#writinglessons Using parallels in storytelling

I’m sure a more sophisticated writer has a fancy definition for what I’m about to expound upon, but I enjoy a good box of wine so … yeah.

Parallels are where a particular story theme is repeated in more than one character’s story arc. In my book, The Paladin (book 2 of The Nome Chronicles series), my two main characters experienced a sense of betrayal from the ‘fathers’ in their life. In the case of Neith, she learned her father took a gamble that put her life at risk. Invier was equally betrayed by Karax, who revealed he was using Invier for his devious designs.

I was reminded of the importance of parallels as a storytelling technique when I watched Season 3 of the Showtime series, Billions.

Billions TV show on Showtime: season 3 ratings (cancel renew season 4?)

This show is a favorite of mine. Its an interesting look into the minds of the super rich and their quest to maintain their dominion over others.

One recurring theme in Season 3 was the conflict between father and son. A main character, Chuck, is at odds with his father for most of the season. He even goes as far as to take a stance simply to change the power dynamic in their relationship. Similarly, Axe and Taylor constantly butt heads in an effort to steer the firm.

From left: Condola Rashad as Kate Sacker, Toby Leonard Moore as Bryan Connerty and Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades in season one of the TV series "Billions." The television show premieres Sunday, Jan. 17, at 10 p.m. EST.  Jeff Neumann/Showtime via AP

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Another theme is ‘parricide’, that is the act of a child murdering his/her parent. In Billions, Chuck gets hammered by not one but two of his proverbial children. That plot point is mirrored in Axe’s story-line when Taylor makes a significant move against him.

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Now, why is any of this important?

Parallel stories allow for a richer reveal of a character’s flaws and needs. It’s a way of making a story more complex and thereby interesting. By examining the parallels in two character’s lives, the author also highlights the similarities between two distinct individuals. It can give your reader an aha moment of sorts when they recognize a particular failing or issue in the life of a character as one in their own life. Or that of someone they know.

That’s what author’s do – shine a light on the human condition by using their characters to  to tell readers a great story. Using parallel narratives is a great way to do that and it’s something I hope to use to good effect.

Got an example of parallel storytelling in a book of yours or someone else’s? Feel free to share in the comments. I’d like to know.

 

Till next time includes LM

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#Writinglessons: Embarrassment – A Storytelling Device

Empire is one of the scripted television shows that I enjoy watching. Check out my post on the shows I indulged in last year. The show is a combination of several things I enjoy watching – it’s got a lot of drama, high levels of family conflict (I grew up watching Dallas with my mom in the ’80s), ratchet galore (uh, I watch LHH and the Real Housewives franchise) and fabulous clothes!

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Enter The Dark YA Fantasy Book Giveaway!

There are 10 books up for grabs to a luck winner of The Dark YA Fantasy Book Giveaway. Some of the included books are hardbacks while others are paperback copies of novels from great authors!

I’m honored to have my book, The Pursual, included in this wonderful giveaway. Other participating authors are –

  1. Melanie McFarlane, author of Summoner Rising
  2. Rebecca Jaycox, author of The Other Inheritance
  3. C.K. Dawn, author of Cloak of Shadows
  4. Audrey Grey, author of Shadow Fall
  5. Gwynn White, author of Queen of Extinction

Three additional authors are donating books from other well-known writers –

  1. Eliza Nolan is donating The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  2. Jennifer Bardsley is donating Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  3. Marta Kaitids is donating A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
  4. Megan Crewe is donating Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

 

There’s no reason to delay, click HERE to enter today! Good luck!

#ThePursual got a blog review!

My first book, The Pursual, is now out and getting some nice reviews. I didn’t think to seek out blogger reviews but now that it received one from the Butterfly Mentions blog, I think it might be time to work on that.

Thank you, Butterfly Mentions for the kind review and assessment of the book.

Mosey on over to the blog to get a look at the review.

The Pursual can be found on Amazon here and to purchase at other retailers, please click here.

 

#ThePursual is here!

My first book has officially been published and I’m a giddy girl getting my groove on!

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THE PURSUAL is now live on Amazon! It’s also available for sale at Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Scribd.3d render book transparent background.png

Because the Apple iBooks store and Google Books won’t let me be great, my books haven’t gone live there. Yet. Never fear, though, they’ll get there sooner than later.

I’m off to have a Mimosa … because I deserve one and this is the only break I’m going to get for a while – I’m completing the sequel, titled THE PALADIN, and I’ve got to stay focused.

Okay off to have that Mimosa and get my celebratory, struggle-twerk on!

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Don’t laugh. We all have to start somewhere =) Fine, is this better?

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Uh, I guess not, haha.