Well, I’m sorry for the missing posts this week. I’m afraid its been a busy day, so I didn’t actually get around to looking at the blog until this evening. However, as I said in my post a couple of weeks ago, we’re trying something new and there are bound to be a few hiccups along the way. So, we’ll get this figured out, but please bear with us. I’m retaking the GRE tomorrow, and at least I’m feeling better, so I’m fairly confident that I won’t be walking into the test with a massive headache and a fountain of snot running out of my nose. God be praised! Actually, one of my pastors called this afternoon to check up on Alayna and I (he knows that we’ve been sick), and we spend some time praying for exactly that, so this is quite literally an answer to prayer. It’s also the first afternoon I’ve spent without a massive headache in over a week, which was a nice change.nAnyway, I have an exercise for you. You’ve done this one a few times. Today I want you to sit down and write out your basic metanarrative. I don’t want you to building any settings or develop any characters, instead use what you already have and come up with an overarching storyline for a 1, 3, or 5 story series. Plan on these stories being between 10,000 and 35,000 words long and try to have a good flow. I want you to consider and decide on the following points:

1) What locations (i.e. cities, ruins, forests, temples, etc) is your story going to center around? What are the major powers (i.e. national or religious) forces involved and how to they currently relate to one another? How are their relations going to have changed by the end of the story?

2) What characters are involved? Who is your main protagonist? You supporting protagonists? Your main antagonist? Your supporting antagonists? How is each major character going to be different by the end of the story? Is anyone going to be dead? If so, who?

3) What is the introduction, the climax, and the epilogue of each story? What are the three pivotal events that the metastory itself focuses around? What are the major events that come in between them? Try to have a clear but general outline of your plot. Consider what has to happen in the story, and then consider what should happen in the story. Then you can start working out how to get from one to the next.

4) What are going to be your major trouble areas? What events or plot points do you just not know enough about, or are you simply bad at writing? Can you work around these trouble points? If not, is there something you can do to get better at handling them?


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