Monday, March 28, 2011

Unshakable? I Think Not.



On March 23rd, @ (Donald Maass) Tweeted the Following:


Who in your story has an ironclad, unshakable belief? Shatter or reverse it by the story’s end. 

That got me thinking about my WIP. What is driving my character's behavior and decisions. Do they change throughout the course of the 
story arc?  Is it important if they change in such a fundamental way?

Apparently it is...

Now, I am a huge fan of Maass's book, Writing the Breakout Novel. I've learned so much from his insight. He once had a story prompt. What is the worst thing that could happen to your character? What would make their world crumble around their ears...now write that scene. 

Whew!  I had to really think. What would do that?  Do you know off hand how to completely level your main chareacter...and could you do it?

This weekend I challenge you to take a look at what you're writing. Is there a deep change to your character's way of thinking...their view of themselves or their world?

Until next time...Go Write!

20 comments:

salarsenッ said...

Don's book is pure perfection! Loved it. His tweet really does make you think. Thanks for jump-starting my writing week!

Katie Mills said...

that challenge in and of itself is enough to make a story out of. Great post!

Rogue Mutt said...

I bet you could follow all of his advice, send him a query, and he'd give you a form rejection. It's that random. So don't overthink all of this advice.

Justin W. Parente said...

I read both of Maass's books, Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction. He's superb. I learned a lot from those books and I even had the chance to speak to him in person once. It was about something small-- about a submission process--and even the way he described it to me oozed professionalism.

He's really at the top of the agent pile for me.

JWP

Colene Murphy said...

Sounds like a really great book! Thanks for the heads up on it and the bit of info from it!

Michael Offutt said...

That's an interesting tweet that you homed in upon from the super agent. If I could ask him one question though, it'd be how to pronounce his last name.

As an aside note, it sure is difficult for me to find the "Post a Comment" button on your blog as it is in green on my screen and I'm colorblind to that color. It completely disappears into the other colors LOL.

Lydia K said...

Such good food for thought! Maass's book had a lot of great points. Hmm, will have to apply this to my WIP...

Sierra Gardner said...

That's totally what I'm doing to my MC! She has a mission - the one thing that she lives. Unfortunately, it all falls apart when she finds out that living her dream could literally destroy the world.

Ruth Teal said...

I like your blog! I'm following you and I'm also in the A-Z Blogging Challenge, looking forward to seeing your posts! RuthieTootieWishes

Maria McKenzie said...

Writing the Breakout Novel is on my reading list! I've heard too many great things about it:).

Hart Johnson said...

This is really a great way to amp the tension. Just thinking about my two that are in late editing stages, it seems like I could do this NOT with changing the big scene, but with BEFORE THAT instilling a greater need in the characters that this scene BREAKS... set up the motivation more strongly for the opposite and that existing scene increases its power a lot.

Ciara said...

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Beth said...

I think I need to get a copy of Writing the Breakout Novel.
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Raquel Byrnes said...

I encourage you guys to follow him on Twitter if you like the prompt. He posts them regularly and I find them helpful. =)

Alicia Gregoire said...

I have a copy and reading it gave me a panic attack, so I had to put it down. Maybe I should try it again.

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

Good reminder, Raquel. I know when I think in this direction some cool twists come to mind--and some great hooks too!

Monica said...

Found you from the A-Z Challenge, it sounds like it’s going to be so much fun and I can’t wait to get started!! I’m now following your blog on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog and maybe follow me back!!
Monica
http://oldermommystillyummy.blogspot.com/

Eric W. Trant said...

Good luck on the A-Z again this year. That's how I found you last year, doing your A-Z thingie-doochie.

I like your unshakable plug. That's part of the process of a novel, creating and destroying and re-creating your characters!

Mold them. Crush them. Grind them to dust. Re-construct them from the pieces. The End.

- Eric

Dani said...

Thanks to our Fearless Fools... er, leaders... for setting this up. Another A-Z Challenger here.

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Jeffrey Beesler said...

Thanks for the mention! Have a great time with the challenge!