Where do you begin writing?
At the BEGINNING of course!
Click on the worksheets below & let's get this story started...
WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
Sure, your story is about your characters–what they do and how they grow. But the MEANING of your story can be about so much more. Harry Potter isn't just about Harry fighting Voldemort; it's about love and family and friendship. It's about finding your power within. These are just some of the themes that make us think and feel about this classic character long after we read "the end."
Click on the WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT WORKSHEET to discover the deep meaning behind your plot and characters.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
The reader starts your story on page one, but when do things really take off? In the Wizard of Oz, it's when Dorothy is sucked into the tornado and lands in Oz. Or in Alice in Wonderland, it's when she falls down the rabbit hole. Everything before these events is set-up–and that's all well and good. But you need to turn your character's world upside down; this Inciting Incident is what sets their journey in motion.
Click on the DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE WORKSHEET to craft the exciting scene where your story TAKES OFF.
I don't mean to be rude, but...until your character does something INTERESTING, your reader isn't going to care too much. We (readers) want a proactive protagonist, not a passive one. If everyone else is making the decisions and your main character is just standing by, shake that snow glow and make them DO SOMETHING! We don't want Dorothy to think about going down the Yellow Brick Road we want her to go–and defeat the Wicked Witch. That takes action!
Click on the WHO CARES? WORKSHEET to get to the meat of the story: your character making tough choices and living dangerously.