Life is an endless stream of blanks to be filled in. What to have for dinner. What to wear. Who to date. When to have kids. What to name the kids. How long to stay married. And where to live.
Life would be so much easier if we got multiple choices. Remember how excited we would be if the test, for once, forgot about essay answers and gave us multiple choice? And we all knew the formula for those answers. http://testprep.about.com/od/tipsfortesting/a/Multiple_Choice_Test_Tips.htm?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons
As writers, we know that we need to get the answers on the page. A blank page cannot be edited. What do you do, leave a big red question mark? Better to sketch an outline, even if you are a “fly by the seat of your pants” or pantser type of writer. I like to list the chapters and put in the events that should happen there. That’s much easier to change if needed. http://writerswrite.co.za/basic-plot-structure-the-five-plotting-moments-that-matter
Now, look at your characters. Maybe you have a female shaped blank and a male shaped blank. Maybe you have two of either, instead. Maybe two and one, or three of some – It’s all good. You might know how tall the character is, what color hair or eyes. If ethnicity is involved, you want to include that in your sketch.
How many more blanks need to be filled in? The place where the story evolves, the house, the pets, the relatives, the friends, maybe a peek at characters who will be in the sequel. Jobs, vehicles, and clothes will need to be determined even if these never come up in the story. But come on, don’t you want to know what these people are wearing?
Contemporary romances almost always involve food, either cooked, take out, or in a restaurant. Make-up on the women, tattoos on everyone, and that toe-curling smirk are the sprinkles on top. Now your blanks are almost done. You just need a title, a short blurb, a long blurb, a synopsis, and a query letter. http://amandaonwriting.tumblr.com/post/73711167927
Don’t forget a cover. Guess you better stop reading stuff on the internet and get to writing, huh? And I have to jump back into Story World myself. Have a great week!
This post is dedicated to Rebecca Apodaca, my friend, who has gone on to the next chapter of existence. She loved science fiction, especially Dr. Who. I hope in some slice of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey, we meet again.
Born and raised in Southern California, DL Hungerford began writing right about the time you would expect. She has worked as a child care provider, a cook, a caterer, a clerk, customer service operator, blackjack dealer, house cleaner, bird breeder, a case worker for local government, and a supervisor of case workers. She honed her writing skills through fanzines, epic letters, and minutes for various clubs. She also wrote newsletter submissions for clubs, as well as movie and book reviews.
DL loves the world of fiction, especially Regency England, but hopes to explore other horizons as time permits. She still lives in Southern California with her husband, a spoiled cat, a spoiled dog, and a flock of parrots and other birds.
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