Tag Archives: narration

Nanogang series–Day 13: Traveling Blues and Points of View

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Today we catch up after a looong day of travelling and discuss the decisions some of us are facing on choosing which viewpoint character to use and whether to write in first or third person.

 

Word counts:
Dan 2881
Tori: 100
Ben: 43
Dede: 0
Kitty: 0

Cumulative:
Dan: 20578
Dede: 5432
Tori: 3898
Kitty: 3679
Ben: 1148

 

 

Questions 653: Dialog Golden Ratio

Ephraim asks: “Is there a golden ratio for narration/dialog in fiction? How do I know if I have too much of one or the other?”

Resources Mentioned:
Edgar Allan Poe, The Works of
They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson (from his collection Bears Discover Fire)

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Questions 651: He Said, Historically

Roland asks: “Can you elaborate on changes in conversational style and dialog tags then (1960s and earlier) vs. now? Are these changes linear or cyclical?”

Resources Mentioned
At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
Conan the Barbarian Series by Robert E Howard
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
The Red Wind by Raymond Chandler
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Tom Swift and His Jetmarine by Victor Appleton II
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
Every Day Novelist Deep Characterization Series
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Reave the Just by Stephen R. Donaldson
Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice
The Bad Sex in Fiction Awards

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Question 589: Pacing in Audiobooks

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Ian asks: “Do audiobook listeners, narrators, and producers have any tricks to adjust pacing, either on playback or during creation? Does writing with audiobooks in mind change the way you write?”

Questions 309: Repetition, Rhetoric, and Information Flow

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Robert asks:
“How much repetition should we use to make sure the story is clear? Is it different for different for YA and adult fiction versus children’s fiction?”

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Resources Mentioned:

The Thousand Headed Man

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

Questions 248: Writing Chaotic Scenes

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JR asks:
“How do you write a chaotic scene without making it chaotic for the reader?”

Resources mentioned:
Arthur by Stephen R. Lawhead
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
Silent Victor by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Hartman Gambit by J. Daniel Sawyer (forthcoming)

Questions 240: Series vs. Multi-Volume Stories

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Cheyenne asks:
“I’m finding myself more interested in events in volume 2 of my story, and it’s making it hard to write volume 1. What do I do?”

Resources mentioned:
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Dune by Frank Herbert

Questions 238: Transparent Worldbuilding

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Vega asks:
“What is transparent worldbuilding, and how does it work?”

Resources mentioned:
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Menace From Earth by Robert A. Heinlein
Stories From The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez