As Amanda Patterson, founder of the excellent site, Writers Write, wrote in 17 Ways To Make your Novel More Memorable, you need to structure your book as a roller-coaster ride. It should be a physical journey that forces your reader to vicariously experience a series of emotions. Pace it. Give us moments of respite and then throw us back into the action.
You need to give your protagonist and your antagonist story goals. These story goals should be in conflict with each other. Tell a story where your readers can empathise with both your hero and your villain. Make both of them memorable and interesting.
But how do you tell if you will have enough conflict in your novel?
Go to the Writers Write site and you can answer their conflict test and find out.
My NaNoWriMo challenge of 50,000 words in the month of November has been breached…!
But don’t get too happy clappy just yet.
That would be wrong, so very wrong.
After all, He is only now emerging, slavering from his lair, circling, hungry. The Beast had been merely lying in the shadows, biding his time and patiently waiting. And now, the clock hands had swept back around to a time of darkness and great evil. The fattening was complete and he was ready to unleash a pent up fury borne of one of the blackest nights in the history of mankind.
Yes peeps, The Devil You Know has ‘issues’ to resolve before we can all sleep easy in our beds. At least me anyway. So I’ll soldier on for another week and then it will be time…