Okay, before the actual blog post I want to give a shout out to a wonderful blog that I've been following for a few months now. Janice Hardy, author of The Shifter, has some awesome advice for writers. I've spend some time checking out her posts and have found very useful tips. She covers a whole range of topics like opening lines, how to plan your book, and the importance of knowing where your characters are emotionally. So check it out - you won't be disappointed!
Sometimes when I'm staring at a blank screen on my laptop, wishing that blinking cursor would quit mocking me, I reach for my handy-dandy writing notebook. It's the one in which I have all of my writerly tips, inspiration and whatnot, secrets for writing the next Harry Potter. (Yeah, I wish!)
Well, last night was one of those I-don't-have-a-freaking-clue-what-to-write-next-I-suck-as-a-writer moments, so I procrastinated via the notebook. And I came across this gem that I had forgotten about.
**Plot is the mechanism by which your protagonist is pushed up against his or her core desires and/or fears. Stories have to be reducible to something concrete - almost always an intense desire or fear. (Courtesy of Writer's Digest Magazine)
And voila, everything made sense again. I am going to have to keep reminding myself on a daily basis what the whole story is about, what my main character wants above all else. That in itself will make it easier to get inside her head and really understand what choices she will make and more importantly why she makes them.
So do you know what your mc's core desires and fears are? Do you find that this knowledge makes it easier to write your story?