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Beginnings are tough

Beginnings are tough for a number of reasons, not least among them the fact that we’re wading blind into unknown territory, trembling with the knowledge that if we fail to be brilliant, readers won’t get past the first chapter. How do we grip readers with can’t-look-away action, while still taking the time to establish character? […]

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Cause and Effect 2 – by Lara

At present the scenes read a bit like a laundry list of events/happenings or situations[1] (a story), which is not the same thing as a plot. Ian Briggs says[2], “We have defined a story as a narrative of events arranged in their time-sequence. A plot is also a narrative of events, the emphasis falling on causality. […]

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Goal, Motivation, Conflict (GMC)

GMC is goal, motivation, and conflict. This blog (why-i-love-deb-dixons-goal-motivation) sums it up like this: It begins with WHO. Your character. Goal = What (what they want) Motivation = Why (why they want it) Conflict = The Why Not (what stands in their way) You listed character goals in the file you sent, but it might […]

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Cause and Effect 1 – by Lara

One event/action, let’s say by the antagonist, triggers first an internal reaction and then an external reaction (decision, new goal, new action) from the protagonist, which in turn affects the antagonist. ‘The king died and then the queen died,’ is a story. ‘The king died, and then the queen died of grief,’ is a plot. If a story we […]

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Basics

(Early Draft) Normal People — Elijah and Ahab are both normal people. Elijah – I violate this assumption by showing Elijah as free from flaws. Maybe I don’t show him as a superman, but I made him into a smoothman. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown […]

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Elijah Issues

What are the central issues in this book? Following God vs. Moloch/Asherah Life vs. Death Israel/Judah culture vs. Sidon/Phoenicia culture Israelis vs. Sidonians This Issue — Who cares about it? What would he do about it next year? in ten years? What would happen if all of society embraced this? What would happen if all […]

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The Days of Elijah - a story

The Days of Elijah – a story