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Questions 289: First Person, Present Tense

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DC asks:
“What tips can you offer for achieving depth in first person, present tense?”

Resources:
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
The Quiet Game by Greg Iles
Mortal Fear by Greg Iles
24 Hours by Greg Iles
The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block

Questions 288: Is There A Market For it?

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Charles asks:
“I want to write a sprawling world with many different stories in it. Is there a market for this?

Resources:
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
Running With the Demon by Terry Brooks
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 287: Short Novels–Are They Worth It?

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“James Patterson’s Book Shots has me thinking about writing short novels. What are your thoughts on short fantasy novels?”

Resources:
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard
The Final Formula by Becca Andre
Ideas, Inc. by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Professor Challenger Books by Arthur Conan Doyle
Waldo & Magic, Inc. by Robert A. Heinlein
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
Suave Rob’s Double-X Derring-Do! by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 286: Passive Protagonists and Coming of Age

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DC asks:
“How can one write an effective and engaging passive protagonist?”

Resources:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Hadrian’s Flight by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Questions 285: Recurring Heroes and Melodrama

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Charles asks:
“How do you keep an adventure series with a central character fresh?”

Resources:
NCIS
Magnum, P.I.
The A Team
Dudley Do-Right
Star Wars
Poetics by Aristotle
Silent Victor by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 284: More Thoughts on Exclusivity

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“What are your thoughts on my KDP Select strategy? How does exclusivity work in a good business strategy?”

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Questions 283: All About Pulp

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Charles asks:
“What’s the big deal about pulp? What did the pulp writers do right? What did they do wrong? What can we learn?”

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Resources:
The Rocketeer
The Knife Slipped by Earl Stanley Gardner
The Case of the Backward Mule by Earl Stanley Gardner
The Pulp Jungle The Definitive History of the Pulp Era
The Invaders Plan by L. Ron Hubbard
The Robert Silverberg Science Fiction Megapack
Doc Savage: The Sinster Shadow by Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent)
The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Alaska by James Michner
Exodus by Leon Uris

Deep Characterization 4: Authority Styles

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Today, I continue our series on deep characterization by exploring how a character’s relationship to hierarchy effects the way that character expresses, develops, and interacts with characters with other orientations.

Questions 282: Balancing Worldbuilding, Plot, and Characterization

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JR asks:
“What advice do you have for balancing worldbuilding, plot, and characterization?”

Resources mentioned:
The Complete Shakespeare
Yentl
Schindler’s List

Questions 281: Character Heavy, Plot Heavy, Character-driven, Plot-driven

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Michael asks:
“What’s the difference between a story that’s plot-heavy, plot-driven, character-heavy, and character-driven?”

Resources mentioned:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Romancing the Stone
Die Hard