My latest post on JMWW - about inciting incidents, pinch and major points, master scenes, and more! Get the low down on what these are, where they should show up in your book, and how to fix/plan/tweak if they're missing.
Down to the Bones
We can talk ad nauseum about elements of craft where fiction is concerned, and we will in other posts, I promise, but what's really important, is underlying structure, how a story/book is put together.
If you're not making the right connections at the right time, the piece will be just a wandering mess with some key moments that the reader knows should really mean something, but kind of don't.
Here are key points and scenes to determine in your story/book. You can figure these out now, when you've just started (best way!), halfway through (nice save!), or once your book is finished (all is not lost!). Once you've read through them I'll put you to work.
What sets events in motion and leads to the FIRST MAJOR PLOT POINT. This should happen fairly quickly. Ideally within the first 5-10 pages. Definitely Act One. (I'm a fan of IN MEDIAS RES—starting your story/book in the middle of the action that changes the status quo of your characters and their world. Starts everything with a bang and also gets the inciting incident out of the way.)
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