Monday, March 31, 2014

4 Tips on Reading More

Hey guys!  A bunch of writers are about to head into a month of writing intensely known as Camp NaNoWriMo.  And in such of frenzy of scribbling down words, it's easy to forget our love of reading and words in general.

I started to write seriously about half way through seventh grade.  But that first semester of 7th grade, I read about 20 books a month.  I think I read about 250 books total in 7th grade, and it was the most books I ever read in one year.

Move forward a few years.  Between November 2012 and December '13 I wrote just about 200,000 words.  I finished writing the first draft of two novels and started a third.  During that same span of 13 months I only read 50 books.  That might seem like a lot, but remember a few years earlier I read 5 times that amount in a shorter amount of time.

One of my goals in 2014 was to higher prioritize reading books.  After 3 full months of trying to read more, I've read 26 books and am half way through 2 more.  I feel like this means I'm somewhat qualified to give you some tips on reading more.

1) Pick Books You Like
I can read 300 pages in about 3.5 hours if I like the book.  But give me required reading for school and it will take me an hour to get through 30 pages.  If a book is a fast paced pager-turner, you'll read it faster and be more driven to finish it.

2) Read in More than One Format
At any given time, I like to be reading a physical novel and listening to an audio book.  (Right now I'm reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and listening to The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima. I like to pick an audio book that I've already read, so that if someone starts talking to me, I don't get totally lost and have to rewind.)  I can listen to the audio book while I'm cleaning my room, doing the dishes, or baking cookies. Then I have some down time or a car trip and I pick up my real book.  I also like having an ebook on my iPod touch.  This lets me read while the people around me think I'm texting my friends (ha!) when I'm really just being a closet bookworm.  Reading in multiple formats means you hardly ever have an excuse to not read.

3) Read a Little Every Day
One thing that I try to do is read at least 20 pages every morning.  Normally I get sucked in and read more than 20 pages.  But if not, 20 pages is normally at least a chapter every day and it's not hard to fit into your day.  I feel like if I read a little bit in the morning, I'm way more likely to make time to read throughout the rest of the day.

4) Have a Shelf of  Unread Books
Sometimes you think you'll like a book only to find you don't.  I was sure I'd love the book Tokyo Heist that I found at my library the other day.  I got about 40 pages in and realized I didn't like the voice or the main character, and the plot wasn't moving fast enough for me.  Thankfully, I'd grabbed 15 other books from my library's YA section, so I wasn't up a creek without a paddle.  It actually forced me to read Stealheart which has so far been a very good thing.  If you have some back-up books you'll be ready for an extra snow day, book you don't like, or book you poured through way faster than you expected.  If you only have one book and you chose not to read it, you kind of have an excuse, but if you have 16 that you picked out for yourself, you should like at least one of them a little bit.

Now I hope that you're fully prepared to catch up on your Goodreads reading goal for the year.  I happen to be 3 books ahead, but last year I failed by 57 books, so we'll see.  Don't forget to read during Camp NaNoWriMo, or whatever you're doing in April.  I personally think it's the second best way to improve your writing.  (After, you know, actually writing.)

Do you have a hard time balancing your reading and writing?  Do you like to read more than one book at a time?  Do you listen to audio books?  Are there some tips you have for reading more?  Leave a comment at talk to me!

For the next month, I might only post on Mondays.  You may get an occasional post on Thursday, but it will be more of an update type on Camp NaNo then a typical Inklined post.  Hope you're okay with that.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Support an Author, March Edition

You may remember a post I did about 2 months ago called Support and Author 2014 Pledge.  In that post, I promised to buy a book every other month of 2014.  In January, I bought Sixteen by Emily Rachelle and at the beginning of this month I bought The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielson.

I don't buy many books, so I was pretty excited to buy The Shadow Throne.  I'd convinced my mom to take me to Barnes and Nobel the day it came out.  I had a pretty, new B&N gift card I was ready to break it, and I was excited to get my shiny hardcover copy hot off the press.

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I knew how much the book was on the B&N website.  I knew how much Amazon had it for, and I knew the publisher, Scholastic, had it on sale too!  The average price was about $12.50.  I knew there was a markup for buying it in the store, so I expected to pay about $15.00 for it.  But that's not how much it was.  From what I remember, the book was more like $17.99.  That's a pretty big mark-up in from my perspective.

