There is one basic plot. Hero starts out with a tolerable/happy/exciting life. Something happens that throws her/him into crisis. S/he tries to solve it (over and over) and fails each time. When s/he is about to fail for the final time, Eureka! Against all odds, Hero pulls it out and is changed forever from the experience.
Readers love novels for their plots and characters, but it takes more than that to get readers to love the book, recommend it to friends. Most times, it’s the way the author characterizes settings, minor characters, feelings–that sort. It’s what happens as I’m reading the narrative parts and those pieces between the action and adventure. …
A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire.
Today’s Tip: Make sure your timeline of actions is correct.
I wrote a post a while back about how I plot my story using Excel. I use the columns to keep track of days, locations, characters and action and the rows to move the story forward, keep track of plot lines that need to be followed through and collect pictures to help me visualize my …
Action is exciting, pulls the reader in. Narrative is passive, safe, allows the reader to put the book down and take a break.
You’re uncomfortable being absolute? Get over it. Readers want clarity and precision. They want you sure of yourself.
Make sure each scene’s opening and closing is exciting. They are why readers keep reading.
A man whose keen vision could snap the twine off Gordian knots
Does your novel have a plot or characters involved in the Navy? Read on.