We looked at hooks last week, both concept hooks that pique our initial interest in a story and in-story hooks that keep us engaged from start to finish. Today we’re looking at how a few New York Times bestsellers hook us. Continue reading
Category Archives: Story Master Wednesday
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
In the last post, we listed seven techniques to use when introducing characters. Most of the masters use a combination of techniques. Here’s how. Continue reading
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