I live in a big family.  At any given time, enough of us want things from Amazon that we can pretty easily put together a order of $35 and get free shipping on Amazon.  As much as I want a book, and as much as I love to support authors, my parents also taught me to be smart with my money.  The convenience of a real live bookstore isn't enough to outway a $5 difference in my book.

After some thought, I decided to go home and get the ebook.  This was probably a good decision, because now I own the entire trilogy in ebook form.  It was also the cheapest and I got the book right away.  On one hand, I feel bad, because I value places like B&N.  But on the other hand, one author told me that she makes more off an ebook than a hard copy, so in a way it's more supporting of an author.

I love places like B&N.  They're like 'the place to be' for book worms, those of us under 21 who respect the law, and people who are geeks but don't like the rolepalying card games found at the other geek refuge, the game shop. Bookstores are like libraries without free computers and school groups.  They're like really awesome coffee shops with words instead of walls.  And it makes me sad that cozy places like this are going out of business.  But on the other hand, I don't see how places like B&N can survive in a world of ebooks and Amazon.

Have you bought any books recently?  Do you find the convenience of a physical bookstore is enough to make you pay those extra $5?  How have you supported an author this month?  What do you think about bookstores going out of business?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 24, 2014

How Fantasy fits with my Christianity

Hey guys!  I just want to take a minute and say I've really been enjoying all your comments lately.  They seem to have grown in number over the last few weeks, and I find that to be awesome!

The topic of this post deals with my religion, so if you find that offensive, please stop reading now.

So, as I really hope you know, I'm a Christian.  This means that I confess I'm a sinner and cannot be in the presence of God on my own. I submit to the Word of the Bible.  I believe that Jesus Christ walked on earth, died, and rose again after 3 days, and that it is only by His grace that I could enter heaven.  If you have questions about any of this I would suggest reading John, Acts, and Romans, three books in the New Testament of the Bible, or emailing me at sarah.y.faulkner(at)

As you also probably know, I love fantasy.  I love to read it, write it, and lately watch it in the form of Merlin on Netflix.  Magic has always been a kind of romantic idea to me.  I mean, come on.  Even when we're little kids we're read stories about fairy godmothers, sleeping curses, and dragons.  How could we not fall in love with magic?

But the Bible has some pretty harsh things to say about magic, and for that reason fantasy books such as Harry Potter are often taboo in Christian circles.  Some families are fine if their kids read it, some aren't.  I have done my fair share of thought when it comes to fantasy and magic in general, and this post is what I've come up with.

If you're wondering, here's a little bit about what the Bible says about magic:

  • Leviticus 19:31 ESV

"Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God."

  • Deuteronomy 18:10-12 ESV 

"There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you."

  • Galatians 5:19-23 ESV

"Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."

And here's what I have to say about those verses in regards to fiction.

1. Breaking Physics in not the problem
In the Bible, Jesus, the son of God but also fully man turns water into wine.  He also feeds a crowd of 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish and then fills 12 baskets with the left overs.  We know that Jesus didn't sin, therefore the problem with magic isn't breaking the laws of physics.

2. Different worlds have different rules
As far as I know, the Bible never says we're the only intelligent life he created.  In fact, we know we're not because God also created angels.  So yes, on earth the supernatural only happens in two ways.  1) The power is given from God and 2) the power is given from Satan.  In Narnia (a series by C.S. Lewis) the magic works this way too.  The good power comes from that world's Jesus, Alsan. It isn't spelled out as to where the bad magic comes from, but we get the idea that it's not good.  And I'd have a hard time with someone who came to me and told me the Narnia books are sinful.  I feel like those books really glorify God.  (If you have a problem with this, again, email me.)  If you have a world were elves, dwarfs, and dragons exists, who are we to say that what would be supernatural in this world couldn't happen there.

