Restarting Wright’s Writing Corner

My lovely and talented wife is restarting her weekly post about writing and the writing world.

Today, she is posted her “best of” her previous posts on Writing Tips for anyone who has not seen them.

http://arhyalon.livejournal.com/274031.html

Two Strings: Two separate issues need to be going in each scene.

The Trick: Raising expectations in one direction but having the story go in the opposite direction. It sounds simple, but it may be the most useful writing technique of all…the book Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is just the trick over and over again.

The Foil: The trick applied to people. Use other characters to showcase the strengths of your main characters and to make them seem extraordinary.

About John C Wright

John C. Wright is a practicing philosopher, a retired attorney, newspaperman, and newspaper editor, and a published author of science fiction. Once a Houyhnhnm, he was expelled from the august ranks of purely rational beings when he fell in love; but retains an honorary title.
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2 Responses to Restarting Wright’s Writing Corner

  1. Scott W. says:

    Raising expectations in one direction but having the story go in the opposite direction. It sounds simple, but it may be the most useful writing technique of all…the book Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is just the trick over and over again.

    And every 24-esque conspiracy thriller series on TV. Downton Abbey as well. (Which my wife declares is just Dallas set in turn-of-the-century England.) :)

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