Writer’s Road Map
Here’s a nice writing trick:
We all know that novels have an Act I, an Act II and an Act III. Yes, yes: we obscure this structure underneath the “chapter” structure. But really, most every story should have a beginning, a middle and an end.
For an upcoming story of mine, I decided to map out the act structure from three points of view: The Protagonist (Daria); the Driver (whose actions or inactions motivate the others); and the Antagonist (ain’t giving away any secrets here, friends).
This is a pretty complicated story, so it seemed like a good idea to have the road map charted out.
In Act I: Daria wants to help friends who are under siege; the Driver wants to get out of prison; the Antagonist wants to set up a series of foils in order to distract the good guys (and the readers?).
In Act II, Daria wants to outrun those who want her and her friends dead; the Driver wants to retrieve the Thing gives him Power; and the Antagonist wants to get into position to intercept the Thing of Power.
In Act III, Daria wants to stop the Antagonist; the Driver wants to gain power; and the Antagonist wants to gain power.
There: A neat little roadmap.
Now, I just have to write the damn thing.