Yesterday, I cleaned up my spare room because I didn't have enough space for all my books. I bought two new bookshelves and basically had to reorganise the entire room. While I was digging away in a box, as I do, I found some notes from a few years ago when I went to a university lecture on Shakespeare's, The Tempest. As I read over them, I thought that it had some great advice regarding plot and character.
For your benefit, here are a few things that stood out to me:
1. There are different "journeys" that your character can take in your story.
- Physical Displacement - Going somewhere strange and destabilising
- Personal or Moral Growth - People benefiting and understanding how their life could be better, and improving themselves as a result.
- Circular Journey - The sense that all one does in life is about understanding oneself.
- It is important to know who the central character is and what is important to them.
- The central character must have their world disturbed.
- The antagonist should be pulling against the central idea and the struggle strengthens the main idea.
- The reader must suspend their belief in order to go on a journey. The premise must be believable and engaging. The reader should have gained something as a result.
- Universal themes are appealing (love, relationships, friendship, etc).
- Using contemporary themes makes your story more relatable.
My story falls into the personal growth category. My MC, not to mention several other characters, goes through experiences which make a change in her life. She grows as a person, and this affects a lot of people around her.
Do you know what kind of journey your characters are on?