Where is your story taking place? Bring your writer to the location, time period by showing them what’s around the characters. Make sure you don’t tell. Give the writer clues.
Clues to a good setting. Temperature, is it cold, hot, warm, freezing or room temperature? Show us by a shiver, a sweaty character, anything that would indicate your surrounding.
Lighting. Is it so shiny that your eyes are shut from the glare? Or is it pitch black and you can only feel the monster’s breath on your neck? Let’s get creative and show a silhouette of a beautiful lady holding a fan of feathers in the setting sun. Sound familiar?
Language also plays an important factor. A different city, state, country, planet, galaxy are easy to show. Give them an accent, a dialect, or a way of talking with the latest slang. Time can also be told by the slang. In the 1860’s they did not use “Cool, man. I’ll hang ten for ya.”
Give the reader a feel for the environment as well. If you’re in the dessert and it rains, show us. Maybe you’re sunbathing in January (Southern Hemisphere), don’t assume your reader will know this.
What is the mood of your story? What do you want your readers to feel when they read your book?
Most of us have no idea what the theme is for our story. Some of us actually think of the theme before writing the story. It’s all subjective to the writer.
What if you’re writing a western, and theirs a mystery. Okay, two genre’s. But are the cowboys happy, sad, scared for their lives because of the bad guys. Or is your book a sci-fi and the theme is finding a lost treasure in another planet? Your theme should match the feelings of the characters as well as the feelings of your readers.
Make sure that your theme is consistent through your entire book. Its jarring when there are two or more themes and their sprinkled throughout the book. If you do have it like that make it smooth between the characters.
Plot is like a letter. First you know who you’re going to send it to. That’s easy enough, the title of the book. Alright we’re getting somewhere. We have to know to whom its going, right?
What is the letter about? You to whom, but what do you want with the letter? What is you goal for writing the letter? It has to be important or otherwise you wouldn’t be bothering.
You write the letter with all important components. Your goal, the conflicts, and the resolution. You’re taking the reader into a journey that you have created.
You drop off the letter at the post office box. Hopefully you wrote the address of where its going. So you sit and wait for a response.
Plot is no different. You have a goal, you tell us how we got there and you let the reader feel good about reading your book. The response is usually when they give you feedback.
What is the concept of your story?
In this chapter we talk about your Genre, Sub genre, Point of View, Time Period, Setting/Location, Protagonist, Antagonist, Goal, Obstacle and Resolution.
What is your Genre and Sub-Genre? Who are you writing for? What is your target audience. It helps if you actually know what you writing. If you’re not sure, leave this blank and come to it later. Most of us don’t know what the genre is until we completed the book.
POV – Are you writing in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd point of view. It’s important to know when you’re writing your novel. This way you stick with one point of view through the entire novel.
Time Period – When is it taking place? Are you set in the future where anything goes? Are you in a particular time in the past? If you’re in the past be aware of the availability of things in that time period. You don’t want to write the French Revolution and have a machine gun on the front lines, and a Stealth Bomber bombing the castle. Unless of course you’re writing sci-fi with a romantic twist.
Setting/Location. Where are you? Again. Know your location. If you’re writing about history you know that coffee was not invented until late 18th century and it only grows in the Equator. you don’t want to write how the Germans have expanded fields of coffee beans.
Protagonist and Antagonist. – Don’t forget who your characters are. Some of us have written a character in the wrong novel. It was quite funny.
Goal, Obstacle, and Resolution. – The arc of your story. The bare bones that you will eventually flesh in with your ideas.
There’s a freedom when Free Writing. As easy as it sounds, its not. Most of us think of what to write down. As if we are writing something important (which it is, if you think about it), or we have Writer’s Block. We grew up thinking that everything has to be set in a certain way. What we do has to be done in a certain order. Sometimes its just us who want things in order. That’s why Free Writing is a liberating experience.
You a story in mind and you’re not sure how to start it? Free Write
You have Writer’s Block? Free Write
Are you’re stuck on a the first line of a scene? Free Write
Do you see that pattern? Free Write
Don’t think about order, or style, or grammar. Just Free Write. Start with the first letter of your name, follow it with the second letter of your first name, and so on. You have written your name. See its easy, right? Yes. Now keep writing with no restrictions. Liberate yourself from conventional thinking.
Andres will not have writer’s block and the cat followed the mouse into the how, maybe somehow the dog will come in to the house and scare the cat away and give the mouse a pice a cheese
See, how easy it is. I admit I put a coma in there, only by habit.
As a writer, do you struggle to get yourself organized when writing a story? Do you start with a character and by chapter four he became a she and with a different name altogether? Maybe at the beginning of your story your heroin has blue eyes and has one name, at the end of the story she becomes a hero, with the same name, just different sex. Do you find some of your stories have the location as a town and in later chapters a city in a different country?
Have you noticed that you employ more time and efforts looking for notes that you have written on napkins, in notebooks, or hiding under your bed? You have had enough of wasting time looking for information that you already took notes of.
Now, unexpectedly you find The Writer’s Notebook that is formatted to address some of your specific needs. Now you can concentrate on writing and not seeking the specifics.
The Writer’s Sidekick for Novels was created to help you keep track of your full-length novel. From the start of your idea, the process to write it and to getting it printed. Your story needs to be heard by everyone. This notebook can help you get there.
I am also happy to present to you the entire series at www.writerssidekick.com. I hope the notebooks help you keep organized and stay focused on writing your best seller. I know I needed a little organization and I am sure some of you do to.