Most Writers Don’t Understand It or Use It…
Today, at lunch, Kris and I were talking about a ton of ideas we have for Pop-Up classes we wanted to do for the Spade/Paladin Kickstarter we will launch next week. We like giving writers Pop-Up classes in the stretch goals if the campaign hits a certain amount. And we liked them to sort of match the genre of the campaign, which this time is mystery.
We decided and laid out some really good Pop-Ups. For example, a Pop-Up titled HOW TO GET AUTOMATIC DEPTH. Yes, there are ways to do that. Honest. And they are fun and it is perfect size for a Pop-Up topic.
Another one that fits with the Kickstarter for Spade/Paladin mystery is HOW TO MAKE YOUR RED HERRINGS INVISIBLE. That will be great fun.
Another is HOW TO USE AN EXISTING SYSTEM TO CREATE TENSION. Existing system could be something like a Tarot deck or a game or anything. Amazing tension builders if you know how to do it right.
Along the way, Kris said, “Why not the rule of three?” (We had just witnessed two spills around us and both of us were waiting for the third.)
My response was, “Way too much for a Pop-Up. I seldom talk about it in any class because it is such an advanced technique.”
“So we do it as a Special Three-Week Workshop.”
So that’s what we are doing. There are now two Special workshops in this coming Kickstarter, both starting a week after the last Pulphouse Kickstarter special workshop ends, so no overlapping.
The new special workshop is called THE RULE OF THREE AND HOW TO USE IT. Special three-week workshop only available through the coming Kickstarter.
When you type in Rule of Three into Google, you get a Wikipedia definition.
The rule of three is a writing principle that suggests that a trio of events or characters is more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers. The audience of this form of text is also thereby more likely to remember the information conveyed because having three entities combines both brevity and rhythm with having the smallest amount of information to create a pattern.
Slogans, film titles, and a variety of other things have been structured in threes, a tradition that grew out of oral storytelling.
And that is only a tiny bit of the use of THE RULE OF THREE in writing.
Stay tuned. Some really fun Pop-Ups and two great special workshops coming on Tuesday.