I've decided that at the end of each twelve weeks, I'll create a longer task for you to attempt. Hopefully as your writing is developing these larger tasks will become easier as time ticks past. So what have I got in mind for you?
This week I'm thinking about thrillers.
I would like you to create a plot for a thriller. Whether that is a thriller aimed at the children's, young adults or adult market is up to you.
How long do you want the novel to be? Think of chapters. How many would be right for your plot?So how do you work that out? I suggest that as you plot, it might help to break the structure down in sections - one section of the plot is one chapter of the book.
Draw out your characters, making sure there is a good story arc for all the characters - especially the main characters. Think about how each character will develop. What will they learn? Will they learn? Maybe you will make your plot dark and dangerous or it will have a lighter touch.
Don't let this frighten you. A challenge in writing is always a good thing. So what are you waiting for? Go and get writing.
And if you think the plot has legs, why not try writing a couple of chapters to see.
Good luck and enjoy.