WHATA Lesson by Domenic Luciani
this is what will make the bulk of your story.
WHAT is what makes your story a story. Without asking WHAT, what you're writing is a dictionary, a texbook, or a restaurant menu. Without WHAT, you're not even writing a story.
WHAT comes after the characters and before the plot. what WHAT consists of is three things. THEY ARE NOT simply beginning, middle, and end.
1) WHAT is your character doing and when is he doing it. This is where you introduce the initial problem that the character wil eventually overcome. You establish setting and ease in some minor details about the character's background and/where he is.
2) WHAT is your character doing to solve the problem. This is where you introduce the rival force (whatever or whoever is keeping your character from solving the problem), maybe it's an a*****e accountant, an evil alien race, or hostile elves. Whatever your story may be about, this makes the bulk of it. You'll probably introduce supporting characters, maybe develop a few subplots.
3) WHAT did/does your character do to solve the problem. This is the climax, where all past endeavors come to a point, all subplots and main plots collide to form the final event in which your character faces the problem and solves it. Then you can have a happy ending, the horribly bad ending, or my personal favorite, the ending that raises an unanswerable question.
If you ask yourself these questions when you write your story, it will help you stay focus on the task the main character needs to accomplish and will allow you to sort of keep the flow/pace of it in check.
Added on August 21, 2010
Last Updated on August 25, 2010
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