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    9-14-17, 3:53 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread New kid at school in Research
    Yeah, in my High School it would have been pretty easy actually. I'm was a super goodie goodie jock type (field hockey, swimming, basketball etc) and...
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    9-8-17, 4:36 PM
    Does anyone know why Tolkein made his main character a Hobbit? Why did Tolkein invent Hobbits? I'll tell you :) Tolkein and CS Lewis of "The...
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    9-7-17, 12:25 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    Hi Futhark, I meant to answer your question, but I always get so distracted by FifthView lol! FifthView, you and I probably are coming at...
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    9-7-17, 1:22 AM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    This is true, in that of course specifics and details make the story more engaging to the reader, but I argue those are again, the ribbons. The way...
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    9-7-17, 1:10 AM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    I get what you are saying, but personally I believe all those extra details are the ribbons, not the pole. The Flash storyline is simply a...
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    9-5-17, 12:51 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    I see what you mean. Ok, my example was too specific. I really think this all ties into Blake Snyder's story types. If I make the throughline much...
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    9-4-17, 6:16 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    Ps, I may do something with above throughline... it's totally a comedy in my mind and could be super fun to write lol
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    9-4-17, 5:37 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    I don't think the throughline has anything to do with theme. Two authors could take the same basic throughline but each have their own different...
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    9-4-17, 12:32 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    Yay! I love this stuff. These sorts of discussions on structure and clarity. I meant what I said, about the conflict. I can really feel a great...
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    9-4-17, 12:04 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    Sure, if that is the goal right from the beginning. Roy needs to lose his big match in order to secure a comfortable retirement for himself and...
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    9-3-17, 9:14 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    I think the only issue with the throughline statement in this exercise is the lack of a clear (specific) goal. The statement here is still pretty...
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    9-3-17, 5:45 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    Hey Svrt, Understanding what sort of story you are writing is key here. I love Blake Snyder's story types, and based on what I know of yours I'm...
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    9-2-17, 7:30 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    All stories have one very simple, very linear throughline if you look for it, and it is almost always related to the main hook (over arching...
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    9-2-17, 7:14 PM
    Heliotrope replied to a thread Throughlines in Writing Questions
    Haven't listened yet, I should probably do that before commenting lol, but to me the throughline is directly related to the over arching "goal" of...
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    8-31-17, 8:47 AM
    made me think of one of my first published stories Spinning which is included in my Prosthetic Amalgams Collection. on my Mansions of the Mind...
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    8-30-17, 1:56 AM
    I do think Atwood is at times snobbish, even more noticeably in recent interviews, those related with the serialization of her book, and even so, I...
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    8-30-17, 1:43 AM
    Curiously, the ending, that epilogue you mentioned, is one of my favorite parts of this book. It works quite well by recreating the anonymity that...
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    8-29-17, 4:16 PM
    Yeah, cavemen came up with the idea of using bones as weapons and a few primitive tribes around the world still do it. Humanity as a whole sort of...
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    8-29-17, 2:53 PM
    I read it recently and found it fascinating. I think Margaret Atwood mastering of psychic distance is obvious in this book, and I love the...
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    8-29-17, 4:59 AM
    Geo replied to a thread Random thoughts in Chit Chat
    The move is done, new city, new house, same 9 cubic meters of books to put back in the selves... and all the dust they carry
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