In yesterday’s spread, you drew a card which represented the first display of power of your Antagonist. This is what it is that makes your MC think that they don’t want to mess with the Antagonist, or that perhaps the job is too big. This occurs before the Turn in their position, but after they’ve crossed the threshold.
Act II begins after the inciting incident, and about the time that they approach the crossing of the threshold, that is, crossing into their new world. The new world doesn’t literally have to be a new magical world, but that which takes them out of their daily usuals.
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or the most part, the first part of Act II is your MC responding to the Inciting Incident. It’s them getting their footing and trying to navigate the new world or reality they’re in. However, at some point they have to take control of the reigns and work toward the problem, rather than simply responding to it.
The Sidekick is the one who helps your main character along, helps to keep them going when no one else can. They are essential to helping the MC complete the goal of the plot.
I personally find that the ones I like the best have logic and reason behind them. They’re not evil for the sake of it, they’re not baddies because it’s just who they are. No, there is something sensible behind their crazy, or something that you can’t argue against other than it is just wrong. They’re the ones that make you question ethics, or at least, make you feel some level of empathy for them because of their motivation.
The Antagonist should in some way reflect the Protagonist, that is, your MC. While, yes, in some instances the protagonist is their own antagonist, this is for the external antagonists out there. However, that’s not to say that the antagonistic qualities of your MC can’t be personified and developed in this spread as well.
When your character goes through the threshold, or even when they approach the threshold, they’re going to be tested. There are some who are the gate-keepers, so to speak, of the threshold, and then there are just general trials.
Woo! A full week of Camp NaNoWriMo and of the 30-Day Tarot Writing Challenge! Well done everyone who has made it this far! At this point I think that it’s good that we reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far in our piece and…
I thought I would create a little bit of a different spread today. I thought I would create a writing prompt in which two people are having a conversation, and you have to write out the conversation based on the cards pulled.
The idea of this is to look at where your mental space is and your relationship to your current WIP. This should give you the tools you need to realise that it isn’t your creativity or your piece that’s holding you up, but something else. That something else is most likely unrelated, and thus, you can set it aside to deal with outside your creative work.
It’s not just the Mentor that matters, but how the MC and the Mentor get along. This spread looks at the description of the Mentor as well as the dynamic between the two. Not only does this help to keep the plot moving forward, but it also deepens your Main Character, giving them a learning curve.
The nice thing about this spread is that it is very easily adaptable to be three scenes if you need, or even a beginning, middle and end. You can cut out columns if you need, or change the name to suit something more specific. Dealer’s choice.
We are also reflected in the people we interact with and how we interact with them. Our own personal character can be observed externally if one pays close enough attention. It’s like that saying of you know the truth of a person by how they treat their servers.
In world-building for a novel, you don’t want to ask your reader to believe too many big things. Otherwise it gets ridiculous. Now, that isn’t to say that you can’t ask your reader to believe one big thing and then a culture and set of customs are logically built around that one big thing.
I just don’t think it’s fair to start Camp NaNoWriMo without some direction of where you’re going. So I thought that today we would somewhat set the stage for our Fool. This is just giving the story a little bit of a guideline so you have a vague idea as to where this is going.
‘Mother’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘woman’, but rather those who possess and radiate the passive creative energy that inspires the cultivates the fruition through their own personal brand of caring. Some of us are ‘children from another mother’, and know that we can have more than one person that the Empress embodies in our lives, if we are lucky.
This is an opportunity do really bring depth to your protagonist and your antagonist. If they are completely at odds with one another, then their goals should be at odds. If they’re similar, then it gives the opportunity for conflict within their opposition of each other. Meta conflict, if you will.
This is just a quick post for all you writers our there struggling with your character development. I found this fantastic post by Amanda Patterson on Tumbler who shares a layout to get to know your hero. This is the layout she supplies, so I…