Your protagonist needs to have a story goal. This is above and beyond an urge or desire or hope. A story goal is concrete, and it requires steps that will lead the character into the story’s conflict. Learn five steps you can take to figure out your protagonist’s story goal.
Telling your story from the WRONG POV is very easy to do.Imagine writing an entire manuscript in the wrong POV? All your scenes, all your narrative, everything that happens won’t work. Your story will lack tension and conflict. The POV character’s goals or motivations will be weak or uninteresting. Your story’s pace will be sluggish and unfocused. The setting, description, and inner story will all be affected because the wrong character is giving us the information–likely information that your reader doesn’t need or care about. How do we get started on figuring out the best POV for our stories?
Hey there, Writers!
Popping in with a mini-post on WRITER’S BLOCK for y’all! This is one of my lessons from my FREE writing course How to Fill Your Creative Well. I’m sharing with you because it’s valuable advice for any writer at any part of the journey that they can use anytime!
Read on —-
Writer’s block happens when your creative well is not full enough of ideas, creative energy, or inspiration.
The worst response a writer can have is to worry about this obstacle. Don’t fret over what to write next, or how to write what you want to write, or start thinking you’re a terrible writer.
Instead, try one of these two tricks:
1. Spend your day learning something new.
2. Spend your day enjoying an old favorite pastime.
If you choose # 1, learning something new, you are filling your creative well with adventure and discovery, you’re solving a mystery, answering a question, crafting a new character or setting or conflict.
If you opt for # 2, enjoying an old favorite pastime, then you are filling your creative well with comfort + familiarity. You are connecting to your conscience, your heart, and your soul. You are taking time away from the pressures of performing and reminding yourself of those things in your life that genuinely move and enchant you. Going back to your roots, where the love of writing first took seed.
For more ideas on how to bust through writer’s block or other tips to help you on your writing journey, check out my FREE writing course –> How to Fill Your Creative Well.
Have a writerly day!
A scene is a unit of storytelling. It incorporates all major elements: action, character, setting, inner story, voice, narrative thrust.
If your opening scene is lacking or weak in any of those elements, then your story is in danger of being uninteresting, passive, slow. It just doesn’t grab the reader. Nothing is happening.
The most engaging method these days is to begin in medias res which means “into the middle of things.” The protagonist is not thinking, dreaming, wondering, waiting, eating, ruminating, relaxing, contemplating, etc.
Rather, something is happening to the protagonist (ideally, books these days introduce the protagonist on page one, although it isn’t uncommon to kick off with the antagonist), and the protagonist reacts.
Narrative thrust is what drives the reader to keep reading. If your story is weak in this area, then readers won’t be interested enough to stay with the story.
Narrative thrust involves all the elements of storytelling: action, setting, voice, theme, description, conflict, dialogue, character, point of view. Measure out each element appropriately so that your story is balanced enough to hook your readers and compel them to keep turning the pages….