Act II is most commonly referred to as the rising action. It’s marked by several things, but the two most important aspects are the escalation of tension and the further development of the character.
Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Setting and Detail Continuing our look at Gross Anatomy of a Novel, we turn our attention to an oft-overlooked aspect of writing: setting and detail. First, let’s define “setting.” Setting refers to the time and […]
Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question In Part 2 of our Gross Anatomy series we turn our attention to an element of plotting: Discovering the plot’s dramatic question(s). First, let’s define “plot.” A plot is a series of events in […]
Originally published on March 23, 2014. Featuring prior co-hosts Steve McLain and Heather Luby. This cast was originally, and is rebroadcast, as audio only. *ADDENDUM* The good people at EditionGuard.com put together a pretty fancy infographic, and were kind enough to ask me to […]