Keeping it simple, Lacey’s Law is almost ready for publication.
The playwright and film-maker, David Mamet, once remarked that,
“Stories happen because somebody wants something and has trouble getting it.”
Sometimes this is an opportunity to do something that the character wants: to travel, to climb a mountain, to woo the person of their dreams, and so on.
And sometimes it’s a dilemma forced onto the character: to flee the alien invasion, escape the stalker or survive a Tsunami.
And it might be largely internal, for example in a story built around a character battling grief or injustice.
These three elements together are the makings of a basic storyline. But there’s no stopping there. Now you have to build it up from the ground, work out what makes this story great and ask yourself:
What’s interesting, exciting, unusual, compelling, inspiring, different about it?
Easy, eh? Now the basics are not quite so basic, are they?
It’s time to add the ‘great’ and write that story!
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