Simon Weed “Save the Cat” Patrick Roth(Something) Elmore Leonard Rachelle J. Christensen
-Thrust reader into the storyline
-Give back round in chewable chunks
-BRIEF intro to characters
-Inciting incident in first five pages- should correlate with the plot. Create tension. Motivate character.
-Suspense in EVERY chapter
-Have good first sentence
- NEVER open book with weather
-Dan Wells Story Structure Class (youtube)
1- Hook-- Starting state
2- Plot Turn one-- Introduce conflict
3- Pinch one-- Apply pressure (force people to action/ introduce villain) (make things worse)
4- Midpoint-- Center. Move one state to another state (Reaction to ACTION)
5- Pinch two-- more pressure, until situation is hopeless. These are the Jaws of Defeat from which your hero will be snatching victory. Make teeth sharp.
6- Plot Turn two-- Final thing you need to make it happen. Move from midpoint to end
7- Resolution-- Everything in your story leads to this.
---Elements of Suspense--- The setting-- Establish plot (Gun on the wall, it’s got to be used)
-Characters-- intimate details that leave your reader wondering and wanting to turn the pages (eye patches--How did they get there?)
- High stakes-- What is at stake here? Don’t let minor character’s problems hijack main’s problems.
-Create questions your reader wants answered. (Like hinty dialogue)
-Foreshadowing-- Lightning: You see it, but when will the thunder come?
Keep suspense of disbelief
-Create problems~ hard choices for characters. Create lose - lose situations
Put your characters in a tree and throw rocks at them!!
-Wrap up loose ends.
-Show character growth
-Satisfied endings. No “The Village”s or Artemis Fowl’s
MAKE SURE PLOT IS TO DIE FOR.~~~What makes the reader stay up late reading?