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jeffrey-friedberg's picture
Aug.09.2010
                  NOTHING TO EXCESS.                Save THE POETICS for yourself, Nobody cares.         Summary: Tips and advice on book structure, mood, suspense, characters, and more for writers, the hook.         Keep your book simple. Make it spare and lean. Resist that urge to modify and...
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Aug.07.2010
Suspense Suspense in a book is created by Anticipation. Don't give out all the info at once. Leak it out by agonizing degrees, just show the tip of the iceberg. Increase the importance of the Objective, the Imperative. How bad does the character Want It? How Important is it to others? Raise the...
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Aug.07.2010
 First Draft - Rewrite The First Draft of the book is your first version, the one full of the crazy and the boring stuff? You remember. Now it's time to Purify by fire, Cut, Kill, Reduce, and---most of all---Ruthlessly Rewrite. Start by writing your own Press Release for your book, or the back of...
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Aug.07.2010
In my book LOST RELIC OF THE GODS, with regard to plot and structure, I visualize each scene of the book in my mind, like a movie. Then, I write them passionately, virulently, with great desperation and flair, intensity, conflict, and clash. You have to do it this way. Don't worry, you can take out...
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Aug.07.2010
More About Endings   The purpose of the Ending in plot and structure is to wrap up the main Action by scoring a Touchdown, getting That Thing (object, goal), and defeating the Antagonist, just when it looks like the Lead can't possibly Win. It should look like the Antagonist is just about to win,...
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Aug.06.2010
 The Three Acts Traditionally for thousands of years dramas have been structured into Three Acts. For our purposes here, ours is not to question it, but to just do it. In a novel of 100,000 words, Act One runs about 20,000 words. Act Two comes in and runs up to about the 75,000 word point,...
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Aug.06.2010
PLOT AND STRUCTURE - BEGIN HERE If you've been playing along with my humble examples to date, you're ready to go up an octave, as follows. I you're writing a book, it's one thing to be a poet, or have poetry in your writing, but another to write that book. Trust me, there are Rules for your novel...
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Aug.06.2010
  Characters:   Show who your characters are, what they are like, but don't tell it. Don't expound on their qualities or attributes, demonstrate them. If you just do one of those information dumps, it's a big yawn. If you give the reader Action, then s/he can become a part of it, relate...
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Aug.06.2010
 Dialogue:   In dialogue beware of melodrama and going over the top. Histrionic speeches do not work. Use gestures, movement, props, what is said and not said to convey mood, feeling, and emotion. Sometimes no dialogue at all can say it all. In a dramatic moment, where things are running high...
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Aug.06.2010
PART 4Quick And Dirty Tips For Writers Don't use a lot of punctuation or involved punctuation, it stops the reader's journey if s/he has to figure it all out before going on. Also, beware the deadly exclamation point. Use it only when the character is shouting!!!! And then, only once! There is...