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Jul
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comment What factors in fiction arouse readers' expectations?
@DaleEmery I have seen Brick Jokes pay off two and three books later in a trilogy. You just have to know what you're doing (and have a three-book contract :) ).
Jul
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comment What factors in fiction arouse readers' expectations?
Bait and switch! totally! I went to see the movie Event Horizon thinking it was a SF film and was shocked out of my socks to find out it was horror instead. Brrr.
Jul
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answered What factors in fiction arouse readers' expectations?
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Jul
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comment Does this sound like someone at the end of their conflict with emotions? Please help
1) Capitulation doesn't "rise." It's a surrender, a falling. 2) How can the narrator's anger escape the inferno of the demon's anger? I'm lost. 3) You have contradictory things going on here: You want the narrator to end a conflict (with his/her emotions), but the end result is that he's angry. That's conflict. I could see being overwhelmed and giving in TO anger (c.f. Luke vs. Palpatine), but this paragraph doesn't make much sense.
Jul
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comment Does this sound like someone at the end of their conflict with emotions? Please help
Not when your last line is "the war was far from over."
Jul
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comment Publishing price comparisons. Is it allowed?
@SF. Fascinating! I had no idea. I see price-comparison sites all the time and I had no idea that the vendors gave them any grief.
Jul
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comment Publishing price comparisons. Is it allowed?
@NeilFein That was my thought also. This would be perfect for a website. And those price comparisons are posted on the web all the time, so I can't see legal issues there.
Jul
3
comment Variation in paragraph length
No worries. It's a poem by Alexander Pope poetry.eserver.org/essay-on-criticism.html which demonstrates the effects it discusses. (My fave is "ten low words oft creep in one dull line.") And I, as an English major, started Moby-Dick and refused to finish it because it was a damn brick, so hold your head high re that. :)
Jul
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comment Publishing price comparisons. Is it allowed?
Do you mean "Plan it ahead yourself funeral"? I'm struggling a bit to conceive of hosting one's OWN funeral...
Jul
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comment Variation in paragraph length
Are you a fan of Essay on Criticism? :)
Jul
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comment Variation in paragraph length
@JohnM.Landsberg I am pleased to express my gratitude for your felicitous if abbreviated commentary on my response. ;)
Jul
2
comment Tone and directness in inviting prospective team member
Have you had the least success with this technique before? Because I would immediately dismiss this as spam/phishing, particularly when you use "with joy." No professional uses that, especially not with cold-calling. This is going to be trashed by 99.44% of your recipients because nobody is going to think it's legitimate. Can you join a LinkedIn group instead and post a job opening there, so people can apply?
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answered Variation in paragraph length
Jun
29
answered Does the country matter in a story if it is set in a real one?
Jun
28
comment Need Help Understanding the Meaning of Certain Topics in a Writing Contest
@Tannalein You should make that an answer; I think that's pretty much nailed it.
Jun
28
comment story driven by event rhythm
@Psicofrenia I took a writing course on Campbell and the Hero's Journey, and Star Wars was the first work we studied.
Jun
28
comment story driven by event rhythm
@SF. Sorry, I was making a joke. The Disney movie The Princess and the Frog is very merry and upbeat despite the setbacks and heartbreak.
Jun
28
comment story driven by event rhythm
Was that The Princess and the Frog?