Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman: Weaving Plot Strands

Posted: March 30, 2015 in graffiti living
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Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman.

Weaving Plot Strands:
Plotting blockbuster novels, in addition to outlining and scene building, also requires other strategies. One is to start at a point where action is well underway and already moving toward a climax. These ‘beginning events’ which which took place before (sometimes long before) what happens on first few pages or chapters are called backstory. This part, often secret or unknown to at least one character, may become revelations that jolt the present action and sometimes transform a moderately exciting plot into a thrilling one. Even in a story whose action is almost totally in the present, the injection of a plot-twisting complication arising from the past can significantly heighten the drama.

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