3. Reality is different
Here's the thing about fiction.  It is not an actual representation of reality.  Some things are different.  There are a lot less bathroom breaks in fiction, for one, and also real life doesn't have cliff hanger chapter endings.  In my fantasy novels, magic is not given by God or Satan.  It is a natural talent that comes with it's own set of rules and restrictions.  It isn't inherently good or evil, but can be used either way, depending on who's using it.  That's just the way things work in this fictitious world, and that's the way I think of magic working in other books I read too.
For instance, we all know that there is no hidden Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  It is a made up part of the story.  So are the characters.  And so is the magic.

So those are my thoughts on magic in regards to Christianity.  Basically, as long as it's not glorifying Satan, or saying that good magic come from doing evil things, then it's probably alright.  (This post excludes fiction that has the summoning of demons, because that's a whole new ball park in as far as I'm concerned.)

Do you have questions about this post? Feel the same way?  Feel differently?  Did I change your mind or make you think about something you never had before?  Please leave a comment and tell me.  Or, if you want, write up a blog post in response.  I love reading all the response blog posts that you guys write!  It makes my week.

I know this can be a touchy subject, so please remember to be gracious to each other in the comments.  The reason I wrote this post was to express my views and start a conversation, not and argument.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Why I Don't Like Free Books

For those of you who already have a heart attack from reading the title, let me back up just a bit here.  I'm not saying I don't like all free books.  That is most certainly not true.  I like free books for birthday gifts.  I like it when I find books on the free cart at the library.  I like it when I get Barnes and Nobel gift cards or when ebooks are free on Amazon.

But I'm involved in the book blogging/writing/publishing community.  Which means that sometimes I get books for free for other reasons.  Writers and publishers offer me ARCs (Advance Reader Copies.) Lately more than one publicity person from HarperCollins has asked me to review their books in exchange for a free copy.  These are the types of free books I don't like.

It's not that I don't enjoy getting the book.  I do.  It's really fun to get the book.  I don't order many books, so when a free one comes in the mail, I always give out a sequel of joy.  But then, after I've read the book, I know I should write a review.  And I hate writing reviews.  They are something I do only rarely and only for certain people whom I really, really like.  It doesn't take much to make me feel guilty, but I feel some seriously major guilt for not writing a review of a free book.  Major, major book-review guilt.

But I only get book review guilt if I actually finish the book.  For some reason books that aren't due back at the library in two weeks have no where near the urgency to them.  It doesn't really matter if I finish them today, tomorrow, or next month.  They'll be there when I get around to them, unlike the beautiful shiny covers gracing my library shelf.  With books I get for free, I have no money sunk into them and no deadline to reading them, the only thing I have is major book-guilt over not finishing the stories these authors took time and energy to send to me.

And then I finally get past reading the books, and start writing the review.  I write the first paragraph, a little blurb about what the book was about, and then I mention overall some pros and cons of the book.  In the next few paragraphs, I explore these pros and cons.  But with a book I got for free, I feel really bad talking about any of the cons.  I know some people liked the book.  I point out the wonderful font and the amazing cover.  And then I might write a sentence or two about how I didn't like the POV switches, or felt like the middle was rushed.  But if I got the book for free, I would never, ever dwell on these things.  1) Because I know the author is probably going to read the review I wrote and 2) even if they don't, I'll feel like I'm looking a gift horse in the mouth.

In short, I feel like the point of getting a lot of free books is to write a review, but I feel like the fact that I got the book for free changes my review.  The fact that I let myself be bribed makes me a sell-out, and that is something I never want to be.  A vulnerability to bribery is one of my least favorite character traits of all time, in characters fictional and otherwise.

How do you feel about free books?  Do you change your review if you got the book for free?  Do you suffer from book-guilt of any kind?  Or am I alone in all this because the title of the post gave you all heart attacks?  Leave me a comment and let me know, or better yet, write up a blog post of your own in response and leave the link in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 17, 2014

5 Reasons to Sign Up for Camp NaNoWriMo

Hey guys!

So, it's March (although the snow on the ground here clearly hasn't noticed.)  Which means that a few weeks ago I got an email from the lovely people at NaNoWriMo inviting me to sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo.  Being the sensible writer I am I of course signed up immediately.  But I figured some of you might not know that Camp NaNoWriMo is the sensible course of action so I thought I'd write up this post for those of you.

