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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Antagonist
« Last post by Vijaya on October 11, 2019, 12:46 PM »
Charles, I find that very few writers do multiple viewpoints well. Some books to study, Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz; Tale of Despereux by Kate di Camillo; Zel by Donna Jo Napoli. These are all older books but the multiple viewpoints work. Also, these are all amazing authors to read and learn from.

Remember that often, less is more. Not knowing everything can add to the tension. Of course, the opposite is also true, when a reader knows something that a character doesn't, it can also intensifies suspense. If you are in the early stages of crafting your story, don't worry too much about these things--get the first draft down. Then, when you are revising, you can decide how you want to reveal the events as they unfold. Sometimes, it's the dog's viewpoint that's the best.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Lisa Cron's "Story Genius"
« Last post by Vijaya on October 11, 2019, 12:37 PM »
Charles, I really like Story Genius for getting to know your character. I actually reviewed the book: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2016/10/story-genius-by-lisa-cron.html  so I won't repeat my thoughts here.

But this also made me think of the origin story (like that of the Marvel characters) because I was just at the Carolinas conference and Alan Gratz spoke about this in the closing keynote (tidbits here, scroll to the end: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2019/10/carolinas-scbwi-recap.html

Plot and character are very closely linked. If just a bunch of stuff happens, it's not really meaningful. It somehow needs to get the main character to grow and change.

I have an embarrassingly large library of writing books and one of the first ones that I still use is Character and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card. I also like Save the Cat books, but the best overall book for crafting fiction has been Writing the Breakout Novel by Don Maass. (I have the workbook) and his Emotional Craft of Fiction makes you dig even deeper. Happy reading and writing.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Lisa Cron's "Story Genius"
« Last post by charles-richardson1 on October 11, 2019, 09:14 AM »
Thanks for the information.  I will check out those books.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Antagonist
« Last post by charles-richardson1 on October 11, 2019, 09:13 AM »
Thanks for the great perspective.
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Picture Books (PB) / Struggling with "Show Don't Tell"
« Last post by charles-richardson1 on October 11, 2019, 09:09 AM »
I am struggling with understanding the idea of "show don't tell".  I have googled it and watched Youtube videos but it is still isn't clicking in the ol' brain.  Any suggestions on how to think about this concept, articles to read or videos to watch?

For example, I read words like could should be avoided so how would folks rewrite a sentence like this, "I could belly flop in to the pool a gazillion times until there wasn’t a drop left."

Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks.

Charles
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Promotional News / Re: BOUND is 99cents for the whole month of OCT
« Last post by Vijaya on October 11, 2019, 08:02 AM »
Thanks Zoraida.
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Upcoming Education & Writer Events / Re: Picture Books Webinar
« Last post by zoraida-rivera on October 10, 2019, 08:47 PM »
Hi Vonna,
By mistake I said I'll pay offline and then paid by Paypal about two days ago.
 I still see my status on the Event page as awaiting payment. Should I just wait or do I need to contact them?

Thanks.
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Promotional News / Re: BOUND is 99cents for the whole month of OCT
« Last post by zoraida-rivera on October 10, 2019, 08:35 PM »
Hi, Vijaya. This sounds interesting.  Must look with more time. Best to you.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Antagonist
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on October 10, 2019, 05:55 PM »
To me, it's unlikely this would help a middle grade book, but make sure you know the reasons since they do effect how the character acts. There could even be hints. Voldemort's entire upbringing is mentioned in the later books, but it would've interrupted Harry's story earlier rather than enhancing it.  I think genre also comes into play here. Fantasy and realistic contemporary or historical are different beasts.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Antagonist
« Last post by David Wright on October 10, 2019, 04:10 PM »
Their age doesn't really matter. More so, it's if their perspective enhances the story.

I think the story is usually better without the antagonists musings. Think HP. Was Voldemort's POV needed?

Dave
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