It’s A Listing Blog Hop: Story Points & NaNoWritMo Prep

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THE LISTING BLOG HOP-MY LISTS

 

STORY POINTS: BUILD YOUR STORY

PREPARING TO WRITE:

List in no particular order.

 

Create and Give Characters

  • 3-Dimensional antagonist (shades of gray)
  • Strong, reliable protagonist (emotionally sympathetic)
  • Deep-seated desires (emotionally do or die)
  • Clear Purposes (avoid the ambiguous)
  • Cause & effect conflict = consequence
  • No detail that does not move the story forward
  • Know story goal = The End
  • Scenes are mini 3 act plays =forward motion or remove it
  • Reinforce structure with strong plot points thru each Act + Scenes
  • Compelling Hook (Opening–What’s the story question?)
  • Mirror moments (James Scott Bell says Write From Middle)
  • Actionable & Internal conflict: Primary & Secondary characters.
  • Profile all characters:  Show internal-external elements, history & connections
  • Write in Deep POV
  • Use Deep POV description for story movement, revealing personality of character  & emotion
  • Natural dialogue-Flows & Pops
  • Know why you’re telling the story, why should readers care?
  • Use pace to control story action & nonaction moments
  • Sum up your story in 1 sentence (30 words or less.)
  • Keep premise to 1 paragraph (no more 250-300 words)
  • Reader experience is about story immersion, escape, and emotional connection

 

NOVEMBER NANOWRIMO LIST

  • NaNo Coffee Mug: Keep it brewing
  • My Place to Write:  Setup for Comfort & Inspiration
  • Writing supplies e.g. pens, pencils, color pencils, sharpeners, highlighters, index cards, sketch pad for mind mapping & note taking
  • Music: Characters playlist, For me: Pandora backgrounds-classical-rain/thunderstorm sounds.
  • Chocolate + other energy snacks–pre-planned lunches
  • Computer, OneNote, Word & Scrivener, Props
  • Character cast photo picks
  • Character profiles
  • List of short story ideas, scene revision/creation
  • Set each day’s goal the night before: Pick one project/scene/short for that day’s focus

 

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