This is where you start to see the characters take shape. For several years, he had his own NPR show: List everything you can think of. They are often, though not always, set in thinly—or not at all—disguised versions of Chicago and Hoboken, New Jersey. You will not reveal all of this information, it will be raw material.
When I read this kind of fiction the thing that interests me more than the mechanics of the plot is the personality of the detective or other protagonist. He often includes Chicago landmarks and folkloric figures from his childhood in s Chicago, regardless of when the book is set.
For instance maybe your detective finds out the victim owed money to someone--another motive. This seems shallow, but this is plot. Does it need work? Another common theme is Jewish culture, with characters incongruously speaking in Yiddish -influenced dialogue or participating in Borscht Belt culture.
Think about where the story is going. This is the point where you think about what information should come out when. Now list out the major events of the novel with subplot in chronological order. Save that for tomorrow, that too will be a lot of work.
Decide who the characters will be. But with that said, at this point you probably have no idea who half your characters are. Nobody at the casino recognizes the picture of the victim. As I said, maybe the affair was with another man, or it was with a prostitute but he never slept with her, he just talked--and what he talked about leads to another secret he had.
Pinkwater is also known to avid fans of the NPR radio show Car Talkwhere he has appeared as a seemingly random caller, commenting, for example, on the physics of the buttocks giving rise to the proposed unit of measure of seat size: In the early s Pinkwater voiced a series of humorous radio advertisements for the Ford Motor Company.
An example of this is the recurring character the Chicken Man, a mysterious but dignified black man who carries a performing chicken on his head. Who was the victim?
Now, decide what drives each character. Make sure you get all of that in there. Preferably not at the beginning of your timeline - you want to have huge reveals later on where these important things that happened prior are exposed.
Themes[ edit ] Pinkwater tends to write about social misfits who find themselves in bizarre situations, such as searching for a floating island populated by human-sized intelligent lizards Lizard Musicexploring other universes with an obscure relative Borgelor discovering that their teeth can function as interstellar radio antennae Fat Men from Space.
That means his wife and maybe the women or man he was having the affair with could both be suspects especially if he had tried to end the affair. Start with the murder. The plot I worked out yesterday had 13 characters, all were necessary.
It also gives you the chance to develop many side characters. One method is to work backward. Especially list the historical things that you want to exist in backstory.
Why specifically are they in this story? InPinkwater published his first adult novel, The Afterlife Diet, in which a mediocre editor, upon dying, finds himself in a tacky Catskills resort populated by "circumferentially challenged" deceased.
This will be your timeline. It might not be plot that changes them, but if you have a lot of characters, a few changes that are worked into the bones of the plot might help you.
These motives will suggest story strands. Pinkwater is also a longtime commentator on National Public Radio. This is a moment to dig into subplot. That means in story terms you will have to think about how he met the person with whom he had the affair, how often they got together, where, what excuses he used to his wife for not being home, etc.
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