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Rhythm and Sequences: How Graeme Simsion does it

We’ve been looking at the rolling, mid-level rhythm of story, and how sequences might be the way to achieve that.  The Bestseller Code gave us a list of the top ten books with good rhythms (none of which were as good/steady as TDC and FSoG).

The book I picked from the list to test the sequences=rhythm theory–the theory that sequences are the path to purposely developing this rhythm–was Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project, and I think it was a good choice for several reasons. Continue reading

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Sequences: What are they?

Last post, I said I’d do a master storyteller post, or three, on Rhythm.  Well, I found that I needed more guidance. Continue reading

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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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Rhythm in Plotting: The bestseller’s best-kept secret – Part 1

Have you read The Bestseller Code?

The authors, Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers, say that the two bestselling adult books of all time–Fifty Shades of Gray and The Da Vinci Code–share a “regular rhythmic beat” that no other books share, at least not as closely.

Whether coincidence or not, don’t you kind of want to know how to create that regular rhythmic beat in your WIP? Continue reading

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Structure of Plot: In our own stories

It’s Outer Journey week.  Today we’re going to see if we can flesh out the major plot points in the one-liner‘s we’re working on.

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Structure of Plot: How Lisa Unger does it

We’re doing the Outer Journey this week, and today we’re looking at the Outer Journey of Ian Paine, the main character in Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You.  (We did Ian’s inner journey last week.)

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Structure of Plot: The Outer Journey

The outer journey is also known as plot, structure, narrative structure, and ‘what happens.’

PLOT: WHAT IS IT? Continue reading

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Character Change: In our own work

So, we’re looking at the inner journey this week.  Let’s see what kind of an inner journey we can create for the one-liners we’re working on.  Here we go… Continue reading

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Character Change: How Lisa Unger does it

We’re looking at the Inner Journey this week.  Here’s the inner journey (to my eyes and ears anyway) of the main character, Ian Paine, in Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You (336 pages).

Spoiler Alert.  And Long Post Alert. Continue reading

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Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 2 — A Master Outline

We’re looking at the Inner Journey this week (Part 1 here), and today we’re looking at the structure of the character arc over the course of a story. Continue reading

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