The goal of National Novel Writing Month is to write 50,000 words in a month. If you're like me, for whatever reason, that didn't happen.
A common trope in fiction is to have two or more characters initially suspicious of each other, but eventually growing close. But how can we get this transition to feel organic?
Writing a good opener is a struggle, one I've been grappling with for a while. When in doubt, learn by example. In this series of posts, I'll look at the opening scene from all different kinds of fiction - TV, books, movies, you name it - to see what worked about them. First up, is Mr. Robot.
We writers have to hold a lot in our heads! Characters. Backstories. Places. Plot. And that's before we get into the nitty-gritty of each scene. I personally found writing a scene list to be a big help!
I recently watched Robot and Frank, a bittersweet science fiction drama about an older man struggling with memory loss and his reluctant acceptance of his helper-bot. I liked it overall, except for one tiny detail – the plot twist.
In a world where a woman showing her breasts is somehow pro-feminist and anti-feminist at the same time, it’s easy to see why any writer would stress over their female characters.