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Thursday October 28, 2010

I’m getting excited about November bc I’m writing a novel in 30 days.  Yup, you heard that right.  I have jumped on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon with both feet.  In fact I even got the book.  In the book, Chris Baty suggests that you create two important lists which he calls Magna Carta I and Magna Carta II.  Magna Carta I is your list for what makes a good novel.  Magna Carta II is the list of what bores and depresses you in a novel.  Here are my lists.

Magna Carta I

  • Depth in character development
  • Focus on relationships
  • Quirky characters
  • Lots of introspection
  • Unexpected personal revelations
  • Southern characters
  • Self-awareness
  • Working-class
  • Dialect
  • Lots of personality/character detail
  • Precision

Magna Carta II

  • Historical fiction
  • Detailed setting
  • Fantasy elements
  • Violence
  • Primary focus on action
  • Shallowly drawn characters
  • Lack of complexity
  • Lots of short chapters

 

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