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Techniques for Surprising Sentences
Let's look a bit deeper at #2, "Discover the Possibilities of the Unexplored in Your Prose".

How does it create subtext? 

First of all, subtext is the art of implying rather than saying. So when you imply that there's another way to look at things, that there is more out there, you're automatically opening up the possibility for subtext.

And I love this line:
Sometimes changing a single word is all it takes to invigorate your prose from something common and forgettable to something that sparks your readers’ imaginations–and even changes their way of looking at the world.

In a more concrete vein, how can you invigorate your prose?

A. Mix up your sentence structure.
B. Play with words. Key words.
C. Find a new perspective.
D. Highlight an unexpected emotion.
E. Use a foil, be it setting description or tone or character.
F. Flip idioms or cliches, changing them.
G. Be sarcastic and glib.
H. Describe someone or something by how they make the narrator feel, rather than by how they look.
I. Tighten your prose so surprises aren't lost in the morass.

Feel more prepared to write prose now? Which idea got you thinking?

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Theme Week: First Pages
Here's the first glimpse of the newest Writingeekery post. You guessed it was coming, right? =)

5 common issues including one no one talks about, a process for minimal stress, and first line dissections. 

Can you handle the overload?

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Theme Week: First Pages
"This could be the first line to any book."

Does that strike fear into your writerly heart?

Take some time to ponder this...
How can you make your first line more distinctive?
How can you start off with UNIQUE action or characterization or setting?

Get creative. Don't get theoretical on me... put those questions to use. ;)

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Theme Week: First Pages
Mooderino puts down some first-rate guidance in this article on writing your hook.

"The easiest way to hook a reader is to connect them to the character."

Moody doesn't leave you hanging on how to do that, and goes even further on the hook...

" It needs to be connected to the main plot."

Oh, and the last paragraph is GOLD. ;)

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Theme Week: First Pages
Suzannah Windsor summons up examples for six principles of openings (and of writing in general) and shows how each can take effect from the first line.

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Theme Week: First Pages
May the Fourth be with you. ;)

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Theme Week: First Pages
Today it's two-for-one.
In How to Grab Them on Page One, James Scott Bell lays out a simple principle that sets the pace and starts the STORY right off the bat.

"By beginning your novel with a disturbance to the Lead’s ordinary world."

He includes several traps that writers fall into, and 5 solid examples.

K.M. Weiland's 5 Misconceptions About Your Story’s “Normal World” keeps us in line by showing us that while we need the disturbance, that doesn't mean we should neglect to show how things ARE, even as they begin to change. In essence, the disturbance is a not-so-subtle form of foreshadowing.

The normal world gives our readers a sense of what our characters lives are like before the story transforms them. Done well, it forges the reader's connection to the stakes.

Together, these two articles should give you a vision for your opening, a foundation to build on.

How to Grab Them on Page One
http://buff.ly/1ERA3bg

5 Misconceptions About Your Story’s “Normal World”
http://buff.ly/1ERA3YH

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Theme Week: First Pages
Let's start off the week with one of my all-time favorite articles.
It challenges you.
And then it shows you what's needed to ace that challenge.

#firstpages

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This is a look at some commonly overlooked characteristics of culture.

You know, just the ones that give it some depth and realism.

Well worth the read. =)

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I demand that my characters be deeply interesting.
So I don't allow any excuses when one of them doesn't want to step up and show me his personality.
It's high impact or bust, and I've never had a character fail to make the grade with this technique.
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