Celebrate with me, I'm a grandma again!! Please welcome little Jack into the world! This is my son's
There's nothing like being a Grandma. If you're married and wondering whether you should have kids, might I suggest just having them so you can have grandkids later on? LOL Anyway, I'm planning on driving to the hospital today to meet the little fellow.
I finished the first draft of The Reckoning and have given myself permission to take a week or two off from working on it. I've found that it really helps to take a step back, ponder the story, mull over
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Friday Writing Tip
In the last tip I gave you, I mentioned creating three major qualities or quirks for each of your characters, things that make them unique and leave a certain impression in the reader's mind. Today I want to talk about the protagonist, that's the hero or heroine of the story. In a Romance, you really have two protagonists.
I like to keep instruction simple. I don't now about you but some writing instruction books are far too complicated and detailed. There's no way I can remember everything I need to know while I'm writing. So, although I could write a chapter on the protagonist, here are the major things you need to do.
The Protagonist must:
have an immediate goal
have a long term goal
Be likeable. She must have traits that make you warm up to her. She's kind to animals or children or she goes out of her way for someone, or she has suffered situations that make her sympathetic
Have flaws people can relate to
Be instantly thrown into a disaster OR become aware of trouble brewing on the horizon
And here's the kicker. All of these things must be introduced in the first chapter, at the very least in the first few chapters. You want your reader to immediately connect with your heroine or else all is lost.
Here's an example from my book The Ransom.
Juliana's immediate goal is to arrive home safely because in the opening scene she is in a very dangerous section of town at night all by herself. (Already the reader is pulling for her.)
Juliana's long term goal is to run the family shipping business in secret and keep her family from poverty. (Again, a very worthy goal that makes the reader pull for her. Try to make this goal one that is crucial to her happiness and her very life. The higher the stakes, the more you will hook your reader)
Likeable qualities and situations
Though her father has been abusive, Juliana cares for him and spends the night at his bedside while he is sick.
Juliana spends hours of her time and some of her much-needed money to help orphans
Juliana recently lost her mother
Juliana is not pretentious and doesn't care for lavish parties and balls or pretense
Juliana is kind to the hired help.
Juliana is a worrier. She has trouble trusting God. She thinks she has to be good to obtain His approval and blessing. (Who can't relate to that?)
Trouble Brewing: If Juliana can't find a way to keep Captain Nichols away, he will discover that she is running her dying father's shipping business and her family will be tossed onto the streets.