It’s November – NaNoWriMo season. To help you out, I created a number of writing ideas to help you with your NaNoWriMo Project. Good luck creating your 50,000 words!
How often does life get in the way of our plans? This conundrum and even frustration of real life is integral to a novel. It works like this: the novel opens with conflict in the character’s life, then something happens.
It sounds simplistic at first, but consider, you are late with a deadline, the car needs to go in for new brakes, and your wife asks for a divorce, these are all the life events that are piling up. Just as you spill coffee on your new slacks, a mysterious package arrives with your name written in a spidery script and over lunch, you have a chance encounter with a spy: that is the plot. In good novels, gripping novels, these two story lines weave in and around the action, the personal and the plot. Keep both in action adds depth to your character and keeps the reader’s interest. They may not want to know why the spy has such crabbed handwriting, but they will read to the end to see if the marriage can be saved.