Congratulations! You made it to the last day of the challenge! Did you finish your draft? Did you get your 50,000 words? Either way, you still have today, and tomorrow, and all the days after that. Push hard today, but remember, this is only the beginning of the writing adventure. The adventure of finishing, editing and publishing your novel is still ahead.
Word count:55,001 words
Word count goal: 60,000 words
Mapping the Hero’s Journey: Overview
Save The Cat: Final Image
#vss very short story
Ben sat on the dock watching the sunset, finally at peace. The odd cloud formation over the mountain was growing at an alarming rate. Then the edge of the ship emerged. “Not again,” Ben yelled.
Plotting with Tarot
Final reading: Celtic Cross
Following the guide in Jumpstart Your Novel by Mark Teppo this reads as:
- The Heart of the Matter (protagonist): Ten of Pentacles – physical prosperity
- The Opposing Force: Five of Pentacles- physical concern, anxiety
- The Root Cause: Two of Swords- unification of dualities; resolution of two issues
- The Past: Temperance- taking the middle road, avoiding extremes
- The Alternate Future (vision): Justice- ability to to see what can be made whole
- The Immediate Future: King of Swords- judgement, command, leadership
- The Mirror: Ten of Swords- fear of ruin (financial)
- The Eye: Seven of Pentacles- fear of failure; feeling of having failed
- The Guide: The Lovers- relationships are an issue
- The Outcome: Queen of Swords- cut through roles, masks, or defenses
My interpretation:My main character has worked hard his whole life and has recently retired to enjoy the fruits of his labor. However, a strange object crosses his path which when he asks about it brings people into his life that threaten to take away the security he has created for himself and his family. He has always lived within societal norms, but he feels he must take justice into his own hands. He feels that he must take matters into his own hands and confront the people threatening his way of life. People see the changes he makes as failure, but he sees more value in strengthening his relationships and letting down his defenses.
I thought the mirror card, which represents why I’m writing this story, was exactly correct. I commented recently in a twitter writers’ chat, that my biggest fear as a writer is becoming destitute and homeless. However, the way to combat that fear is to write great stories; then to finish those stories, edit those stories and sell those stories.
Ask Your Character
- Are you glad you followed the call to adventure?
- What have you learned along your journey?
- Do you feel you have changed from your experience?
Word Of The Day
fulsome: adj. 1. of large size or quantity; generous or abundant 2. insincere or excessively lavish; flattery to an excess degree
8 Action Verbs:
assumed conceptualized devised formed
justified performed rewrote wrote
Today’s prompt is inspired by the PAD Chapbook Challenge prompt for today:
For today’s prompt, write a “back in the day” poem. You might also call this a “good old days” poem or a “bad old days” poem. To me, back in the day is synonymous with history–but a kind of personal history (even if shared among a community).
Have your MC reminisce about the ordinary world from the beginning of your story. Does s/he recognize how much s/he has changed? Does s/he look longingly back to before the adventure or is s/he glad for the change and hopeful for this new life?
A Life Well Lived
What happened to The American Dream?
Why does it feel like a rich man’s scheme?
Work hard. Buy a house. Carve out your piece.
You were the cog. I was cheap grease.
Meet a girl in college. Get married. Have kids.
We built a better product while he made bets and bids.
Wasn’t that the human condition, what every red-blooded American did?
Today’s Simple Task
End with hope and forward momentum.
Set your timer for 10 minutes. Where is your character’s safe space. What specifically makes him or her feel safe in this space.