Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman: Rhythm in Plotting

Posted: March 24, 2015 in graffiti living
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Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman.

Rhythm in Plotting:
Plotting blockbuster is also an exercise in alternations and rhythmic ups and downs, scenes where protagonist comes out ahead / wins and scenes where they’re battered or beaten. 2 teams push each other up and down the field, until the final counter-thrust. Subplots – use as relief from main struggles, possibly comic relief. Best sub-plot is a seeming diversion from the main plot and serves that purpose first, then gradually and integrally gets woven into a key pillar of the main action. [NB. Palahniuk’s ‘bullets and guns’ and uncovering these triggers – ie. You don’t necessarily have to consciously put them into your book, but raking over the coals of the first draft you may uncover it and user it to get unstuck, or blow the book apart like in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A train you don’t see coming]. Every big book needs some alternation of ups and downs. These should near enough permeate your entire story. Between the horrific place scenes of lighter tone but in their own limited way equally dramatic. Puzo writes sex and love scenes and conciliation attempts and strategy sermons [big voice, little voice] between the violence and the killing.

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