Conflict in Fiction, Making it Real Series, Part 1
The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict and conflict. James Frey
Conceived in passion, labored upon with tender care, wrapped in our creativity, fictional characters have a way of endearing themselves to their creators. We identify with their idiosyncrasies, want to be like them, fall in love with them. They are the very fabric of daydream, fulfillment of fantasy, our ideal selves.
Write a Novel to the End: Sagging Middle Rx for Your Novel
The hardest part of any writing project is its midpoint. That's where the momentum that propelled you through the first scenes slows but the final scenes have yet to beckon you onward. Becoming lost in the middle of your book is usually a problem with … Continue Reading ››
How to Write a Novel to the End: Why Plot Your Novel?
While I'm not against organic writing, for most writers plotting your novel is a good idea. We've all experienced stories that turn flat, where a subplot takes over as a character hijacks the story, or that … Continue Reading ››
The closing scene of a novel has to work hard within the confines of time and space to tie up loose ends and put a nice finish on your story. After a masterful climactic scene, the audience waits in anticipation for the final curtain to rise. This is dessert, if you will, following a fine supper, … Continue Reading ››
The stakes are at their highest in the final face-off between the antagonist and protagonist of your novel. With the reader's expectations keyed to the maximum, this do-or-die moment can make or break your book. No pressure there, right?
Breathe deep and hang on tight, because we're going to dive into the climactic scene. Although that final, … Continue Reading ››
The second plot point injects the final information needed to propel a novel toward its climax. Occurring around the 75% mark, this scene effectively rings the curtain down on the novel's second act as it skews the story in an unexpected direction. From this point onward, the reader is aware that the climax has begun … Continue Reading ››