Monthly Archives: February 2016

Day 16s simple task: Day 3 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Ok, here comes the turning point. It’s ok if you already reached it, or if it will take a little longer, but don’t let it outshine the main plot! Today is the first totally awesome scene where your villain or main issue will arise. Set the tone for your story. Is this a romance or a spy thriller? What is your character’s desire? Make sure you get all the right props for the stage so you won’t be tempted to make edits when you need to be writing, later.

You wrote 5000 words! Go ahead to the next day:

Day 15s simple task: Day 2 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Wonderful, you made it to day two! You would be surprised how few people actually get here. Many people start and never go back to their work. Try not to look at yesterday’s word. Today is a brand new day! Start today by making sure you have introduced all of your character or at least mentioned that they exist. Start moving towards the first climax scene, the point that your character’s usual world flips upside down. Make sure what you are writing today is that day to day normal thing so tht we can see the difference after the story truly starts.

You wrote 3334 words! Go ahead to the next day:

Day 14s simple task: Day 1 of a book a month

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Welcome to the writers club. Today we are going to embark on the adventure of a life time. You are about the write the rough draft of your very own novel.  Sit down and put pen to paper. Find a quiet place to type and then crank up the music. Today, don’t worry about the perfect first line, just introduce us to that beautiful main character of yours. Try it several ways if you want, 1 person, third person, a side character observing the main character, try anything and everything. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write 1667 words. If you can get higher then please do so. Tell us about the world we are going to be reading about and make your characters want something, even something little. Now get out there and write those words!

You wrote 1667 words! Go ahead to the next day:

Day 13s simple task: In between the lines

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Now that you have the internal and external issues your characters will be dealing with, we need to link them together. These are the cute, sweet scenes that will display your character growth, their day to day life, and their interactions with other characters. This is how they get from point A to point B, but don’t forget to make it interesting and important! Make sure to tone it down though, so it doesn’t spoil the parts that need to be epic.  Ready to start writing? Click here for the first day writing prompt:

Day 12s simple task: What do you want?

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Today we will be exploring the wants and desires of your characters. Surly your main character is driven to complete the main plot, but why? Is someone in danger? The world? What is at stake? If your character’s aren’t stressed out, you can lose readers.  So pile on the issues. Try giving them trust issues and health issues on top of the regular plot. Anything that can add to the character’s internal issues is worth considering.  Don’t forget to give the secondary characters motivations and struggles too! For the next simple task, click here:

Day 11s simple task: ideas to stories

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Putting your ideas in order is one of the most important steps in writing your book. Your character should start with a simple problem. This does not need to be directly linked with the end goal. Then there should be an issue with achieving that goal. Fallowing this, they will need to have a new issue with their goal. Then is your characters crisis period, have them knocked off track by something.  Right after this, something needs to help them out of “the dark night of the soul” weather that’s a kick in the butt or a nice talk, I’ll leave that up to you. By now your character is probably doing something for more than just himself, so what is the new issue for them to overcome? There should be a problem with achieving this. Then, a plot twist from the sub plot, or just a plot twist in general, something to change the direction of the story. Then we have the climax and the solution to their problems. Put a little resolution at the end and you’re good to go! For information on character motivation, go to day 12:

Day 10s simple task: the 10 scenes of your book

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Grab your note cards and your characters issues, we’re going to make a plot! On the very first page you want your character to have something to deal with, even if it isn’t relevant to the plot. So let’s begin. You should primarily work with 10 scenes, so take the plot points your already have and lay them out. You can either list 10 surprises to the reader,  that includes backstory, 10 plot developments or setbacks your character will have, or a combination of the two. Think about the order they might be in, but don’t worry about it too much, we will work on that tomorrow:

Day 9s simple task: Problems for everyone

What’s this all about simple tasks?

So you have a few random situations to put your little people in. What issues can you give them? Do you want to have a villain character? If so, what issue can they cause? Next, think of their emotional issues. Do they have a love interest? A worst enemy they need to deal with? Are all of their family still healthy and alive? After they have something to nag at them, what can mother nature throw at them? Can the weather be out of season? Are they afraid of lightning? Come up with a list of problems for your little people. For the next simple task, click here:

Day 8s simple task: Location, Location, Location

What’s this all about simple tasks?

Where in the world are your characters going to be?  Do you want to write in a city? What about the country? They don’t half to be on earth.  Think about other time periods too. If you want to do some research base your novel in the past. For little to no research base it in the future. Today’s task is to such google images for interesting places and save some of them to set your book in. For tomorrow’s task, click here:

Day 7s simple task: Developing your plot

What’s this all about simple tasks?

First, let’s think of some genres, romance, si-fi, fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror. Do any of these stand out to you? If not try eliminating some you don’t want to write in. Most books have either man vs man, man vs nature, or man vs self. Which of these appeal to you? Now take your characters, put them in different situations. Can you imagine them saying something witty, or in an action packed scene?  Take all the little things you think of and write them down on note cards. Well work on the rest tomorrow: