- You need a title. Write your working title in big letters at the top of the page. You can even make a mock-up of your cover. It’s inspirational.
- Who, what and why? You need a character, start with them and the inciting moment. The inciting moment gives you a goal and that conflict will give you an antagonist.
- When, where and how? If you are writing sci-fi or historical fiction, this question becomes even more important, but you should pick a moment in time and then tell me how all of this is going to happen.
[Character’s name] + [inciting moment] + [story goal] leads to [intriguing question]
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