Reasons You Should Sign Up for Camp NaNoWriMo:

     1. It is Motivational

If you haven't done a NaNoWriMo type experience before, you might not know this.  Deadlines are super helpful to actually getting writing done.  If you have all year to finish your novel your going to procrastinate . . . almost all year.  But if you only have 30 days to finish writing 35K, you might not want to fall 10K behind in the first week.  You have a lot of motivation to get that writing done.

     2. You Get a Community

Something that is sometimes lacking in the writing world is a sense of community.  Not so with Camp NaNoWriMo.  You are assigned a cabin with a bunch of other cabin buddies that you can chat with throughout the month.  It's wonderful!

     3. You Get to Set the Pace

Unlike with NaNo in November, you can write anywhere from 10k-100k during Camp.  I've found that 30k is a good pace for me.  If I write 500 words in the morning and 500 at night, I'll be golden. Even if you don't have a lot of time during April, you surely have enough to write 10k.  That comes out to about 350 words a day.  I don't know about you, but I can write that much in a uninspired 15 minutes. 

     4. You Can Be a Rebel

This year, I plan on writing about 20k as a first draft and then 10k as part of a rewrite I'm doing on another novel.  Last year I used Camp NaNo to finish two first drafts I was working on.  But if you want, set a higher goal, like 65k and edit the first 65k of your WiP.  Camp NaNo actually encourages rebels.  Which is kind of awesome.

     5. You Have No Excuses

Seriously.  If you have an excuse for not signing up for Camp NaNo right now, leave it in the comments so that I or one of the other readers can smash it to smithereens. You really don't have a reason not to sign up, so why not just head over to Camp NaNoWriMo's website right now.

Are you doing Camp NaNo?  What are you writing?  What are some other reasons to do Camp NaNo that I forgot to mention? Tell me in a comment.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Oil and Water, Do I Mix?

Last Thursday, my post was about a Neil Gaiman quote about favorite books.  Basically, the quote made me feel like an inadequate reader.  So, while were talking about ways I feel inadequate as regards to famous author's quotes, let's look at one by famous author, Youtuber, and Nerdfighter, John Green.

As with last week's quote, I like the idea here.  It's a romantic sounding quote and as a hopeless romantic myself I, of course, like the idea of it.

But here's the thing.  I'm an extrovert.  And I'm not even just a little extroverted.  I have large groups of friends, I love spending time with people, I'm almost completely comfortable giving speeches or preforming in front of people.

And yet, I dare to call myself a writer.

So this quote by John Green, makes me question my choice in hobby and potential career.  You can probably understand why.  While I don't always agree with Mr. Green, I do respect him and his writing.  And while I know this quote isn't saying it, what I hear him saying is that good writers have to be introverts.  And I have to hope, really hard, that's not true.

I write because I love books and characters, words and worlds.  I write because there are stories in my head and I'm not funny enough to be a stand up comedian. I write because I'm homeschooled and live in the middle of nowhere and sometimes imaginary people are the only ones I can talk to.  I write because once I've told you the written story I want you to feel comfortable telling me yours.

I'm an extrovert, but I'm also a writer.

What about you?  Introvert?  Extrovert?  Why do you tell stories? Can extroverts be writers, or is it a 'profession of introverts?' Leave a comment and let me know. Of better yet, write a up a blog post and leave the link to it in the comments. I love seeing blog posts inspired by my own posts! 

Thanks for reading! See you Monday.

P.S. A reminder that I'm living in a theater for the next 3 days and probably won't be able to reply to blog comments.  Doesn't mean I won't miss you guys!

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Stories You're Not Ready To Write

I've been working on a high fantasy trilogy for four years now.  Book 1 in the series was the first book I ever wrote.  I finished it in late 2011.  By April 2013 I finished Book 2.  I immediately launched into the  next project, which a sci-fi novel.

Last summer, as I edited Book 1, I began to wonder if I wanted to bother with Book 3.  Sci-Fi was going well and I had a bunch of ideas for  new High Fantasies.  I also had absolutely no idea what would happen in Book 3. So when it came time for NaNoWriMo 2013, I hardly even considered writing Book 3.  I hadn't revised the first draft of Book 2 since April and knew it was a stick marsh of quicksand subplots that bogged down the story and underdeveloped romances that stunk up the whole manuscript.

