The main character, Brie, had one mission: to discover the truth about her sister Faith’s death. Every line of dialog and each scene focused on Brie’s goal. Jaden didn’t bore her readers with unnecessary descriptions or extra characters. *note to self*
Sometimes I get off track with my story, and have to remind myself to stay focused. In WRITING IT RIGHT, Sandy Asher reminds us to ask ourselves the following questions:
- Whose story is this? Our main character should be clear and have a strong voice.
- What does the main character want? Our main character’s need or goal should be obvious. Is their goal worthy of the reader’s time?
- What’s standing in the character’s way? The obstacles should be evident and well-matched with our character.
- Does the main character drive the story forward?
Our first drafts might not be as focused as they should be, but hey, it can all be fixed, right?
Do you have any tricks for staying focused?