Tag Archives: conflict

Practical Prompt 10-9-15

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WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Be mean to your hero. If the protagonist accomplishes his or her goals too easily, there is no tension, and the story becomes boring. It’s OK for the hero to fail (and fail, and fail, and fail) until he or she finally achieves the goal. Victory is sweeter when the outcome is not assured.

A dance in the pale moonlight . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

Being called to be a writer is no small thing.  In many ways, writers are the voice of a society.  They inform us about what life looks like,  what hardships we can cope with, what morality is, and how high we can dream.  But they also warn us of how hard we can fall.

It is a terrifying thing, the deep night that can swallow a soul.  A constant clarion cry for wisdom and caution is desperately needed, and it is one of the most emotionally charged and challenging things to write.  We gather here today to mourn the fallen hero.

I’m not talking about the brave soldier who gives his life in battle for the sake of his fellows or his nation or even the kitten up the tree.  I’m talking about the Everyman who was decent and good and true-hearted who slipped.  Then slipped a little more.  And a little more.  Until the hero became a villain. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 5-15-15

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WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

How often do you feel cheated if the hero loses in the end?

Of carabiners and cliffhangers . . .

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

Cliffhangers.  Writers love ‘em.  Readers hate ‘em.  So why use do we insist on using a tool that makes even the most peace-loving reader want to go all green and start raging?  Because, when it’s done right, everyone loves a cliffhanger.  Done right, it utilizes a particularly power-packed moment to end your scene leaving the reader with both a rush of satisfaction and an urgency that compels them go on.  Right.  This.  Instant. Continue reading

Practical Prompt 2-11-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Analyze the romantic relationships in your novel. Even lovebirds need a little conflict to keep things interesting. Consider adding a few detours along the road to happily ever after.