Is the thickness of your Preptober folder growing every day? These 31 days of exercises should help you form your story, break the steps of writing a novel down into bite size pieces, and keep you focused so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by what you’re trying to do.
Today, we’re taking one more step to get more pieces into place. This means that we’re taking the main points of interest that we plotted and then unplotted the previous few days, and we’re going to write them in detail. Take your main points and write them in detail. This is like writing out the heart of one chapter but not all of the chapter.
The point of today is flush our idea and this is the same reason why we wrote the summary and conclusion. Don’t get distracted by the other smaller parts of your story. Hone in on the main plot twists, and the pieces that make the heart beat of your story pulse.
You should have at least 2-3 meaty pieces that can’t be left out of your story that need development. Spend all day on them and the beauty of bite size writing is we have time to do some editing or rewriting until we have it right. Again, doing this in the beginning is the most ideal time to prevent to much fixing at the end.
Add the depth to your action, or places that alter your character and story. Write until you have that feeling of satisfaction of a good day of work. Write in detail. Do your best to form a mood, a picture, and strong feeling without describing. Describing is mechanical and doesn’t leave room for the reader to form their own image or feel. Instead of writing down the details of the number of stripes on someone’s sweater, we’re focused on how someone’s voice leaves us feeling empty.
As writers, we don’t talk about the expression on other person’s face, instead we’re talking about the way it makes our main character feel. What I’m trying to say is we need to put our focus in the right place to create a stronger story.
Once you’re done writing down the details of the main points of your story, it’s time to put it away in your folder for another day.
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