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Stephanie Gibeault Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
A2- Q1: What does my character want? Q2: What is standing in his or her way? Q3: What will happen if he or she doesn't get what they want? Works for novels too!
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Megan Lacera, Zombies Don't Eat Veggies! Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
Why in the world will anyone care about this?
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Megan Lacera, Zombies Don't Eat Veggies! Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
Aka my story
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Jennifer Raudenbush Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
What’s the theme? What does my character learn or discover?
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Aurora 🍵📚✍🏻 Mar 13
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A2: who is Mc? What changed today? How does it stand on my Mc’s way? What will Mc do as a result?
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Jorge Lacera, Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
Who is the audience? Is this funny/engaging/interesting? Is there enough to sustain a full story here? What makes this unique?
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Eliza Nellums Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
- what is the central choice the character is faced with ... And what are the stakes if they choose wrongly.
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Jolene Ballard Gutiérrez, author 📚 Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
A2: I try to keep in mind the "Somebody/Wanted/But/So/Then" format I teach my students. . .I try to leave the So/Then part off to keep the pitch more "hooky."
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Liz Rice Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
Q2 - I ask What is the name of the main character?, what do they want/ or need? who and what stands in their way to get it? Do they get it? Lately I've been asking --- what got the main character to this point = what is their backstory & why do they need/ want this?
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Kate Piliero Mar 13
A lot of my early stories had an answer for #1 and #2, but not #3: stakes. And stakes thrown in after the fact as a 'fix' never work!
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chelsea lin wallace Mar 13
Oooh I love this!! Will have to remember.
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Heather P Stigall Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
WHO wants SOMETHING but OBSTACLE so TAKEAWAY
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Carrie Finison 🍩🍩🍩 Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
A2 - In addition to the other great things people mentioned, I would say - how will people relate to this story? What are the universal emotions and experiences that readers will connect to?
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chelsea lin wallace Mar 13
Replying to @JustinRColon
Q2 What does my character want/need, what’s in their way/struggle and what are the stakes!
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CJ Penko Mar 13
LOVE IT! my poor characters are always tortured lol!
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CJ Penko Mar 13
Perfectly put.
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Kate Piliero Mar 13
Yes! Where does your characters heart or struggle overlap w the average kids'?
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Carrie Finison 🍩🍩🍩 Mar 13
That's a good way of putting it. Actually, I left out the "or" when I first read your response, and just read "heart struggle" which I LOVE. Going to use that term from now on!
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