Before anything major happens, you can start by teasing your reader with little hints (also known as foreshadowing) that something is about to happen. This creates suspense.
A hook is a line or paragraph that draw readers in instantly. Writing hooks is essential to writing that page turner story that your reader just can’t put down.
The rules subplot must follow: 1 It must affect the protagonist’s main plot. 2 The subplot character is usually not the ally, the subplot character and the ally have two separate functions. 3 It is a fully realised plot on its own with its own structure.
Your job as writer is to torture your protagonist. Put obstacles in his path. Make life difficult for him, make him work for everything he wants.
A reveal is a shocking fact that changes (and explains) everything. A reveal is a shocking fact that changes (and explains) everything. This requires 1 hints that not all is what it seems 2 hints towards the reveal.
Mention weather with only a passing reference if characters are indoors. When characters are outdoors, weather affects their actions. For stronger effect, have weather contrast character mood rather than compliment it.
Theme tells us what it means to be human. It makes a statement about how humans react to situations beyond their control. It shows the writer’s personal take on how an element of human nature (love, greed, etc) defines human behaviour.
Synonyms: Words to name Emotion. Basic to more extreme and refined emotion of that range.
Knowing what to cut Is the dialogue pulling its weight or drowning the story? Each scene should bring something to the table. It should bring the characters closer or further from their goals. To ensure[…]
A scene is a mini-story, with a beginning, middle and ending. It shows actions, embedded in description and background material.
Brevity: How it works Brevity is all about sentence length. Attention span is short. Time is valuable. Your reader has infinite options of things to spend his time on, other than your story. His attention[…]
Each chapter in your book tells a mini-story that forwards your overall plot. Logically, there is no need for chapters in novels at all. You, the writer, could start the book on page one and keep going right to the end…
A concept is a conventional claim with a spin on it. It’s the way the issue is framed.
The organic story finds its end in its beginning. Thus, a great story signals the audience back to the beginning in its ending. A story can have a finality ending, where the story truly ends on the last page of the book. Great books have the story continue in the minds of the audience.
You sit back, confident. The final corrections made to your manuscript. You’ve self-edited yourself to bits. Now what? How do you publish it?
Plot is whatever happens in a story. Plot is built on significant events in a given story. They are significant because they have important consequences. Unimportant events, such as closing a door or braiding your hair are incidents. They don’t have important consequences, unless you are Rapunzel, in which case they are crucial actions. So what makes plot? Cause and effect. On event leads to another event.
Description enables the reader to experience the “fictional dream”, being pulled into a story so deeply that it becomes more real than the chair the reader sits on. Description is the language used to bring attributes of a thing or person to the reader’s mind. It makes impressions, using all the senses. It is also known as word painting.
Symbolism emotionally sways the audience by providing hidden language within the story with highly concentrated meaning. It’s the most focused condenser-expander storytelling technique in the toolbox. Create a web of symbols, each helping to define the others, for maximum power.
The basics first: “He/she said” is the basic modifier. Dialogue tells us what is said, attribution tags tell us who said it and modifiers tell us how it was said. These are the aspects we deal with here, adverbs (he said happily) are a matter for concern in a different article.
Define the story world by dramatizing the visual oppositions, similar to how you define support characters in the web that populates the world. The world can contain several sub-world.