At least I wouldn't want to read a story where a mad woman was attacking and winning because no one was able to stand up to her and no matter how bad it gets no one ever does. This little story needs your hero. What do you do to convince him to don the power bequeathed to him at birth?
Larry Brooks says that you have to give them the chance to be human before they can ever become the hero you see in them. What does that entail? There are 3 phases. I am actually talking about 3 of his 4 story boxes he discusses in his 10-part tutorial on the fundamentals of story structure.
The hero is running, analyzing, observing, recalculating, planning, recruiting or anything else required before she or he can move forward.
Meanwhile, the plot thickens – the antagonistic force is moving forward, too – and what the hero thought would work isn’t quite enough. They need more. More courage. More creativity. A better plan.
Part 4 shows how the hero summons the courage and growth to come forward with a solution to the problem, to reach the goal, to save the day or even the world, to attain the fame and riches associated with victory, and to generally beat down and conquer the story’s antagonistic force.
One very important thing to remember about the last phase is that no new information can enter the story. Our hero must draw on and use things and people that are already in play to solve the problem. Also, while he may need help the ultimate success should rely on what our hero has learned.
Good luck to those taking on the April challenges. Please leave me a note and say hello I will try to follow you back to see what you're up to.
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