#AtoZChallenge: Aaaaaand here we go!

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Happy everything today, fellow (sister) intrepid bloggers! Somehow it’s April again. Somehow it’s time to kick off this odyssey called the A to Z Blogging Challenge, and I’ll tell you I’m sitting here with zero percent coffee in my bloodstream and I had the trouble spelling “odyssey” to prove it.

Coffee can wait. My first blog post can’t.

This is my fourth time around the alphabet, and I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. For some reason though, this year I’m nervous about making it all the way to Z.

Typo fingers just typed “A,” so apparently the anxiety runs deep. But on the plus side, it looks like I’ve already nailed that one!

Woo-hoo.

Today is the day that I envy you blog-planners, with your posts all neatly lined up and ready to go. But not for me.

Nope.

I like to ride the randomness of the day, see what each letter inspires as it comes. And here we go.

Oh, one more thing. Please feel free to leave a link to your day’s post or blog in the comments, it makes it easy for everyone to come see you.

And now we’re really off.

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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B is about Build-Up #AtoZChallenge

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Where's the payoff?!

Where’s the payoff?!                                                          Photographed in Munich Zoo on 30th July 2005 by Thomas Netsch Uploaded in German 22:06, 19. Okt 2005 by de:Benutzer:Thomas Netsch

This morning SHOULD be about coffee,but unless anyone can figure out a way to make coffee start with a B, build-up it is.

So I’ve been watching Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why,” a series about a teenage girl who commits suicide, and the reasons behind it. Overall, it’s pretty solid storytelling, but with one exception: unfulfilled build-up. (No worries, this is spoiler-free.)

Throughout the story, characters make veiled comments regarding a future event. The protagonist worries about the future event. He’s told repeatedly what the future event will be like for him.

Then it arrives.

And it doesn’t jibe with all of that build-up.

The show has a lot of tension, and uses it well, but for a viewer — or a reader — if you promise something, it must pay off. It’s like the Chekhov’s gun of story construction. By all means, use all the tools in the storytelling box to build tension.

Just make sure that build-up delivers. Otherwise your audience will feel cheated.

Speaking of build-up, stay tuned for Wednesday. D holds a special surprise!

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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