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Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot by Jane Cleland

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Foreword

Like so many writers, my earliest efforts were memoir. I took episodes from my life and wrote them down. There was the time I hitchhiked and the driver of the Cadillac that picked me up lectured me in graphic detail about what could happen if I ended up in the wrong car. The time I nearly killed my sister by tying her tricycle to my two-wheeler so she could go faster.

Like the bike and the trike, I strung the episodes together, thinking that I was writing a book, And though the sentences were perfectly nice, the paragraphs eminently readable, and sometimes I even made myself laugh, I’d read enough good literature to know that the incidents were banal and disconnected and the characters were cardboard. Worst of all, my “story” had no ...

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