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Plot: Climax, #Preptober Day 29

Preptober is almost over! That means NaNoWriMo is almost here! Where did all the time go?! With just three days left in the month of October, it's time to talk about the climax of your story. First, just what is a climax, and why do you need one? The obvious answer is that this is the Big Moment that your whole story has been leading up to, whether it's a big reveal (Clark Kent is really Continue Reading...

Plot: Twists, #Preptober Day 28

PLOT TWIST! The plot twist is the simplest solution to any perceived problem in your novel, and is often shouted by frustrated NaNoWriMo novelists who have found their "Eureka!" moment. Plot twists are also a) necessary, b) unavoidable, and c) a great way to keep your reader from getting bored. Let's explore. First, what's a plot twist? It can be as simple as an unexpected action Continue Reading...

Plot: Fill, #Preptober Day 27

As noted yesterday, today's goal is to start filling in the gaps between the big plot points you sketched out yesterday. Now, I don't want to give away my whole novel here, so I'll spare you all the minute details of my own plot, but the basic idea is to keep building on your outline. Right now you've got several big scenes chunked out, so fill in additional important scenes that will take you Continue Reading...

Plot: Sketch, #Preptober Day 26

Today it's finally time to start plotting that novel. There's a little less than a week left in Preptober, and we've got to get to the heart of this story, stat! Whenever I start outlining my novels, I usually do some brainstorming to begin with. As explained in this post on outlining, I jot down every bit and piece no matter how wild and crazy and off track it may sound, and then sort through Continue Reading...

Scenes: Emotions, #Preptober, Day 25

Today's topic: How do we make sure that our scenes are conveying the right kinds of emotions? One of the most important things your scenes need to do is strike the right emotional chord, which involves setting the mood. A scene about losing your family in the forest, for instance, should call up feelings of fear and frustration in your character, leading to distress – and possibly even Continue Reading...