Dec/Jan NaNoWriMo 2014/15 Day 17: Outline and Story Structure Part 2

Hey guys!

I hope you are having a great Friday. Here are my stats for the day:

Word Count Goal: 31,673

Words Written: 34,679

So I wrote 1,839 words. My writing session wasn’t as great as the one yesterday, but I kind of expected that. Usually, I write less after I have a great writing session the day before. Go figure.

For today’s post, I wanted to continue talking about the 3 Act, 9 Block, 27 Chapter story structure I introduced yesterday. Let’s go over the second block of Act 1:

Reaction: This is a long term reaction. As readers, we begin to understand that this problem is not going away. It will have serious ramifications for the protagonist’s life. In Harry Potter, it’s when Harry finds out that his parents were actually murdered by Lord Voldemort and that Voldemort was obsessed with killing him. As readers, we understand that Harry is going to encounter Voldemort at some point in the story. It’s almost like foreshadowing, or setting up a problem that will be important later.

Action: The hero decides to take action. No longer content with being told what to do, the hero makes a decision that will impact the rest of the story. If we are going to use Harry Potter again, I’d say Harry takes action when he decides to be friends with Ron, not Malfoy. This action leads to the consequence.

Consequence: Because Harry decided to be friends with Ron, Malfoy marked him as an enemy. Harry’s decision to befriend Ron is essentially a metaphor for him choosing the good side. The consequence is that Harry made an enemy in Malfoy, one that would prove quite troublesome in the future.

And there you have it guys! For tomorrow’s post, I will get through the rest of Act 1!

Until then, kill your darlings, slay your dragons and keep writing!

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