Saturday, October 28, 2006

introduction 7 structure and format (part 2)

106 words in part one of today's blog so 1894 to go.
my theme for today is my musings how to structure a 2000 word chapter

beginning - - middle - - end is the classic structur of a speech or newspaper article but in a book
beginning (a snare to capture the browsing reader in the book shop -or the resolution of a cliff hanger) - - middle - - end (what happens next? the cliff hanger?)

A cliffhanger or cliffhanger ending is a plot device in which a movie, novel, or other work of fiction contains an abrupt ending, often leaving the main characters in a precarious or difficult situation. This type of ending is used to ensure that if a next installment is made audiences will return to find out how the cliffhanger is resolved. The phrase comes from the common end of episode situation of the protagonist left hanging from the edge of a cliff. Some serials end with the caveat "To be continued" (Duckman and Clone High parodied this caveat). In television series, the following episode usually begins with a "Previously...".

Although a cliffhanger can be enjoyable as a page turner at the end of a chapter in a novel, a cliffhanger at the very end of a work can be frustrating. . . . Directory > Reference > Wikipedia

to be continued after breakfast and a bath


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