Rachelle Gardner offered the following advice for constructing good storylines on several recent blog posts.
- A one-sentence summary (also called a storyline) is about 25 words that capture the essence of what your book is about.
- It should generate interest in reading your book.
- A character or two
- Their choice, conflict, or goal
- What’s at stake (may be implied)
- Action that will get them to the goal
- Setting (if important)
- Keep it simple. One plotline, 1 or 2 characters.
- Use the strongest nouns, verbs and adjectives. Use specific language.
- Make the conflict clear but don’t necessarily hint at the solution.
- Make it visual so the reader can see what’s happening.
- Above all, make sure you describe a story with conflict and not just characters in a situation.
This aspiring author also recommends Randy Ingermanson’s excellent Writing Fiction for Dummies.
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