Trouble Been Doggin’ My Soul

When Ray LaMontagne wrote those lyrics, I doubt he meant them to be used as a plot device to keep readers turning pages. But scenes of high tension are needed  throughout your book. Extending these scenes of conflict with dialogue and description prolong the suspense and make for a gripping story.

You don’t fashion a a clay pot without clay. The clay for a novelist is trouble. The question you have to keep asking is this: What problem has the potential to lay some serious hurt on my character? Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

clay bowls

Artwork by Olivia Green


About Sandy Green

I am a poet and children's author. Visit my website at
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