength and one of many skills                 Every character has a different skill
  28. Make old stories into something a lot cooler                 Maybe some that possess people?
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  30. The information will grow like that. By placing the term you consider to be most important in the center, you can naturally come up with a setting or story that will always make people think of the word “oni” no matter what part of the world they look at. This will make sure you do not gradually stray from what you wanted to convey to the readers.
  31. You should notice this when you actually try it out, but you will come up with terms and connections between terms you never expected to find in your mind. You’ll realize just how little you can trust your own mind to have it all put together without some help.
  32. And since the point of this is to draw out all the ideas hidden in your mind, there is no real reason to think for five or ten minutes on each one you write down. It should be most effective if you leave judging the ideas until later and just link together as many “points” as you can come up with.
  33. And there’s no real reason to stick to paper for this.
  34. As long as you,
  35. 1. Transfer the data out of your mind.
  36. 2. Keep writing things down like a game of word association to find the ideas you wouldn’t have noticed normally.
  37. then anything should work. I just personally feel like it’s easier to make associations when handwriting things instead of using my computer’s word processor or my cellphone’s notebook. Maybe this would have the same effect when studying kanji or English vocabulary.
  38. While you could begin writing with just these notes, you can also put together a plot if you want to make things a little cleaner.
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