But then, recently, the unfinished story has been bugging me.  Ideas for plots and character developments have laid siege to my head.  Book 3 still isn't ready to be written, but it's much closer.  I have a general idea of a plot.  I know that a few characters must die, and I know how a few other characters will react to these deaths.  If I were more of a Pantser, I would have enough to start writing the novel.  But since I'm not, the novel needs to wait a few more months.

My point is that sometimes there's a novel that's not ready to be written yet.  Maybe it needs to sit a year.  Maybe you need to read the right writing-self-help book.  Maybe you need to watch the right TV show or listen to the right song.  For me, there are ideas that I'm just not ready to write.  I've started writing a few of these ideas, but normally abandon them at about the Chapter 4 mark.  Some of these I'm not old enough to right.  For some, I just need a little more life experience.  And in the mean time, I have stories that I am ready to write that I'm excited to get to work on.

So scribble that novel idea down, tuck it away, and forget about it for a few months; at least long enough to finish a first draft of one novel and the second of another.

{A note of caution: Yes, sometimes a story isn't ready to be written, but there is a difference between that and just not feeling like writing that story.  Sometimes, especially if you're somewhere between 15-50K into your novel, you're just being lazy and not wanting to write.  You're reading this post thinking that maybe it will give you an excuse to abandon your characters in the awful middle of your novel and start that idea that's been bugging you lately.  That is not what I'm saying.  If you've gotten to the 'middle of the novel blues' part of your novel, you probably know enough to push to the finish.  So quite procrastinating by reading blog posts and go write 700 words.  I can't tell you which writers problem you're in.  That's one of the jobs of you, as the author.}

But if you're feeling bad that a really great novel idea is just sitting in the dusty corner of your computer hard drive, don't.  Finish whatever project you're working on and then ask yourself if you're ready to write that novel.  If not, that's okay.  If the characters haven't started talking to you yet, if the plot isn't twisting into an recognizable shape yet, let your idea gather some more dust  and work on a story idea that's more receptive.

As long as you're writing you're learning, making progress, and getting closer to being able to write that novel.

What do you think?  Are there stories that you're not ready to write?  Or are you just procrastinating in a story because you've hit the sagging middle?  Leave a comment or write up a blog post of your own to clue me in.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. If I'm not great at responding to comments and the like this week, I apologize.  I'll be spending about 15 hours a day inside a theater for the next week as my drama troupe prepares for our first performance of the year.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Illusive Favorite Book

Hey guys!  Sorry this post is up later in the day then usual.  This is what happens when I don't pre-write all my blog posts for the next week over the weekend.  So yeah, sorry.

Neal Gaiman has this quote:
"Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose."
This quote sounds beautiful.  I like the idea of it.  However, it doesn't apply to me.  I always feel like some horrible"non-writer" and generally inadequate person when a quote of a famous author doesn't apply to me.

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Picking a favorite book was never hard for me.  I picked my favorite series, The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, and then I ordered the books from most favorite to least favorite.  That left me with The King of Attolia, The Queen of Attolia, The Thief, and Conspiracy of Kings (I don't like the last one as much.)  Therefore, my favorite book was The King of Attolia.  When people ask me what my favorite book is, though, I tend to lie and say The Thief because it's the first book in the series, so people should start there.

It's only when you get to the fifth favorite that I have a bit more trouble.  Because The Queen's Thief books are pure genius.
Let me give you an example.  **This is a spoiler, so if you plan on reading The Thief skip down to the end of the spoiler.**  In the beginning of The Thief, the king's adviser says to the main character, Gen,
"We might one day attain a feeling of mutual respect," he said softly.  First, I thought, I will see the gods walking on earth.  He went on.  "For now I will have your obedience."
This line is on page 10 of the book.  By page 187, Gen has seen the gods walking on earth.  By page 219, these two characters respect each other a lot.  This is just one of the many examples of the genius of the author.  Gems like this make it a blast to read the books over and over, because you learn something different each time.

**End Spoiler**

So for me, the spot of at least top 3 favorite books is taken. And it's not hard for me to put other books into the two remaining slots.  Probably Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight  by Sarah J. Maas are next on the list.  I really, really, really love the main character, although I must say I saw the plot twist at the end of Crown of Midnight coming even while I was reading Throne of Glass which was a little disappointing.

