Posted at 10:05 am , on January 16, 2019
1. Your Protagonist must have strong convictions to hold to as things change his world.
- A Mennonite pastor has a daughter killed by a drunk driver. His beliefs call for forgiveness, but does he want revenge instead? Every character in your story should want/need something.
2. List 10 inner demons for your Protagonist, choose the best one and work it into the back-story, then see how it affects him now and how it could hinder him in the future. Continue reading
Posted at 3:02 am , on December 27, 2018
WHAT IS A PLOT?
It is a chain of events within a story, each of which is the result of some prior event. Nothing in a story is random, everything is cause and effect.
HOW DOES A PLOT DEVELOP?
Quite simply, things get worse. Never let the main character sit back and watch. He / She must always take action, even though every attempt to make things better, only makes it worse. Continue reading
Posted at 3:00 am , on December 13, 2018
CONFLICT IS THE KEY TO HOLDING A READER’S ATTENTION, without it there is no story.
- Never make it easy, there must be a risk factor, something important at stake in order to create tension.
- Conflict must escalate, don’t let up on the main character. There must be complications that grow progressively worse until the climax and resolution.
- Hit the ground running and don’t look back. Your opening should give the reader a feel for the type of story it will be and introduce a conflict. It will likely change as the story progresses but the change will be logical, a result of the actions of the characters.
- A ticking clock never hurts. Give the main character time pressure and the stakes will automatically rise, creating tension.
- Don’t ever pull back. Put your characters to the test. Let the best and the worst come out of them, but always make sure the motivations are clear.
- Motivations must be in keeping with the characters. Make them clear up front and consistent.
SOME WRITING RULES TO FOLLOW
DO NOT WAIT UPON THE MUSE
GET RID OF PERFECTIONIST BLOCK
DON`T FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR WORDS
COME TO CLASS
READ YOUR WORK OUT LOUD
ATTEND READINGS OR BOOK SIGNINGS
WRITE, WRITE, WRITE !!!
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Posted at 3:05 am , on November 8, 2018
THE KEY TO PLOTTING IS CHANGE…
In the course of a page or a scene, characters do things, learn things and have things done to them.
While interesting in themselves, they also:
- Alter ( improve or worsen) the status of a character or the relationship between characters.
- Raise new questions about the possible developments or outcomes and foreshadow coming events.
The stream of action keeps pounding ahead.
Each scene is built around what can be called Story Points and Bold Strokes
Bold Strokes is an event, decision or discovery that changes how things were. Continue reading