By: Jerry B. Jenkins
Whether they’re wannabes, newbies, or veterans, whether they’re
outliners or pantsers
(writing by the seat of their pants—putting interesting people in difficult
situations and writing to find out what happens, as Stephen King puts it), most
tend to ask the same question wherever I speak on fiction writing:
Is there a formula, a structure,
for fiction writing?
You’ll be happy to know there is, and that though it has the word classic in it, it’s not all that complicated and can be easily mastered. That won’t in itself make you a better writer, but it can sure make your job easier and more fun.
For sure, you ignore it at your peril.
I discovered it decades ago in How to Write
Bestselling Fiction by Dean Koontz,
and at the risk of hyperbole, it changed my life. I wanted to write bestselling
fiction, so what better book, right? (Unfortunately, the book is out of print
and has not been reprinted, so only rare, very expensive copies still exist.)
Fast-forward to the present and I have written more than 185 books, over two-thirds of those novels, have seen 21 of my titles reach The New York Times bestseller list, and have sold 70 million copies.
You don’t need any more evidence that Koontz’s formula works.
With full credit to him, it goes like this:
- Plunge your main character into terrible trouble as soon as possible.
- Everything he does to make things better makes them worse.
- Make sure the last worst thing looks insurmountable.
- Then your hero succeeds by taking action, based on what he has learned about himself in the midst of all the challenges.
Notes on the Points Above
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