By: Rachel Hauck
"Rachel, I'm a
pantser, I don't like to plan."
I hear you! I'm not asking you to plan. I'm asking you to do 5 things
Even for the plotters, these 5 Things will make a difference in your story.
So let's get to it.
A story has to be about someone ordinary doing something extraordinary.
I can't design scenes, develop characters or even answer, "What's the story about?" without knowing WHO I'm dealing with -- internally.
I design my character with these 5 critical elements:
- Dark wound of the past.
- The Lie he believes.
- The greatest fear.
- The secret desire.
- What can they do in the end they couldn't do in the beginning?
Once I know the answer to these five elements, I can answer, "What's the story about?"
Granted, these elements are fluid. They should adjust and deepen as you write BUT putting these stepping stones in place before you write the first line will aid your journey.
Think of it like this: You're going to at least look at the road map before pulling out of the drive.
There's still plenty of time to take a side road and veer off the beaten path to keep things interesting.
But knowing the wound --> lie --> fear will keep you focused.
We use this structure over on My Book Therapy to help struggling authors get to the next level.
Let's break it down a bit:
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Read the full article HERE!
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