The Three Acts

All stories, well most anyway, have three acts. Act I – Introduction. Act II – Journey. Act III – Resolution.

Your story may be written this way. Or maybe it has more than three acts. I’ve seen books with more acts than an actress on her diva days. The point is write out your acts and they help out with the outline.

Story Outline

After you have free writren your thoughts and ideas of what the story is. You came up with a plot and theme. maybe not, sometimes that comes after. Its time to make an outline. The outline is bones of the craft.

Not everyone is comfortable with an outline. Some write and write and let the story unfold. Others write out the outline and flesh in the rest later.

Whatever your comfortable with the outline helps. If you don’t do outlines, but you do write the story first. You can use this section after you write the story, and use it as a tool to know what chapters contain what.

Time Line

It’s important for you to keep up with the process of time in your story. All things happen in a sequence and keeping track of that helps so much on the long run. You may change chapters’ order, or their scenes, but in doing so aren’t you also changing the sequence of the story.

You have a lovely couple, the have a baby, the marry, the fall in love, they meet, they get engaged. Wait. What? Is that right. Maybe half of it. I can see having a baby, falling in love, then marriage. But they first have to meet. Unless it was a one night event and they didn’t even meet, just did the deed and got pregnant. (It happens.) No it doesn’t.

By keeping a track of the time line, you help yourself with the process of the story. If you change a chapter or something in between, you can refer to your time line and realise that you can’t change the order of the chapter and if you do, you might need to make some great changes to it, in order to make it work.

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Purpose of a Blog

The purpose of a blog is to bring customers to your website. That’s the whole idea. You want to give the reader a subject that you’re writing about in your website. If you write Sci-Fi make sure that your blogs cover this genre.

You have a voice. Use it. There’s something you must feel passionate about. Take that passion and blog about it. Maybe its about your puppy and all the mysteries that lie within that breed. Or you have a penace for cooking new things. Blog about it.

The reasons to blog and the subject to write is limited only by your imagination. So, go ahead Blog About It.

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Calendar

When does your story take place? Does it take place in one night? Or maybe a year? Or maybe it took a century?

The calendars in the notebooks are designed for twelve months. This ways you start with the day the novel started, and it goes through to the end. At least for a year. This helps you and your reader understand the passage of time. Keeping track of the days of the week and the months is important.

If you know that on Sunday’s the town in your novel is a dry day. Why is your underage character trying to buy moonshine?

It’s 1765 and your character is talking on a smart phone. Hmmm. Unless this is sci-fi there better be a good reason why he’s on a smart phone. Which theoretically as a future man, he would be holding an antique in the past. That was too much for my brain.

Don’t forget. There are two months of the year that there’s five weeks. There’s 52 weeks in a year. February sometimes has 29 days. Never 30 or 31. Summer starts in June and in December. Think about it. North Hemisphere, South Hemisphere.

It’s Christmas and your characters are outside swimming in the pool. They must be in South America or Australia. Calendars and time keeping is important.

Do Your Research

Do your research. To make your novel more believable and accurate make sure you do your research. Some of your readers will know that you didn’t. I shows if you have something happening and its out of sequence, the results are different than they should be, etc. The list goes on.

When you see a movie and its about something your familiar with and they don’t do it in sequence you’ll notice. Not only will you notice but you will think about it and of course you’re going to tell your friends on how bad the movie was written.

Same thing goes with a book. Your reader is reading a sci-fi novel you wrote, and theirs a lot of fire coming out of a space ship. Most readers might believe you, it is after all fake. However, space has no oxygen, therefore it would not look like an explosion. The fire would cool off and escape as gas. So I’m told. I still have to do my research on that.

Also when you use words that you are not familiar with, look it up. The wrong word will give your whole story a new meaning. The murderer held his victim in a choke hold and cut her throat. The venereal spray splashed all over the window. What is venereal? Do you mean Arterial? When you cut a vein, nothing happens, that’s why when you get blood drawn, the use vacuum tubes. Cut an arterial and yes, you will bleed to death.

Do your research. As a reader I deeply appreciate it.

Title

Giving your book a Title is the most distressing thing to do. Right after writing a syllabus. There are so many things to consider when giving a title to your book.

Your title needs to convey the theme, plot, story concept, and so forth. Play with titles and tell your friends and family to help you pick the best three. After that you need to choose the final title.

Most will have a professional pick it. Others will stick to their original one. Some have their publishers change it.  Play with five or six, mix them up, one word title, three syllable title, three words, one word, a phrase. There is so many ways that can give some one a headache.

When you write your book give it a working title, and go with that. In the interim of writing and another title comes to mind, write it down, and eventually you’ll have many to chose from.

Have fun. It’s an adventure on its own.

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Goal/Item

All stories have a goal in mind. A lost treasure. A lost love. A magic potion. A new planet. Revenge. Avenge. A baby. Death. Peace. Etc. the list goes on and on.

What’s your story’s goal? Is it an item or a realization?

Define it so you know that you have a goal in mind when you write your story. When you have a goal you’re more than likely going to have obstacles to get their. Make them interesting. Make it hard for your character to achieve their goal. Give him an antagonist that will prevent him from getting it and helps him grow as a person.

Whatever it is, make sure the reader knows it. The importance of it. Why is it a goal? If the character does not achieve it, what then? Does the world as we know it end?

In Terradustria (Writer’s Bloc V), BW’s goal was to push a botton and keep the world as it . However, he does not complete his goal, and hits a different button and saves the planet from total destruction.

Back Story

All great literature has a back story. What’s yours? Think of how your characters developed before they entered the story you’re writing. We all have a history. Things happened to us as we grew up. We lost a parent at a young age as opposed to being an adult. Our rearing would be different. It affected us in some way that changed the way we are today.

Same thing with your characters. They need a back story. A man who lost his wife is going to act differently with women more so than a man who was never married. A country girl taking orders at a coffee shop is going to be different if a city girl is serving the food. Why? Different backgrounds.

This affects how your characters speak, move, react, etc. When you know what your character is like you will write your character as such, when their in your novel. You’re giving the character a chance to show their true intentions, feelings, and motivation.

You’re story is the same thing. What happened before your first chapter? Something happened to make the story have a beginning point. Romeo and Juliet were two spoilt kids and their families hated each other. That’s the background of their lives. They meet, fell in love, and die. That’s the story.