Welcome back, loyal listeners! This week, the FiF crew is joined by Jeff Gerke, author, publisher, editor, etc. He shares with us from his book The Irresistible Novel. Because the material he shares is still under copyright, we’re not publishing show notes (other than the Ask the Author section). If you’d like more information, please pick up his book.
Ask the Authors:
I have a great character (protagonist). What is the best process for figuring out the best plot for her story? — Cynthia Scott
Aaron: Without knowing more about your character, I’d have to say that the plot should come from her motivation. What is it that she wants most? Now, find something to get between her and what it is she wants. This could be as outrageous as aliens, or as simple as bankruptcy.
Al: Earlier this year we talked about having more ideas than you can handle. If your character doesn’t fit any of the ideas you have now, then maybe she isn’t ready for prime time. Sit down and write “What if…” at the top of a page then brainstorm. What if your character falls into a coma, then wakes up and the world is somehow all wrong? What if your character advances so fast in her job the people believe she’s doing some illegal? What if your character is scientist cloning life from the Jurassic period, but not dinosaurs–viruses? You get the idea. Sooner or later, your character will jump up and say, “That’s it!”