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Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Plot | 7 comments

When To Leave Loose Ends Loose

When To Leave Loose Ends Loose

 

..and Clovis the Cow trotted out of the barnyard and in the general direction of New York City, despite Farmer Bob’s heart-rending pleas for him to come back.

The End.

Boy, what an ending. Satisfying. Fulfilling my soul.

Or not. It might just be me, but I see a lot of loose ends lying around. Will Clovis ever return to the farm? How will Farmer Bob manage without him? And how will Clovis react when he stumbles across the inevitable realization that cows are actually female? 

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Plot | 19 comments

Three Secrets of Effective Plot Twists

Three Secrets of Effective Plot Twists

 

Plot twists. Every writer wants them. No matter what genre we’re writing, we all want that breathtaking twist that makes our reader’s jaws drop right off and fall to the floor, because they never saw that coming. And then keeps them turning pages until far into the wee hours of the morning. (In the hospital, while they wait for their jaw to be surgically reattached.)

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