Exclusive: Story “Shifting” Secrets of Bestselling Authors

Transitions are very important. This article has some handy ideas.

Christopher Kokoski

Story Shifting Secrets

The subtle textures of writing are often the most difficult. Beyond the macro elements of plot, character, setting, conflict, etc., the micro elements of storytelling sometimes stop us in our literary tracks. Yet, these story components are no less important to the overall experience of the beat, scene or chapter.

One of those fundamental facets of bestseller writing is the transition. Shifting the story from one character, setting or time period to another.

While these “shifts” or transitions can be managed in numerous ways, handled improperly, these moments in a story can confuse, distract and irritate readers. Here are some of the most common “offenses” when it comes to transitions:

  • Jumping from one point of view to another with no narrative explanation or book formatting (i.e. space or chapter breaks) to indicate a new character or perspective.
  • Progressing backwards in time, such as a memory or back flash, with too little or…

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Cyber Bullying

This poem expresses the problem quite well.


So now you have it , you have exposed your soul. Here it is laid bare

You have opened up your entire life, have a care.

Not everyone is as loving and caring as you.

If you lay your life open have a care of what unkind souls might do.

Once they get inside your head

They can check you out and manipulate anything you’ve said.

They can eat you up and plague you, spit you out and leave you dead.

OH! you must beware

They will strip you down and leave you bare.

They don’t know who you are

They don’t care, it is easier for them your mind to scar.

They will expose your secrets and sell your soul

Tell lies about you and expose your whole.

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Legislating Against Cyber Bullying

This seems like a step in the right direction. Check it out.

Walking the Social Media Beat

Kudos to the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia for introducing legislation to attack cyber bullying.  That is a very noble and much-needed law to help protect the vulnerable and the abused.  I applaud the attempt but, I also have real concerns with the legislation, the least of which, this is a Provincial piece of legislation, not a Federal one.

Given the number of suicides, injuries and serious life impacts that have occurred because of this issue, perhaps a real effort needs to be made to help protect.

I see failures in law start when an interpretation of a broad nature has to be applied.  In this case, who is to say what cyber bullying is?  According the legislation, the definition is:

“…typically repeated or with continuing effect, that is intended or ought reasonably be expected to cause fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other damage or harm to another person’s health…

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