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When you reach the end of your story that contains the climax and epilogue, be sure the ending ties up all the questions that have been raised. >>
Remember, the story question is concerned with the external conflict.>>
Character is Action>>
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Character is action. How do you accomplish this? Does this mean you have to change the genre you write to suspense or thrillers? No, it doesn’t. >>
To have a character in action, you turn their normal world upside down. >>
This is where your story begins, the moment of change, of threat to their peaceful world. Using the character charts/profile from the last lesson, you’ll have an idea of how this person you’ve created will react to threat.>>
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Start with the threat and the character’s response to it. By shaking up the character’s norm, this will bring out the internal and external GMC and begin the process of plot. >>
The threat doesn’t always have to be life threatening. You can make the change unpleasant. Tossing in something to mess up the character’s status quo doesn’t always mean a life and death threat. Knowing your character gives you the tools that will knock them off kilter, disturb their ordered world.>>
Events such as marriage, divorce, abuse, fear of heights, kids, being fired from a job, tragedy from the elements…all signify change in a person’s life. I’m sure you can think of many more. Any of this would affect how the character views their world. These elements can also be a threat to the character.>>
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Jack M. Bickham says, “Nothing is more threatening than change.”>>
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What keeps readers turning the pages, waiting to buy our next book? Readers are hooked by characters they can care about and the action this character takes to achieve the story goals. They want to find out what happens. >>
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An active character is a character who wants something so desperately they will take action to get it. It also will make the reader turn the pages to discover what will happen to your hero and heroine. Passive characters bleed into the white page. Readers want to be entertained and by providing interesting, three dimensional characters this will happen.>>
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We draw upon our experiences to create plot. This is why writers look for universal plot themes when they write. It’s okay if you don’t know what the universal theme is of your book. For romance, many times it is love conquers all.>>
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Plot>>
Action creates plot. >>
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Without tension/conflict, you have no plot. (Jack Bickham) >>
Without action there is no character, and without action there is no plot. (Ronald B. Tobias, 20 Master Plots, page 55).>>
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Debra Dixon from: GMC –Goal, Motivation and Conflict:If your character doesn’t take action right now, the urgency fizzles. The pace halts and you risk the reader putting down your book and never picking it up again.>>
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In romance novels falling in love is a conflict the character wants to avoid. Falling in love should impact the goals and choices of the hero and heroine. Romance is conflict.>>
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Why can’t they fall in love? Will this affect the character internally, externally or both? This is an important element to the plot as romance writers. This adds lovely, sexual tension not to be confused with the actual act of sex itself. The push/pull between the hero and heroine that sizzles the pages.>>
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The character profile/charts in the last lesson will help you see what elements will affect the character and give you ideas on how to add plot to the story.
>>Character Decisions>>
When a character is making a decision; be sure you have consequences for the actions they take. This starts the character on the road to personal change. By the end of the story the main characters should grow, become better than they were at the beginning of the book.>>
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The difference between Plot and Story>>
Tobias from 20 Master Plots: Plot involves the reader in the game of why? Plot is not story. Story only makes the reader curious of what will happen next.>>
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