Timing can be one of the most challenging and least intuitive aspects of writing a story. Authors shorten or cut out chunks of the storyline, flip easily to flashbacks, and slow waaaay down to focus on an important image or moment in the story. Real life just doesn’t move in the same way!
Knowing that you have the freedom to make time flexible can be awesome, though. Just ask Geoff Herbach. He’s the author of YA novels Stupid Fast and Nothing Special and, for the last two weeks, he’s shown us how to write with specific detail and how to craft interesting characters.
This week, give his video below a gander, and then take a hack at his writing challenge: First write a summary that gives some details about your characters’ pasts, and then follow it up with a scene in real time. That scene should be a moment of high conflict, and should in some way disrupt the events of the summary–take that back context, turn it on its head, and destroy it.
You can feel free to use characters you’ve written about before, characters you’ve created specifically for Herbach’s previous writing challenges, or brand news characters you’ve been itching to put on paper. Tag your challenge response with HerbachWriting3, and Geoff might just read and offer feedback on your work!