Monday, August 30, 2010

Quote #3

"The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes." ~Agatha Christie

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Inciting Incident

So today I was thinking about my inciting incident for my book. Well let's just say that I am torn up about it. My inciting incident, or what I think is my inciting incident, plays out in the very first chapter. It's more a hook and an inciting incident all in one. The problem is that I just feel there needs to be another part to it to get things rolling a little more a few chapters in, but I'm not sure what. This is the hard part. Trying to figure out if I have created a good inciting incident and if it really does its job. I think it has, but I'm afraid it hasn't done enough for the reader. For me it's enough. Does that constitute enough for someone else? I guess we'll see.

The inciting incident plays out in chapter 1 and turns my protagonists life upside down. She's thrown into another life that she really doesn't want to be a part of. Not only that, but she also has been given an important role in this new life that she really doesn't want at all. All she wants is to return to her old life. That is something that will never and can never happen. The doors to her old life have been closed forever. I feel that is exactly what an inciting incident should do. However, since it occurs right off the bat I wonder if there should be more to it or not.

Of course this is the inciting incident to the main plot. I have another subplot which includes a love triangle. That inciting incident is still to be pinned down. I have an idea, but it is not as WOW as the main plot inciting incident. Still working on that one. Also after reading Robert McKee's "Story"I believe I should have another subplot, but I'm unsure what exactly it should be.

Well that said I guess I still have a lot to ponder while I lay in bed attempting to get some sleep. Good night for now. Smile!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I am currently working on the outline for my book. When I first started work on this book I had decided that it would only be one of three or four books in a series. Now, I've worked it out into about seven books. I really hope it can work out the way I have planned. I have decided to work out the outline for this first book and then begin writing it. While I write it I am going to continue to work on the outlines for the subsequent six books.

It's not as easy as my first attempt at creating an outline. After reading "Story" by Robert McKee I have found that I need to have each scene charged positively or negatively. Each scene should end opposite of that which it started. So if the scene starts out positive then it should end negative. Put together I should have a zig zag looking positively and negatively charged graph of my story. Also, the stakes should become greater and greater with each scene.

As of this moment I am about half way through my outline for this first book. It's not nearly as easy as I had thought it would be. Of course it is making my story more interesting in my eyes than it originally appeared.

Till next time, have a great week.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Controlling Idea

Alright I know it's been a while since I blogged. I have been super busy this summer. I spent three weeks in Texas visiting my family. That meant that I spent a week prior getting ready for that trip and then the following week after I returned getting back into my routine. Since then I've been busy getting ready for a yard sale. I still have more to go. Redoing my daughters room. Yet again. I have to have it done before she starts school this September.

On my down time I have been busy working on learning more and preparing myself better for my novel. In my last post I mentioned three books that I had started reading to better prepare myself. I am currently still reading "Story" by Robert McKee. I love this book!

I have learned all about the different parts of a story. There is so much that goes into writing a novel (or screenplay - as the book is geared for). The terminology is the biggest part. Story values, story event, scene, beat, sequence, act, story, story triangle, archplot, miniplot, antiplot. Then one has to take into consideration the characters and how they fit into the novel. How they drive the novel forward. It's through their decisions that the novel progresses.

I've also been working on the side to better pinpoint my controlling idea. somehow the idea of writing just one sentence that tells about my story is way too daunting for me at this point. I'm such a wordy person that this task seems impossible. I'm determined to get there though. I've also found that it has two components to it: value and cause. I have to decide if my controlling idea is positive or negative and I have to understand the cause or reason for why my protagonists life has turned either negative or positive.

I hope to have this completed in the next couple of weeks. I just have so much to do that this might take some time.

Till next time; enjoy the rest of the summer!