In day 2, Jason and Leah discuss their inability to meet their goals of 833 words a day (Leah stands at 431, Jason 100) because it turns out that neither one has agreed on a genre, enemy or ending. It occurs to Jason and Leah that they may not know anything about anything, except for the fact that they are wading into deep, literary, doo-doo.
What genre are our writers writing? What’s in a first act? How do you insert a little fantasy into the story? And what will Jason and Leah be willing to sacrifice in order to bring this novel in on time?
Word Count for a Novel
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- Comedy – focus on humor throughout a story.
- Crime/Detective – fiction about a committed crime, how the criminal gets caught, and the repercussions of the crime
- Drama – focusing on an in-depth development of realistic characters who must deal with realistic emotional struggles.
- Fantasy – fiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality
- Horror – fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both the characters and the reader
- Mystery – fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets
- Realistic/Historical – story that is true to life
- Romance – focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people
- Science fiction – story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets
- Suspense/Thriller – fiction about harm about to befall a person or group and the attempts made to evade the harm
- Tragedy – a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes in its audience an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in the viewing
- Western – set in the American Old West frontier and typically set in the late eighteenth to late nineteenth century
Do you think Jason and Leah’s approach is a good one?
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