MingluJiangP6 Posted March 13, 2021 Share Posted March 13, 2021 FIRST ASSIGNMENT: write your story statement. Lydia must maintain an uneasy balance between her mission to destroy the Roman army and the Roman soldier she loves, all while grappling with her growing obsession with the latter. 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. At first, the antagonist force is Lydia’s guild of sorcerers. Though they are Lydia’s family, their goal of revenge against Rome means she must maintain an uneasy balance between them and her love, Publius. Eventually, the guild’s goals force the two lovers apart. As the story progresses, however, Lydia becomes her own antagonist as her obsession with Publius and jealousy over his marriage mark her path to destruction. THIRD ASSIGNMENT: create a breakout title (list several options, not more than three, and revisit to edit as needed). The Consul’s Son The Last Sorceress of Rome The Mark of Death FOURTH ASSIGNMENT: 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? For my first comparable, I chose THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern in that it has a similar focus on an impossible couple and the consequences of their love. THE NIGHT CIRCUS places this focus against the backdrop of a competition to the death involving magic, a situation similar to what Lydia finds herself in. For my second comparable, I chose FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao for its similar atmosphere of dark magic and nefarious aspirations. The protagonist, Xifeng, is an anti-heroine prone to jealousy and obsession, just like Lydia. 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. A young sorceress tasked with destroying Roman armies finds her mission—and her life thereafter—immensely complicated when she falls in love with a Roman soldier. 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. 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? Inner conflict sketch: To please her guild, Lydia must fight for Rome’s fall, but she isn’t willing to let go of Publius. Lydia would lose her place in the guild if they knew about her relationship with Publius, so she has to fight for him secretly. This becomes impossible when Publius’s ambitions propel him into generalship. Secondary conflict: Marcus, Lydia’s childhood friend and staunch ally displays an unwavering devotion to her throughout the novel. Lydia feels guilty about her inability to return his affection, considering all he does for her. At the same time, she is also irritated by his romantic pursuit of her. 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. Ostia: Lydia’s guild has made their home in Ostia, a bustling port city only a few miles from Rome. Ostia, with its picturesque blue waters, serves as a home base throughout for Lydia. Rome: Rome is a lush city of glimmering mansions, temples, markets, and quaint insulae. It is also the capital of the state Lydia’s guild seeks to topple and where Lydia meets Publius. The Scipiones’ mansion: The luxurious home of the patrician Scipio family, situated on the glamorous Palatine Hill, first belongs to the newly elected consul, and then to his son, Publius. Here Lydia and Publius meet and later conduct their love affair. Praeconia’s house: Lydia and her guild reside in this modest, generic dwelling during their alliance with Praeconia. The house draws its personality from Praeconia and her guild. Praeconia fawns over Lydia and welcomes her guild warmly, but beneath this veneer is a conniving and manipulative nature that Lydia struggles to match. The battlefields: Cisalpine Gaul: This recently conquered territory just north of Italy is the site of the Roman army’s first battles of the war. It is crisscrossed with rivers and unleashes an unrelenting winter on the army. Lydia realizes she loves Publius amidst the calamities that befall the army here. Cannae: This is the site of Rome’s greatest defeat. During this battle, Lydia uses her magic to rescue Publius instead of further devastating the Roman army. Canusium: Cannae’s survivors seek refuge in this nearby city. Here, in the aftermath of the battle, Lydia must reckon with what she just did, which was decidedly choose Publius over her guild. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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