13 Reasons Why is a hit teen Netflix drama based on the YA novel by Jay Asher. It did so many things right, except using false suspense to pad episodes, when it should have just been shorter.
Every time you start a story you make a series of promises to your reader. These are the things your reader expects of you and your story, in exchange for their time, emotional investment and money (hopefully).
A Story Arc is a way of feeling how your story develops throughout the work; where a character’s conflicts and challenges lie and where they may succeed and fail in meeting them. Let’s imagine we’re writing a story and so we’re going to
In Latin, in media res means into the middle of things. For writers this means start your story in the middle of the action to hook the reader. The temptation is to start a story at the beginning, but that often leads the reader wading through lots of preamble. Start the story when it gets good.
If you’re suffering from story stagnation, you need to get your plot moving, soldier. That means getting tough on the things that don’t need to be there and working the key elements hard.
Foreshadowing is an important tool for tying the plot together and bringing added depth to the writing, as well as making the reader feel like the writer is some kind of plotting genius.
The heist is a well-trodden path in the world of film, but less so in novels. There’s no reason why this should be, as it offers the perfect framework for engaging characters, tension, action and excitement.
The denouement is, put simply, the ending. It’s the point in your story, when all the loose threads are tied together.
Deus ex machina is a contrived plot device that introduces new characters, abilities or knowledge to get characters out of a sticky situation, against all odds.
This is a trick writers (especially screenwriters) use to draw attention to a plot inconsistency or credibility breach, rather than hiding it