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By Alicia Rasley

Readers this present day wish fascinating, fast moving, brilliant tales. So what do you do in the event that your tale simply limps alongside? those workouts can assist turn on your tale and revitalize your prose-- with out ever wasting the voice and tone that make it your tale. this is often one of many tale inside Booklets, and is mainly important while revising a narrative draft.

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I like my characters. I hate to see them hurt or upset. If I had my druthers, they'd solve all their problems with a nice frank talk on page 16. But fortunately, I allow myself to be goaded into sadism. A case in point is the flogging of poor John. In my outline, John is abducted and thrown aboard a Royal Navy ship. He tries to escape and is thrown in the hold. I was planning on having him rot there for a little while then emerge to take command of the ship during a storm. But Danelle Harmon, a friend of mine who wrote sea adventure stories, scoffed at that.

But the type of activity varies, and so should your narrative structure. " To an extent, that's true about the fast-paced action of a fight scene or a bank robbery. But a plasterer meticulously restoring the wall of an ancient church is just as active as that bank robber... and short sentences would be distracting and deceptive. A series of short sentences and paragraphs will indeed give readers that jumpy, jarring feeling that helps them experience the action of the scene. But this gets real old real fast, rather like the pounding of a pile-driver outside your office window.

Put a loved one in jeopardy. Even in a light comic novel, you can make the protagonist care enough about something to act. PG Wodehouse, who wrote only comedies, was a master at this. His protagonist Bertie Wooster cares about two things-- making his friends happy and besting his valet Jeeves in a battle of wits. Lazy and foolish as Bertie is, he can always be inspired to act by a friend's request for assistance and a condescending comment from Jeeves. Disaster, of course, lurks ahead, but he cares enough to plunge on anyway.

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