Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Robert B. Parker – SEA CHANGE (2005)

Learning from the Best
  1. Simplistic dialogue beats wordy.
  2. Gritty topics propel plot further than any other device.
  3. Alternating chapters between subplot and character, and main plot, is an excellent device for simplifying a read.
  4. Making those interlacing subplot chapters two to three pages long propels them to a position of importance, by not diluting them inside longer, meaty chapters.
  5. Alternating the drops into a new scene by description in one chapter, and blunt action in another, breaks up the voice and tone—variation is good.  
  6. Subplots specifically designed to depict character propels the overall emotion of the novel.
  7. Simple subplots are good. A complicated main-plot binds the novel together.
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