Outline – Step Three

Market Part 3 – What external situation will require your protagonist’s participation and how does it connect with the action in Part 2? (Extra challenge – can you build in a deadline for extra tension?”

Paul’s desire to say ‘goodbye’ to some of the kids he’s connected  with proves difficult as some familiar faces go missing. Torn between finding answers and arriving to his new state/job on time, will Paul  move towards the lost or towards logic?

Outline – Step Two

To continue the exercise from SnoValley Writes!, the second part of the outlining was:

Part 2 – When the novel opens, what is the protagonist on the brink of doing? What does this action represent and why?

Paul Emerson Griffith announces during a celebration dinner that he’s accepted a job in Colorado. The family sees this as a move of cowardice; his friends see it as a sign of craziness. Whether or not Paul is running to or from something isn’t fully known -yet.

He knows  that he cares about the kids he sees, the ones he doesn’t see as much anymore.

Time for the Nine…



The great thing about writing groups would have to be the workshops that get the creative juices flowing. HeroProtagonist, the fearless leader of SnoValley Writes! led a wonderful outlining workshop as we prepare to for NaNoWriMo.

The evening ended with a 9-part assignment, so being the frivolous one that I am (and in case you’re wondering if I remembered how to create an original blog post), I thought I’d share a part of the assignment each day leading up to the end of the month.

Part 1 – What distinguishes your protagonist from other characters? What central strength does your protagonist have and how does that get them into trouble?

Paul Emerson Griffith may be the youngest of the cousins on either side of the family, but he knows more about the world around him than they do – and he’s never left Seattle. Unlike his athletic, brawny male cousins on the Griffith side, and quieter than the strong-willed, sure-of-voice women on the Emerson side, Paul is unapologetic about the choices he’s made with his life (to the distain of his parents).

Movie-buff, meandering musician who edits manuscripts and grades history essays at a secondary school in the ‘worst part of town,’  Paul’s gifts of observation can be a mixed blessing, depending on who is listening to his latest story or song. Rather than go on the dates arranged by well-meaning relatives and behaving like a ‘proper man his age,’ Paul’s evening trips to the corner by the market allow him his wish of remaining a wandering wallflower.

He gets to know some of the teens and near-teens of the area and forms many ‘familiar-stranger’ relationships with them, helping them out any way he can. When he no longer sees some of the familar teens, it’s a challenge for Paul to convince those around him that something is wrong, as if they were led away by a pied piper on the pier.

Week in Review – 2013/10/07 – 2013/10/20, Pt. 3

A few more tips to ponder for planning.

Textploits of the Writerly Persuasion



And just like that, we were on our way back to the West Coast.

But not so fast. Toronto, it seemed, wanted to make this trip extra memorable.

I woke up past 3am on the morning of our check-out and departure. Don’t know why. It wasn’t a bad dream or anything–that was yet to come.

I sat up and stretched. For the first time, the TV hadn’t been left on. Per our usual hotel viewing, we’d watch an HGTV marathon. Nothing like seeing Bryan Baeumler or Mike Holmes improving the lives of homeowners to send us peacefully off to SnoozeVille. They’re like our oversized cherubs. Hammers instead of harps. Tool belts instead of wings. Home Improvement lullabies are the best.

Anyhoo, no TV this time around and the remote was waaaaay over on the other bed. I flopped back down and kicked off the covers…

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Learning the Basics of Dialogue

While you’re sharpening your pencils and putting together the final pieces of NaNoWriMo prep (10 days to go!!!) – enjoy Deborah’s enlightening piece about dialogue!

Writing Tips from Creative Writing Institute

000000Engaging in Dialogue

by Miss Katz

Writing believable dialogue can make or break a story. By the time you finish reading this article, you will understand good dialogue rules… and when you can break them.

Dialogue is an essential part of every story. Properly written, it will move the story forward, bring characters to life, reveal their quirks, and engage your readers.

The Encarta World English Dictionary defines dialogue as “the words spoken by characters in a book, a film, or a play, or a section of a work that contains spoken words.”

Dialogue has several functions:

♥          To express through conversations what the reader must know so they can understand the character’s actions, motivations and thoughts.

♥          To convey character which shows the reader what kind of people make up the story.

♥          To give the reader a sense of time and place through speech patterns, dialect, vocabulary and…

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What Do You Look For in Fictional Sibilings?

It just occurred to me that Paul doesn’t have any siblings. This may be the first NaNo where  my main character is an only child. Didn’t see that one coming (all right, those of you sighing and thinking ‘that’s not good’, but we’re still in pre-NaNo  stage, so anything can happen).

I’ve enjoyed most shows that have a family dynamic versus the 2-dimensional stereotypes. I’ll admit I enjoy Supernatural (credit goes to SnoValley Hobbit for this introduction) and can relate to Dean (it’s an older sibling thing).

What about the shows and movies you watch; the books you read; the stories you write – what do you enjoy and what is the dynamic of siblings and/or family in general?

Legends of Windemere

I’m sure I’ll get mocked for liking this show, but it has two things I really like.  Supernatural lore from various cultures (they had a fucking Wendigo and a Rugaru) and great characters.  I got into the series by accident when a friend bought the first few boxsets and lent them to me because I was looking for something to watch.  I returned them soon after because I ordered my own.  One of the big reasons is because of the dynamic of Sam and Dean.

The story is basic.  Sam and Dean Winchester are brothers who grew up with a monster hunting father.  He took them into this lifestyle after their mother was killed by a demon and he learned what was really out there.  Season 1 is them looking for their missing father after Sam tried to leave that life behind by going to college.  Blah blah blah, read…

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