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First drafting should be a wild and wonderful ride, full of discovery, dreams and promises. But at some point you have to settle down and make the book really work. You need to approach your manuscript with sober objectivity and knowledge of the craft.
This guest post is by James Scott Bell. Follow him on Twitter jamesscottbell. Happy People in Happy Land Chief among the most common problems, in first chapters especially, are scenes presenting characters who are perfectly happy in their ordinary worlds. The writer thinks that by showing nice people doing nice things, readers will care about these pleasant folk when the characters are finally hit with a problem.
But readers actually engage with plot via trouble, threat, change or challenge. I call the first hint of this the opening disturbance.
Seconds before our truck slams into the tree, I remember the first time I tried to save a life.
Lights were never on this early. As your novel progresses, look out for stops in Happy Land. The host, knowing that Chuck used to do magic when his wife was alive, asks him to do a trick. Chuck resists but is cajoled into it. In the original version he performed a disappearing knife trick successfully, and everyone was pleased until the cops arrived at the door at the end of the scene.
I decided this was too happy. In my published version, Chuck blows it: Chuck had not blown that trick in twenty years. He looked at his hands like they were foreign objects that had betrayed him.
Wendy laughed good naturedly. But when Chuck looked at her, she stopped laughing. Trouble is your business. Make more of it.
This Free Download Will Help! A World Without Fear The best novels, the ones that stay with you all the way to the end—and beyond—have the threat of death hanging over every scene.
Even, say, category romances? Death comes in three forms. Physical death is a staple of the thriller, of course.How to write a story with the specific details that help your readers imagine scenes exactly the way you want them to.
An Easy Way to Build Suspense In Your Fiction. How to use setups and payoffs to weave suspense into any type of story and keep your reader turning pages. A Writer’s Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure. by Matt Herron | 21 comments. Here are three common devices essential to fiction—but especially important in writing novels—that will help frame any current story you’re working on, and give you a jumping off point to learn more about plot and structure.
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The plot is what separates a freewriting exercise from a short story. No matter how great your characters or your setting, a story won't be successful if the plot isn't sound.