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Hi ice rivers. Contractions

Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018

Hi ice rivers. Contractions are just where we reduce (usually auxiliary verbs) from "I would" to "I'd" etc. She is - she's.

In direct speech it sounds more natural as it's how we tend to speak, in narrative writing it's more relaxed and...

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Posted in Darien Lake Flashback (heaven part 4)

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I hope not. There have been

Posted on Sat, 28 Jul 2018

I hope not. There have been some superb novel length pieces produced on here. Readers are encouraging but human. I think people drop out and then sometimes drop in again, but there's usually a core who stay with it. It goes without saying that...

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Try to cut a little where you

Posted on Wed, 25 Jul 2018

Try to cut a little where you can. Put yourself on a barstool keeping the drinkers mesmerised.

Eg "I told him I wasn't sure" could be reduced to "I wasn't sure" directed straight at the audience. Direct, rather than reported.

Don'...

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Posted in Better Angels of La Grange (heaven part 2)

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Maybe go with informal voice

Posted on Mon, 23 Jul 2018

Maybe go with informal voice / contractions (we'd). Keep the clauses short (when I came to... Maybe just that).

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Posted in Indiana Spin (Heaven Part 1)

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I find the same with series

Posted on Sat, 28 Jul 2018

I find the same with series that run on. As I post new sections, the readership dwindles. I killed my last one fairly early, preferring to go with a short story. I've tried longer pieces in the past. There are options, I suppose. If you can get...

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I'm really relieved to read

Posted on Sat, 28 Jul 2018

I'm really relieved to read you're over that. Thank goodness. I suppose when we don't get the results we hoped for it makes us dig deeper. Maybe go through what you've written and see how you might sink the hook in more firmly - get the reader...

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People have said to me "Don't

Posted on Sat, 28 Jul 2018

People have said to me "Don't write for cherries". I say to myself "Don't write for cherries". I try not to. But every post is an overlooked magnum opus. Except the devil may care ones, which sometimes get cherried. The other thing people say to...

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Very visual and thought

Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018

Very visual and thought-provoking, Richard. Hope you are well.

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Posted in WHAT I SEE AND DON'T

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Modern times. That phrase

Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018

Modern times. That phrase must be on some astronomical cycle. Triggered by the orbit of Saturn around the sun maybe. You have a point, though, more and more satisfaction is had vicariously. Except getting drunk maybe. Sleep is an underrated...

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Lovely thinking aloud,

Posted on Sun, 22 Jul 2018

Lovely thinking aloud, Richard. Well done on the pick.

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