A Thousand Little Sorrows

I’m plotting.  The words seem somewhat vague for an equally vague process.  For me,  the major scenes of a story are easy. They are the reason I am writing.  The hard part?  The thousand little sorrows.

Each character must face constant hardship, building slowly from small annoyances into a boiling maelstrom ending finally with the MAIN EVENT.  If your character wakes up, brushes his teeth, and heads off to work without a hint of trouble, the reader will put your book down in search of a better story.

Beginning writers have a tendency to write entire scenes without adversity while waiting for the big event to happen.

I have a hard time with the smaller events. I don’t want them to be cliche.  And so I struggle to throw up roadblocks that the reader doesn’t expect, a twist and turn unforeseen. My little index cards are out, pen at the ready. Twelve down, fifty to go.  It’s some comfort that the possibilities are endless.

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About jeanetteraleigh

Jeanette Raleigh is an artist and author who has spent most of her life at some creative pursuit. Whether painting a castle or writing a novel, Jeanette enjoys the playful aspects of creation and strives to make worlds where others feel at home. You can find her works of art and information about her fiction at www.jeanetteraleigh.com.
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