The Oops Factor

Here’s an interesting post from Dan Alatorre’s blog on the ‘Oops Factor’ in writing.

Dan Alatorre


Using my unreleased manuscript An Angel On Her Shoulder, I am showing you my techniques for reworking a story into a more readable, more enjoyable piece. It’s 45+ lessons in about 45 days. (To start at Chapter 1, click HERE.)

To view it best, bring up the two versions in different windows and view them side by side to see what was changed.

Then give me your thoughts in the comment section.


The Oops Factor

Sometimes your story is cruising along and you start writing the climax and you really want to have something extra dramatic happening—but you realize the big thing that would absolutely make your story amazing . . . is not something you have been building up to. At all.


Luckily, we have a solution for that.

For example, in The Navigators I decided to have a character have a really, really,

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