Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman: Planting Questions

Posted: April 6, 2015 in graffiti living
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Notes from Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman.

Planting Questions:
Setting up a scene to be suspenseful doesn’t always require violent climax. Plant of question – eg. ‘forgive me father for I have sinned’ – Who has? What sin? And play on this to give time to build up character etc. In Garden of Lies this happens and climax of the question is that she has fornicated. That itself is another question. Implanting new questions means you can again temporarily change direction and backstory etc — a cliffhanger at the chapter’s end. (‘please Bri don’t ever leave me’ – will he / won’t he is the main question of the novel). After setup for later meeting by her looking at earring she was given as a child.

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