Something went wrong last week. I couldn’t log onto this site and so, I couldn’t write the blogs.
But I did get to do some exercises that helped the novel along. One, from the Book of Doing and Being by Barnet Bain, suggested picking a word by random– mine was a cereal box– and my word was “preservative.”
So I thought about my characters preserving their values. One by upholding traditional values and the other by preserving the fire of the American Revolution. Both are understandable, commendable and yet, pitted against each other, create the central conflict of the novel.
Bain suggests going to the nth word in the thesaurus, or the 10th picture in a magazine or website, or any other random way of generating a random word.
It worked for me.