Other names for the character’s inner journey include character arc, character change, character transformation, ritual pain, and range of change.
CHARACTER ARC: WHAT IS IT? Continue reading
We’re looking at Setups and Payoffs this week, and today we’re going to see if we can come up with some Setups and Payoffs for the one-liners we’ve been working on. Here we go. Continue reading
We’re looking at Setups and Payoffs this week, and today I’ve got some examples from Harlan Coben’s No Second Chance, which we also looked at last week, and Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You.
Spoiler Alert. Continue reading
It’s Tension, Conflict, Suspense week. Let’s see what kind of macrotension questions and conflicts we can come up with for the one-liners we’ve got going. Continue reading
It’s Tension, Conflict, Suspense week, and today we’re looking at how Harlan Coben milks the tension, conflict, and suspense in No Second Chance. I guarantee that I did not pick up on all of his uses and manipulations, but here’s what I did spot: Continue reading
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
There are some distinctions among these terms, but there’s also a lot of overlap. In general, the goal is tension, with conflict and suspense each being a way to create tension. Here we go… Continue reading
The masters agree: stories most often fail because the stakes aren’t high enough. But there is plenty we can do to ensure lack of stakes doesn’t happen to our stories. Continue reading