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What’s in a Novel?
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My Education on Other Beings – Renelaine B. Pfister
Their House – Jennifer J Carr
What exactly is in the Average Novel?
Plot: What happens in your book? There are three basic plots:
Man versus Man
Man versus Machine
Man versus Nature
As you may have already suspected, Shakespeare did take all the good plots,
but don’t despair, you can take them right back again — there is no statute of
limitations on borrowing in literature. Unless you borrow directly from a rather
recent publication (see plagiarism).
Plot explains how the protagonist moves from one set of challenges to the next.
Plot also includes why the protagonist feels it is necessary to defeat the villain
and endure countless adventures or trials in order to do so.
In more modern tales the villain too will have motivation and a reason for
not wanting the hero to succeed.
What is the story?
Story is the drama; story informs what path the hero (or heroine) will take
on his or her quest. Story is how and why the heroine and her sidekick man-
age to get through their trials and trails. Story is about whom the heroine
meets on the way. The story is what happens next.
The plot holds the story together, gives background, and provides motives. The plot holds the reasons why,
story tells the reader what happens next.
I love holiday letters that chronicle perfect families, wonderful lives, but gloss over some of the rough parts: the latest arrest, another job loss, the school record for detentions served.
What would happen if we sent our friends and family holiday cards that spoke the absolute truth? Would our year look different from what what we post on Facebook? Would our holiday missives sound different if they weren’t mailed to elderly aunts and cousins we still want to impress?
What does that look like?
Write a holiday letter than only tells the truth.
Don’t mail it.
Word of the Week:
You might judge the age and geographical origin of a dictionary by looking up the definition of this word. Modern ones, especially those with an American focus, are likely to tell you it’s the name of a medium-hot chilli (though, being American, they will spell it chili, or sometimes chile). Older ones, especially British, will more commonly say it’s the knob on the back end of a muzzle-loading cannon.
words found from: http://www.worldwidewords.org
Bring out your dead:
Signs you are a book addict.
Early signs of bibliolic problems start young, Harry Potter hasn’t helped at all. Kids sequester themselves into comfortable e hiding places and get lost in books. Children on the way to addiction spend many afternoons figuring out how to walk home and read a book without walking into street lamp poles. An early intervention program begins with picture flyers posted in the library where at-risk kids hide out from healthy activities at recess and read through the Little House series. These same children concoct various excuses to get out of PE so again, they can escape to the library and read biographies. Teachers sometimes miss the early warning signs of book addiction (Biblioaddiction) because it’s so silent and insidious, it’s difficult to pick out the kids who are studying required assignments and those who are reading for pure enjoyment the only clues are expressions of delight and a disregard for the warning bell, needing to read just one more paragraph.
Hi, I’m a bibliolic and I managed to watch three hours of TV last night.
In grown ups the addiction becomes much worse, as they have access to credit and are likely to stop by the book store right after being paid and blowing a sizable chunk of money on a hardback copy of the history of the world, part II and the full chronicles of Medieval life. They have to sneak the books in after dark, slip them onto the crowded book shelves and claim that those books were always there.
Like to send a shout out to the following people:
Anne Naylor and her site www.becauseofbipolar.com.au.
Dionne Lister from twitter and her site: http://redroom.com/member/dionne-lister
Susan May and her site: http://susanmaywordadventures.blogspot.com
Dianne Solberg and her site: http://ramble-inn.blogspot.com
Trish Nicholson and her site: http://trishnicholsonswordsinthetreehouse.com
AND finally an itunes review!
Where to find us:
Catharine: www.yourbookstartshere.com @cbramkamp
Damien: www.newbiewriters.com @newbiewriters (tweet me! and you’ll get a shout out on the show)