We all have flaws, but our characters especially should have some, because what fun is there in reading about someone's perfect life? *grin* Since our MC's have a defining virtue, should they also have a defining weakness? What if their weakness is what causes some of the main conflict in the story? What if the weakness is in direct opposition to the MC's virtue? The characters must have something to struggle against, a temptation or a sin, as well as an outer conflict. What's your MC's biggest weakness? How does it define him or her? Does it propell the story? Do your characters ever fight the same kind of vices you do? After reading the Seekerville post on Moral Premise, I signed up for Natasha Kern's ACFW conference class, Vice and Virtue. Wondering what she'll talk about is turning the wheels in my head and give me some blog fodder.
Did you know each scene should advance your plot? I recently read a new author, Randy Singer , and was completely hooked into his story. It wasn't until I was halfway through that I realized I should study his writing to see why it worked so well. It didn't take me long to see that each of his scenes had more than one purpose. 1. Each scene showed a new facet of character (not always for the same person) that added to the plot's unwinding 2. Each scene revealed knowledge (plot point) that forced the characters to make a choice 3. Each scene upped the stakes so that I wondered how the characters could possibly survive with the choices they were making. I'm sure his scenes had even more literary tidbits, but these stood out to me. The important thing to know is that this was a seamless process. The scenes didn't jump out at me and scream, "This is my purpose". Rather, later scenes revealed the purpose of earlier scenes. Do your scenes advance the plo