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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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