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Writers Who Know Everything

Writers Who Know Everything | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

A problem I’ve been coming across a lot recently when reading and critiquing on various writing workshops is the writer using his knowledge of future story events to guide present ones.

 

This is a fairly simple thing to fix, the problem is more in trying to convince the writer they are in fact doing this. It’s one of those things where if the person isn’t aware they’re doing it, proving it to them can be very difficult. They just can't see it.

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Best Hyperbole Ever!

Best Hyperbole Ever! | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

In writing a story, it can be tempting to excuse a limp opening because there’s an amazing revelation just around the corner. It may not make sense right now, but stick with it and four chapters from now you’ll be stunned by what occurs. Trust me, I wouldn’t drag you through three hundred pages for a big letdown. Roll up, roll up.

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Chapter One: Neuromancer

Chapter One: Neuromancer | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

The latest genre in my series of first chapter breakdowns is Science Fiction. As with the other books I’ve analysed (Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Notebook and others can be found here), I will attempt to see how a debut novelist managed to create an opening to his story that successfully pulls the reader in.

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Two Pronged Attack

Two Pronged Attack | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

When you write a story and then ask someone to read it and give you feedback, you are asking two things:

 

1. How well have I said the thing I’m trying to say?

2. Was it worth saying?

 

Obviously you can give an opinion on both of those, but in order to help the writer improve things, you may also want to offer some suggestions.

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Trying Too Hard To Impress

Trying Too Hard To Impress | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

It’s always difficult to know if you’re good enough as a writer. You may have had some encouragement at school, some positive comments from people you know, maybe even support from other aspiring writer on the Internet. But until you have a genuine response from people who are willing to take a risk on you, whether it be agents, or publishers, or paying customers, there’s always going to be some doubt in your mind (unless you’re a sociopath, of course).

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