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Can you only learn how NOT to write?

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Re: Can you only learn how NOT to write?

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Be proud of your mistakes when they form from blinding passion. But now edit them.

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Re: Can you only learn how NOT to write?

Postby Crono91 » Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:39 pm

As for the adults in middle-grade.

I don't read too many middle-grade books, although my favorites, like The Giver, obviously had the positive adult lead.

To me, it needs to be handled the way a photographer handles highlighting an object in the photo. They want to put focus on the boy in the picture, without getting rid of the natural background. So he uses a function that "blurs" the background, which actually provides more of an emphasis on the boy than if he were just standing in front of a white sheet.

Novels function in the same way. The adults are in the background, blurred, but they are still a part of a child's life--that's life, after all. They have their characteristics and depth, but it's often in a way that emphasizes the main character.
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I'm kinda hoping readers don't empathize with sociopaths. I haven't read the Hannibal Lector books, but saw the movies. While I might have been curious to see how/if he was going to get free, I never thought it was the right thing to happen.

Sometimes I do wonder if my own personality gets in the way of writing believable characters. I am almost completely free of fear and neuroses, and see no point in carrying grudges. I might be in a small minority on those issues. I need to make characters different from myself.

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