Do You Have a Dream 8

Happy Friday everyone~

This entire week, I have been working on my novel, Nightmare Chronicles. As I was typing chapter one, my mind began to wonder if I were going in the right direction. I like my concept, but I couldn’t think of a striving force to get the conflict going. I believe that every fiction story should have some type of conflict. Without that conflict…well, there wouldn’t be much of a story, would it?

I made it close to 4000 words in total, when I realized that the story couldn’t go forward without that good conflict. As of this moment, I’m still at a loss. When concerning the plot, I do have that down packed. I really just need something that would bring my two main characters closer...hmm....

Originally, my goal was to at least write 20,000+ words before the end of this month, but I won’t get anywhere if I’m rushing myself. At this moment, I've decided to work at my own pace. After reading an article titled, "How to Write A Novel in A Month (The Easy Way)" I decided to follow a few of her tips to see if it would work for me, which brings me to my question of the day. How do you write your first draft?  Maria Rodale stated that on her first draft, she writes dialogue only. Her quote is below from the website.

"The first draft of my novels is entirely dialogue. This is the most direct way to make sure your characters are telling the story and moving it forward. Unless it's a multicharacter scene, I won't even include tags like "he said" or "she said." If you can't tell when your hero or heroine is talking without identifying it, then it's a sign you need to go back and work on their character and voice."

Anyhow, my goal of publishing means a lot to me and I hope to accomplish it soon! I hope everyone has a good weekend. ^ ^

(PS: I promise to respond back to comments from my last entry this weekend. Also, I haven't been commenting on anyone's blog lately. I need to interact more ^^;)


  1. Well... what's keeping your characters from achieving their goals? Something inside themselves or outside? If you answer those questions, you have your conflict.

    Best of luck with your first draft!

    1. Thank you for commenting! Since writing this entry, I have discovered a conflict that works well for the concept of the story. :)

    2. Glad you managed to sort the conflict out.

      Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful 2014!

  2. Yup, conflicts are a must! glad to see up there that you've stumbled on a good one to propel the story forward :)

  3. Your instincts are good. Fiction centers around conflict. But if you have plot you should have conflict. If you want to shoot me an email, I can help brainstorm conflict for you. A good approach is things get worse between each plot point.




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