Day 12 – Brainstorm the Second “And Because of That”

Today we’re working on the middle of the story again.

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The middle of a story is simply you, complicating things for the character based on the decisions they’ve already made, and taking them closer to, or further away from the desire the reader already understands that the character has.

We’ve already brainstormed one of these moments, and now you get to think about the natural outcome of that.

(I’m breaking it down in a way that might feel a little artificial, because I wanted to give you a clean break from the direction you were traveling in the previous exercise, and a chance to think about what your character needs next.)

Again, we’re not writing these scenes today, just roughing out their path.

Why brainstorm and not simply write these?

You can, of course do as you like (though I have some time set aside for you to do this writing in the next few days).

In my experience, however, many writers have been more able to get to the end of their story by sketching out a rough map of the terrain, than simply by writing their way through.

We tend to get lost in the weeds while writing scenes, and it helps to have a path to come back to!

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Leave a comment telling us how today’s task went. Are you starting to see some potential growth for your character? Somewhere for them to go?

11 thoughts on “Day 12 – Brainstorm the Second “And Because of That””

  1. I do not understand how characters can take on a mind of their own when they are just my imagination. The brain science of writing is very bizarre. It wasn’t until I sat down to actually start typing that my character started to become a bit more clear in his motives and personality and actions. I guess I’ll continue to play it out. 🙂

  2. Pulled out a different color to brainstorm in and also write slantedly in my notebook. I realized my story is lacking conflict. I’d read anything about this character because this story is based on one of my favorite D&D characters that I’ve created, but the scene I have in my head it happens-post conflict. Agabus doesn’t even have an issue leaving the magical forest and returning to the town that her brother passes through, so I started to brainstorm what could happen to her on the journey back to town, but this is a short story, so then I wondered if I opened the story earlier–just a few moments or the night before or post-battle to show Agabus fighting, coming to consciousness after the battle, interacting with her companions, etc. That might add the tension the story is lacking. Amazing what a colored pen and writing against the grain in the notebook will do =D

  3. My character impulsively reaches for a loved object and is moved more than usual by the feel of it in her hands. She experiences a compulsion and let’s it incubate inside her even though she doesn’t understand what’s going on she let’s it sit there within her.

  4. After trying, and failing, several tactics to make the thing following my character go away, nothing happens. She’s flummoxed until she remembers her foster-parent always acting in a weird way, kneeling and pleading with ‘someone’ invisible. She decides to ask the ‘someone’ to kill the thing so it will leaver her be once and for all.
    It’s coming together nicely, great task, Julie! I can tell you have put careful thought and planning into this!

  5. And because of that #2–Despite working as a governess, Gabrielle has exhausted all her leads in Quebec toward finding her father. She sails to England with her new husband, a government lawyer on his way to meet the incoming Governor of Quebec. Once in London, she and her husband are introduced to Richard, earl of Amington, at a ball for the new governor. Amington’s reaction to Gabrielle’s pendant portrait of her mother makes her wonder if he knows something. Altho’ part of her is terrified, almost doesn’t want to find out, Gabrielle seeks out Amington.

  6. My character needs to come out of hiding and let someone help them, learning they can’t solve the problem themselves.

  7. My character has tried to ignore the problem but he’s been forced to face it and is beginning to lose it, haha. Poor thing, he doesn’t know what’s coming…

  8. Potential change? Maybe. But for the time being he’s thrown into despair as he tries to achieve his goal by sheer physical force and it’s not working.

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