As the cover evolved, visual elements of the story began to take shape. The torn cross against the wooden door, and the footsteps leading to the shack positively reeked of mystery.
Sometimes a sychological weakness can hurt others. I am currently writing a story where one of the characters has a psychological weakness that has caused him to hurt others in the past. There's nothing wrong with him morally, which is why he isolated himself in order to keep from hurting anyone else. His want. His Need however, is friendship.
Better Novel Project is all about deconstructing bestsellers, discovering what elements they have in common, and using these elements as a backbone for a new master outline. This project is not about creating a magic fill-in-the-blank formula. Instead, we are building a structural framework, based on what is proven to work, to contain our own unique stories.
How to write a scene. You may need it.
(You don't have to do all of this at once to have a good chapter but it's important to know what elements will make a good chapter lol)
In search of Heathcliff on the wiley, windy moors of Haworth
As K.M. Weiland explains, each “overall scene” includes a scene and a sequel. The scene begins with a goal, which is frustrated by conflict, and results in a disaster. The sequel starts with a reaction to the disaster, followed by a dilemma and then a decision. In the book, she goes into an amazing amount of detail about different options for each of these elements.
On the monomythical hero’s journey, the hero is usually “marked” in some way– often with a symbol like a scar or with a special accessory, like a ring. (“Branding” is also an element of Russian folklore). This mark or brand becomes a symbol throughout the novel. Symbols can mark groups of characters too, like the faction symbols in Divergent or the house sigils in A Game of Thrones. In Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry is marked by a scar in the shape of a lightning bolt. In The…