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Writing the Dreaded First Chapter

Posted by Brook on June 23, 2014 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (4)

I say the dreaded first chapter because many writers struggle with this chapter.  JK Rowling actually wrote the first chapter of the Philosopher's Stone fifteen times before she was happy with it.  And when you think about it, alot has to be deftly weaved into this chapter.

Your opening...

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A Writer's Voice - The Meaning of Subtext

Posted by Brook on January 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

When we think about what a writer's voice is we might immediately think of dialect which is made up of the following components:

Accent - how words are pronounced

Vocabulary - to do with the education and time period of the author/character

Grammar - to do with the education of the author/character

We might also think ...

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A Writer's Voice - The Importance of Register and Tone

Posted by Brook on January 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Register in writing is the level of formality in the writer's voice.  The correct register will use text geared towards its audience's age and education.  In Harry Potter, there is a striking difference between the early books geared to a younger audience and the later ones geared to an older audience.  The level of language gets progressively more complicated. 

With well-placed words a writer's voice takes ...

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