An age old tradition of finding love and professing your vows at the altar happens every day. Yet, some happy couples are not content to let their day look the same as everyone else’s in a church with the cake and family. They demand a whole new level of extreme that sets their day apart. A lasting memory of commitment and facing your greatest fears. That is the stuff of ‘I Do’ at 30,000 feet.
You’d never catch me jumping from an airplane in a white dress, but I hope my writing smacks of 30,000 feet type original commitment.
Writing a novel is an age old process, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be stodgy or predictable in its delivery. Quite the opposite.
Extreme Novel Writing At Its Best:
*Increase the stakes to extreme. Some author’s have done this by having the heroine marry the handsome prince, or they will lose the family farm. Only at the beginning, they don’t even know if they will love him. Another twist on this would be needing to marry someone to have enough money to save a loved one’s life. Now, it is not just their heart at stake, but their livelihood and family as well.
*Create extreme obstacles. No more, ‘he loves me, he loves me not.’ Avoid the opportunity to dither and build only internal obstacles. Reach out to the external world and pull in obstacles that are out of the hero/heroine’s control.
*Develop Evil Villains. Not just a difficult foe, but one that is nearly impossible to overcome that is truly evil. Give them a den of iniquity. A place they go to reflect on their darkness. To show their cunning. To build the danger.
*Build Larger Than Life Characters. They leap off of the page with originality of dialogue and unique qualities. Make the character change an intense journey that interacts with their personality to make the change more complicated and profound. Have them make unexpected choices.
Strap on your gear. Be ready for the dive. Novel writing at 30,000 feet.
What is the most extreme wedding you’ve ever heard of? Are you a fan of the traditional or extreme ‘I Do’?
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