Category Archives: Story Master Wednesday

Perfect Rhythm: How Dan Brown did it in The Da Vinci Code

This page contains affiliate links. Full disclosure here.

Several posts ago, we looked at how to create a regular, rhythmic beat, as discussed in The Bestseller Code* (which lists Fifty Shades of Gray* and The Da Vinci Code* as the only two (adult) books with perfect curves). I proposed sequences as a good way to plot for rhythm, and in this post we’re going to see if that holds true for The Da Vinci Code.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Plot, Story Master Wednesday

Hooks Big and Small–How the Masters Do It

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Concept, hooks, Microtension, One-Line Synopsis, Story Master Wednesday, Voice

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Plot, Story Master Wednesday

Characterizing Details: How Thomas Harris Does It

I read Red Dragon* again recently.  Let’s look at the details Thomas Harris chose for his antagonist’s introduction, Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Character, Story Master Wednesday

Character Introductions: How the Masters Do It

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Character, Story Master Wednesday

Character Tags: How the Masters Use Them

We’re looking at character tags.  Here’s how some of the master story tellers help us remember who their characters are. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Character, literary devices, Story Master Wednesday

The Reader-Character Bond: How the masters do it

This week, we’re learning how to forge the reader-character bond.  Here’s how the masters do it: Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Character, literary devices, 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

Leave a comment

Filed under Character, Story Master Wednesday

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.)

Spoiler Alert Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Plot, Story Master Wednesday

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).

Spoiler Alert.  And Long Post Alert. Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under Character, Plot, Story Master Wednesday