FIRST ASSIGNMENT: write your story statement.
In a city filled with gangs, drug trafficking and violence, Ansen just wants to find true love, getting his heart shattered by his first, which leaves him to go through the five stages of grief with five different women.
SECOND ASSIGNMENT: in 200 words or less, sketch the antagonist or antagonistic force in your story. Keep in mind their goals, their background, and the ways they react to the world about them.
There are many antagonists in the story, one of them being Zeth, the father of one of his lovers and the most feared man in the city for which Ansen wants to kill, so that he can set her free from his clutches. Zeth’s main goal is to remain in control of the city and run his cartel. He hates everyone, including his own daughter and defines the human race as mindless monsters who live only to satisfy their own desires. He then comes to the conclusion that he must become the most relentless monster to ever live, because that is what it truly means to be human.
THIRD ASSIGNMENT: create a breakout title (list several options, not more than three, and revisit to edit as needed).
Chains of Proclivity
FOURTH ASSIGNMENT: - Read this NWOE article on comparables then return here.
- Develop two smart comparables for your novel. This is a good opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen genre. Who compares to you? And why?
Two smart comparables: “True Love” by Sarah Gerard, and the TV series “Snowfall”.
The novel “True Love” compares to my story because both protagonists are on a quest of fulfillment to find true love, and experience more than one love affair to find it. My character does the unthinkable for his lovers, one of which includes moving a vast amount of drugs to take down a bigger threat, like the hit TV series Snowfall.
FIFTH ASSIGNMENT: write your own hook line (logline) with conflict and core wound following the format above. Though you may not have one now, keep in mind this is a great developmental tool. In other words, you best begin focusing on this if you're serious about commercial publication.
After living in a very strict household and having his heart crushed by the only woman who made him feel liberated, Ansen leaves his old life behind to find true love, going through the five stages of grief with five different women, and a plethora of circumstances just to attain it.
SIXTH ASSIGNMENT: sketch out the conditions for the inner conflict your protagonist will have. Why will they feel in turmoil? Conflicted? Anxious? Sketch out one hypothetical scenario in the story wherein this would be the case--consider the trigger and the reaction.
The fact that Ansen’s first love left him for someone else made him feel like he wasn’t good enough, so although he stays true to his morals and beliefs, he still doubts himself and gets a bit anxious when things go wrong in his relationships. He blames himself for everything that goes wrong.
Next, likewise sketch a hypothetical scenario for the "secondary conflict" involving the social environment. Will this involve family? Friends? Associates? What is the nature of it?
He cuts his family off to find his own meaning of freedom and feels guilty about it. His freedom is in jeopardy due to the hindrances of his lover's personal conflicts, the constant fighting gets tiring and he wonders everyday if he made the right decisions.
FINAL ASSIGNMENT: sketch out your setting in detail. What makes it interesting enough, scene by scene, to allow for uniqueness and cinema in your narrative and story? Please don't simply repeat what you already have which may well be too quiet. You can change it. That's why you're here! Start now. Imagination is your best friend, and be aggressive with it.
We start out in the rich neighborhoods of Leisure City Florida where the trouble making protagonist is from, his decisions lead him Deep in the woodland forests of the Everglades in a log cabin surrounded by poppies and buttercups secluded from society where tons of wildlife resides. The second scene resides in the trenches of little Haiti Florida where junkies and killers lurk behind every corner. And the third is in the City of Homestead Florida where the antagonist resides filled with everyday society and modern day technology.