Word count:52,758 words
Word count goal: 58,000 words
Mapping the Hero’s Journey: Overview
Save The Cat: Finale
#vss very short story
Trying desperately to finish her draft, Tatiana’s hand fluttered across the page. The flutter turned to a buzz, which became a blur. She never finished, but her story took flight.
Plotting with Tarot
Tie up lose ends. Shuffle and pull a card for each of your story questions (plot and subplots). This is your story solution card.
This exercise was good for me. I needed to map out all of my subplots and connections between my primary, secondary and tertiary characters. In the image above you can see the card I drew for my MC, my secondary characters’ story lines and my tertiary characters’ stories.
Ask Your Character
- What are you thinking about right now?
- In what part of the world do you imagine being happiest?
- What one thing do you hope people will remember about you?
Word Of The Day
expatiate: v. 1. to speak or write at length or in considerable detail 2. to move about freely; to wander
8 Action Verbs:
assisted conceived developed foresaw
judged perceived revised verified
I like the prompt from Day 24 of the PAD Chapbook Challenge for today:
Write a “how I’ll be remembered” poem. It’s an interesting question: How will I be remembered? My amazing looks? My incredible personality? My charitable nature? My goofy jokes? The cranky guy who’s always telling people to stay off his lawn? Dive into this introspection today.
I wrote it as my MC.
I always thought I wanted to be remembered
For my works
For my contributions to aeronautics
My daily contributions to safe travel
Through mechanical engineering
I always thought I would be remembered
As a provider
My labor exchanged for a paycheck
Exchanged for food and clothing
For shelter, warmed into home
Sometimes I panic I won’t be remembered
When I am gone
That nothing I did mattered
To ungrateful children
And a self-involved community
I want to be remembered
As a good person
A loving family member
An honest promoter of truth
And someone who contributed to the betterment of the lives of others.
Today’s Simple Task
MC is a new person: gained skills, understanding and insight about the world. The MC uses this to enhance another character’s life.
Set your timer for 10 minutes. List all of your story points and sub-plots. How does each story arc end? Look for any plot holes or danglers. Brainstorm how to tie up all your lose ends.
Recommended Word Crawl
Pick your favorite word crawl that you attempted this month. If you’re behind on your word-count, pick the one that made you write the most words.