|I'M SURE ONE OF THESE COULD CREATE HAVOC|
IN A NOVEL BASED IN SCOTLAND
The reasons why I haven't got too far are family based and I need to put some effort into making sure I meet the deadline - not because I have to, or I'd be in detention if the homework was late ;) I just want to keep with the programme.
SIR SAYS WRITE:
- A profound and intriging statement to hook the reader
- Introduce conflict - internal or external - right at the start
- Disclose the emotions the MC is feeling but remember that individuals express their emotions differently
SIR SAYS CREATE CHARACTERS NOT STEREOTYPES:
- possession in their pocket
PROFOUND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
ACTIONS SHOW CHARACTER - WHEN CREATING A CHARACTER THEY CAN LOOK, SAY AND PRETEND TO BE ONE WAY BUT, BY WHAT THEY DO, YOU CAN SHOW THE TRUTH OF A CHARACTER.
We discussed the advice provided in the short story guidelines provided by Take A Break magazine:
COMMON PLOTS TO AVOID:
- the MC is revelead to be a cat, dog, fox etc
- the victim of a rip off tradesman or raging motorist turns out to be the new boss/ emergency dentist / VAT inspector
- the police officer (male or female) turns out to be a strippagram/singing messenger
- the MC discovers his/her partner has a same sex secret lover
- when the evidence point to them playing-away-from-home, the mysterious behaviour of the MC's partner turns out to be because they are organising a secret party etc
- the MC who sees ghosts is actually a ghost him/herself
- the shifty antiques dealer who thinks they have duped an elderly victim finds out she/he has been manufacturing them and making a fortune
- anything about twins
- the nervous MC worried about their first day turns out to be the teacher, worried about the wedding service turns out to be the vicar etc
- anything to do with bumping off relatives for their inheritance or related to "Wills"
I've been thinking about Scotland recently, two ideas I've been mulling over - for MG novels - are set there. The location is an essential element in the story so I've been skating around tropes and stereotypes.
SHOULD A FANTASY STORY BASED IN SCOTLAND AVOID BAGPIPES, LOCHS AND HAGGIS ON THE HILLSIDE?