A Quick TEN

1. Create a likeable character that has some flaws and inconsistencies.

2. Create a goal or a need for this character.

3. Create obstacles to prevent them from achieving their goal or fulfilling their need.

4. Give your character a strong motivation to overcome those obstacles.

5. Create a plot that has 3 parts. This is the beginning, middle and end idea, but it works more like Act 1, 2, and 3 in modern fiction.

6. Create tension from the beginning. Not empty conflict; it must relate to the character and their goals/needs.

7. Be able to state the plot in one sentence. It will keep you focused.

8. Create scenes that show when you need to develop the story and engage the reader (dialogue). Tell or narrate to offer information quickly (Mary grew up in California), to transition or move the story forward (the whole week was a mess).

9. Maintain your viewpoint. Viewpoint may change in sections of a book or whole chapters devoted to the present, the past, or from one character to another. Be consistent, however, with the voice you choose for each.

10. Know thy audience. Be familiar with what readers are expecting in your genre and give them what they want.



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