Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 17

string of pearls

this is a technique of developing characters and event in a circular pattern, alternating between at least three sets of story-lines and characters, each time tightening to a climax that stands in the center. Usually all the characters and events come to a head. This structual technique works best in a five-act structure, between the third and fourth act.

Edward C. Patterson

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