Great Article on Writing: Infused

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In a post on Writer Unboxed, literary agent, Donald Maass, writes:

Have you come across scenes in excellent novels which seem to have no plot purpose but which work anyway?  Have you ever felt the undertow of a character’s yearning in commonplace action, tugging your awareness down below the surface of an everyday situation?  Such scenes are infused with the point of view character’s fundamental, underlying and (as yet) unmet need.

How do we achieve that effect in every scene?  How do we infuse every moment with unspoken awareness of the need that is pulling a character inexorably through the length of the story?  Naturally, I have a suggestion.  Try this…

Read his post…


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