Today it's my turn to talk about my most recent "A-ha" moment in writing. Check out last week's post by Laura Diamond, and stay tuned for upcoming posts by Danyelle Leafty and Zoe Courtman!
I've been trying to ratchet up the intensity of the relationship between my MC and the love interest. As I was doing so, a good writing friend pointed me to this post by Nathan Bransford. I'm a visual person, and graphs are like a second language to me so it was all I needed for perspective.
What I needed was this:
See how the swings grow in intensity as the story progresses? How the stakes are higher, so each low is so much lower, and the highs more intense? And the question mark is for well...we want it to end on a high note, but who knows? Gotta read the book (if it's ever published someday) to find out! Well, here's what I had, before revisions:
Which is why it's taking me so long to do revisions. I am basically rewriting vast passages of my MS to keep the stakes high and up them higher as time goes on.
So, thanks Nathan for the ideas and letting me rework your graph. A valuable lesson!