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Andrea Penrose/Andrea Pickens/Cara Elliott
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But if a character is grabbing you, Sue, he/she is likely grabbing other readers. So we authors do like to know. It may be that a story is in the back of our heads. We just need a little coaxing to think more about it. That said, characters and series often disappear because of publishers not wanting to continue. Then we authors have to come up with a new concept, or perhaps consider going the self publishing route. There are a lot of stresses and complexities involved in that sort of thing these days.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2017 on AAW - The Unexpected Character at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Alison. Part of the the magic for me is having the characters grow on their own—if that makes any sense. There are times when I finish writing for the day and sit back and say,"hmmm, I didn't know they were going to do THAT!"
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2017 on AAW - The Unexpected Character at Word Wenches
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Ha, ha, ha!
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Oh, Carnevale! Lucky you!
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Prema, I think we all agree that formulas are all very well as a basic "guideline." but they will never create a memorable book without imagination from the author.
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2017 on The Plot(to) Thickens! at Word Wenches
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Annette,I think you know exactly what is at the heart of a good book, and all the reasons we read them!
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2017 on The Plot(to) Thickens! at Word Wenches
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Thank you, Margaret! Not a rant at all but a very thoughtful and articulate comment on the essence of creativity. Chart, outlines, guides—they can lay out all the mechanics. But it's all meaningless without real passion tat brings the characters and conflict to life.
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I agree, Janice. There are lots of good lessons to be learned from teaching manuals. It's how a writer uses them as a starting point to explore and find inspiration that matters. Words need to have life behind them. Only a writer's imagination can provide that spark.
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2017 on The Plot(to) Thickens! at Word Wenches
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Yes, another good example of the Knight Errant!
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Yes, there have been formulas for centuries. It's how one takes the formula and makes it one's own that means anything.
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Ha, ha, ha! Neither will I. Sorry I didn't make the chart bigger. It's mezmerising . . . in a coiled snake sort of way!
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2017 on The Plot(to) Thickens! at Word Wenches
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So well said, Louisa! Thank you. My first impression was the same as yours Though as I said, I found it interesting to peruse some of his points. There are some good reminders in the book. But as has been pointed out in several of the comments here, a good book has to have heart and soul. That can't be "plugged in."
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Totally agree, Mary.Fancy outlines are merely a framework. A writer has to make that framework come alive for readers.
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Sue, Sue hit the nail on the head exactly about the problem of thinking you can "reduce literature to an exact science." IYou can have all the intricately numbered steps and fancy outlines, but as you say, then you have to give them flesh and blood. And that's NOT easy!
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Oh, gah—yes, someone will probably to a Plotto app! (God forfend!) Though as I mentioned to Anne above, reading through some of the basic ideas do serve as good reminders about the core elements of a story.
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Trust me, Plotto offers WAY more than a few plots twists. It's quite extraordinary . . . or maybe frightening is a better word. Though, it is interesting to read some of the basic thoughts on what makes a compelling story. Some of them are just good reminders, at least they are for me.
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Andrea/Cara here, talking today about the craft of writing a novel—to whit, I’m delighted to announce that I’ve just come across a Momentous Discovery that’s made it easy-peasy. No more angsting over those piddling little inconveniences like character development, conflict and plot development. I have THE SECRET (she says with an evil chuckle). And how, you may ask, have I stumbled on this magical Gift from the Muse? Lucky you—I am about to share it! You simply have to go by The Book . . .Yes, yes, I can see you squirming, asking WHAT BOOK? Well, the answer is about... Continue reading
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Oh, thanks you, Teresa! SO glad you enjoyed it.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2017 on What We're Reading in March! at Word Wenches
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I hope you enjoy it, Linda!
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I love this feature, too, StephanieL. My TBR is groaning with all the great books suggested by everyone here.
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Sounds great, Lillian. Glad I made another Humboldt fan!
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Guns, Germs and Steel is an amazing book! I love it too, Sue.
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Thanks, Shelagh. Glad you enjoyed it. He's truly a remarkable individual.
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2017 on A Man For All Seasons at Word Wenches
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What a fun and interesting post, Nicola! Count me as old-fashioned! I have tried synthetics, but prefer my nice firm down pillow!
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Thanks so much for the New Yorker link, Karin! I somehow missed that article. Wulf's book also talks about his childhood, and how that his insatiable curiosity was evident right from the start. Truly an extraordinary man.
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