Nanowrimo is almost done!!
And if you are one of those gold star, overachieving type, you may be wondering what to do with this little project once it’s all over. (This blog will have plenty of advice in December!)
But for now, let’s list a few general tips to consider when fine tune that draft. These all have to do with the general story structure and plot –these are big issues. In fact, you can’t do much more with the development of your story until these wrinkles are ironed out. Are you ready to answer some tough questions? (And have a stronger manuscript as a result?) Let’s Go!
1. Does the point of view character you chose have the most to lose?
2. Is your point of view consistent throughout the story?
3. About the first third of the way in, does the main character set off on some sort of task or adventure?
4. Does the main character have a precise outward goal?
5. Does the main character have a inner basic drive, such as acceptance or justice or vengeance or security?
6. Are the obstacles in the path of the main character increasingly more dramatic?
7. Is there a point about 3/4 of the way in the story in which all seems hopelessly lost for your main character?
8. Does your main character have two mutually exclusive desires? Is there critical point in the story, about 3/4 of the way through in which he will have to choose one over the loss of the other?