This is the kind of homework I did in college. I found this picture and though cool, I could’ve done this exact problem. This problem is easy because there’s only one right answer.
But with writing, it’s more complicated. I have to figure out the question. Then the answer. Then go back and figure out how to get to the answer.
So my homework will help me focus on how to get everything in between. Here are the things I need to determine.
-Chloe’s long-term goals
-Chloe’s short-term goals
-Chloe’s character flaws, which keep her from getting those goals
-Who Chloe is at the beginning and at the end (and for all the other important characters)
Additionally, I need to look at my plotting, by determining:
-the inciting incident that puts everything in motion
-the turning points, the crucial moments that change the direction of the story
-the black moment, when everything has fallen apart
-the ah-ha moment, when Chloe figures it out
Plus I needed to re-write things because I will be sending her my first 40-50 pages instead of 20. It’s a good thing I had two weeks this time, because I never would’ve finished this by the week after Easter.
I’ve got my first 50 pages. I re-arranged and added a new scene. I have most of the goals and now I need to decide how a few of the supporting characters change.
So for other writers out there, do you do things like these? Does it help you?