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H is for “Heart”
Book: Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel (The Writer’s Toolbox Series) by C. S. Lakin
My dice roll: 104 (of 204)
Lesson: Create a list of ideas to make the protagonist’s problems bigger. Use them to add another layer of plotting.
Oddly, the lesson uses a car breaking down as the example. The hero needs to get somewhere fast, but the car won’t start. I swear that I wrote this scene long before I owned this book!
“I’m sorry, officer. My car broke down last night. I considered a walk to town, but there was something out there in the darkness that growled.” She pointed toward the trees.
“I see. Pop the hood please, ma’am. And I’ll need to see your license and registration, please.”
Wend complied with the request. She rifled through her bag for her driver’s license and then through her glove box for her vehicle registration. She produced both before traipsing to the front of the car to open it up, revealing the parts she wished she knew something about. The bright daylight had not made the problem any more obvious to her.
After the officer’s fiddled with the parts and failed to fix anything, he called a tow truck. Once it arrived, he gave her back her license and handed the registration to the tow truck driver. He bid her farewell and left her on the side of the road with a handsome young man with long, curly hair. He wore a dirty, striped shirt with the name “Hank” over one of the chest pockets.
She gripped her purse tightly as she sat beside Hank, who lugged her car into town. He was a chatty one, asking her all sorts of questions about where she was from and where she was headed.
“I’ve never been to California or to New York. Suppose you’ll get a chance to see two oceans, won’t you?”
“Yes, I suppose so,” she said. “Though the Atlantic will, technically, be the third for me; I saw the Indian Ocean when I traveled with my family to Bunbury, Australia, a few years ago.”
Have you ever had your vehicle towed? How many oceans have you seen?
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