Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday - On Plot - Revelation and Secrets

Revelation is a technique that often holds stories that aren't plotted together but often occurs in most published stories. Revelation is about a secret one that when revealed gives the story a focus. In a story the focus character discovers something hidden or realizes a truth that has been there for ages. This can be a quest or a journey with each encounter revealing a bit of the secret. For the reader this brings enlightment. There are a number of important things to remember about the secret.

1. The secret must be something worth knowing. The revelation must matter.

2. There must be a build-up to the secret with clues sprinkled along the way.

3. The secret must be easily recognized without a lot of lengthy explanations about what the secret is and what it means.

4. The secret must be a single thing, not a choice between two different meanings.

So write the story and think about how you plan to use revelation and secrets clearly. Don't muddy the waters.

8 comments:

Tara Lain said...

Love the advice tidbits. Thank you. : )

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Great advice, Janet! Thanks!

Kayelle Allen said...

You make it sound so simple. Sure mark of a pro!

Shelley Munro said...

Good advice. Foreshadowing a secret without being too heavy handed is an excellent skill for a writer to possess.

E. Ayers said...

Yes, it's the weaving of the tidbits that keeps the reader reading! I hate when an author either springs something on us or gives it away too soon.

Janice said...

Great advice and I totally agree.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Interesting, as always. Just like the villain who comes out of left field with no warning at the 11th hour, this is how I sometimes feel about revelations, though.

Wait! You're my evil twin??!!

carly phillips said...

Hi, all! Thanks for having me, Janet. :) Nope not easy. Not in the beginning and definitely not all these years later!

Evil twin. hahahaha!