When a Story Drags by Stephen Bly

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Techniques best-selling western novelist Stephen Bly uses when his stories are dragging:
  1. Shoot someone.
  2. Introduce an obnoxious character.  Choose the person who would annoy your character the most?
  3. Go to the quirk (a quirk in a character).
  4. Lose something. Your adrenaline flows when you lose something.
  5. Embarrass your protagonist. What’s the most embarrassing thing that could happen?
  6. Have protagonist kiss the wrong person.
  7. Put your protagonist in a hopeless situation. Then get him out of it.
  8. Have someone crucial to the plot disappear.
  9. Start a rumor about your protagonist. Go to the attic.
  10. Uncover something mysterious about the past.
Check out Stephen’s books and ministry at at Bly books. He also has a fun book for writers. Check it out.
Still Lionhearted, Kat
Kat Crawford

Kat Crawford

Katherine J. Crawford, author of Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers, is published in sixteen compilations and numerous articles. Known as the Lionhearted Kat, she resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit Kat’s website lionheartedkat.com.Read her journal through breast cancer and the loss of her husband: www.caringgiver/visit/org.
Kat Crawford

4 thoughts on “When a Story Drags by Stephen Bly

  1. I love these, they got my thoughts going, thank you for posting! One quick question on #9…what does it mean, go to the attic? I get the first half of that one, just not sure of the attic reference. Thanks!

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