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by Ron Kurtus

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General Can't get character traits correct Namibia
 
General Do you have ideas for novel writing? USA
 
General What is the difference between person and fiction? USA
 
General Paddy Chayefsky USA
 
General Wants criticism USA
 

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Can't get character traits correct

Topic: General

Question

April 7, 2006

Hi,
My Name is Katinka Lombaard

I love writing but is seems as thoug I can't get my character traits right. Can you pleas. I write only in afrikaans and not in engels.
If you do send samething to me could you plese

I would like to became a champon at writing

Katinka - Namibia

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Answer

It takes a long time and great powers of observation to have characters in your writing to seem real have have the correct traits. Often writers will visualize people they know and perhaps combine several into one character in their stories.

You must be a careful observer of other people and what they do. You need to listen carefully to how they talk and motivations behind their words. Start with your friends and relatives to observe and learn these skills. Then it can start to apply to your writing.

You want to story to be so real that others will feel they know the person.

Above all, write, write, write. I am sure that then you will be a champion writer.

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Do you have ideas for novel writing?

Topic: General

Question

February 9, 2006

Do you have any outlines, ideas, suggestions, creativity boosters, for novel writing??
Thanks.

Alexandra - USA

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You really need an idea that is burning within you to use for a novel. One way to start is to write out a story idea in one sentence. For example, you can use the format: "This is a story about a woman (or man) who... but (problem), so she works to overcome that problem."

This is a story about a woman who loves horses but finds the man in her life is allergic to them, so she finds a way to... get another man, cure his allergy, or such.

Look at reviews of various novels to get an idea. Write your own review for a story idea as a starter.

We plan to get more lessons on writing novels in the near future.

Best wishes in your writing.

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What is the difference between person and fiction?

Topic: General

Question

March 26, 2004

Which is the difference between the ontological PERSON and the Character (fictious)?
thank you

Diana - USA

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You might check:
http://www.zhurnal.ru/staff/gorny/english/self/ontology_vp.html and
http://www.wmich.edu/philosophy/heraclitean/vol20/dilworth.htm for some discussions on that topic. It is heavy reading.

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Paddy Chayefsky

Topic: General

Question

August 19, 2003

Hello, Since I noticed Paddy Chayefsky's name on your web site maybe you can help me. I need to find out some information on what he was doing during his time in the Army. This is why. I came across 6 recorded/record messages to my husbands uncle in our attic from Paddy Chayefsky. He is telling him about a play and what scene he wants what music. Since my husband's uncle was a pianist, I am assuming they were working on something together. Any help would be great.

Laurie - USA

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Chayefsky graduated from City College of New York in 1943 and served during World War II in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945. When he returned to New York City, he worked as a printer's apprentice and began writing for radio. But I don't know what he actually did in the army. He may have been working on his writing in his spare time.

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Wants criticism

Topic: General

Question

March 30, 2001

DO YOU OFFER ANY HELP IN CRITICING ONES WORK? I'VE READ A LOT OF BOOKS. CAN YOU MAKE A SUGGESTION ON WHAT BOOK I CAN STUDY TO HELP ME WITH KEEPING MY VOICE AS I AM WRITING. I'M WRITING ABOUT A CHILD I KNEW AS A CHILD BUT WHEN I INCLUDE MORE CHARACTERS AND START WRITNG ABOUT HEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH HER I SEEM TO LOOSE THE TENSE INWHICH I'M WRITING. I NEED TO STUDY BOOKS ON HOW TO WRITE IN THE THIRD PERSON. IT GETS KIND OF CONFUSING. DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS. I'M STARTING FROM AGE 7 UNTIL AGE 25 WHEN HER WORLD CHANGED
COMPLETELY. DO YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION? THANKS

Cleta - USA

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If you are having trouble writing in the 3rd person, why not write in the 1st person until you finish the story? It is often easier to visualize things that way. You can always change the tense later, if necessary.

I don't do any critiquing or editing of work. That is one advantage of taking a class--the teacher can give criticism of the work. Sometimes friends can read you work and give an honest opinion if they like the story. Getting someone to edit the grammar is more difficult to do. Of course, you should always use a spell-checker when you write.

There are many books on writing. The best thing to do is to skim them in the library or bookstore to see what appeals to you. The most important thing is that the structure story flows and that the characters are interesting and alive.

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