One of the best parts of an awesome character is watching them grow and change over the course of the novel. Even if you’re planning a multi-book series and they don’t complete their arc in book 1, they still should be making progress.
Basically, a character arc shows…
To better understand passive voice, we should compare it to active voice and see how the two differ.
In active voice, the subject performs the action expressed in the verb:
- John (the subject) ate nine doughnuts this morning.
- I (the subject) finished the 25-page essay last night.
- The Doctor (the subject) greeted me.
In passive voice, the recipient or target of the action gets promoted to the subject position.
We can recognize passive-voice expressions because the verb phrase will often (but not always) include a form of “be,” such as am, is, was, were, are, or been. Another way to recognize passive-voice sentences is that they may include a “by (someone or something)" phrase after the verb:
- Nine doughnuts were eaten by John this morning.
- The 25-page essay was finished by me last night.
- I was greeted by the Doctor.
Let’s look at an example in which passive voice is clearly not inferior to active voice. In the active-voice sentence “I love you,” the focus is on me (I), not on you. To some people, this sentence can sound narcissistic.
But if we turn it into the pass-voice sentence “You are loved by me,” the focus is on you (the person I love), not me. To some people, this can be more romantic than the active-voice sentence.
Therefore, the passive voice can sometimes be an effective stylistic device (in small doses).
All of you are loved by Finn the Human (passive), and Finn the Human loves all of you (active).
everybody should have this on their blog
Write Real People
click and drag game
- ONE RULE: DON’T CLICK AND DRAG UNTIL YOU FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE!
- if you want me to add anything just write me. i’ll add that and update the post!
I love all the click and drag games on Tumblr and after I read an article about diversity in YA books, I wanted to make a click and drag “game” myself. (i think this was the article, but i’m not sure, sorry)
as i like to call it
“narrowing down the list of people who are invited to a wicked awesome party with a bouncy castle and water slide and ice cream”
Jon Stewart discusses the child pornography ban in Japan.
MARGUERITE BENNETT AND JORGE COELHO BRING MANIC WEIRDNESS OF ‘SLEEPY HOLLOW’ TV SERIES TO BOOM! STUDIOS
Fox’s Sleepy Hollow may be the most comic-book-like show on television, excepting the growing list of shows that are actually based on comic books. It tells the story of a Revolutionary War-era man — who always wears the same clothes — being revived in the present day and working with a local police officer to fight an invincible demon with no head and a semi-automatic rifle. They have to come up with clever ideas — like traps made of light — to fight off the evil all around them.
Frankly, it’s a wonder the show hasn’t become a comic before now. Boom Studios has recruited writer Marguerite Bennett (Superman: Lois Lane) and artist Jorge Coelho (Venom) to tell stories that tie into the show. From the sound of it, they have a pretty good handle on it in their upcoming four-issue miniseries.
Oh hey! :D
annuhliese asked: My story is set in Savannah, Georgia, and I was wondering if it’s okay to have my characters go to places that are in the real world? For example, they can go to Bay Street and eat at Moon River Brew Co, etc.
The short answer is yes. Mostly.
"…Many, many works of fiction use real locations and there is no reason why you have to even ask a company before adding them to your fictional book. Real locations add realism. If you use a real setting, you probably should use real businesses in it. The reason we worry about this is that there can be misunderstandings of the difference between a trademark and a copyright."
I highly recommend reading the entire post from Shelby Rebecca on her blog. You won’t regret it.
If you’re planning to reference real businesses in your work of fiction, I would also stay away from making any slanderous assertions about them as they may sue you for libel. I’d also include some disclaimer at the beginning along the lines of:
"This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.." (x)
Check out these other posts/articles on copyright and trademark:
- Use of Trademark Names in Fiction by Mark Nichol
- Quoting Song Lyrics (more on trademark/copyright here)
- Using Names from Songs for Characters (more on trademark/copyright here)
- Q. Can you tell me, once and for all, what exactly is “fair use?”
Protect yourself and do your research. Asking us is probably not enough. If you’re really serious about finding a definitive answer to this question, I would consult a publishing lawyer.
Also, as far as Savannah goes, I have a few unsolicited recommendations: Eat at the Olympia Cafe, Vic’s on the River, the Pirates’ House (there are PIRATES and a [small but good] BUFFET), and Gryphon (run by SCAD students). As far as night life, I really liked Hang Fire and the Jinx, though I did spend some time at the bar at Moon River and their staff is great. Lots of Disney fans working there, as I recall. I’ll stop there or else I’ll be here for another four paragraphs talking about cupcakes and cemeteries and ghost tours and whathaveyou.
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