Category Archives: literary devices

Rhythm in Plotting: The Bestseller’s best-kept secret – Part 2

We’re looking at how to create the regular, rhythmic beat that The Bestseller Code says exists in the top two bestselling adult books of all time, Fifty Shades of Gray and The Da Vinci Code.

When we left off last week, we were wondering how, specifically, to create this rhythm. Continue reading

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Character Tags: How the Masters Use Them

We’re looking at character tags.  Here’s how some of the master story tellers help us remember who their characters are. Continue reading

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Character Tags: What are they?

Tags, markers, labels, traits. The craft masters have a lot of words for the details that help readers identify and distinguish the characters in a story.

Here are 6 character aspects that you can mine for tags and 5 ways to put those tags to work. Continue reading

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The Reader-Character Bond: How the masters do it

This week, we’re learning how to forge the reader-character bond.  Here’s how the masters do it: Continue reading

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The Character Identification Bond: 9 Ways to Create It

As Steven James says, “If readers don’t care about your protagonist, they won’t care about your story.”

This readers caring about your protagonist business is known as the reader-character bond, character likability, and character identification. If you want your readers to care about your story enough to finish it, then you’ve got to know how to forge this bond. Here are 9 ways to do so. Tweet this Continue reading

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28 Ways to Create Suspense

Or…  Tension, Conflict, Suspense Part 2.  (Find Part 1 here.)

“Suspense is achieved by arousing the reader’s curiosity and keeping it aroused as long as possible,” says Sol Stein. Here are some techniques to do just that. Continue reading

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Thematic Devices: Show Us What You’ve Got!

This week we looked at metaphorical devices: symbols, motifs and allegory.  Let’s see if we can develop some symbolism for the one-liners we’ve got going: Continue reading

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Metaphorical Devices: How the Masters Do It

We’re looking at Metaphorical Devices this week.  Here are some examples of how the masters use them… Continue reading

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Thematic Metaphors: Symbols, Motifs, and Allegory

Today we are looking at how to show our theme and thematic premise through the use of metaphoric literary devices.  I’ve been waiting for this week.  I think this aspect of the craft is super fun, both to read and to write, and I’m excited to wrap my brain around it.  Let’s get to it… Continue reading

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