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Scenes: Character Motivation, #Preptober, Day 24

Today, you might be wondering why it seems like we're dipping back into character development, as the topic of our prompt is Character Motivation. But guess what? Character's motivations also affect your scenes! Let's explore. When crafting your scenes, you obviously want to have logical actions following one after another in time – unless you're playing with timelines and experimenting Continue Reading...

Scenes: Subplots, #Preptober Day 23

Yesterday we talked about our main plot. Today it's time to talk about subplots. First of all, what's a subplot? The most basic definition is a "subordinate or secondary plot." But why do you want or need these, and what is the purpose of subplots? Subplots typically deal with additional elements in your story, such as a romance or conflict between two characters. These are usually Continue Reading...

Scenes: Main Plot, #Preptober Day 22

It's Day 22 of Preptober, which means it's high time we started plotting this story! Let's start small: What's your story about? Think about the main story you plan to tell, and put it into one sentence that will convey the gist to your audience. This is often referred to as the "elevator pitch" or the "logline." Your pitch should be: [author_list style="star"] Short To the Continue Reading...

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: It begins!

Hooray for reading! Today is another installment of Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon, and although the challenge started at 5 AM in my timezone, I am just getting started now. So, here are my answers to the opening survey... 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I'm in sunny San Diego, California. 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The one Continue Reading...

Setting Themes: #Preptober, Day 21

Today let's talk about themes. Themes are often used as the entry point into an idea about the kind of novel you want to write. Maybe you want to write about love or loss or forgiveness. Ambition, betrayal, coming of age – these are all themes. Writers usually pick one as the overarching idea that will guide their story (my ninja story is a coming of age tale, for instance). The problem Continue Reading...