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Blog entries by funkybassmannick

  1. "Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water." -Kurt Vonnegut This means even side characters, although here I am going to focus on main character motivations. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There are different levels to character motivations, which we will call the "Abstract Ambition," "Concrete Goal," and "Immediate Want." 1) The most broad level of character...
  2. New writers have a lot of questions about how to develop their skills as a writer. Many of them, however, have not finished their first draft. Developing your skills is really a task for second draft and beyond. First draft is all about getting something on the page. FIRST DRAFT REQUIREMENTS: Stale Characters Confusing Plot with lots of holes Stilted dialogue Minimal thematic...
  3. Structure is key to having a successful story. The word "structure" can be misleading, because it does not mean you are confined, rather that it allows you to express your ideas in a way that your readers will follow. Even though they are not aware of it, readers expect structure. Think about pop and rock music. The structure goes: Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse, Chorus. The...
  4. I think it's best to have as few files as possible, just organize them as best you can. For the book I'm working on, I used to have several different files for storing different information because one file would get too huge and difficult to navigate. Now I found a great way to navigate Word documents, so I dump it all in one file. If you have several word documents for a project you want...