Thursday, October 25, 2012

For anyone doing NaNo: things to include in the beginning and middle of your work

     -Introduces the protagonist and provides a glimpse of his/her character, goal, and conflict.
     -Sets up the world of the book.
     -Shows "before" of the world and the protagonist, what they're like before the story events.
     -Hints at backstory, or at least indicates there is some relevant backstory.
     -Sets up the major story questions (external, internal, interactional) and probably poses the external story question.
     -Initiates the external conflict.
     -Hints at the internal conflict.
     -Shows the start point of the central relationship.
     -Ends with the inevitability of change.


     -Shows how protagonist initially responds to the forced change.

     -Shows how the world of the book responds to the threat and event of change.
     -Forces more protagonist/antagonist action/reaction through events.
     -Forces protagonist to confront (but not yet resolve!) internal conflict.
     -Forces protagonist to begin to understand the cost of not resolving internal conflict.
     -Gradually reveals the "secret" or the backstory as needed.
     -Heightens conflict through events requiring greater emotional risk from protagonist.
     -Suggests what the crisis might be– what the protagonist fears most.
     -Produces reaction by antagonist/external conflict.
     -Increases interaction within central relationship, heightening conflict but also increasing the intensity of the caring. With each event, the nature of the relationship shifts a little.
     -Creates the point of no return– the event or action that means the protagonist cannot turn back.

**From this site, if you're interested in more:


  1. This is terrific and invaluable- thank you for sharing!

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    1. No, I don't have enough of a story to participate at all! If you are, best of luck and I'll keep posting tips I stumble across.

  3. Good checklist, Saumya. Thanks for sharing.

  4. These are great points to remember.

  5. Nice list. And good luck with Nano if you do it!

  6. The middle stuff is so important and so often overlooked, I will definitely be refering to this list. Thank you!

    1. Ah, the dreaded middle is where I struggle as well. Hope you're well, Margo :)

  7. love reading the, makes it all look overwhelming! great blog and info. new follower, hi!

  8. Good luck on your writing. Those are excellent points to hit when writing!

  9. Those are great tips, Saumya! I struggle more in the beginning than in the middle because I worry about how much to give away that early in the book. The middle is always fun for me to write because that's when all the conflict and drama happens.

    Good luck with your writing!