Category Archives: Emotion

Microtension: What is it and how do we get it onto the page?

People talk like microtension began and now idles with Donald Maass.  For Maass, microtension boils down to a conflict…a juxtaposition…a clashing of things, preferably emotions, but also ideas, concepts, anticipations, whatever–whatever’s available for contradiction in your story.  But is there more? 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.

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