Friday, March 9, 2012

Theme, Plotting & Sacrifice

I'm still trying to tame and get control of my Plotting Beast.

Yesterday I read a brilliant post by Mette Ivie Harrison about Theme. This is the part that caught my eye and took over my brain...

"Everything your character wants most and wants least happens during the course of the novel, often requiring sacrifice of the one for the resolution of the other. (Of course, this means that your character must first of all want something very, very badly--and also be afraid of something in equal portion.)"
Mette Ivie Harrison

Oh. Wow. 

I really needed to read that. 

And I finally know. I know what my character wants (two things actually...some nice and juicy internal conflict going on thanks to Daisy Carter and her awesome post about the topic!). I know what he fears will happen. And I know the sacrifice he will have to make.

So, what about you? Have you thought about these things? Are you light years ahead of me and thinking, "Well, duh, Erin...yeah, that's how you write a good book"??

Do you know what your character will have to sacrifice? And what fear he/she will have to face?  


  1. Awwwwesome. I'm just at the end of my WIP, where I'm trying to tie all this in. The sacrifice, the fear, tying the themes up... oh the joys... ;)

  2. Thanks for the shout out! *why does autocorrect always try to make that shootout? We're not standing in the street at high noon*

    I'm working on a new WIP, and the theme hasn't presented itself yet. Usually, it turns up halfway through my first draft, so I'm not worried. Yet. :)

  3. Definitely! What I always do with my writing is have the characters play off each other's wants and needs in a way that would fulfill them but also bring conflict to the story. Also, in my stories, what a character wants is usually something another character possesses, but for it to work well, they'd have to give up something of themselves to get it--something the other character wants!

    Confusing, huh? It's about as clear as mud! ;)

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