I say all this to say that I've always felt like a less than amazing reader for knowing my favorite books. I feel like one of those people that has a favorite book because they've only ever read two books, and the other one was for school.  And it's always made me feel a little bit inadequate as a self proclaimed book worm.

What about you?  Do you have a favorite book?  Does having a favorite book make me less of a reader? What are five or ten books that you could never decide between?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Of better yet, write a up a blog post and leave the link to it in the comments.  I love seeing blog posts inspired by my own posts!

Thanks for reading!  See you Monday.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Plotting with Frozen {Part 3}

**This post will contain spoilers from the move Frozen, so read at your own discretion.**

I thought I was done with my Plotting with Frozen series.  The posts take a lot of time to write and I wasn't sure if you guys were enjoying them/learning from them.  But then Krissy commented on my last post asking for a new installment in the series.  So here you go!

In case you missed the previous posts, you can read Anna, The Hero here, and Elsa, The Anti-Hero here.

So, Kristoff is what you would call a helping character, or, more formally, a secondary character.  This means that he is not the main character of the story.  But--and this is something crucial to writing great secondary characters--Kristoff thinks he's the main character.  He's the character of his own story.

Also, as a helping character (that is, a character who generally helps the hero of the story) Kristoff is also a friend and assistant in Anna's goal.

Act 1:
  • In the beginning of the story, all is well and good.  Cute, toddler Kristoff with cute little Sven are making their living as ice harvesters (Or whatever that occupation is formally known as.)

  • Jump forward 10-ish years and you have the Inciting Incident.  In case you haven't gathered it yet, the inciting incident is how most stories start off.  Kristoff isn't actually present during his own inciting incident.  For him, the inciting incident is when Elsa freezes everything in the middle of summer.  As you can imagine, for someone who sells ice for a living, the world suddenly freezing might be a problem.
  • So now, Kristoff has A Goal.  He needs to find a way to make a living.
  • Initial Success!  This strange, probably clinically insane girl shows up with a way to bring back summer.  As an added bonus, she buys carrots for Sven among other things.
  • But then Kristoff hits a Minor Failure. He looses his sled.  But that's okay because that brings a . . .
  • Minor Success.  Anna says she'll buy Kristoff a new sled.
  • But then we hit the Initial Failure.  Kirstoff thought he knew how to stop winter, but it turns out he was wrong.  The plan that's been carrying Kristoff all of Act 1 just let him down.
Act 2:
  • Stakes are Raised.  Now it looks like Anna is going to die.  This is bad, bad news.
  • New Goal.  Kristoff knows someone who knows how to cure Anna.  He has to get her to the trolls.
  • Minor Failure. Snow monster chases them.
  • Minor Success.  Kristoff and Anna get away from the snow monster.
  • Success of New Goal. Kristoff gets Anna to the trolls and they know how to help!
**Okay, so mostly I just wanted to include this video in the post because it's great!**

Act 3:
  • Stakes are Raised.  We know know for sure that Anna will die if she doesn't get help.  And she needs to get back to her true love soon.
  • New Goal. Kristoff needs to get Anna back to Prince Hans of the Southern Isles.
  • Initial Success!  Kristoff gets Anna back to her castle.  While his initial goal of ending summer didn't happen, he's changed enough to care more about Anna's life then about his lively-hood.
  • Plot Twist: Kristoff realizes that he is in love with Anna.
  • Climax: Kristoff races back to Anna, only hoping he can get to her in time.

That's Kristoff's basic plot.  The think I really want to stress is that Kirstoff has a plot.  He has goals, motivation, and stakes just like Anna.  In the first act, Kristoff isn't helping Anna for the point of helping her.  He just wants summer back.

If you compare Kristoff's and Anna's plot, you'll see that the major things are in both.  They both have failures and successes.  The both have goals and things at risk should those goals fail.  That's what makes a great secondary character.

What do you think?  Do you see how Kristoff is the hero of his own story?  Are there any major plot points I left out? Are there essential plot details that Frozen doesn't have? Anything that's a little confusing? Leave a comment and let me know!  

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