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by Rath Darkblade
Sun, 08 Sep 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: The surprise ending
Replies: 4
Views: 1943

Re: The surprise ending

Here are some things to keep in mind when writing the end of your book: But Jennaaaaaaaa! ;)

Or, also by Jenna: 10 Worst Tropes in Dystopian Fiction :)

Enjoy!
by Rath Darkblade
Wed, 04 Sep 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: The surprise ending
Replies: 4
Views: 1943

Re: The surprise ending

Just wondering, Rkcapps - when you delete a book from the Kindle, does it have a humorous sound-effect? ;) "Boi-i-i-i-ing" might be nice (like this ). Or maybe fire whoosh. Or wah wah... etc. I'm sure you can think of many more. Maybe the Kindle could pick one at random. Although the whole...
by Rath Darkblade
Mon, 02 Sep 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: The surprise ending
Replies: 4
Views: 1943

Re: The surprise ending

Hmm. And if you don't, and it really is a surprise, then the readers will cry "Unfair!" :( and cast your book into the fire. :shock:

(Well, maybe not) ;)
by Rath Darkblade
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Writer Beware
Replies: 1
Views: 1029

Re: Writer Beware

Hmm. I would be very wary of a publisher who called themselves "AuthorLair" or "Author University". :lol:

Maybe I should start my own scam. I'll call it "Author! Author!" ;)
by Rath Darkblade
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: How to Use Brand Names in Your Fiction
Replies: 3
Views: 1228

Re: How to Use Brand Names in Your Fiction

Hmmm. In other words, I can have a character eat at McDonald's, but I can't get him to pull a face and say "This thing McSucks, and I don't want to McEat it"? ;) Can I have a character who's a McDonald's employee spit in a customer's burger? Real McDonald's employees have done that - and m...
by Rath Darkblade
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Hemingway Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1489

Re: Hemingway Advice

:) I like Hemingway's edicts about "Write what you know" and "Write people, not characters". It's the "Write what you know" that first got me into writing history. And "Write people, not characters" is absolutely true: who would want to read a book about, say,...
by Rath Darkblade
Sat, 10 Aug 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: New to AWF?
Topic: Do's and don'ts of approaching agents
Replies: 3
Views: 1299

Re: Do's and don'ts of approaching agents

It's definitely good advice. Thanks, Rkcapps! :)

But I shouldn't have watched that with a headache. Now my headache's gotten worse. I'll just ... quietly ... mix up some soluble aspirin ... :)
by Rath Darkblade
Thu, 01 Aug 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: The humour bit needs the most polish
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

Re: The humour bit needs the most polish

That's ... quite dark humour there, Rkcapps. It reminds me a little (just a little) of the hard-boiled humour of the 40s and 50s.

Incidentally, I quite like hard-boiled monologues. The thing is, how long do you boil it? And do you add salt afterwards?
by Rath Darkblade
Mon, 29 Jul 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: The humour bit needs the most polish
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

Re: The humour bit needs the most polish

Ah yes, the Professor of Archaeology who Rarely Does Any Teaching, and who Wears the Brown Fedora. ;)

No whip? Use a gun! No gun? Just punch the guy. Uh-oh, that didn't work. Run! ;)
by Rath Darkblade
Sun, 28 Jul 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: The humour bit needs the most polish
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

Re: The humour bit needs the most polish

Not too bad, but I have a problem with the third one: 3. The Rule of Three: Whenever you make a list or a repetition, the third item is the funny one. “The wedding party celebrated with toasts, dancing and cannibalism.” No, no, no! *waves finger* ;) That one works because it's unexpected. The rule o...

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