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by stevenchasey
January 17th, 2010, 6:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How important is likeability?
Replies: 8
Views: 1543

Re: How important is likeability?

I think we all have a bit of a fascination with the anti-hero. The trick in drawing a reader in is to tap into what it is that draws us to these types of people. Morbid fascination? Desire to actually act that way? Etc. If you can tap into that subliminal urge, we'll keep on reading no matter how si...
by stevenchasey
January 15th, 2010, 4:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Going the Long Way Round
Replies: 7
Views: 1765

Re: Going the Long Way Round

Thanks Sophie! Glad you enjoyed the post. I especially appreciate the showing not telling comments as that's something I struggle with.
by stevenchasey
January 15th, 2010, 1:55 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 147393

Re: What are you reading now?

I haven't, but I'll definitely check it out. Thanks for the rec!
by stevenchasey
January 15th, 2010, 1:15 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 147393

Re: What are you reading now?

Pillars of the Earth. Ken Follet.

An oldy but a goodie. I thought it would be appropriate reading as I just got back from wandering around old cathedrals in the UK (the main character is a mason interested in building cathedrals in Renaissance England).
by stevenchasey
January 15th, 2010, 12:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How Do You Revise
Replies: 9
Views: 1631

Re: How Do You Revise

On top of all of the great recommendations here, I'd suggest reading it outloud and pretending there is someone else listening (preferable to make someone actually listen, but that can be just painful). Listening to the cadence of your piece may give it a new life and context.
by stevenchasey
January 15th, 2010, 12:41 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: the drawer novel
Replies: 16
Views: 2855

Re: the drawer novel

Once I find a favorite writer, I always try to go back and read their first novel. Here are a few I've read recently: Toni Morrison - The Bluest Eye Jack Kerouac - The Town and the City Thomas Pynchon - V Salmon Rushdie - Grimus In every case, the seed of what made that writer great was hidden somew...
by stevenchasey
January 15th, 2010, 12:33 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite writing distractions
Replies: 30
Views: 6068

Re: Favorite writing distractions

Fantasy baseball. Amazing how much more interesting the stats and projections are when you are hiding in a corner from your writing.
by stevenchasey
January 15th, 2010, 12:31 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Making Spirits Bright With Heifer International
Replies: 3
Views: 684

Re: Making Spirits Bright With Heifer International

That's a great idea, glad to see you are supporting Heifer. Each year my wife and I pool together some of the money we would have used for Christmas gifts and use it to fund something on the Heifer site with thanks to our various family and friends. It means no one gets the expensive gifts from us, ...
by stevenchasey
January 15th, 2010, 2:00 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Going the Long Way Round
Replies: 7
Views: 1765

Re: Going the Long Way Round

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post.
by stevenchasey
January 14th, 2010, 4:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Going the Long Way Round
Replies: 7
Views: 1765

Going the Long Way Round

newhouse.JPG I started dating Sarah (now my wife) nearly six years ago. On one of our first dates - at the Cowgirl Cafe in NYC - we talked about how we would love to travel around the world. Typically first date stuff I know, and as we were both fresh out of college, had little to no money and far ...