Today I’ll be giving this image (which I found on Pinterest) a try. I’m using my Fractions of Existence book because that’s what I’m polishing this week.
What should go wrong?
Xavier’s attempt to reunite his kind, The Existence, to stop the Eyes in the Shadows (who are working to bring about the apocalypse), should go wrong.
Gwendolyn’s quest to get to Xavier should go wrong.
What is discovered?
Xavier discovers a reason to not reunite Gwendolyn with their kind.
Gwendolyn discovers that Xavier, or something about him, is more important than the life her parents planned out for her.
Protagonist: (first half of the story) Xavier:
Xavier’s goal is to reunite his kind.
The choice not to tell Gwendolyn what she is.
The choice not to reunite Gwendolyn with their kind.
The choice to let the world end.
Trying to find his missing one.
Finding her and learning that she’s content with her life.
Learning that the missing one has no idea what she is.
Struggling between leaving Gwendolyn in her happy life or being honest and yanking her out.
The fallout of knowing that, in leaving her out of it, the Existence will not be able to stop the Eyes in the Shadows.
Protagonist: (second half of the story) Gwendolyn:
To get to Xavier before midnight on New Year’s Eve (before he leaves the country).
She chooses leave the life her parents planned out.
She chooses to leave her friends and family.
She chooses to travel across the country alone.
She chooses to find out about the life Xavier hinted that she could have.
Gwendolyn is not equipped to deal with a cross country adventure by any means.
She struggles with her choice, as to if this quest is actually a good idea.
She struggles with the fact that it sounds crazy to walk out on her life, her family, her pre-planned future to travel across the country with nothing but the clothes on her back to find a man she barely knows.
She struggles when her car dies.
Her biggest struggle comes seconds after she sees Xavier with someone else at the ball drop.
I haven’t read the book, but here is where the meme comes from:
Story Trumps Structure:
How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules
by Steven James