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by Rath Darkblade
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Backstory
Replies: 8
Views: 26

Re: Backstory

Oh boy, oh boy. Backstory ... too often it becomes an info dump. Best used (very) sparingly, lest it overwhelm the rest of the story.
by Rath Darkblade
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: New to AWF?
Topic: Why readers stop reading
Replies: 2
Views: 30

Re: Why readers stop reading

Great video! :) Readers will stop reading because your hero is boring, or because you started with a battle scene and so nobody knows who your hero is - so who are we supposed to cheer for? Um.... ;) I just saw "10 Worst Hero Tropes to Avoid" from Jenna Moreci. Warning: some bad language -...
by Rath Darkblade
Wed, 29 May 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Dialogue & thoughts
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Dialogue & thoughts

Yes - but please, please stay away from vocatives in every sentence... ;)
by Rath Darkblade
Tue, 28 May 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Dialogue & thoughts
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Dialogue & thoughts

Oh, dear... vocatives. Does anyone use vocatives in every sentence? And boring dialogue too? ================ "Do you have the car keys, Diana?" "I thought you had them, James." "No, you do, Diana!" "Oh yes, Jamesie - so I do." "By the way, Di, let's grab...
by Rath Darkblade
Sun, 19 May 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Interactive Map of Myth, Legend & Folklore
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: Interactive Map of Myth, Legend & Folklore

Beautiful! A great resource. Thanks for sharing. :)
by Rath Darkblade
Thu, 09 May 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: On the nose?
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: On the nose?

"On the nose" means exactly what it sounds like... when you write everything - EVERYTHING - into a scene, when you can summarise it. :) Trust your readers. They can figure things out. They're not dummies. :) And speaking of which, I'd better get a move on and finish my latest chapter - and...
by Rath Darkblade
Sat, 04 May 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: sticky sentences all gummed up
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: sticky sentences all gummed up

Sticky sentences? :shock:

I never have, nor will I ever, write sentences that are such a chore to read that readers will give up on them, whether on the train or in the sunshine, if I can avoid it in any way. :twisted:

Sorry - let me rephrase that:

I don't write sticky sentences! ;)
by Rath Darkblade
Sat, 04 May 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: New to AWF?
Topic: Want to know when you can and can't use passive voice?
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: Want to know when you can and can't use passive voice?

This thread was started by Rkcapps -> passive.

Rkcapps started this thread -> active.

Both are correct :)
by Rath Darkblade
Sat, 13 Apr 2019 1:03 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Ever so familiar, this one - for you, too?
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: Ever so familiar, this one - for you, too?

:lol: Sounds familiar, indeed - except for two things: 1. I never learned much English in high school. Or rather, I learned the assigned reading by rote, and learned the assigned English Lit by rote. I never understood it until - luckily, in the same year - I picked up some books of literary critici...
by Rath Darkblade
Tue, 02 Apr 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Horror? More than meets the eye
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: Horror? More than meets the eye

Yes! Horror rules! :) At least, the old-fashioned Poe-esque horror. The new "Saw"-film-type horror? Not so much. That's not horror, that's splatter. :P

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