JB asks: The story beats my story needs to hit don’t work with the character descriptions I have. What can I do?
Sarah asks: I want to write a novel with several distinct but related stories that ultimately tell a larger story. Any tips?
An Instance at the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
Middlemarch by George Elliot
The Source by James Michener
North and South by John Jakes
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Today, I talk about the Character Climax in Hadrian’s Flight, the denouement, and the experience of finishing up my first ever successful attempt to write a Heinlein Juvenile. Interesting revelations about the nature of creativity and young adult literature ensue.
This marks the final episode in this series of specials–do send in any questions it spawned for you!
And be sure to check out Hadrian’s Flight for yourself!
Today I discuss the experience of writing the action climax to the book, and how I was able to solve some big problems by finding the answers within the book-to-date, including some unexpected twists. I also talk about how the Heinlein Juveniles have a bifurcated story structure in the final third of the book, why that happens, and how I accidentally emulated this feature with Hadrian’s Flight.
Sgt. Mike asks:
“I don’t know if I’m doing sub-plots correctly. Help!”
How do I make short story plots work?
All about plotting, pantsing, and all points in between. Thanks to Melissa for the question.