Day 19: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Prep

Day 19: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Prep

Day 19: Character Arcs Over the past few days, our gaze has been settled strongly on the underlying mechanism of plot that structures your story. You may be wondering: what of our characters? I mean, I did, after all, characterize story as revolving around the...
Day 18: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Preparation

Day 18: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Preparation

Day 18: Archetypes Now that we have completed our exploration of plotting, I’d like to delve more deeply into the realm of the archetypes. Archetypes are universal ordering principles. They can be thought of as patterns of behaviors or clusters of attributes that tend...
Day 6: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Prep

Day 6: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Prep

Day 6: Characters Yesterday we spoke about the conflict of your story. I described it as the beating heart. But that beating heart belongs to someone important: your protagonist. Do you have a strong sense of who she is? Do you know her flaws? She must possess some if...