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A handy-dandy fiction-writing tool: The thirty-six dramatic situations


The fiction-writing process

Might be a good idea to review these before beginning a new novel. Focus the brain.

Not sure if Yesterday Road falls easily into any of the scenarios listed here, but parts of it certainly come close. A lot of this sort of thing must be archetypal and in our neurons, so I don’t sweat it…

You? Do you like having a specific model in mind when you start down that long road of writing a novel?

8 comments on “A handy-dandy fiction-writing tool: The thirty-six dramatic situations

  1. sknicholls
    January 5, 2014

    With “An obstacle to love” my book fit because of the interracial relations. There was also an element of “sacrifice”.

    I can see many themes in my various WIPs (TNTC at this point.). Maybe because I am an amateur hobby writer and not a professional writer I don’t look for a “fit” to any particular model. Also, because I am a bit of a rebel, I push against the current.

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 5, 2014

      Same here, but by the same token it’s not a bad idea to have a loose, familiar infrastructure to a book. Readers need to be able to recognize what a particular story is, if only so certain anticipations can be set up.

      • sknicholls
        January 5, 2014

        I totally failed at that with my book. It is historical fiction in some ways, but contemporary fiction in others. In fact, I am writing a post about my genre dilemma as we speak.

  2. John W. Howell
    January 5, 2014

    Cool beans. I like these.

  3. ericjbaker
    January 6, 2014

    I never remember to think of these things when I’m writing. Oh well. I just drag out the word “experimental” and it all works out.

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 6, 2014

      Perfect. “Unclassifiable” is useful too. “Unique!” “Hard to pin down!” “What is this?!!”

      • ericjbaker
        January 6, 2014

        “Banned in 31 Countries!”

        That’s the marketing blurb I’m hoping for.

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