Writing

Novel Update – June and Six-Month Check-In

June What Dreams is at 41,714 words, up from 39,013 in May. So… eh. About average, still not getting that monthly number up by very much. As with last month, I’ve done a good job writing on weekends, I even hit my weekly goal in one Saturday-Sunday stretch, but I hardly ever write on weekdays since…… Continue reading Novel Update – June and Six-Month Check-In

Nonfiction · Writing

How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Characters

Part 1 explains what the heck I’m doing here, and also all the plot-related stuff in the My Story Can Beat Up Your Story system by Jeffrey Alan Schechter. This part is about character roles. Schechter breaks them down as follows: Protagonist Antagonist Protector/Mentor/Window Character – The keeper of the hero’s moral compass. Deflector/Bad example – Tries…… Continue reading How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Characters

Nonfiction · Writing

How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Plot

In my last novel update, I mentioned the book My Story Can Beat Up Your Story and how it’s been useful to me as a writing guide. Something I should’ve clarified in my novel update is that this book is really about story structure on a basic level. That’s one of the reasons it can…… Continue reading How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Plot