Tuesday, March 10, 2015

6 lessons from recent books





1. Build sympathy for a character by making him/her an outcast.

2. Weave setting description and action together.

3. Leave unsolved mysteries in each chapter.

4. Make sure there's a clear sense of change for each character.

5. Go in an unexpected direction.

6. Let dialogue move the plot forward.





5 comments:

  1. Great tips, Saumya! How’s the writing going? Haven’t caught up in a long time! Do drop me an email if you have time!

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    1. Hey! It's going well! How are you?? It has been so (too) long!

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  2. Wise tips. There definitely has to be change and growth in the characters. Otherwise, what's the point?

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    1. So true, Alex! This is definitely something I've learned the hard way!

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  3. Weaving different elements together is important. Few people like a three-page report on the flora and fauna in a horror novel. Unless, of course, it's to accentuate the strange. And, even then... three pages? Ouch!

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