JackI can’t tell you how many times a storm’s run into me while exploring the Red Moons, but one I remember with the clarity of a black opal. It was the night I met Jack.Jack by illuminara
In this particular pore of hell, a rat trap called Linda’s Shady Station was the lone place to take shelter from winds strong enough to slice and dice a rover. Storms wash up the worst of us, and that night everyone in the place looked like they’d carve up my heart for fun and loot my pockets.
One of the foul scabs had booked the last room, so I buttered up some charm and asked the clerk to throw someone to the elements.
She scowled. “Have you asked a good fella to share?”
I raised a fist with every intention of getting my way per usual, and that’s when Jack interrupted me.
Turning, I took one look at his calm smile and rolled my eyes. “Thanks, but I’d rather sleep in a wind tunnel.”
Shrugging, he tossed me a sleeve of jerky.
Plot Twists - A Few Quick TipsFirst things first--plot twists have to be planned if you really want to pull them off. It’s hard to add a good or even passible plot twist after you’ve already started planning and writing your story. If you think you need a twist because what you’re writing doesn’t seem able to stand on it’s own or isn’t interesting enough without a twist, adding a one in isn’t going to help much. You’ve got to plan the twist from the beginning so that it make sense and, while it still surprises the reader, they won’t feel like you cheated or tried to pull one over on them.Plot Twists - A Few Quick Tips by illuminara
Once you know why your story should have a plot twist and what the twist is, exactly, there are a few different ways to keep it a surprise to your readers until the big reveal. One common methods is a red herring, or leading your readers to suspect one thing is going to happen and then surprising them with something else instead. This is common in mysteries when the detectives
How to Develop Story ConflictHow to Develop Story Conflict by illuminara
Conflict is the central element of any story. It’s what keeps us on the edge of our seats and turning page after page until 3:00am. Or, as Wikipedia puts it, narrative conflict is “an inherent incompatibility between the objectives of two or more characters or forces. Conflict creates tension and interest in a story by adding doubt as to the outcome.”
So how do you create this all-important conflict in your stories? Well, it all starts in the development process. There are three basic steps to developing conflict, and they follow a specific logical progression because, ultimately, developing a good story is an exercise in logic. So let’s jump right in.
Step 1) Scope
The first step is drawing the boundaries your story’s scope. That might seem like a weird place to start, but scope will determine nearly every other aspect of your story.
The key here is to determine what within the world of your story is out of balance.
It's a YA decopunk novel about a girl who can transmit whatever she imagines in her head to a live audience (with a little help from technology). She movies from her small town to the city with her brother so she can complete in the annual Dream Battles. In the city, casters are considered celebrities, but she's not interested in fame. She has a speech impediment, and casting is vital to her ability to communicate. While dreamcasting may be seen solely as entertainment, she tries to bring casting's true potential to light.Trigger warnings include violence, disturbing deaths, and suicide. (But none of these are the main focus of the story.
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