Saturday, March 20, 2010

Building Dread

Yesterday, I joined Emily for her video lesson from the One Year Adventure Novel. This particular lesson was entitled "Building Dread." The idea of "building dread" is the idea of hinting at difficulties and challenges that are about to happen in your story.

The example the teacher used was the time in The Lord of the Rings when Gandalf tells the Fellowship that the only way he would go through the Mines of Moria is if there was no other choice. This builds a sense a dread about the Mines of Moria, which is, of course, where the Fellowship ends up having to go.

The entire 78 lesson series is about, not just the mechanics of writing, but how to build a story. Emily has always been a writer and this has been a perfect way to engage and teach her about how to make her stories, which are already good, great.

We'll let you know when you can check out her first novel. It should be sometime later this year. In the meantime, go watch the fun little video on the One Year Adventure Novel site.

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