The third installment in Kristen Lamb’s Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story and this time it’s all about your antagonist and all the obstacles and opposition your main character will encounter! Good stuff here: introduce your bad guy (or his/her minions) from the beginning; even if you are writing a series, make sure to get the antagonist at least hinted at from the get-go.
Ah, structure. We are discussing the fundamentals of story. No skeleton and our story is a puddle of primordial adverb ooze. In Part One, we talked about the micro scale of fiction the scene and the sequel, cause and effect. In Part Two, we panned out for the BIG picture, Aristotelian Three-Act Structure.
Today? We talk about the essential ingredient for ALL fiction. Just like carbon is the ONE key ingredient for all LIFE, conflict is the key ingredient for ALL stories. No conflict? No story.
If you want to self-publish or indie publish, I would assume most of you want to be successfully published, regardless the format or distributor. To be considered “successfully published” we have to sell a lot of books. To sell a lot of books, we must connect with readers. That is what this series is about. Structure is how readers connect to stories. The…
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