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RADerdeyn last won the day on June 21 2018

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  1. Does this mean you have to change your name to Accord 65? Hope you had a great birthday, and many more to come.
  2. Ally, the contractions/no contractions is a great way to differentiate a character. In my mind, the use of contractions in speech is a little more informal, indicating a character who is maybe a bit more easy going. Someone who never uses contractions strikes me as a more formal person. But there are a few other possibilities. She may be trying to project an image of "high society". Or, I envision someone for whom English is a second language not using contractions, at least not as readily as a native speaker. I have a character in one of my (fantasy) stories who is speaks English, but is not facile enough in it to use contractions. In general, I think the way you have your characters speak, if consistent, can add a whole new dimension to their persona.
  3. I think my wife wants to lock me up anyway, so I figure I'll just start talking to my characters. Maybe I can get some inspiration there...
  4. Ally, thanks for the link. The ladies have some good advice, including a few sites mentioned for editors that I haven't explored before. I'm always looking to improve the edits I get.
  5. I think there is a very real limitation in the quoted author's conclusion, "So, it might be best to stick to writing in a way that most people will read, understand, and enjoy." If your goal is to simply be a popular writer (and there is nothing wrong with that), then the advice is good. Write what people like, and don't make it too challenging. Use easily digestible words and sentences. However, if your goal is to go beyond entertainment and put some real depth and content in your writing, it may well be necessary to challenge the reader with more complex sentences and vocabulary. There are often good reason for some of the more obscure and complex words in our language. Sometimes, specific words convey a very precise meaning. Reading Harry Potter, or Alex Cross novels are great examples of the first type of writing. Both are well written, and fun to read, but I wouldn't go to either of them to to immerse myself in the more complex issues of human existence. Reading Dostoevsky or Hemingway or C.S. Lewis, I expect to work at it a bit, but I typically find the experience encourages me to think about life at a whole different level. As a side note, I still find unfamiliar but very worthwhile words almost every time I read Lewis. Now, if you can do both, write in a simple, popular style, and still clearly convey some of the deeper meanings of life, you are truly blessed with a gift.
  6. SE, That is a lovely and inviting image for your website.
  7. Praying for you son and his fiance, as well as all those caught in that terrible fire.
  8. Mana, As a suggestion, you might want to spend some time in the Critique and Feedback forum. Comment on some other folks works, and when you get to the magic number (10 posts, I think) you can put one of your own pieces out there. Based on who comments and how, you may find someone who fits with your idea of a good critique partner. I was lucky enough to find one that way on this site, and it has done my work in process a world of good. Good luck and blessings on your work.
  9. Congratulations, Carolina, nice looking punctuation, etc. site. Now maybe I can find the true meaning of, "The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe". And if anyone recognizes that phrase, you may be older than you think.
  10. My current work is targeted at the general market. I would categorize it as a lightly allegorical fantasy, but the created order in the stories fits firmly into a Christian world-view. After the series is done, I do intend to write more specifically for the Christian market, along the lines of reason in support of faith, - think The Abolition of Man or Mere Christianity. I can't help it. My degree is in philosophy.
  11. Laurel, I agree with Claire wholeheartedly. It is a big mistake to try and front load a fantasy with the details of the fantasy world. That can quickly overload the reader. It is far more interesting, and it can really draw the reader in to start with something interesting ( a geographic feature, an interesting character, or even a specific fantasy creature) and then slowly (or quickly, depending on your desired story pacing) build the world as your characters move through it.
  12. Yakira, I suggest you create a map. Look at the "World Map" topic in this club and you will see an example of the map I created to go with my fantasy series. I actually write sometimes with the map in front of me as it gives me ideas of what might happen. If you look at the map I created, you will notice that the center of it is more detailed than the outer "countries" That is because my stories started in the inner kingdom so I had to figure out the details of that area. As I write the newer stories I am filling out the map in those areas. Interestingly enough, I hit a block on my current story (the third in the series) and i finally realized the map was wrong. I went in and changed some details (where a mountain was, where a river ran, etc.) and it opened up the story because now I understood where the characters were going. I think it was somewhere in C.S. Lewis's writings that he said, something like if you are going to write fantasy, you better have a map so you know where the characters are going. It has certainly helped me visualize parts of my stories.
  13. SW, I sincerely hope your increased presence in the last week or so means you are recovering as we have prayed for. I, as many others, have missed your wit and wisdom. Be well.
  14. Interesting topic. Sometimes, when I'm lucky, a name just pops into my head when I need one. But then, a few days ago, I was writing merrily along when a new character walked into the story, so I needed a name. I struggled to come up with a name for probably 30 minutes, looking up ideas etc. It really slowed my momentum. So, my new process: when I get to a new character, if the name doesn't come quickly, I just call them "name", highlight it in red and come back to it later. Of course this could go badly if I have two or more new characters show up in a short space of time. I actually often use paulchernoch's trick of adapting a word that describes the character. For important characters I sometimes go to ancient languages and look for descriptive words that can be adapted.
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