Okay, so you’ve found your story’s theme. But isn’t that just a bunch of feely mumbo-jumbo? It’s not going to help you put scenes on paper, is it?
(spoiler alert: it is)
As a novice writer I had many false starts. My stories always seeded as characters. Great characters! Characters with tragic backstories, with interesting tics and colorful personalities.
So a man walks into a bar and…
My mistake was this: I may have had a great character, but I didn’t have a story. (Yet.)
Even for the most ardent pantser, here are 2 plotting questions to fuel story, unstick you when you’re stuck, and turn false starts into finishes.
This month, Bethany A. Jennings, aka @simmeringmind, is hosting #WipJoy, a month-long hashtag challenge for writers to share what gives them joy about their work in progress!
Today is Day One, and the prompt is to introduce your WIP! To kick things off, I decided to give an in-depth preview of Raptor Uprising here on the blog!
“Bad Guy” shouldn’t be synonymous with “bad character” – unfortunately, it sometimes is! Your villain is how we measure the mettle of your hero – which means your villain better make an impression. Here are four ways to make sure your villains are people, not plot devices.
Recently, I heard this question:
“I want to write, desperately, but I have never written anything because I can never find the perfect idea. I’m afraid I will never finish anything because I will lose interest partway through. How can I pick the right project?”
Tension sprung a leak? Characters ground to a painful halt? Plot crumpling under pressure?
If it feels like your story’s battery sputtered and died, never fear! You have a terrific toolbox right at your fingertips: three critical components no author should ever leave home without.
Find out how to get your story’s motor revving again after the break!
It’s like being chased by a monster in a maze: when writing turns into a labyrinth of ideas where something terrible and unseen is always just around the corner.
We call it writer’s block.
But let’s be honest for a moment. Writer’s block is an emotional hypochondria.
Writer’s block is you.