(Submitted by i-will-do-something-today)
Easily my biggest problem with writing fiction, particularly original fiction. I like making characters, and love world-building, but I’m kind of bad at putting it all into motion. I might have a few key events planned in my head, but the context for those events tends to be decidedly fuzzy.
I’ve always found that plots naturally spring from worldbuilding. I think it’s really odd that someone will spend so much effort into writing mythology and history for their fantasy worlds and then… not use it in any meaningful way? If you’ve put any sort of effort into making a timeline then you have the beginnings of a ton of stories in there, and you have a set direction, and you have their endings too. Playing historian and fleshing out how the “present day” came to be in your stories about this world you created is a hell of a lot easier (and just generally more fun imo) than starting present day and not knowing what direction to take.
And if you’re one of those people who keeps referring to events happening like 500 years ago in your story because they marked a big turning point in history, why aren’t you just writing about that instead? Why write the future but constantly bring up the past?
i don’t know if i’m making any sense because it’s late but like, if you have a world with a timeline, you already have a ton of plots and historical figures to use?? just choose some point where something big is happening, drop in at the middle of it and single out some people involved to elaborate on. easy peasy lemon squeezy