Tag Archive | James Scott Bell

Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part IV

We’ve been discussing writing your story from the middle, by pinning down the protagonist’s “mirror moment.” It’s a moment of self-reflection to determine what their next move is. They consider where they’ve come from, so they can plan where they’ll go from here. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

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Writing Your Story from the Middle––Part I

It’s a radical concept. Generally, the middle is the hardest place to write through. I’ve already talked about keeping the middle from “sagging” in your story. But did I once ever discuss this radical concept I’m about to introduce? I don’t think so. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a plotter, a panster, or something in-between. This new approach will bring depth and richness to your manuscript. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writefromthemiddle

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Creating Suspense––Part IX

creating-suspense-2Suspense is in itself, now a genre, but suspense techniques can be used in whatever genre you write in. Suspense helps to create page turners, and as an author, that’s the goal.

There’s a lot to creating suspense, and we’ve just scratched the surface here, but hopefully you have enough techniques to help you write and revise your manuscript to include these different types of suspense. Remember that a mystery is a whodunit, suspense is “What will happen next?” Using that as your guide, you can write amazingly taut scenes, moving the story along, and create an outstanding book that people will want to read.

Tension, when drawn out, delays the payoff and creates the kind of pressure that will keep your reader turning pages. Click to Tweet #amwriting #creatingsuspense

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Creating Suspense––Part I

cary-grant-nnwI’m not a suspense writer, but I love to read it. A few years ago, I wrote Zorro stories on FanFiction, and I learned a little bit about creating suspense, just by doing it. In this new series, we’ll talk about what suspense is, and how to use it for whatever genre you write. Suspense asks the question “what will happen next?” Click to Tweet #amwriting #creatingsuspense

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Plot Patterns—Part IV Power & Allegory

plot-structureThe last few weeks we’ve been looking at plot patterns as outlined in James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure. This week, we’ll wrap up plot systems with Power and Allegory. #plotting #plotpatterns Click to Tweet To access previous posts, click here.

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Plot Patterns—Part III The Chase & One Against/One Apart

plot-structureThe last couple weeks we’ve been looking at plot patterns as outlined in James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure. This week, we look at plot patterns of The Chase, and One Against/One Apart. Next week, we’ll wrap it up with Power and Allegory. #plotting #plotpatterns Click to Tweet

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Plot Patterns—Part II Love and Adventure

plot-structureLast week we began looking at plot patterns from James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure. We’ll continue this week. #plotpatterns #plottingpatterns #plottinglove #plottingadventure

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