|Stories - Part Three: Story Themes|
Imagine you want to be a good pianist; to do so you must have:
If you were writing a story about how you became a pianist, and supposing you had the ability and the desire, but lack the means (a piano). The story becomes one of how you get a piano.
Try out a few ideas:
The idea is common enough. Someone wants something but can't get it. They try hard and eventually they get it. They may have to try several ideas without success before achieving their ambition.
Now suppose you have the means and desire, but not the ability; in this case you have a piano, go to good teachers, am madly keen to learn, but simply don't have the talent. What do you do?
It is another common story. Many people start out with great ambitions feeling that they have the talent to conquer the world, but at some point realise that they do not have it. By that time they may have put a lot of time, money, and effort into learning, and may not know much else. Here are a few possibilities:
There are many jobs in the world of music that require musical knowledge without much musical ability. Typically these include agents, recording technicians, and writers in the music field, also the many people who support the musicians in the organisation of their work.
Now lets assume you have the ability and means but don't have the desire. You were a great pianist but one day it all seemed too much.
There could be several reasons:
There are two broad options in this situation. The first is finding the motivation to start playing again, or secondly, to decide that playing in no longer what you want to do, and find an alternative career.
Storylines can be constructed by having an objective that the character wants but can't get. If you are clear what the obstacles are, then it is easier to see how the character will try to reach that objective, or why they fail to.
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