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by RandiS
October 1st, 2010, 4:19 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What's your favorite song that tells a story?
Replies: 58
Views: 14821

Re: What's your favorite song that tells a story?

My immediate reaction to this post was to say "Puff the Magic Dragon." As a kid, I LOVED that song, but now I can't get "Meet the Fockers" out of my head. So disturbing. Puffing the magic dragon...childhood fantasies were shattered. So I'm going with another song choice. Living in a suburb of Nashvi...
by RandiS
September 24th, 2010, 1:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: pacing
Replies: 4
Views: 934

Re: pacing

My sense is that pacing is directed by the genre, and if it's a literary work, then perhaps by the focus. Is it active or adventurous? Is the plot complicated or does it contain a mystery? 60K is a median word count for YA. You have some room if you believe the story and the characters need more de...
by RandiS
September 16th, 2010, 10:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: pacing
Replies: 4
Views: 934

Re: pacing

I'm replying to myself because I just found a very similar question posed a month ago on this board. So, let me focus my question just a little...do you think YA fiction differs from "grown up" fiction in terms of pacing?
by RandiS
September 16th, 2010, 10:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: pacing
Replies: 4
Views: 934

pacing

I'm working on my first novel. YA fiction. The first draft is finished and I've had several friends and colleagues read it. One of my readers is a very analytical high school English teacher who writes book and film critiques, and I really value his opinion, but I'm not sure how to handle some comme...
by RandiS
September 3rd, 2010, 3:52 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Page Critique Friday 9/3/10
Replies: 21
Views: 22559

Re: Page Critique Friday 9/3/10

I loved the use of food to show your characters' state of mind, and the dialogue was well done. I always think it's preferable to write dialogue using as few tags as possible, which you did beautifully. I did get a little lost in the middle, particularly where Eddie said "But most aren't." I think t...