Mark Tier con Ayn Rand's ""Character Loops"": Write more saleable fiction with powerful and little-known writing techniques from a perennial best-selling author
Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged sells hundreds of thousands of copies every year--61 years after it was first published in 1957!That's impressive for any work of fiction. But even more so for a long and complicated novel like Atlas Shrugged: 645,000 words, 1,073 pages--with 197 different characters.That's right: 197 different characters.Rand uses powerful but little-known writing techniques to keep all those characters straight in the reader's mind including-- "Character Loops" that ensure every new character is effectively introduced to the reader; and Attaching a powerful emotional tag to the character, making him or her easily memorable. How often have you read a novel where a character is introduced with a detailed description of what he or she looks like?Then, a chapter or two later, that same character reappears and you're reminded he has blond hair.Hang on! you think. I pictured him with black hair.Or worse: you barely remember him at all. Perhaps confused as to whether this is "Henry" or "Harry" (or even "Harriet"!).That hardly ever happens in Atlas Shrugged.Apply these techniques in a novel with just a dozen or so major and secondary characters and your readers will never be confused.In addition to "Character Loops," you'll learn when, whether and how to use visual, auditory, or emotional tags (and why and when you should), the importance of carefully selecting your characters' names, and how to eliminate "interrupts" that can prevent your readers from reaching THE END.With examples from Atlas Shrugged and other perennial bestselling authors including Danielle Steel, Lawrence Sanders, and Alistair Maclean, Mark Tier gives you clear, practical and simple examples you can apply in the story you are writing right now.Use them and you'll be several steps closer to hitting the New York Times bestseller list.