Conflict with Self
Like the last 2 months, now that you've done all the background
work, the "easy" part lies ahead. All you need to do is lead your
character toward the goal you specified earlier.
Last month you portrayed a character who was blocked from his or her
goal by the environment. This week you will take a different
This time think of some problem in your main character's
character to keep him or her from attaining the goal. Perhaps
ethical qualms, or an uncontrollable obsession with negative behavior.
Again, this is an exercise, so you may be writing chapters
you will later throw away. But it's important to learn how to show
internal, personal conflict as a possible hindrance to your main character's
Let's review now. You created a character and
setting, and then aimed the character at a goal. Now it is your duty to
introduce an internal personal conflict to interfere with the character's
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I asked Bruce for some assistance regarding a revision of my previously
I think that Bruce is really a compilation of "friends" who
happen to always have just the right thing to say at just the time! So, with the credit going to one of his many wise
and informed friends, I'd like to share the following.
is attributable to Dr. Roy Madsen, San Diego State:
"One of the best curatives for a written work is another
draft. In those days, that
meant a complete re-typing. That
way the story will be recast in a smoother, more targeted flow."
Great Aunt wrote poems in the 1930's.
This is how she did it: 1) Write the poem with a lead pencil.
2) Re-write it with a fountain pen.
3) Read it into a dictating machine.
4) Listen to it. 5)
If sounds Okay, type it to the sound of her own voice.
a Writer's Track Record
hate rejection letters. unless they suggest changes in a manuscript.
be big on forgiveness, though. If you were deciding how to invest
$500,000, would you put your money on an unpublished writer or one who's
got a solid track record?
at it this way. We need to help the acquisitions editor say yes. We don't
do that if we ignore the question of experience.
a chicken and egg thing. No experience, no publish. No publish, no
experience. Sound familiar?
start with magazines. In your cover letter, you can feature these
articles, and school, church, or work publications you've done (or helped
with), and you'll grab the editor's attention.
it helps to view your work's position in the marketplace. Which category?
How are sales in that category? How many copies might be sold?
books, don't peg it to current events unless you have a phenomenal,
sensational story. It takes so long to prepare and produce a book the
"hot" topic fades away.)
to start somewhere. Don't be a piker/ Submit your manuscripts!
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