wqa story

Anonymous asked:

My story is long and kind of sad, and the ending is sad too. It doesn’t seem to have a lot of meaning. It’s just a sad story about a guy getting through life after being in a mental institution for a few years and Idk how to give it meaning.

You need to figure out the purpose of your story, which is to say you need to figure out two things: 1) what is the story goal? 2) what is your MC’s goal?

Story Goal

Your story goal, in a nutshell, is why you are telling the story. What is your purpose in sharing this sad tale? What are you trying to tell the reader? What do you want them to feel? What do you want them to take away? 

Protagonist Goal

Your character has just been through an incredibly unique, interesting, and presumably transformative experience. They’re probably not coming out of that with their hands in their pockets and no direction. What are they going to do? What do they want? Is there anything they want to work toward? Anything they want to achieve? Even something simple like “adjusting to life outside the institution” is a goal. There are internal and external goals, and many characters have both. An internal goal would be something like, “learn how to love again.” An external goal would be something like, “buy a house” or “take the ring to Mordor.”

Once you figure out the goals of your character and story, it’s going to be a lot easier to build meaning into the story. :)

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Advice: One Sentence Summary, Character vs Plot Driven

sergt-bucky-barnes asked:

Hi. For the story I’m working on, I’m using the snowflake method. The first step is to “write a one-sentence summary of your novel.” However, I don’t exactly know if my one-sentence summary should be about my character (where her story is the main purpose of the main story) or about the larger plot (where the context of the story takes place). I also can’t figure out if my story if character or plot driven because it seems to have a lot of elements of both. Any advice? Thanks!

As I recall, the goal of that one sentence summary is to illustrate the big picture of your story. But, at the same time, you do want to illustrate who the book is about and how they tie into that big picture. What is their goal? You could do something like:

A young woman discovers her murdered boyfriend was a werewolf, and is drawn into a deep supernatural world as she tries to solve his murder.

In this sentence we get the big picture: deep supernatural world, as well as the personal one: girl trying to solve werewolf boyfriend’s murder.

About character driven vs plot driven: the key difference is that in plot driven novels, events occur which the characters must react to. But in character driven novels, the events occur as a result of the character’s choices. They make the events happen. Many stories are a combination of both, so don’t feel like it has to be one or another. You’ll never be asked to slap that label on your story. ;)

anonymous asked:

Hi, I have troubles writing battle scenes.. I just don't know how to describe it and how to create an awesome battle scene which people can actually feel like they are in the story, so... please help!

Here are two previous posts I did that will help you, along with another tumblr which is super helpful for writing fight scenes. :)

WQA Resources: Battlefield Scenes

WQA Story Elements: Battlefield Aftermath

How to Fight Write (tumblr)