I’ve been doing lots of research and finally started a draft of the story that’s been swimming in my thoughts for a long time. As things go for now, I’ve written four different beginnings!
I guess I can say that’s a start.
After digging through my Resource files, I found my file on Story Board. I don’t remember where or which conference I learned about the story board, it’s been too long ago, but it helped me. It might help you. Or not.
Never stop learning.
By the way, I have finished half of my draft with the help of the story board.
Here’s what I learned from Story Board
Build emotions to and away from turning points
Plot and write to and away from the turning points – escalate scenes
Think: Motivation then Reaction
Build scenes from each square on the grid so conflict is illustrated
Include scenes showing WHY
Every scene must work on two levels: External and Internal
Turning Points are changes in which your character is forced to into action.
A Turning Point leads to a setback causing a Black Moment.
A Final Turning point embraces the Black Moment (jeopardy, fears cause of emotional pain, etc), then Realization (the theme of the book, a need to realize before overcoming the Black Moment).
The Quartering Act, Revolutionary War Romance
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