Quote of the Day -5/5/09

"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
— Edgar Allan Poe

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bad Action Scenes

When people talk about books they've read I often hear the remark, "It had really good action scenes," as if the rest of the book were so-so, but the action really rocked.

Have you ever read a book that was the other way around, where the slow scenes were good but the action scenes were terrible?

I can't think of any. Maybe action scenes are easier to write well. What do you think?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I Sent it

I sent my manuscript to the editor today.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

NaNoWriMo update

Hey everyone! Who all is participating in NaNoWriMo? Or, rather, who hasn't dropped out, and how is it going? :)

I'm writing a story about a girl struggling with nightmares and depression. It's actually the one that Carol told me to write back when I was taking a class from her at BYU. It's really fun so far, but I'm behind... only 3,500 words in so far or so.

I really want to succeed this year (finally). Anyone else?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Keeping your balance

So I was thinking about balance. Balance of the universe, balance of nature, balance of life. Most importantly, the balance of comedy and drama. It is incredibly hard to find good balance. Most stories are either one or the other, and when people are unsuccessful in mixing the two, the story comes out looking fake or too much of one or the other.
So how do you find a good balance? I know you can't have a blow for blow account of funny and dramatic scenes just to make sure you have an even amount, because it depends on the story. Some stories need more of one or the other, but how can you tell? Too much drama can make a book drag and too much comedy can ruin mood. I suppose it just depends, but I've noticed something about myself. A while ago I was reading over some old chapters trying to be unbiased (yeah. right) and I noticed that because of all the silly jokes in my story, I couldn't take myself seriously during my dramatic parts. It could be the type of humor I chose, (sarcasm and dry humor work a lot better with drama, I've noticed) but at the same time, it could be just an imbalance.
Don't get me wrong, I would rather have my story be way unbalanced in the comedic direction, than to take out my jokes just to compliment the few dramatic scenes, but I'm afraid my other stories (you know, the ones I'll probably never write) might be suffering in this way. tell me what you think and what you would do to fix it.