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Forum: Tips & Advice 09-21-2013, 04:06 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 10,000
Posted By jonparov
I'm not sure I truly believe in the innate talent...

I'm not sure I truly believe in the innate talent argument, I think in the end it comes down to: A)Experience, and B)Education.

Experience not just in life, but also in what you have read and...
Forum: Fiction 09-17-2013, 06:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,298
Posted By jonparov
Hi Rincewind, I've always enjoyed the diary...

Hi Rincewind,

I've always enjoyed the diary form, I have happy memories of reading the Adrian Mole books as a child, and it is used in many great works - Robinson Crusoe and Rites of Passage...
Forum: Tips & Advice 07-19-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,089
Posted By jonparov
For me the advice 'to write what you know' has...

For me the advice 'to write what you know' has always meant being authentic to one's self, to descibe reality - and the truth of that reality - as faithfully as possible. It (the advice) means to...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 07-13-2012, 10:48 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,732
Posted By jonparov
I have just finished reading a long essay called...

I have just finished reading a long essay called Literary Taste - written in 1909 by Arnold Bennett. He advises reading William Hazlitt's essay 'On Poetry In General', which can be found in a book...
Forum: Tips & Advice 07-13-2012, 09:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,314
Posted By jonparov
I often think when these things come up from time...

I often think when these things come up from time to time (three act structure! 22 steps! or whatever) that it must be confusing for the inexperienced; all structure, from the sentence to the act, is...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 06-17-2012, 03:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,717
Posted By jonparov
What I want to know is, was the milkwhite...

What I want to know is, was the milkwhite thunderbird full fat, semi skimmed or skimmed? It could make all the differance!
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-17-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,732
Posted By jonparov
There is a book by Stephen Fry called: The ode...

There is a book by Stephen Fry called: The ode less travelled. Which explains poetry and all the main structures i.e. Sonnet, epic, odes, free verse etc.
Forum: The Library 05-22-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 860
Posted By jonparov
Will Self has impressed me greatly, I've only...

Will Self has impressed me greatly, I've only read a few of his short stories but they were all interesting and well written.

They mainly deal (at least in the collection I read) with modern,...
Forum: The Library 05-22-2012, 01:29 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 24,074
Posted By jonparov
It used to be Pratchett (another Small Gods, and...

It used to be Pratchett (another Small Gods, and Good Omens fan here. I also loved The Reaper Man.) but in the last few years it has been Ishiguro. I cannot really explain why, I don't know how he...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 04-30-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,587
Posted By jonparov
It amazes me how picky some people are with their...

It amazes me how picky some people are with their choice of reading. One of my greatest pleasures is coming across a writer I know nothing about, often in a genre I wouldn't ordinary read, and being...
Forum: Publishing 04-30-2012, 03:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,617
Posted By jonparov
Try Duotrope.

Try Duotrope.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-30-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,939
Posted By jonparov
I have just picked up two books at random: ...

I have just picked up two books at random:

Vendetta: Lucky's Revenge by Jackie Collins, on a random page of dialogue uses - said, said firmly, said huffily, assured, and inquired.

Atonement...
Forum: The Library 04-29-2012, 06:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 860
Posted By jonparov
I've just picked up: Dr. Mukti and other tales of...

I've just picked up: Dr. Mukti and other tales of woe. Initial impressions are very good, interesting style. His vocabulary is a tad higher registered than mine but I don't mind that, it's what...
Forum: The Library 04-29-2012, 06:22 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 16,768
Posted By jonparov
Lolita is in no way controversial. It...

Lolita is in no way controversial.

It should be taught in every school, just like many other great books should be. Most children aren't idiots, we shouldn't try to censor them as if they are....
Forum: Writers' Cafe 04-29-2012, 06:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,587
Posted By jonparov
Nacia - Why do you dislike ungrammatical or...

Nacia - Why do you dislike ungrammatical or illogical titles? You could well be missing out on some wonderful books. It is like not being friends with a person because you don't like their name.
...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-20-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,097
Posted By jonparov
For me, strangely it seems, it isn't visual but...

For me, strangely it seems, it isn't visual but audio that I 'see'. I think I must have a problem with visualisation or visual memory, I can never remember dreams and if i'm sat in a room with...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-20-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By jonparov
I think the best advice is simply to read alot of...

I think the best advice is simply to read alot of short stories. Read some of the classics (Canterbury tales, Arabian nights.), then perhaps some French (Maupassant), Russian (Chekov, Turgenev,...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-03-2012, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 646
Posted By jonparov
I'd definately be trying to get some short...

I'd definately be trying to get some short stories published and competitions entered, they don't have to refer to your novel, but it's good experience at crafting a story and writing queries without...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-03-2012, 09:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,632
Posted By jonparov
I always look to what has been done in the past,...

I always look to what has been done in the past, especially in regards to the specific genre the story is written in. If in doubt you could always just follow classic examples such as:
A) The name...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-03-2012, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 646
Posted By jonparov
I'd add an introduction, perhaps stating why you...

I'd add an introduction, perhaps stating why you wish to be represented by that particular agent, which market you are aiming for, and why your book meets the demands and expectations of said market....
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 04-01-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,446
Posted By jonparov
There is a good book called 'Make A Scene Of It.'...

There is a good book called 'Make A Scene Of It.' By Jordan E Rosenfeld.
They are also partially explained in Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell.

A Beat as is: 'The smallest possible...
Forum: The Library 03-04-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,277
Posted By jonparov
Currently reading the selected stories of...

Currently reading the selected stories of Katherine Mansfield, which is excellent.
Forum: Fiction 03-03-2012, 12:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 874
Posted By jonparov
Very good so far, you do an excellent job of...

Very good so far, you do an excellent job of gradually developing incidents which increase the horror, ala' MR James.
Forum: Research Section 03-03-2012, 12:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,989
Posted By jonparov
Do all your stories feature the same characters? ...

Do all your stories feature the same characters? It seems very limiting to me.

Failure, dissappointment and death are all natural parts of human existence, to deny yourself them as themes surely...
Forum: Research Section 03-02-2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,989
Posted By jonparov
Thanks for the reply. Your circle of stories...

Thanks for the reply. Your circle of stories idea is certainly an interesting concept, it sounds a bit like a sliding doors idea.

Personally I like prologues but I can understand why some people...
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