Day 17: Make a Decision

A plot operates as a series of switchbacks. If the switchbacks are too obvious, the reader can predict what happens next and is less inclined to keep reading. The plot shifts should arise naturally from situation and character, but should still be surprising.

Yesterday, you took a break from the main storyline to provide your reader (and yourself) with a breather. Today, we’re getting back into the thick of it.

On Day 17, you listed three obstacles that stand in the way of your protagonist obtaining the object of his or her desire, and you wrote a scene in which he faced off against at least one of those obstacles.

Today, return to what you wrote on Day 17. Pick up where you left off: have your protagonist make a decision that shifts the novel in some way.

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