Question of the Week

Hello, schminions!

This week we are doing something a little new. I’ve been asked lots of questions about writing and there are even more questions that no one has asked, but definitely deserve an answer. I wanted to help any budding writers who might have these questions but can’t find an answer.

Keep in mind, these are just my personal opinions. I hope they help you.

Q: Help, my character’s adrift in the ocean! – or – What do I do when my character’s stuck in the middle of the story?

This one is an actual question posed to me by a friend on the Scratch website, on my writing post How to Write a Book in 30 Days.

A: First, what is the purpose of your character being adrift? Whether it be in a boat or climbing over the mountains to reach Mount Doom, make sure every action a character takes forwards their ultimate goal and the plot of the story. If the main body of the story is the character being stuck, break the monotony up with some flashbacks or some exciting events that give more information. Ultimately, every action, even fluff, should further your plot. Fluff can give information on relationships that are important and relevant.

So if your character is stuck in a boat remember a couple of questions you need to answer. 1. Why is she in the boat? 2. How can I reveal the answer to question 1 in an interesting way? The best stories rely on giving the readers an interesting climax. Even if they were expecting something similar, give them the answer in a way that makes them go, “Woah! I wasn’t expecting it like that!”

If this helped you, give me a shout in the comments! If you have some more questions that you would like answered, please ask. I would love to feature your question one week.

Until next time, writers, write on.


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