Tuesday, January 5, 2010
What I've learned so far from "The Fire in Fiction" by Donald Maass
Okay, this was one of the books that I bought with my Christmas B&N gift card and I'm about half way through. So far, it's a big help, as much a help as his other book, "Writing the Breakout Novel." I've decided to post interesting tid bits from the book as I go on reading it.
The most helpful advice for me, so far, is that every chapter must have a turning point: both an outer turning point in the plot/events, and an inner turning point in the character's motivations. Now, the outer turning point is the easier one for me, it's the inner turning point that's hard to pin down. Both turning points should relate to each other, such as: the outer turning point changes the characters POV and causes he/she to think/act a certain way.
Very helpful advice.
I've been constructing my scenes with a main purpose in mind and going from there. I find I have much more focus and can write faster when I know exactly where I'm going and why. Also, it helps me identify the inner struggle that each character faces and whose POV to write the scene in.
What do you think of this advice? Do you have turning points to every chapter?