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...

Setting Touch: #Preptober, Day 20

We've covered all the "S" senses (sight, sound, smell) We've almost covered all five senses now – except for the very last: touch. The sense of touch is powerful, and like most senses can go in either a positive or negative direction, depending on the person doing the touching and the person receiving that touch. Think about positive forms of touching first: shaking hands, hugging, Continue Reading...