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chuck wendig. penmonkey
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25 Turns, Pivots and Twists To Complicate Your Story

These techniques all add up to one thing: the audience grows bored when the story marches forward in too-straight a line. Even the standard ‘escalation toward climax’ is a straight line that needs to be kinked up and broken apart from time to time. Which means all of these techniques boil down to: change shit up. Envision what the audience will be thinking as they read it. What do they expect? What is the predictive course they have in their head? Then tweak that. Maybe a subtle shift. Maybe a really violent one. But don’t be afraid to change things up. Go risky. Get crazy. In life, we adore comfort. In fiction, comfort is our greatest enemy.”

From terribleminds.com.

  • 19 March 2013
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