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Classic Authors and Irritants of Minor Complication

The following are classic examples of minor complications occurring in the novel. And what do we mean by that? The basic definition: whatever "complicates" the story, but not always existing in strong relation to the major dramatic complication or plot conflict. Minors may erupt in the same way tornadoes spin off from hurricanes, or they may be unrelated: a dropped glass, an interpersonal argument, a house-devouring sinkhole, a child with wild and green eyes attacking a homeless person, i.e., whatever irritates, provokes, or disturbs, and in usually such a way as to either nudge the story, create suspense or verve, shove the character into revealing a trait, or some combination thereof.      "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway   Scene 8:    Robert Cohn, friend of the narrator, enters the scene while narrator is having a conversation with another character by the name of Harvey.  Very soon, Harvey baits Cohn, insults him.  The tension rises. As a result, Cohn be

Writing Novel Scenes A to Z - Drama, Sex, and Sass

So now you're writing the novel, or rewriting it, or preparing to?   There is so much to consider your head has exploded and now you're groping for the parts. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend in this phase somewhere between false confidence and mortifying epiphany that you wisely execute your novel a scene at a time. No better organizing principle than this. Forget chapters, for the moment. Know that each scene serves a purpose, often more than one, e.g., pushing the plot forward while introducing a major secondary character. Each scene also evolves with its own beginning, middle, and end (see the steamy example below). Btw, if you've not yet done so, great idea to absorb the Six Act Two-Goal Novel before continuing. Also, please review the First Ten Steps , as well as our crucial articles on setting , antagonists , and delivering exposition . Why? Because the points below will make way more sense if viewed in the proper context. KEY CONCEPTS : story premi