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Let’s Go For A Ride

Here’s a concept I’ve thinking about a lot lately: Narrative Vehicle. As in, a protagonist’s main goal or objective, the quest that keeps the story moving forward. The character may not know his/her goal at the beginning. The narrative arc may follow this dawning realization. But the writer has to know it.

Three months into the Write Despite challenge, I’ve found it’s helpful to articulate narrative concepts this way. It clears out some of the mental clutter and helps me focus. It also helps me select details and scenes that drive the vehicle forward and to not waste time on detours and diversions—no matter how clever they are.

Here’s a primer for anyone else out there who likes reminders.

http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/virtualit/fiction/elements.asp?e=1

Write well!

–Karen

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3 thoughts on “Let’s Go For A Ride

  1. aj hillyer on said:

    Thanks for this. Very helpful! AJ

    • I’m so glad you’re going the extra mile with this book! One of the main things that turns me off is poor copy edntiig.(And, like you, I was stunned by all the tiny things my copy editor found in my manuscript.) Even if a story is amazing, those little errors can totally pull me out of it when I’m reading. Thanks so much for blogging about this process!

  2. I’ve been struggling with this same thing. Thanks for the link.

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