Bradley | Sep 13, 2019 | 0
G is for Gradual
How steep is the climb to the finale?
If your book is 100 pages, does the passion / action / drama increase by 10% every 10 pages? Is it a mathematical formula? Or should it just flow naturally and you get to the top when you get to the top? Or is it more of an incremental climb? 10 then 20 then 30 then 40 = 100?
Do established authors map out the gradual tension of the span of their book methodically? “Ooh, can’t give away this clue just yet, not in chapter 3, that needs to wait until chapter 7 at least!” Or do they just tell their story ‘naturally’ and it flows as it flows? I think this is where the mathematician in me and the creative in me clash–or maybe this is where they reunite! Maybe this is where I bring together a flow chart and the passion of the story so they work best for all parties involved: characters, plot, reader, and writer.
Are you a mathematician when plotting your gradual increase in tension or an artist?
Do you map out something of a timeline of the actions in your story to see how they look ‘over time’? Or just let it rip? With the Secret of Kite Hill, we were winging it from the starting line, no plan, no strategy, not even a map. We just started off into the wilderness and would figure it out as we got there–if we got there. But for the next book in the series, I’d like to map it out a bit more. Maybe not the entire route and every little stop along the way, but at least an A and a B, maybe a C or D to add later.
But the steepness of the incline is what I find most difficult. How to draw it out if you want to? The ultimate goal: how to keep that reader wanting to turn to the next page?