Sunday, April 6, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo 2014 - Day Six

(Heeeey, 20% done!)

There are few things harder than writing a boring story. Well, actually, there are a lot of things. Giving birth, moving, and watching someone suffer all come to mind. But writing a boring story is frustrating. It is supposed to be this wonderful time, something exhilarating, and instead it falls flat. You are bored, and everything is terrible, and why are you wasting your time doing this again?

One of the best pieces of writing-related advice I ever received was that if you are bored writing it, people are going to be bored reading it. There is absolutely no point in writing something that bores you. This does not mean to quit, though; rather, it means to re-examine where your story is going and whether you are taking too long to get “there”.

Why the quotation marks? Because “there” can usually be altered a little bit. To give an easy example, let’s talk Harry Potter. Now, there are a number of reasons why Jo needed winter to pass while the trio were in the tent. She needed the students at Hogwarts to fight for a while, she needed the wizarding world to change, and she needed Voldemort to search for the elder wand and for Harry to get some hints. So there were so plot-ish reasons for what is usually considered to be a boring part of the story.

So what did she do? She added some interesting things to the story. She added parts about Dumbledore potentially going evil. She added Ron’s departure. She made sure that there were other bits and pieces that were interesting in every chapter. That is how you are going to make it to the interesting parts. You have to keep yourself entertained and engaged, and that means throwing curves balls.

The other option is to bring your “there” up, which is what I will discuss tomorrow.

TODAY’S PLOT DEVICE: A kiss! Who with? Randomly? GO FOR IT.

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