Monday, October 20, 2014

Guest Speaker - Margaret Dilloway

There is not much to catch up on from today because we went to see a guest speaker.

Her name is Margaret Dilloway.
She is a novelist and might be able to answer some of your questions about the novel you're about to write.

  • By the way, did you finish your book blurb for your perfect novel? I have what you submitted, but if you didn't finish or need to make it better, you should probably do that. **hint hint**
  • Read your independent reading novel. Really.
  • If you finish a book, go write the book review for it and post it on Goodreads.
  • Turn in your group novel at the library if you have not done so already.

Some highlights (she had great advice and you might want to use some of this):
  • The 3 Cs of Novels - Context, Character, Conflict
    • Context - This includes your setting or the world your characters live in
    • Character - This includes actions that speak about the character. it is important to know what and who the character loves as well. 
      • In novels, you sometimes have to make bad things happen to good people (it's about the lessons those characters learn from those bad experiences)
    • Conflict - what does the character want and what is in his/her way?
  • There should be conflict of some sort in every scene and every piece of dialogue.
  • Most novels have about 60 scenes
    • Act 1: Inciting Incident and Plot Point 1 (15 scenes)
    • Act 2: Plot Point 2 and Turning Point (30 scenes)
    • Act 3: Climax and Denouement (15 scenes)
  • Check out the index card method for plotting scenes
    • You DO NOT have to have 60 scenes. Your novel can have less. It's a guide. 
  • Dialogue!
    • Real dialogue is boring.
    • You have to include what the characters are thinking as well. What someone is saying isn't necessarily what they are thinking.

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