Jun 22 2017

Theme and Plot – Fractions of Existence

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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.

Spoilers Ahead

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.

Spoilers Ahead

Protagonist: (first half of the story) Xavier:

Protagonist goal:

Xavier’s goal is to reunite his kind.

Protagonist choices:

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.

Protagonist struggle:

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:

Protagonist goal:

To get to Xavier before midnight on New Year’s Eve (before he leaves the country).

Protagonist choices:

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.

Protagonist struggle:

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

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    • Juneta on June 22, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Ding, ding, ding… That was hugely helpful and a bit eye-opening in the thought process. Thank you. Marked that book to buy. Also, I want to read that story, is it published yet? Your plotting hooked me.

    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit
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    1. Thanks!
      Not for sale yet. Planning a September release.

  1. Oh I make things go wrong all right. Ironically my main characters start off with what they think is their goal is but along the way they discover that wasn’t really their goal.
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    1. Yeah. That’s pretty much the twist/ flip point in my book. He’s like… oh, this matters to me more.

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