Chart for Finding Central Themes and Conflict in a Story
For the next few days, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane to the early days of Jade Moon (before she was even Jade Moon). It is fun to see her in the early stages of the book. She is still as fiery as she is in the finished book.
This is a great activity that Suzanne Frank, director of The Writer’s path at SMU (and author of Laws of Migration) had me do in one of the early classes I took with her. There are four steps that I will post over the next week. I was excited to find these pages as I was digging through some old files. I think I will also work through this activity with my second book.
I hope my fellow readers and writers out there enjoy!
First, pull out a sheet of paper. Put your main character’s name in the middle. For ten minutes, put everything you know about that character on a bubble chart. Hold on to the chart because we will use it again on the last day. Don’t worry about the highlights, boxes, and underlining. I will explain that in a few days.
It surprised me how much of this chart was in the final book. Even the idea of suffocating that comes up several times wasn’t in the original draft that I sent my editor, but when she asked me to think more deeply about how Jade Moon felt about the promise of freedom, the idea of suffocation versus being able to breathe resurfaced.
I’m off to work on a chart for book two.