Kristen Lamb’s formula for a log-line:
Protagonist must do X (active goal) in order to stop X (antagonist) before super bad thing happens (ticking clock).
We’ve already discussed the importance of fueling the muse BEFORE NaNo. But, fueling the muse, creativity, talent and all that jazz IS NOT enough. Finishing, while fantastic, is ALSO not enough. If we finish, yet have written something that can never exist off life-support? We’re back at Square One.
Though I am a fan of NaNo (National Novel Writing Month which is NOVEMBER) and Fast Draft, these tactics will work for writing ANY novel and minimize revisions.
AND…you don’t even have to be a plotter (Hint: I’m not. More of a Plotser–> Plotter + Pantser)
One of the major reasons many writers fail to complete the story is there isn’t a single CORE story problem in need of resolution. The story dies because it lacks a beating heart and a skeleton.
Stories with no hearts…
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