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I would like to point out that I in no way set out to "imitate Heinlein". That's casual conversation, not an in depth take on what I did writing the book. LOL But when people compare what I wrote in any way to what Robert Heinlein wrote, I take it as an entirely unexpected compliment.Roger Christenson
Jim Dutton seems to know the secret; I've recommended his superb CoTG sequel to J. Daniel Sawyer.
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Roger Christenson The "secret" is simple. Read and reread an author for 55 years, then write on the book you're reread 10 or a dozen times. Something's bound to rub off. LOL
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It hasn't worked as well for many other authors who tried to imitate Heinlein.
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Jim, it also, undoubtedly, requires a talent for writing that few seem to have.
Beyond that, you somehow kept your follow-on aimed perfectly at the same "juvenile" feel. You had a great feel for the texture and nuances of the story. It reads as if it is simply a continuation of the same book, not even a separate book. No more interruption than the turning of a page. (...and so many "hooks" into earlier parts of the story, straight from CotG.)
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Roger Christenson wrote: "It hasn't worked as well for many other authors who tried to imitate Heinlein."
Yes it does. On my side, I was very happy to figure out the manner of the next incoming songwriting tip. Sometimes I set up a plot device, like the three incoming tips, without knowing what I'm actually going to write. So it's a relief when I solve the challenge I left for myself. LOLYou beat me to it! @vranger LoL I was going to say I'd completed my contribution to Chapter 5 ... YaY! with another 1300 words ... But then I am 'encouraged' to develop the MC's reactions further. Okay, I sow more 'potential story' seeds which we can nurture later, or not.
My writing success today? We will see. I've discovered setting daily goals when writing a book (unlike NaNo) is not just about word count it also includes research and staring at the 'blinking' cursor as you consider character and plot development in future chapters
Well done for judging last month and entering this month it's quite a challenge on both counts. It's great to see new members jump in with both feet Thank youSo this was yesterday's witing joy: Entered in the LM challenge for the first time...and I'm not a judge so guess who will be getting a score (I didn't end up putting anything up last month)..its exciting and scary
I consider the events captured in the first lines and pages the impetus that sets the world of the novel / character off balance, and that drives the story forward. So, what's happening there?Last night I was tinkering with a very rough draft for one of my chapter contributions for the collab. I concluded after several hours of head scratching, writing and procrastination there is a fine line between an info dump and show not tell... and should this be the opening chapter for Julia or a later chapter.
I need a hook to grab the reader's attention in the opening lines... *NTS sift through previous discussions in the plot and character development forum.