Set up to write. No point in reading through this. Write through it.
5 Minutes each node. Several nodes in each section. Go!
The final path displays the fruit and the harvest of this journey. Yes we may be worse for wear in the tolls we paid to arrive here have nearly broken us, but like sore muscles from good work, these are pains our character can bear.
The journey is refined
– New way of walking embraces the present
– Relationships made along the way mature
– Wisdom is identified and pocketed
– A prize from the battle is obtained/identified/displayed. This can be anything from:
the head of the beast
an enchanted object (crown, sword, potion, spaceship)
an educational object (scroll, business papers, secret formula, powerful spell,
This is the outward expression of what has been found and/or forged through conflict by our main character.
Your main character interacts with the world. That world is populated with…? People, creatures, robots, inanimate objects, magic… Whomever they are, your story revolves around their interaction. So let’s set up some of the characters that populate this world and learn to understand who they are, and who they are to our main character, by their interactions with each other:
Co-workers, school chums, neighborhood parents, fellow soldiers, competitors, enablers in both personal and professional exchanges that are action-oriented.
The energy between characters is the stuff of story: love, competition, jealousy, admiration, idolization, hate, suspicion, curiosity, friendship.
Choose one of your supporting characters and let’s explore them with a few 5 minute writes that start with:
- Left alone, one of their favorite activities is…
- When your main character and this character meet on the street they…
- Their last big challenge was resolved when they…
- When they feel angry/happy their first action is…
- Their standard response to something they don’t understand is…
Did you write? I hope so. It is how books get written.
Great thing about these exercises is you can do them over and/or you can do them for 10, 15, 30 minutes.
Do them in a way that works for you.
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