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Lesson 2: Open thread on the first two chapters
What do you think about the opening of this novel? (Reminder to keep the conversation mostly positive)
The power of layered, gradual description -- and a comment about accents.
On combining two plot-lines -- its explosive power
How many questions does your opening page introduce?
How does the style of the opening of CF prepare us for the kind of narrator we are listening to?
How to design a protagonist who is both clever but also missing the point?
No label Alternate read: Who’s Irish part one
When you have a first person protagonist, you should really go for it!
What is "bad" mystery and why should you be careful about it?
No label Cherish Farrah the end
The ending of the novel seems to suggest: themes and big picture stuff should happen at the end of your novel, not the start.
Several members of the group wanted to talk more about unreliable narrators in CF. Let's discuss!
Introductions and Resources
The 2nd session of Jade City.
on fight scenes
How to rescue a stuck protagonist, two ways.
Zoom recordings and audio files
No label Audio: does my novel need a plot?
My response to a question from members of RWD: it seems like Jade City has a lot of "plot." Do all novels need a plot? Does my novel need to have a plot like this?
The biggest concern many of us have had with Jade City -- the characters don't seem to be very "relatable." Don't novels need to provide us with fictional people we can connect to?
How I'm planning to handle content that readers may find upsetting or offensive.
This is why I don't think writers should worry about "theme."
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Hi, I started reading Jade City and I am hooked.
I was never one for gangsta movies or books but her very first words got me:
“The two would-be jade thieves …” What a wealth of information and intruige in this six words! It instantly hints on danger and disaster: would-be is only used for not sucessful. So I needed to read on to find out how they floundered.
And there is even more information in it:
-they are no regular thiefs, so they are newbies.
Jade must be very important, if they try to steal exactly that and not ‘jewels’ or money. I am at awe here!
By the way, my reader shows me that this novel has over 1100 pages, is that true or do I have a strange copy?
If so, would you please also mention the chapters, Daniel? It would be easier to follow then. Thanks!
I received the paperback edition today, which is 495 pages. Chapter 1, The Twice Lucky is page 1; Chapter 2, The Horn of No Peak on page 10; Chapter 3, The Sleepless Pillar on page 19; Chapter 4, The Torch of Kekon on page 31; Chapter 5, The Horn’s Kitten, on page 40. Since there are 57 chapters plus an Epilogue, I won’t go through the entire book.
I’m really liking Jade City so far. I’m on the second chapter.
I enjoyed the start of Jade City and had to stop myself reading beyond two chapters. It was so easy to read I underestimated the skill in the way the dialogue was written. A lesson well learned.
Hello Daniel I am an aspiring screenwriter who wants to learn and writer character-driven screenplay. I want to have a deep and thorough understanding of characters, character development and character arc.
Please directed me to the appropriate place.
Intrigued by your comment on the importance of mid-point in Midnight Library… I’m writing a memoir/ family history so didn’t think this could apply to my work – but maybe it does???