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#1 Late Bloomer

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 01:45 PM

I thought we needed something to talk about over here, and since this has been going through my head, I thought I would share.

 

 

One of the ideas I got from television (Castle, I think) was this:  

 

End a scene with one character doing something (like, walking out a door, for example), and then start the next scene with a different character finishing the same task (like coming through a door). Or, end a scene with one character setting down a coffee pot, then switch scenes, time and place, and start with a different character picking up a coffee pot.

 

I thought this was so great on screen, I wanted to see if I could write an entire book ending and starting each chapter with this trick.  Of course, I wasn't able to. In fact, I think I ended up changing the two chapters where I had accomplished it, for better cliff-hangers, or punchier lines.  But all in all, I think it still worked on paper. 

 

An idea I got from watching The Mentalist I'm currently incorporating into the series I'm working on.  So far I've divulged this plot line to only two people. One person didn't like the idea at all, while the second person thought it was a great idea. Personally, I think it's going to be awesome, so I'm going for it.

 

 

So . . . I was just curious if any of you have tried something you saw on the screen, and felt it just didn't work on paper?



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 10:21 AM

In one chapter of my WIP, I transition from my MC reading extremely fine print on the edge of a tin sign to another character reading fine print on a metal plate affixed to the side of a piece of brewing equipment. I thought it turned out kinda cool. I;ve probably done stuff liek this before but didn't realize it at the time.



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 02:46 PM

I'm actually doing this in my new wip. A candle is blown out & next scene begins with one being lit. 

 

But one thing I also like to do is take a chapter in the beginning & link 2 seemingly unrelated events to one another, but at end of the first chap, you see the link. 


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:27 PM

See now, Joey, that sounds like fun. Both for you as the writer, and the reader.



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Posted 24 January 2014 - 02:41 PM

Thought I might bring this one back up because it is an intriguing idea. I have done this in my book, per se, but I have used the idea of seeing things from different perspectives. In one chapter I close with a light turning off, and in the next I have my protagonist watching the light go out. I think it can add to the creepiness factor for the reader knowing the bad guy is so close. Just my humble $.02


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:45 AM

I can see the creepiness factor in that, Andrew.

 

I just managed another one of these tricks - this one not for the creepy factor, but for humor.

 

I finished a chapter with one character (Ava) asking (Ethan) a question.  The scene takes place with the two stranded on a mountain in the rockies. I then start the next chapter with another character (Alaina) answering that question, but she is answering a completely different character (Caden) and they are safe in their home in Boulder. Completely different scenes - time, place and people. I just thought it would be fun to slip in, and it was.



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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:59 AM

I like it Gina, it has an interesting twist that I think readers can appreciate. 


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 10:09 PM

Just a thought regarding the concept of ending one chapter with an action and then starting the next by reversing the action (or vice versa): what if you wrote a story showing the hero and villain living opposite yet parallel lives?  You could use this technique to show how they're eerily similar in certain ways yet drastically different in the choices that they make.  It could be as extreme as showing the hero save someone's life at the end of chapter one and then opening chapter two with the villain committing a murder. 

 

It's a fun concept to play with.  Thanks for bringing it up, Gina.  I too am a big Castle fan, by the way!



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 09:24 PM

Who doesn't like Castle, I want to know.  LOL

 

Very interesting concept Spencer. I think you should do an entire story that way. It would be a great challenge.






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