On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Set Up and Surprise

I went back a couple of chapters and inserted a scene to set up for the climax. All the time I was doing it, I was thinking "any good reader who pays attention is going to know this is a set up and will know what's coming." Unlike some set-ups (Heart Change has a couple of twists I think will surprise), I don't anticipate that savvy readers will miss this one.

Mentor informs me that readers LIKE to spot set ups and anticipate. I'm not sure. I think folks like twists, too. As for me, I like both.

I rarely expect to hide a murderer or a set up, always figure the readers will see through what I'm doing.

So I'm satisfied with the scene, it does what it should, maybe I can ramp up the Fam factor to have it do something else (or a third thing, it makes Del realize something, too), but again, it's not really a very "hidden" set up.

Enjoy your reading today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A reader...
Like both, anticipation and surprise.
Hope we get Heart Journey in the summer, I'd like to get my hands on Heart Change soner than November!

10:10 PM  
Blogger NewGuyDave said...

Spotting a hint and anticipating is a great feeling. It's also nice if you miss it and can say, "Why didn't I see that?"

Carefully planted is better. I'd rather miss something clever than stumble over the obvious.

5:42 AM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Sorry I didn't reply to these sooner! And I'm glad that anticipation and surprise work for both of you.

Dave, hopefully it will be carefully planted, but some of mine can also be obvious...but that's not too bad. My ex-roomie complained about a pay-off since she was reading so fast she didn't see the setup.


6:57 AM  

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