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To all my friends at WDC:

I haven't been online much since December and have had a lot going on, but I want to thank all of you that left a review for "B.R.A.T. . Your feedback is greatly appreciated and extreemely helpful for whenever I can get back to writing and move forward.

Happy New Year everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas *Care*

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Okay! So, I have added the beginning of the book I'm working on to my portfolio. Changed the access restrictions so that now other people can see it. Was totally not nervous about that at all.

I could use some feedback on it. I'm just getting started and I'd like to know what someone who hasn't read it before thinks.

It's about a couple of kids living on a military base. Young adult. So if you like that kind of stuff, here it is.

Can't believe I finally posted that. *Mindblown*
Congratulations on taking that big step! A year ago, I was scared stiff to let anyone read anything I'd written, so I can totally relate. *Hug1**Smile**Hug2*
It's a busy day for me, but I'm tagging your story so I can come back to it in a couple days. Cheers!
All y'all doing NaNo out there:

You may not be there yet, but you're closer than you were yesterday! Don't confuse a lack of immediate results with failure. Success requires patience.


So I was researching plots for different types of stories and my brain led me here:

In short, a tragedy is a story where the story goal is not completed and the ending is bad for the protagonist. So say you have a story about character that will, eventually, die. But the story is not told from his/her prospective, but rather a different character, say the sibling or the best friend or the love interest. Which means that the person your story is about is not your protagonist. So even though said character's own story is a tragedy, is your book itself one? Because the actual protagonist witnessing this character's life does achieve their goal and thus doesn't live a tragedy.

So the story isn't a tragedy? Even though it's about one?

But what if the character that dies didn't necessarily live out a tragedy, because in their death they achieved their story goal? And because of this, the protagonist does not or cannot achieve theirs, essentially making the book a tragedy.

But is it? Really?

"Story Plots - Why They're Essential
This is what I was reading and there's a link at the bottom that takes you to a website about story structure.

Trying to wrap my head around this.
That leaves me wishing I could scratch the insides of my eyebrows...
Just because the protagonist dies does not mean they are not the character whose perspective is the centre of the story. It does make it really difficult to tell the story from a first person PoV, but otherwise, why can't the main character die? I would argue Hamlet is told from the prince's PoV, and he dies at the end. Then again, the narrator character (whose name I forget) from Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front dies, his death remarked basically as a two paragraph epilogue. So, yes, the tragedy can occur even in the PoV character dies.
I have a little conundrum:

I'm working on a piece that I'm not really ready to share with anyone. A book (someday) that's still a rough draft.

But as I add things to it, I keep going back and reading what's been written to try to smooth things over a little, make sure everything sounds okay. Yet, each time I do that, the more rough it seems, if you know what I mean.

Any advice?
Finish it. Then knowing the whole picture you can edit to refine the focus on the picture. Without the focus edits are bound to be rough.
So, I was sitting outside just now, and it's dusk. I was looking at the leaves of the trees and thinking about how different they look throughout the day, and their appearance differs only because of the lighting and shadows, because chlorophyll will always make leaves green. And it made me think that maybe things in life are basically neutral until the lighting is different.

Like for instance, rain. Rain will always be rain. But if you were planning on mowing the lawn, or grilling, then that makes the rain seem negative. If you've gone months without rain in a drought, or if the weather is hot and dry and it rains, then the rain seems positive.

And I realized that many things in life are this way. The thing is just itself until you look at it.
Yes. Meaning is only what we impose on things.
You're not patronizing at all, buddhangela ALL ALONG !

It might seem silly that I got all this from watching leaves *Laugh*, but I think the world is more connected than we know and realize.

It's amazing what we find when we stop for a moment in our busy lives to think.
Doesn't seem silly, just perceptive and ... nice. *Cool*
“We have big, beautiful brains. We invent things that fly. Fly. We write poetry….We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.” -Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star, pp. 100-101

Why not reach for those unreachable stars? Why not be incredible and extraordinary? Why settle for what you can do, when there is a whole world of what you could do?
Don’t be a writer because you write decent sentences; be a writer because you find beauty in words, and you can write and feel those words.
Don’t be a teacher because someone said you teach well. Be a teacher because you enjoy the look on a student’s face when they finally understand what you’ve been helping them learn.
Don’t join the police force because you think it would be cool, but do it because you want to put criminals to justice and protect people who need protection.
Do something because you’re passionate about it, not because you think you might be good at it. Do something that amazes you, and you will be amazing at it!
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I like these ideas because sometimes moving out of the box is refreshing.
Looking for someone to brainstorm with!

I am writing a paranormal/adventure/suspense novel that was inspired by the Serafina series by Robert Beatty.

As a fan of basically all myths and legends, I stumbled upon the hideous Raven Mocker of Cherokee origin and decided to incorporate it as the father of my protagonist.

I really like my beginning and don't want to change it, so I am looking for a way to make the pre-book events tie into the events in the book.

You are welcome to read what I have so far.
 Serenade of the Butterfly  (E)
Something strange is happening deep in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. Incomplete.
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Thank you! :)

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