Journeying Through Your Novel Part Four: Tests and Trials (I)

The duo comes back as they transition from discussion the first act of your story’s plot to the second act.  Watch Josiah struggle to explain things without his script and Daniel actually enjoy shooting the video for once!

Part One: The Characteristic Moment

Part Two: The Inciting Event

Part Three: The Pushpoint

Music Credit: Audiomachine

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Josiah DeGraaf is a high school English teacher and literature nerd who fell in love with stories when he was young and hasn’t fallen out of love ever since.
He writes because he’s fascinated by human motivations. What causes otherwise-good people to make really terrible decisions in their lives? Why do some people have the strength to withstand temptation when others don’t? How do people respond to periods of intense suffering? What does it mean to be a hero?
These questions drive him as a reader, and they drive him as a writer as well as he takes normal people, puts them in crazy situations (did he mention he writes fantasy?), and then forces them to make difficult choices with their lives.
Someday, Josiah hopes to write fantasy novels with worlds as imaginative as Brandon Sanderson’s, characters as complex as Orson Scott Card’s, character arcs as dynamic as Jane Austen’s, themes as deep as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, and stories as entertaining as Wayne Thomas Batson’s. In the meantime, you can find him writing articles here as he works toward achieving these goals.
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  1. Glad to see you’re finally enjoying this, Daniel. 😛
    I certainly enjoyed it. Wonderful insights. Keep it up. 🙂

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