October 10th, 2018

Teen Wolf::Derek::Hale House

Word of the Day 10/10/18 Preamble

Preamble (noun)
preamble [pree-am-buh l, pree-am-]
(previously 04-18-13)

1. an introductory statement; preface; introduction.
2. the introductory part of a statute, deed, or the like, stating the reasons and intent of what follows.
3. a preliminary or introductory fact or circumstance: His childhood in the slums was a preamble to a life of crime.
4. (initial capital letter) the introductory statement of the U.S. Constitution, setting forth the general principles of American government and beginning with the words, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union. …”

Related forms
pre·am·bled, adjective

Related Words for preamble
preface, prelude

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Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin praeambulum, noun use of neuter of Late Latin praeambulus walking before. See pre-, amble

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.

Orginal Fic Challenge & Tip: Write a Story About a Magical Item

Original Fic Challenge: Write a Story About a Magical Item

Original Fic Tip: A good way to create more tension in your story is to include a goal, a conflict, and a disaster.

I was actually going to post a different writing tip, but then Romance University posted this tip/ and it forced me to have some thinkee thoughts about my own current WIP. I try to make sure most of my scenes contribute to both the plot and the character arc, but I've never thought about ratcheting up the tension by adding MORE conflict and disaster to each scene!

SCENES are comprised of three parts:


Let’s discuss them one at a time.

Goal: A goal is what the character hopes to accomplish in the SCENE. Don’t be nebulous here. We’re not talking about the overarching goal of the novel; we mean the short-term goal of this segment. Be very specific here. This isn’t “stop the bad guy” stuff. This is (to borrow from the cherry pie example of the last post) small, detail-oriented, “get to Grandma’s house and eat pie” stuff. It’s explicit, precise. Unambiguous. This character has taken charge and proactively done something to reach the SCENE’s goal. Seems simple enough, right?

Well, no. That’s only the first part. There has to be a conflict.

Conflict: Without a conflict, there’s no excitement for the reader. The character wanted pie and got it. Big deal.

No, there needs to be a challenge. This can be in any form. Construction on the road. An environmental condition that might cause a blight on the cherry crop. Grandma’s angry and refusing visitors. There’s poison or rot in the pie.

Whatever the conflict is, it also must be present in the SCENE.

Okay, that’s two parts. Is that enough? Still not quite. Readers know the goal and they know the roadblock. That’s building tension. But we need one more element. Disaster.

Disaster: If you really want readers to be riveted by your SCENE, you can’t stop at raising the stakes. You have to actually drop the bomb. If the character set out to achieve a goal, overcame the conflict, and succeeded, you’d be at the end of the novel. Either that, or you’d be in the middle of your novel but your reader would be bored and see no reason to read on. No, you have to make the character experience failure at this point. In our cherry pie example, the character ate it but got sick from it. Horribly sick. That’s an epic fail. Okay, not so epic. We’re talking food poisoning, not the end of all humanity.

But that’s the point. SCENES aren’t big-picture. These are little chunks of story that advance the plot in small increments. In our hypothetical novel, the end-all be-all goal might be for the couple to get together and operate a successful cherry orchard.

Now go forth and write!
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  • cmk418

Daily Count Challenge to Dreamy

Well, I started writing one thing and then abandoned it after about 200 words - I think it may morph into something else later down the line.

I did however manage to make a little headway on NaNo prep. I'm mostly a pantser when it comes to NaNo, but I think it's good to have a few ideas down for that initial push and I actually narrowed down my idea a bit today so hopefully it'll all be ready to go by November 1.

Dreamy, I wish you much creativity in the coming day. Happy writing!