You’re writing a novel. It’s a challenge, especially creating characters who have lot at stake. It’s very easy to write a book which dithers along. Your characters THINK too much, rather than acting, because they lack motivation. Here’s a wonderful explanation of goals, motivation, and conflict — which will help.
I’ve been battling with internal motivation in my current novel; it turns out my darling story person doesn’t have a real hangup. I’m going to make her much more neurotic. 🙂
It can be a major challenge to motivate yourself, never mind your characters. Here’s how pulp novelist William Wallace Cook handled it. He wrote a book in week in 1910. Poor devil — he must have been a nervous wreck.
Cook took plotting very seriously; he created “Plotto“. This article, ‘Plotto’: An Algebra Book For Fiction Writing : NPR, reports:
“Cook, like many pulp novelists of the day, clipped ideas straight from the headlines. He kept them in a specially designed card catalog, which Collins says is ‘basically the larger version of this book.'”
I haven’t downloaded Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots, but I will, as soon as I complete the current book. Plotto boasts 1,462 plots — more than enough to keep you writing for a century or three. 🙂 And more than enough to confuse you, I expect.
I’ll be downloading the Kindle version; easier on the eyes. Apparently the original has tiny font sizes.
A couple of writers asked me about selling fiction on the Kindle platform: how much do writers make? Obviously, that depends on the writer. Theresa Reagan shares her sales; other writers do too — just search for them.
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