First assignment: write your story statement.
I Will Never Fall is a memoir about my 35 years of life and how I have grown and gotten through each challenge in life.
Second assignment: in 200 words or less, sketch the antagonist or antagonistic force in your story. Keep in mind their goals, their background, the ways they react to the world around them.
Antagonist: My mom, my dad, my half-brother who molested me, the bullies I faced throughout my childhood, my disease, my spending addiction, my eating disorder.
Third assignment: create a breakout title.
I Will Rise.
Heartbreak and Breakthrough
A True Story You’ll Never Forget
Fourth assignment: Develop two smart comparables for your novel.
Childhood Disrupted by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Show Me All Your Scars by Andrea Rizzo
Fifth assignment: write your own hook line with conflict and core wound following the format above.
A 35-year-old women goes through the life of PTSD and trauma along with anxiety and depression. Read her struggles and how she combs through life piece by piece.
Sixth assignment: sketch out the conditions for the inner conflict your protagonist will have. Why will you feel turmoil? Conflicted? Anxious? Sketch out hypothetical scenario in the story wherein this would be the case—consider the trigger and the reaction.
Next, likewise sketch a hypothetical scenario for the “secondary conflict” involving social environment. Will this involve family? Friends? Assoiciates? What is the nature of it?
I go through childhood PTSD, trauma, a multitude of medical diagnoses, cancer scares, over 15 surgeries, anxiety and depression, molestation, sexual assault by my half-brother, 3 identity thefts by my mother. These are all inner and social scenarios.
Seventh assignment: sketch out your setting in detail.
There a multitude of settings in I Will Never Fall including over 15 houses I lived in and 9 different school. Multiple surgery rooms and also images in my head played out by my anxiety and PTSD.