Category Archives: Story Master Wednesday

Three-Dimensional Characters: How Stephen King Does It

Stephen King.  All I can say is, no matter which of the three methods for creating three-dimensional characters you prefer, Stephen King is ALL ABOUT the three dimensions of character. Especially in The Shining. Continue reading

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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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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).

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Tension, Conflict, Suspense: How Harlan Coben does it

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

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Setting: How the masters use it

We’re looking at Setting this week. Here are some setting passages from some of the books I’ve read lately. Let’s see how the masters multi-task. Continue reading

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Antagonists: How the masters do it.

Here are my takes on the antagonist breakdowns of the stories we looked at last week (for main character want, need, flaw, symptoms). Continue reading

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Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms: How the masters do it

We’re looking at how the masters give their characters emotional wants and needs and character flaws.  Here’s what I’ve seen in the stories I’ve read lately: Continue reading

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Backstory: How the Masters Use It

Usually when backstory is effectively used, you don’t notice it.  It’s often “marbled” in with the front story, as James Scott Bell says.  Still, here are some examples of backstory that I have noticed (or remembered): Continue reading

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Walking Contradictions: How the Masters Do It

We’re looking at how to make our characters more interesting by giving them lots of irreconcilable conflict.  Here are some examples I’ve noticed in the stories I’ve read or watched recently.  As usual, I will add more examples as I come across them in my readings.  For now… 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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