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RADerdeyn last won the day on June 21 2018

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  1. Interesting. I had a similar experience. A character who showed up in the first book of my series actually became a major character in the third book of the series. Don't you just love the way characters sometimes define their own roles?
  2. Sarah, I would consider what the ultimate endpoint of the story is to determine what happens next. Whatever story you are trying to tell, would that be better served by them experiencing multiple neighbors and situations, or do they need to go to the street to learn some difficult lesson(s)? Or maybe both things work. Maybe they start with neighbors, but that situation degenerates, or through a series of unfortunate events they wind up completely homeless. Whichever way you go, it shouldn't be a random selection. Be sure the choice serves the stories purpose.
  3. I'm curious. Has anyone, in writing fantasy, created a new creature that later turned out to be useful, even critical to the story? I am working on the third book of the Tales of Emradon. One of the things I am trying to convey in the story is that Emradon is a world where magical creatures are, let's say, far more common than in our world. It occurred to me that a person from here who had gone there might not be able to see all of the magic that was happening around them, including recognizing some of the creatures as living. So one of the heroines sees some of the creatures, but the first time, thinks them just a pile of rocks. Her second and third encounter let her understand that they are living creatures. Where this got interesting for me is that, I was stuck at a point in the story as to how to get this heroine and another character out of a castle dungeon. After a significant time - weeks in fact - I realized the little rock creatures could get them out. Has anyone else imagined a creature for one reason in a story and found them serving an entirely different purpose? It really does feel almost magical when it happens.
  4. I'll go with "Call me Ishmael". It's short and succinct. BTW, I like your 8th attempt. I'm ready for more of the story. It actually packs a lot of information in a few words.
  5. Lynn, That is an interesting post. I took a quick look, and the site actually purports to have multiple different-language versions of the Harry Potter novels. It's surprising that they get away with it at that level.
  6. Z, that's per month. If I could afford that, I would already be a successful writer.
  7. Could I just save time and interview myself? That would be easier, and in a convoluted sort of logical way would reaffirm that I am a writer (sort of)...
  8. Yeah, that Shakespeare guy was no dummy. Look at the last line; it's the hook: "What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend." He is inviting the audience to watch in case the Prologue doesn't quite tell the whole story.
  9. Erin, Sorry, but I have to respectfully disagree with this assertion. R&J is a tragedy in the classic sense, which means that the main character(s) have a flaw that ultimately leads to their downfall. Granted it is set in a romantic vein, but Romeo's impulsiveness, both in marrying, and in killing himself when he thinks Juliet is dead, is a tragic flaw. As to whether R&J could have caused the Capulets and Montegues to reconcile, I don't think Shakespeare would agree. Look at the prologue. The red lines indicate that the only way the families would be reconciled is because of the tragic death of the young lovers: "Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend." Of course, you're free to completely disagree. Disclaimer: I actually acted (poorly, I suspect) the role of Romeo in a high school play.😛
  10. A critique is a critical read through of someone else's work; critical as in helpfully looking for grammar mistakes, plot holes, character inconsistencies, slow passages etc. This should always be done in a generous spirit, but in a very honest one. It doesn't help any of us if someone says "Hey that's a great piece of writing" when they really think there are numerous issues with how well it is done. I have learned a lot about pacing, giving my characters more "feelings" not using passive voice as often, and so on. You also learn by reading someone else's work closely, what works and what doesn't. I have a current critique partner who has an almost finished work that is better than many published novels I have read, but for now her name will remain untold.
  11. Happy Birthday, William. Thanks for hanging around with us here and adding your mite every once in a while. It helps keep things lively. When I grow up, I want to be as old as you...
  12. Alley, This was about 5 years ago. I think you were just a kid then...😉
  13. Lucian, On a slightly tangential note, there are a number of us here who are critique partners for each other. So, while not explicitly collaborating as co-authors, we spend a lot of time reading and critiquing each other's works. Sometimes that is a "one book effort" and sometimes, I believe, there are multiple pieces of work involved. I have critiqued a couple of really well written works (one now published by Accord64) and thoroughly enjoyed it. At the same time I have gotten some wonderful advice on my own works in progress. This, to me is a great way to work together, but I see no reason why two like-minded authors who write in the same genera would not work together.
  14. Hey, let's not get personal... Oh wait, you were talking about the Dostoevsky novel.
  15. If you want an excellent- though maybe a bit hard to read - treatment of these themes get a copy of Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. This is not a story about physical displacement, but rather more on the order of psychological or spiritual displacement and restoration. The main character believes himself above the law and so commits a crime. The book is about how he is brought back to a sense of what is right and true. If you have never read Russian literature, stick with it. The names can be difficult at first, but the book is well worth the work.
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