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The Gothic Novel

The Gothic Novel
David De Vore Anne Domenic Alexandra Kwan Nicole Reidy I. Introduction "Gothic" has come to mean quite a number of things by this day and age. It could mean a particular style of art, be it in the form of novels, paintings, or architecture; it could mean "medieval" or "uncouth." It could even refer to a certain type of music and its fans. A. The Goths, one of the many Germanic tribes, fought numerous battles with the Roman Empire for centuries. B. Centuries passed before the word "gothic" meant anything else again. II. The Gothic novel took shape mostly in England from 1790 to 1830 and falls within the category of Romantic literature. As Ann B. The setting is greatly influential in Gothic novels. The Gothic hero becomes a sort of archetype as we find that there is a pattern to their characterization. The plot itself mirrors the ruined world in its dealings with a protagonist's fall from grace as she succumbs to temptation from a villain. III. IV. A. B. Works Cited: Evans, Bertrand. Related:  dianemarycowan2

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How to Build a Stockpile of Good Writing Ideas Returning to old scraps of writing is one of the best ways to cure writer’s block Not every idea that strikes is going to immediately turn into the beginnings of a novel, story, or poem; sometimes an idea is just a lonely little thing that lives underground for 17 years before… oh wait, that’s the cicada. But not unlike those weird little bugs, ideas can take a long while to come of age. You never know when something you thought up months or years ago will fit itself perfectly — almost accidentally — into your latest work-in-progress, or rub against another idea and spark. That’s why it’s important to write everything down: the brilliant lines, the half-baked notions, and that nonsense you scribbled on a sticky-note after a dream. Gather the seeds. Scraps of ideas can come from anywhere. Write ’em all down — as if you were a naturalist taking notes in the field (only YOU are the subject). But how do you build your stockpile of ideas? 1) You never know when or where an idea will strike —

20,000+ Names from Around the World--baby names, pet, pets, sim, story character, meaning, origin, etymology, etymologies, meanings, origins Lists. History. Helpful Comments. How to Write a Novel Readers Won’t Put Down Take advantage of our Instructor of the Month deal and get all of James Scott Bell’s bestselling books on writing (and more) for one heavily discounted price. Order Now >> A friend alerted me to an interesting “infographic” posted on Goodreads. - Weak writing - Ridiculous plot - Unlikable main character But the #1 reason by far was: Slow, boring. Makes sense, doesn’t it? So if I may channel my favorite commercial character, The Most Interesting Man in the World: Find out the things readers don’t like, then . . . don’t do those things. I thank you. Let’s have a look. Weak Writing This probably refers to pedestrian or vanilla-sounding prose. Ridiculous Plot Thriller writers are especially prone to this. Every plot needs to have some thread of plausibility. [Want To Be a Great Fiction Writer? Unlikable Main Character The trick to writing about a character who is, by and large, unlikable (i.e., does things we generally don’t approve of) is to give the reader something to hang their hat on.

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Stormwriting: What It Is and Why You Should Try It Now you’re to the point where you’re ready to start crafting your book. You’ve done a bit of brainstorming, and perhaps you’ve done some writing. But there’s something about brainstorming that’s only partly right. After years of writing, teaching writing, and talking with writers, I’ve come to realize that brainstorming is a critically misunderstood process. Bad practices have become common. Most people have been told that brainstorming is where you sit with a blank piece of paper and you’re supposed to just, like force out new ideas. —Elizabeth Sims (You’ve Got a Book In You) Too often we get stuck in a rigid idea of what a brainstorm is supposed to be. There is a better way. The answer, I found, lies in the very word ‘brainstorming.’ You need to use something deeper and more productive to write a good book: You need to engage your heartbrain, that is to say your whole, deepest self. In one of my mystery series, my main character is an actress. “What attitude is that?” “No,” he said.

10 Things Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Writing Thrillers Conspiracy. Murder. Politics. Love. Sex. Ghosts. And, as Hartley proved in his session “Cues From Shakespeare, the First Thriller Writer,” there’s a lot the bard can teach scribes about storytelling. Here are some of the enduring lessons Hartley shared. 1. Most of Shakespeare’s stories originated in other source material. 2. Hartley asked: Without delving into the Shakespearean authorship question, how could the son of a glove maker evoke settings, fields and time period he couldn’t have ever experienced? 3. Shakespeare doesn’t waste time getting things moving. 4. In the bard’s world, the props and costumes are kept to a minimum. 5. Just like the screenwriting maxim. 6. “It’s not enough for the door to be locked. 7. “Don’t be afraid to slow down to focus between action and event.” 8. Beyond Shakespeare’s works, Hartley used George R.R. 9. Hartley pointed out that we tend to think of Shakespeare as a great philosopher, spouting off wisdoms—but that’s not the case. 10. You might also like:

5 Ways Not to Write a Novel Writing a novel? There's first-draft flow, and there's editing flow. And then there comes a time when you think you might be done, yet the manuscript is still not quite "there." To sell your work to an agent, and then to a publisher, and finally to a great many readers, put thoughts of flow aside now, and consider the following advice. , such as "Danielle was a woman of medium height with brown hair and brown eyes." , such as: "He shaved, and then he wiped off the shaving cream," "She walked to the corner, and she looked both ways," or "We opened the door, and we found the mail on the porch." . such as the following: the difficult task, both share, blend together, on account of, considering the fact that, report back. [Better: Add some tension, impending tension, or trouble to every page. * Did you miss my post about the sometimes unpolished writing of Stephen King ? * Or the one about best writers' resolutions ? Copyright (c) Susan K.

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Twenty Rules of Thumb for Creativity Twenty Rules of Thumb for Creativity 1. The best way to get great ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away. 2. Create ideas that are fifteen minutes ahead of their time...not light-years ahead. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. If you have some other rules of thumb for creativity, Send them to me e-mail Return to Tools Page here.