I’ve been quite busy critiquing and attending writing improvement classes. Here are some things I learned that might help you. Ask your self these questions before you write your story.
- Who is your protagonist?
- What is his/her initial problem?
- What does your protagonist want?
- What gets in the way?
- Why does he/she want that goal?
- What happens if he/she doesn’t get it?
- What event starts the story?
- What deadline does the protagonist have?
- What is the ending?
- Who is your villain?
- What is your protagonist’s inner conflicts?
Now figure out, who are your readers? Don’t say everybody because that isn’t true. What age group or gender would your story appeal to?
Here is an exercise for you. This should work for your protagonist, secondary characters, and your villain.
- What is the character’s name?
- age and sex?
- physical description
- Where does your character live?
- What does your character hate?
- What does he/she fear?
- Any particular skills?
- married or love interest?
- any children?
- job history?
- strengths and weaknesses?
- does he/she drive or mode of transportation?
- what is the character’s backstory?
After you’ve figured out these things, write a book jacket in 1-3 sentences. Believe it or not, you can do this, even if you don’t know all the details of your story yet. Good luck.