Word count: 2,259 words
Word count goal: 4,000 words
Mapping the Hero’s Journey: The Ordinary World – Antagonist
Save The Cat: Theme stated / Set-up
I love this painting by Alex Rubio (first image on left). If you would like to learn more about his work, here’s a video on YouTube where he talks about it.
Today, I’m focusing on my antagonists. There are many in my novel. One is a fireworks distributor, thus the fireworks labels. Plus, Frankenstein lighting an M-80 is just fun.
#vss very short story
Peter found some old fireworks tucked in the back corner of the garage. After lighting them off, he drove to the courthouse and had his name legally changed to Frankenpyro.
Plotting with Tarot
For today’s reading, I’m going to focus on my main antagonist. Though all of my antagonists committed crimes and are very bad guys, only one is the guy “whodunnit”. Let’s see what the cards say for his Ordinary World reading.
Ordinary World: Page of Swords- someone who spurs you on with discomfort and irritation rather than command
What he likes: Knight of Swords – passionate thinking and mental determination
What bothers him: The Fool – a new beginning, an impassioned start
This reading makes sense for my character. He is the type of guy who is constantly coming up with a new “business venture”. He likes finding the business idea and starting it, but then, when it doesn’t work out, he hates the disappointment. He would like some security for his family and a constant pay-check, maybe some benefits, but then he discovers the “next great idea”.
Ask Your Character
- How has your life been different than what you imagined?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- Do you have any regrets?
Word Of The Day
imbroglio: n. a confused, embarrassing situation
8 Action Verbs:
accomplished briefed constructed distributed
generated led presided searched
What symbols represent your antagonist? Pick one and use it as a metaphor for your antagonist’s ordinary world.
King Of The Forest
awareness to competition
long and steady, not quick and easy
he knows he is king of the forest lands
the elk calls his herd
to cross the river
he smells other elk
drawn to the salt, he licks
the still air cracks
he runs until he falls
chest heaving with final breaths
Awesome Sentence Challenge
Simile: Imagine a person or object. This is the A of a comparison A is like B. Make a list of everything A is like. Try to get as abstract and creative as possible. List 30 to 40 things A is like. Look back through your list and choose your favorites. Compare A to B using like or as.
Similes are important for describing sensual information, so you may want to choose a sight, smell, taste, or texture for A.
Today’s Simple Task
Focus on your genre. Write a genre specific scene. If your novel is humor, write a comedic scene. Writing a thriller? Write a scary scene. Writing a mystery? Write about a red herring.
Set a timer for 15 minutes. What does your antagonist want and why? What’s the first thing they will do to get it? -prompt inspired by Diana Gabaldon (Nano poster)
Recommended Word Crawl
Since today is about antagonists, I recommend the Mean Girls word crawl. Then, once you’ve reached your word goal, you can relax and watch it Mean Girls.
Have a great day of writing and reading!
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