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Re: Wearing costume while writing As sort of a side job, I used to design and make gowns and alter clothes for my brother (a professional photographer). In doing this, and editing his master's thesis, I came to understand that the clothing actually gave meaning and depth to his photographs. A great photograph is one of the most difficult things in the world to pull off. Unlike writing, you have to convey everything in one still, including mood and motivation. What the model wore added to the depth of the photograph and also influenced her reaction to the whole shoot.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's not that strange of an idea. If you are wearing a long, black, reptilian looking gown, you are probably more inclined to feel like a villain, or at least out of this world.

And honestly, I cant judge anyone when it comes to dressing up. I used to make new costumes for each renaissance fair. It's relatively cheap when you know how to use a pattern and catch materials on sale. I even dressed up my poor husband and his friend in arm guards and helms. I had larpers following us around the whole faire asking when we wanted to meet for a match and where we got our costumes. I think the crowning moment of one of these trips was the dance I had with Henry VIII's and his courtiers because of how authentic my costume looked. I have to say, even thought I was just dancing with re-en-actors, it was pretty awesome. Being spun and tossed around in period clothing is great for writing.

May 13, 2015, 11:14:40 AM
Undressing Your Characters  ;)
May 17, 2015, 08:24:31 PM
Re: Google isn't my best friend all the time:( This may be old fashioned...but it might be helpful to make friends with a librarian. One of my best friends is going to school for a masters in library science. He always helps me find primary documents (there are websites with them posed up which are public domain) and other resources related to the period I am researching. I also have to say, he is pretty good with citations too, so he can proof read those for me.

Maybe it wouldn't be convenient to try to be bff with a librarian (I've known my friend since he was a freshmen studying history and education), but you can at least go to your local library and introduce yourself. I am certain they would be glad to help you out. 

July 10, 2015, 12:15:38 PM
Re: What's your take on italics? I see people using italics for internal dialog all the time. I think if you break it up, it shouldn't be a problem.
July 11, 2015, 04:32:38 PM
Re: Does There Need To Be A Hook? I'll be honest...If I can't get past the summary on the back of the book or the blurb they put up on Amazon, I don't even bother opening the book. There are plenty of E-Books that I never even download because the summary is written poorly or doesn't seem that interesting. It's just that...there are so many other books out there that DO have a hook that's apparent even before you open the book. 

In today's world people don't really have time for long winded intros in which nothing happens. I'm sure these introductions only existed in the past because the internet hadn't been invented. Now you have to compete with 15 seconds of cute cat videos or Netflix.

I've found myself so busy with work and working out that I barely have time to do any reading at all. Lately I've been buying cheap audio books and listening to them in the car while driving places. The exception to this rule are a few interesting books that were so amazing I couldn't put them down. I would carry them around everywhere and read them during my breaks at work or stay up late to read them in bed. I couldn't picture myself forcing time for a book that is slow for the first 50 pages.

Also, in most of the editing books I've read, these sort of passages are what you are advised to take out...scenes that drag, telling instead of showing. Most editors advise to start in the middle of action and present the "hook"as soon as possible.

August 16, 2015, 02:45:06 PM