So, You Wanna Write a Story or Novel. . . .

Okay. You have an idea in your mind that you want to write a story, or book. First you must slay the “NEATWY Dragon” 

“The What?”  You ask. . . . . . . .
I have friends in law enforcement and they refer to the following words: Who, What, Where, When and Why as “NEATWY”. As you may or may not know, law enforcement (like the military) has “acronyms” for everything. Hey, I figure if it helps me to remember things, I’m all for it.
They do this because all of the words have “W’s” at the beginning, so, law enforcement uses the last letters for all except one.
To explain this, I’m going to take these well known words out of the very popular order and sequence we learned during grade school.
First word: WHEN?
When or what time in history is your story/novel going to occur? Will it be in the past, or in the distant future? Or will it happen during the present day.
Second word: WHERE?
Will your story/novel occur on Earth? If so, what country? Will it be in the city, suburbs, countryside, in the dessert, on the sea, on a windswept mountain. On another planet? On a spaceship?
Third word: WHAT?
What is going to happen? A dramatic rescue? A group of people against terrorists? Scientists and doctors racing against time to find a cure for a killer virus? A great bank robbery? A budding romance between two people who despise each other? A beloved animal getting lost and their adventure getting back?
Fourth Word: WHO?
Who are your characters? Are they young, old, middle aged? Male, female, married, single, rich man, poor man, begger man, thief, butcher, baker, candlestick maker?  Are they in a relationship?   Do they have children, pets, or both?  What race are they? What kind of job do they have? What do they like to do during down time? Where do they live, or what is their base of operations? Is your character Human, animal, alien, Vampire, Vulcan, Klingon. . . . . . . .  You know I had to toss those last two in.
The last word is: WHY?
What is the ultimate goal of your story or novel? Are criminals caught and justice served? Will the world/planet be saved from aliens? Will the terrorists/assassins will be kept from blowing up/killing (insert important site or important political figure here)? Will the love lorn finally meet the love of their life? This is the ultimate reason your story will be written in the first place.

Once you’ve dealt with these questions you are now ready to forge on and write. I tend to write by the seat of my pants, but these questions are very helpful for focusing me on the goal I must reach in order to finish what I’m writing.  
DISCLAIMER: This blog entry is only written in my humble opinion. I merely wanted to offer a few helpful pointers that would help my fellow writers.

Thank you


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