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Kidlit Good News / Re: I have an agent!
« Last post by dkshumaker on Today at 05:42 AM »
Thanks everyone! You all make me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. I am so grateful for these boards. . .
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The Craft of Writing / Re: Exclamations of relief
« Last post by Long Hair on Today at 03:58 AM »
I teach 9th grade and every year the exclamations change...usually for the worse.  Just for convenience, I say go with what your character would say.  Maybe give them their own unique tagline.  I wouldn't concern myself with what kids use now because it will change in a few months. 
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Research / Re: concussions
« Last post by hairaplenty on Yesterday at 10:51 PM »
Wow! Thanks to everyone for your experiences and input.

Marla-lesage, Your comments, in particular, tell me your are a nurse/NP/Doctor.
It's two different characters. One with the concussion and the other one with leukemia and it has resurfaced after remission. He is choosing to not continue the fight, with chemo/radiation but, I guess I gave him a feeding tube for comfort. So, I guess it would be different for everyone on how long they would survive if they chose not to continue the life saving meds?
I gave the concussion character some of the same after affects that the actual concussion would give. Obviously he is not on bed rest, since that would be a boring book, but he is actively searching for his girlfriend.
Really good feedback and I thank you to one and all.
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The Craft of Writing / Re: Exclamations of relief
« Last post by hairaplenty on Yesterday at 10:24 PM »
"That was epic!" Could refer to good or bad.
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The Craft of Writing / Re: Exclamations of relief
« Last post by annemleone on Yesterday at 04:37 PM »
I like "finally!" and some of the other suggestions as well. Thanks for helping me brainstorm on this. What I'm really looking for is an exclamation to show complete and utter relief. Doesn't have to be trendy-- "thank goodness!" just sounds a little grandmotherly to me.

I'll keep playing with it--of course, you're 100% right, Melody, something unique to the character and her personality is really what I need.

Thanks!

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The Art of Grammar / Re: She said v. she laughed, etc.
« Last post by joan-maher on Yesterday at 01:38 PM »
Thanks, Anne Marie.  One of the things I love about the English language is its fluidity over time and how it evolves to its users.  I feel like this is one area that has a bit of give, in that I feel like it's used occasionally even though it's not technically correct.  I think you're right, to just find that balance between what sounds right and what won't stand out as wrong.  Thanks for your input. 
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The Art of Grammar / Re: She said v. she laughed, etc.
« Last post by Anne Marie on Yesterday at 01:27 PM »
Remember that usage like this comes in and out of style, and remember that publishers have in-house guidelines for such things.  And copy editors have preferences.  So what one editor will allow, another won't.

It's not a death knell to use an unpopular construction in a manuscript, but the English language is so beautifully flexible and lovely.  Why not just play around until you get something that is not only just right for your meaning, but also won't raise a red flag for someone looking for red flags?
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The Art of Grammar / Re: She said v. she laughed, etc.
« Last post by joan-maher on Yesterday at 01:09 PM »
And thank you, Ev.
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The Art of Grammar / Re: She said v. she laughed, etc.
« Last post by joan-maher on Yesterday at 01:02 PM »
I was wondering about that one - "laughed" seems like a grey area to me. 
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The Art of Grammar / Re: She said v. she laughed, etc.
« Last post by Ev on Yesterday at 12:58 PM »
I've always read that it's a pretty strict no-no. But then I've seen some variations in published books.

I agree with Rebecca that you can't shiver words. But I do think you can laugh words.
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