LOCK consists of
- a Lead (character/protagonist),
- an Objective (character has a desire/want that is crucial to their well-being),
- a Confrontation (opposition from characters and outside forces), and
- a Knockout (ending must have knockout power).
Bell also gives tips about characters (living, vibrating, human beings are still the secret and magic formula of great and enduring writing), settings (set your scene in places that are fresh), dialogue (helps create original characters and move the plot along and characters need unique ways of speaking), and scene selection (use fresh ideas).
Stay tuned this spring/summer for more Bell wisdom.
In the meantime, what books on writing have helped you? How? Why? :)