Need some help with creating a story line or a character? Re -imagine the life of a famous but misunderstood character or the minor character in a major novel. Geraldine Brooks won the Pulitzer for her back story on March, the shadowy father in Little Women. Wicked considers Glinda and Elphaba in a new light.
You don’t even need to mine “great” literature. What is your favorite story? Is there another story line ignore, one you want to address? Even as an exercise to get your creative juices flowing, thinking of the other story can be an enormous help – you already know what your new character looks like, you know what he or she ends up doing, or you already know about their past.
And if you are very clever, you re-write a story so well, it becomes the new norm – like Shrek.