The Next Few . . .

Tool 28 ~ Put odd and interesting things next to each other.

I loved this tool!! It is so much fun, and it reminds me of wall art or interior design or anything interesting and entertaining! Think of Jumbo shrimp. Or grotesque comedy (Yah, Flannery O’Connor!).

“Help the reader learn from contrast.”

Put something random by something else that is even more random, and see what happens.

Clark’s example? Gustave Flaubert’s description of Rodolphe Boulanger seducing Madame Bovary in an agricultural fair. Between “Manure for sale!” and “Here’s the prize for the best pigs!” Boulanger poured out his sentiments. Just a guess, I doubt they worked.

Next . . . .

Tool 29 ~ Foreshadow dramatic events and powerful conclusions.

This one is rather obvious and spelled out in two thoughts:

“Plant important clues early.”

And . . . “one must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it” (145). Yup.


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