CONFUSED ABOUT THE NORMAL 4PT. METHOD AS WITH THE TOPS OF THE RIGHT CORNER WITH?


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Question: I was reading your manuscript format for novels and very confused about the writing on the top right corners with missing pages as with why did you say to put the author's name/title as with page number?

Could you please let me know about this?

As well with your advice to stick with the 4 point method? I had asked you if I could have tension and then climax about 4 times as with the end was climax and cliffhanger for my 4 part books.

I'm looking on your site and can not find this, so if you could help just one more time, I'd be truly grateful...as with your book, I'm to buy it after I write this, for it's a very loving and a great help to many--including me--with being so shy, that you just freeze.

I heard a saying once,"If you think you can dance, then you better show up for the it!"

Thankx again, as going on vacation so I needed these wonderful instructions,

Answer Regarding headers in a manuscript, imagine you have a stack of 100 unbound pages that make up a manuscript. Now imagine you have hundreds of similar stacks covering your desk, your bookshelves, etc. That's what many editor's offices look like.

Now imagine that someone turns on a fan while you're reading and dozens of pages from different manuscripts go flying around the room. How do you or your assistant put them all back in order?

If the authors followed the standard practice and put their name, the book's title, and page number at the top of each page, it is easy to put the manuscripts back in the right order. You know the page marked "Shakespeare/Hamlet 5" will go before "Shakespeare/Hamlet 6" etc.

If the authors didn't put this information on each page, some very serious mistakes could be made.

Regarding your second question:

"I had asked you if I could have tension and then climax about 4 times as with the end was climax and cliffhanger for my 4 part books."

I confess I am not 100% certain what you are asking. I'm guessing you are asking if you can have four major turning points in a novel. If so, the answer is yes. That would in fact correspond to the traditional 4-act dramatic structure, with each act having its own beginning, rising tension, climax, and resolution.

These 16 events (4 x 4) would create the sequence of events for the overall story throughline.

Of course, complete stories have additional throughlines, which you'll find mentioned elsewhere on this site.

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