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 on: July 29, 2014, 06:23:52 AM 
Started by jojocookie - Last post by jojocookie
In Donald Maas' book The Fire In Fiction he says: in order to create a bond between reader and protagonist you need to show a glimpse of greatness. Something within the protag that is heroic, noble, significant, or any other attractive quality. With in first few pages show your character doing or saying something that is redeeming. Also show how they have the potential to impact others. He also said that the protag doesn't have to be likeable in any way. You can show the humaness in them. Show what they present to the outside world and then show what they are on the inside. The authentic side. Anyway, just thought I'd share. I'm no expert.

I've been studying the first chapters of books that have done that with me. And it's true! But I'm also a little suprised at how little it took. By that I mean most often it was just one sentence that did it.

 on: July 28, 2014, 08:14:59 AM 
Started by DonnaMW - Last post by DonnaMW
Thank you, Jan. Kind of what I thought when I saw revisions going for $2 for 500 words, etc. I'm not looking to make my living on it, just a little extra but still . . .

 on: July 28, 2014, 06:11:02 AM 
Started by DonnaMW - Last post by jfields
I don't do elance. I know a few writers who have. They have all said pretty much the same thing -- it's virtually impossible to make a living wage because you have to devalue your time so intensely that you end up working for next to nothing. I'm sure some folks make a little, but I've not heard of anyone who really found it terribly helpful in the long run.

 on: July 26, 2014, 07:46:59 AM 
Started by DonnaMW - Last post by DonnaMW
Is anyone here registered with Elance? I would like to know how it works and if it's worthwhile. Thinking about it to supllement my income. Thanks!

 on: July 24, 2014, 08:01:13 PM 
Started by ColoradoKate - Last post by yaya
     Okay; you lost me in that first paragraph.  I think, I'll go watch a good ol' Pixar movie or sumptin'.  I can un'erstan' those a little better.  Sorry I can't help.   Huh?

 on: July 24, 2014, 02:06:32 PM 
Started by KatieC - Last post by jojocookie
That is a good example. I also thought of dropping a hint as the reason for the flaw by way of the character's thoughts. Not exactly backstory. Just a small thought to be expounded upon later. A fear to be shown in context, at a later time.

 on: July 24, 2014, 01:12:07 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
That might be helpful to me. I'm more used to first person where I can almost always say I.

 on: July 24, 2014, 11:26:09 AM 
Started by ColoradoKate - Last post by ColoradoKate
The living sister was very delusional... and dark. So maybe you could just use her actions for ideas about how your MC can interact with someone who isn't there.

Okay, thanks.  Grin

 on: July 24, 2014, 11:25:12 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by ColoradoKate
One of my critique partners had me go through and change my MC's name to "he" every single place I could get away with it without confusing the readers. I was surprised to find how often I could do that. And then of course I could continue to call him "he" until another male character did or said something, if that makes sense.

 on: July 24, 2014, 11:17:42 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
I'm using action tags a lot, but in some conversation there is 2 girls, so I have to say she for both of them. I'm using names alternately to keep it clear.

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