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Expert: Susan Rand - 6/23/2007 Question QUESTION: I have just finished a 900 page novel, the first book in a fantasy/sword and sorcery series. I am preparing to send it out to agents and publishers, but have come upon a piece of advice that causes me great concern. Therefore, before sending out queries, I felt it was important to make certain I am not creating a no-win situation for myself. I am reading Les Edgerton's new book, "HOOKED-write fiction that grabs readers at page one and never lets them go", from Writer's Digest Books, (2007). In it, (on page 188) he says, "Never, ever, ever, begin a narrative with action and then reveal the character's merely dreaming it all".
Yesterday, I tweeted a link to a great post by Sally Apokedak about not cheating the reader by skipping emotional scenes . Some writers struggle with heavy scenes. They’re uncomfortable with “invading” the privacy of their characters. They worry about creating laughably cheesy scenes.
Using a dream in a novel. Some say never do it. Some say never start a book with a dream. Some say dreams in novels are boring.
Rue from The Hunger Games Sparked a Controversy About Race in the YA Community The question of whitewashing in publishing and the presence of people of color in fiction has been bubbling to the forefront of people’s minds within the last couple of years. Most recently, the debate has blazed up within the YA community, with several scandals involving white models on the covers of books with non-white protagonists. In the romance genre, these arguments don’t even come up that often, and they should—because frankly, romance is whiter than sour cream. The vast majority of historicals take place in Europe or America. Ditto for contemporaries.
Give your character a full, well-rounded background your readers can identify with that goes way beyond the character's ethnicity. For example, if you are writing about a Native American character, don't stop with deciding that the character is a Creek Indian who likes to chat on the Internet, to the consternation of her grandmother. Instead, have your character live in Mason, Georgia, and have her leave a lucrative career in the textile factory owned by her family in order to go on a stint in the Peace Corps, until she comes down with malaria and she's forced to come back home to recuperate, where, being a high-energy person, she spends all day being pampered by her busybody grandmother and restlessly gets on the Internet, where, in a chat room, she starts chatting with a low-energy man who's Cherokee, of all things...
Do you dream of writing your own anime or manga series? Is there a story in you just waiting to get out? Writing that story is one thing... getting it published is yet another.
How to Make Anime Characters Anime characters are usually fun, charming, witty, heroic and stylish. Anime is one of the most popular and fun animation styles out... How to Develop Anime Characters A good character can make or break an anime.
Writing a novel is easy . Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. If it were easy, we’d all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction. Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel.
“The disaster, unexperienced. It is what escapes the very possibility of experience– it is the limit of writing. This must be repeated: the disaster de-scribes.” -Maurice Blanchot, The writing of the disaster I started writing this post a couple months ago, after reading the work of several MatadorU students who had been involved in, had witnessed, or had narrowly missed the most publicized disasters of the past year: earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, bombings in Morocco and elsewhere, and tornadoes and floods in the US. What struck me about all of their narratives–and what made it challenging for me to offer them feedback they’d be able to handle and, perhaps, apply–were the ways in which their experience impacted them, making it seemingly impossible for them to separate the individual who experienced the disaster from the individual who was writing about having experienced the disaster .
How to Write an Anime Story Writing an anime story can be a fun first step toward a new career, or a fun hobby that can stretch your... How to Create Your Anime Anime is a term for the Japanese style of animation. Creating an anime is a difficult challenge and requires skill in drawing... How to Create Anime Online Anime is a term commonly used to refer to Japanese cartoons, and it refers to the art style used when drawing these...
Edit Edited by Mariah Dawn, Teresa, BR, OctoberXmidnight and 2 others Many anime characters have been created, but only a few manage to be "perfect" characters. What makes an anime character really good?
Roland Emmerich , the king of the disaster movie, is back. Not content with sending a tidal wave crashing over Manhattan in The Day After Tomorrow or allowing aliens to destroy the White House in Independence Day, Emmerich, in his new film 2012 , is gearing up to unleash volcanic eruptions, huge cracks in the surface of the earth, enormous typhoons – and more floods. The Day the Earth Stood Still Production year: 2008 Country: USA Cert (UK): 12A Runtime: 103 mins Directors: Scott Derrickson Cast: Jennifer Connelly, John Cleese, John Hamm, Kathy Bates, Keanu Reeves More on this film If you can't wait for that, today sees the release of a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still , in which alien spheres suddenly turn up all over the world – including one in Central Park – heralding an attack on the planet that only Keanu Reeves can prevent.
Edit Edited by Secretive, Ben Rubenstein, Jonathan E., Elyne and 16 others Introductions are a great way to set the reader up for your novels. The main uses for introductions, formally known as prologues, are to: 1. Give readers the general idea of the story 2.
Edit Edited by Choicefresh, Maluniu, I Love You, BR and 36 others Do you like Anime and the great ideas to be found in Anime? Ever wish you can make your own Anime where you can put your imagination into it? Possibly, publish it?