Who wants to help me with my novel? I need suggestions for jobs my character can do from home or freelance where she does not often have to interact with public or coworkers (minimal interaction is fine, she can hire an actor to stand in for her). I’m considering everything from artist to something in finance, just anything. OKAY GO.
In the first-person narrative of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the narrator, Scout Finch, interacts with separate sets of characters, all of whom have their own agendas. While the main plot focuses on her father and his revolutionary courtroom journey, Scout’s life is informed by subplots involving: her brother Jem and their friend Dill; the neighborhood gorgon Mrs. Dubose; the living ghost Boo Radley; the family busybody Aunt Alexandra; and Scout’s troubles at school.
The characters who populate those subplots dip in and out of Scout’s life in a satisfying progression, each incident a complete little story in itself: Scout and Jem’s discovery of the trinkets in the tree, for instance, or the creepy event of Scout finding herself wrapped in an unknown blanket while sleepily watching Miss Maudie’s house burn down. Both of those moments, separated by others, are parts of the Boo Radley subplot and serve to humanize Boo before we (with Scout) meet him.
How to Do It: Let your subplots shuttle in and out as needed. For example, you can bring a mentor into the first or second chapter, have him dispense some advice, then send him off on a journey that may have nothing to do with your story. He comes back in the seventh chapter and is once again available for consultation with your hero. He might have encountered trouble while away, even trouble he brings back with him (in the form, say, of a sketchy sidekick).
I might add that if you’re using a first-person narrator and want to show a subplot out of his range, so to speak, you can drop in chapters written in third person, then return to your first-person narrator. Many contemporary writers do this.
why am i a writer why do i do this to myself writing is THE WORST and i’m no good at it and it is so exhausting and i hate so much right now.
"I would love to see women be able to be powerful, complex, smart, opinionated and taken seriously, even if they are beautiful. Even more, I would love to see women held to different standards, other than the superficial ones that we're held to."
I want a movie about a little girl, aged like 11-12, going through the stuggles of prepubescent girl life, with her entire inner monologue is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
Shot of disgruntled adorable little girl.
SLJ: I knew that Susie was a backstabbin’ motherfucker, and if anyone was going to ruin my chances of being Miss Sugar Drop Queen, it was that asshole.
I didn’t know I needed this in my life until now.
This is never not funny
We should teach young boys to respect women, but we should also teach young girls to respect women. Women should not see each other as enemies, but as allies. Stop telling young girls that the best they can be is “not like other girls”.
Hello, I’m Connie. Thank you for following me and supporting me and looking at my art and sending me encouraging messages and just. Thanks. I’ve been taking a hiatus while my mom is visiting, but then I’ll be back to painting last words and puns and google autocompletes and all the things.
If you want, you should send me a message and tell me something about yourself so we can be friends! I’m 24, I’m waiting to hear back about my application to MassArt’s MFA program, I’m half-Chinese, and I’m from North Carolina. And I make art and put it on the internet.
Hey Connie, I’m Zoe. I think your art is pretty awesome and I can’t message you from my personal blog because it’s not my root blog so I’m just gonna reblog this. I’m 25 and I’m writing a book. I’m trying to write a book. I’m agonizing over a book.
Anyways, I like writing, I’m half Swedish, I live in Florida and I mostly reblog pictures of actresses I’m in love with and stuff relating to The Walking Dead. I hope you’re having a good day.