Your novel or short story starts in the wrong place, sags in the middle, fails to generate a gripping climax, and leaves a tangle of loose ends. After months of denial, you’ve recognized the symptoms of a structural deficiency but can’t find the cure. Enter Gustav Freytag. In his book Technique of the Drama (1863), the German critic offered a method of analyzing plots derived from Aristotle’s beginning-middle-end concept that came to be known as Freytag’s Triangle. Join author and teacher Nick Mamatas as he discusses and clarifies Freytag’s Triangle.

Nick Mamatas is an American horror, science fiction and fantasy author and editor for the Haikasoru line of translated Japanese science fiction novels for Viz Media. His novel, Move Under Ground, was nominated for both the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards. His editorial work has won him a Bram Stoker award as well as World Fantasy and Hugo award nominations. Bullettime, a dark fantasy featuring a bullied kid and the Hellenic goddess of discord, is his latest novel, published August 14, 2012. He is the author of more than 80 short stories.

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