Welcome to the eleventh day of my October Blog Challenge on preparing to write your novel. Those who are just arriving, please check out the earlier posts on this challenge, as the exercises/ reflections build on each other. To find out what this challenge is about, read my original post HERE.
In honor of Thanksgiving, lets discuss gratitude for a moment. We seldom think of adding it to a novel, but it's an important emotion. It comes up when the protagonist needs to take stock, or to appreciate those who are supporting him/her in this journey.
1. What is your protagonist grateful for?
2. Do your other characters feel grateful? If so, what for? (Perhaps they are grateful to the protagonist for his/her role in the journey/goal that needs to be accomplished.
Every culture has holidays. What a culture celebrates reveals a lot about that culture.
3. What are the holidays observed in the culture of your novel? How are they celebrated?
4. Which holidays will figure into your story? What is the role of this holiday? How will it reveal character, promote change in the characters, or otherwise move your plot forward?