Now that we have our prep work done, it's time to start setting up the ups and downs of our plot. Every plot needs to have an arc that is compelling and keeps the reader, well, reading. The easiest way to make sure you have an intriguing arc is to create an outline and of course, submit it to the group for feedback. Who else is going to be able to point out your plot holes?
We're also going to be working on plot premise for your novel as well as your characters in order to ensure that you have well rounded and believable characters that your readers will be able to relate to. Now, to the serious bits, your tasks.
Your First Task
Plot premises are very important, not just so you can relate the story concept to your reader, but also, so you know what path each character is going to take in the journey of your novel. You'll start off by making a list of your characters (protagonist, antagonist and supporting characters) and then create a plot premise for each character, details can be found here
. Once you've done that, it should be easy to create the plot premise for your novel.
Your Second Task
We're going to start easy. We want you to create a Twelve Point Outline, details can be found here
, for your novel. Overly detailed isn't necessary right now. We'll get into that later. Instead, we're looking for the basic points of the story that create your arc.
An Example to Follow
As with every previous workshop, JosephBlakeParker
has gone ahead and already completed this workshop, so there is an example for you to follow
Submitting to the Group
You'll be submitting to this Gallery Folder this time around
and just like last time, if you would prefer not to put your novel's information on the internet for all to see, you're welcome to submit to Sta.sh and note the GreenBat-Tutorials
with a link to be included with the round up article next week.
On Your Own
If you're looking for some side projects to do that incorporate what we're workshopping in this journal, well, we've come up with a short list for you:
- Compare your outline to your map and see if there are any possible problems, such as a character reappearing after they've been defeated, or a character being stuck in a desert without water.
- Offer critique to other deviants' work. Analyze whether or not the sequence of events make a logical progression and if their characters seem genuine.
Deadline for Inclusion in the Round Up Journal is April 22nd
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