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  1. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    At last, we are go for launch! New article, entitled Driving Fiction, is now up: http://www.xenagia.net/columns/thirdpersonperspective/thirdpersonperspective3.phtml

    This is an examination of the mechanics of character- and plot-driven stories, how they work and what they're good for.

    Enjoy!

    Regards,
    Ryan

  2. Janoda (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I really like it. Especially your conclusive sentence.
    You made me think what drive I'm using, and I am pretty sure I've got a combo going on, though maybe slightly more plot driven than character driven. (After all if it's 4 people's destiny to be in a race that will change the future, the decisions they make change who will win, and thus the future. And I keep changing my mind on who will win....)

    So I do believe it's possible to have the best of both choices, however, if I'll be able to pull it off is an entirely different thing. We'll see.

    Another very important thing is that (badly written) plot driven stories tend to have more flat characters, which is, for me, the main reason plot driven stories can be very boring.

  3. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Janoda: I think they resort to the plot drive because it's easier to mass-produce. You just slap some random pastiche in there and sell it -- after all people will buy pretty much anything based solely on tits and eye candy!

    Perhaps I should add a little appendix about the 'cool' drive, where the sole reason for the product to exist is to provide opportunities for things (characters, explosions, etc.) to look impressive.

    Regards,
    Ryan

  4. Janoda (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Haha. But then we're almost in the pulp sphere, when it's sooo bad it's almost good...

    (I just saw a short bit of Hotshots... Soo bad it's good indeed) And definitly the cool-drive, because, well, you can't call that a plot...

  5. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I'm delighted to announce a brand new Third Person Perspective, marking my first full month on the job! THis one is about dialogue and its intimate relationship with character. Have a look:

    http://www.xenagia.net/columns/thirdpersonperspective/thirdpersonperspective4.phtml

    Looking forward to hearing what you all think!

    Regards,
    Ryan

  6. Dary (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Though I agree with what you're saying for the most part, I had to say:

    "I don't want to do this," she said. "It's bad and wrong."
    vs.
    "I can't do this," she pleaded breathlessly. "We'll never get away with it!"

    That second example is horrible; 'pleaded breathlessly' should never be used anywhere, least of all an opening sentence!

  7. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Dary: I'm not saying it's -brilliant-, but it's not that bad! :P

    Regards,
    Ryan

  8. Frances Gonzalez (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I dunno Dary... the phrase "pleaded breathlessly" is pretty successful in my Harlequin romance novels.

    Did I say 'my' novels? I meant, er, my friend's. My distant, distant friend's.

  9. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    The next TPP article is almost ready! This one showcases some of the truly awful submissions and cover letters we receive at Gryphonwood Press, and gives some insight into how to write a better one. Methinks you will enjoy it.

    Regards,
    Ryan

  10. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    New TPP article is up! As I said, this one is about how (not) to write a cover letter for your submissions, with examples of genuine awful cover letters received by publishers every day. I reckon this may be my best one yet.

    http://www.xenagia.net/columns/thirdpersonperspective/thirdpersonperspective5.phtml

    Regards,
    Ryan

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