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Questions 313: Forgettable First Novels and Series Strategies

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Herb asks:
“Should I put off writing a series until I have a few novels under my belt?”

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Resources mentioned:
A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth #1) by Piers Anthony
The Color of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Questions 312: Writing To Market–The Rant!

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Robert asks:
“You’ve talked about writing to market before. How about the full-on rant?”

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Questions 311: More About Melodrama

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Caine asks:
“Magnum PI and The A-Team had different approaches to melodrama. What are the technique differences between them?”

Resources Mentioned:
Magnum PI
The A-Team
Dudley Do-Right

Questions 310: The Viability of Erotica

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Herb asks:
“Can writing erotica be a viable career path?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Selena Kitt
Fifty Shades of Grey

Questions 298: Emotions in Fiction

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Nicole asks:
“How do you write emotions  in your fiction that are different from what you experience?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Article: “Empathy Depends on a Cool Head As Much As A Warm Heart”
Dick Tracy, the 1990 film
I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman

Questions 297: Man vs. World

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B. asks:
“How do you maintain drama without an individual antagonist?”

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Resources Mentioned:
Candide by Voltaire
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
1984 by George Orwell
Brazil, a film by Terry Gilliam
Franz Kafka
The Odyssey by Homer
War Games, the 1982 film
2001: A Space Odyssey

 

 

 

Questions 295: Brainwashing

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B. asks: “How long is brainwashing effective, and how can it be maintained?”

Resources:
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
as well as the 1962 and 2004 film adaptations
The Wrong Way Home: Uncovering the Patterns of Cult Behavior in American Society   Arthur J. Deikman, M.D.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
and the film adaptation
Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Gap Cycle