16 Apr

Sprint #3: Growing Your Story

Posted in DIY MFA, Plot, Writing Sprint

Last week was all about character, so today I’d like you to focus on story.  Look at your work in progress (WIP) and determine where the story needs the most work.

•  Do you need to work on planning out the story?  Maybe an outline technique can help.
•  Is one particular scene is giving you trouble?  Try using morphological forced connections, using different aspects of your scene as the categories in the exercise.
•  Are you having trouble with story arc?  Try the ABC method.

Don’t forget tomorrow we have our chat at 5pm ET! You can always tweet comments or thoughts using the #diymfa hashtag or add your thoughts in the comments.

Also, I’ll be sending the eWorkbook out this weekend so if you haven’t already joined my DIY MFA list, you can register here.  You’ll get the free workbook and be entered for a chance to win an iggilicious journal!

Tweet or comment and tell me how YOU made life difficult for your character today.  And don’t forget to grab a badge after you do your sprint!


Comments on this post

  1. Carrie says:

    Happy to report that I did a 500 word sprint this morning. For my character I've added more conflict with her new stepbrother.

    1. Gabriela Pereira says:

      Awesome work Carrie! How did it feel, adding more conflict? Did it open up more story opportunities for you? Usually that's what happens for me. The more conflict I add, the more possibilities seem to open up for the story.

      1. Ghenet Myrthil says:

        I have a lot of writing catch-up to do so I hope to write 2K this afternoon. I'll tweet when I'm done. 🙂

        I might have a conflict for tomorrow's chat but will try to make it.

        1. J.C. Martin says:

          Had a looong day at work today so am looking to get down to some writing after a well-deserved shower! Aiming for 1,000+ but we'll see! My current chapter is from the PoV of a minor character. Her conflict: she's an exotic dancer by night, and her parents are strict Christians unaware of her double life. Their church pastor, a rather nasty man, discovered her dark secret when he visited her club, and is demanding some 'privileges' in return for his silence.

          Looking forward to the chat tomorrow!

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