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Plots, turning points and hooks – oh my!

I love October. It means the downtown Seattle tourists are gone and I can have Post Alley back to myself. And like most Pacific NW

writers the cooler weather, pumpkins on porches, fog, and wilting gardens mean serious writing time.

I’ve just sent part one of my novel to a couple of readers. So before I move on to editing part two and preparing it to be read, I’m studying Larry’ Brooks StoryFix blog. It’s a great blog wherein Larry leads writers through the process. Follow along if you like. Today I’m taking my one-thousandth look at my plot points and hooks.  Here’s an example from Larry’s blog regarding plot points and hooks:

“Example: In The DaVinci Code, the dead priest found in The Louve has left a message scribbled in his own blood. Smells like a plot point, but it’s within the first few pages. It’s a hook, and a good one.

Something gets our attention early. Tickles us. Intrigues us. Seduces us. Makes us want to hang in there until the promise of that moment is fulfilled.
You need to deliver it somewhere in your first three to four scenes.” Storyfix


One comment on “Plots, turning points and hooks – oh my!

  1. Stephen Hayes
    October 8, 2011

    When I first read the Da Vinci Code I read so fast that I nearly tore out the pages. Fast action and short chapters seemed to be the key. And there are blank pages between most of the chapters, nearly sixty or seventy blank pages in all to make it seem like the story is moving even faster than it is. But you can't argue with success, I guess.

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