Story Weaving on Steroids: Secrets! O.o

14 Aug

This is part of a series of post that give you tips, tricks, and dirty little secrets that will help pump up your plot, and make your story an irresistible read! Today’s trick:

SECRETS.

If you want to add tension and hype to your plot GIVE SOMEONE A SECRET!

Giving a character/or group a secret helps to create tension (if you have multiple POV) or (if you’re using a single narrator) will add a surprise in for your reader and your MC.

having someone hold something back can also add to their character background and give them “levels” (something that i’ll be writing a post on soon). Afterall if you’re keeping a secret there are only a few reasons why you’d be doing it. One, the secret will hurt your reputation/the way someone or a group of people will view you. Two, your being forced to keep the secret (if you don’t something bad will happen to you or something/someone you care about. Or, three, it’s not your secret to tell.

All of these things will tell us something about a character. That they’re self-conscious, or that they care deeply about others. Having a character keep a secret allows you to open a new door into their past. It also gives other characters a chance to show they’re true colors in their reactions when a secret is revealed. Do they hold a grudge or do they forgive easily?

Anyway you spin it, if adding a juicy secret works with your story throw one in their!

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9 Responses to “Story Weaving on Steroids: Secrets! O.o”

  1. Conjurer August 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    But make sure you tell the reader the secret or at the very least, hint at it. Lost didn’t do this and it paid for it. If you promise secrets will be revealed, you better keep that promise.

    • nkeda14 August 15, 2011 at 12:27 am #

      Ugh…. Lost… they “Lost” me as a viewer after season 2! lol

      • The Digital Outcast August 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

        Did they “find” you again in later seasons?? hahha

      • nkeda14 August 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

        No I was lost like a lost sock. haha

      • The Digital Outcast August 15, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

        Oooh, ooh, ooh! Did you check your feet??

      • nkeda14 August 16, 2011 at 12:07 am #

        Woooo… You. ARE. A. GENIUS!!!!! LOL

      • The Digital Outcast August 16, 2011 at 10:38 am #

        So they say. HA!

  2. gabriellan August 15, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Keeping secrets also helps to make a character seem more realistic, because not many people in life are completely transparent. (And, side note, Story Weaving on Steroids is a cool title for a blog series!)

    • nkeda14 August 15, 2011 at 9:56 am #

      Yeah, that’s true. Thanks, I thought so too. 😉

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