Keeping Myself Entertained

In the end, my reasons for moving down the timeline and introducing a new cast have more to do with keeping myself entertained, on the assumption that if I get bored, my readers are going to be even more bored.

Raymond E. Feist Quotes (Author of Magician). (2019). Retrieved 23 December 2019, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8588.Raymond_E_Feist

Carrot And Stick

Carrot and stick – have protagonists pursued (by an obsession or a villain) and pursuing (idea, object, person, mystery).

The Guardian. (2019). Michael Moorcock’s rules for writers. [online] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/22/michael-moorcock-rules-for-writers [Accessed 18 Dec. 2019].

Delivering Exposition

If possible have something going on while you have your characters delivering exposition or philosophising. This helps retain dramatic tension.

The Guardian. (2019). Michael Moorcock’s rules for writers. [online] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/22/michael-moorcock-rules-for-writers [Accessed 18 Dec. 2019].

Writing A Plot-Driven Genre Novel

If you are writing a plot-driven genre novel make sure all your major themes/plot elements are introduced in the first third, which you can call the introduction.

The Guardian. (2019). Michael Moorcock’s rules for writers. [online] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/22/michael-moorcock-rules-for-writers [Accessed 18 Dec. 2019].