Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wizardry Writing Wednesday #14 by Wizard Lexiconi - Putting it all Together

Good afternoon, young scribes.
Wizard Lexiconi here with another writing lesson. We've discussed characters, and they should be well developed right now. If you are joining this class late, I suggest you peruse past post and get caught up. 

I've showed you different methods for plotting. And finally, over the past month, we've talked about scenes. 

Today, I want you to take all these pieces and begin putting them together.  

Your plot line should not have been written in stone. If you did write it on stone... well, it's for such reasons I have so many toads around here. 

Your plot is simply a guide, an idea of how you wish your story to go. The scenes you've created can should fit into this plot like like a foot fits into a sock. Each foot is shaped a bit differently and the sock will form around whatever foot, paw or pad, you put into it. 

What you need to remember is that each scene builds upon the previous, like a wall on a castle. You want each problem the character faces to get a little worse over the course of the story. As a matter of fact, the characters problems eventually get so bad, that we come to out darkest moment, or also called the climax.

Do your scenes escalate into a do-or-die situation? The point where the character can not turn back? 

This week, work on creating tension in your story. Next week, I'll discuss climax in more detail and some of the rules involved in the climatic scene. 

Until next week... 

Happy Writing, friends.
Let your imagination weave some wacky tales.
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire.

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