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Reading with Daniel

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The benefit of "storytelling highways"

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The four-beat clue

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The power of deepening scenes

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All about the power of repetition

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On "relationship oxygen"

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The "hidden reveal" and its dangers

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The value of a talkative narrator

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Omniscient narrators and reticent characters

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Don't believe all the craft advice you hear!

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The power of simple chapter jumps

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Can your story shift at the halfway point?

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Repetition and variation

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Three questions about RWD so far...

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How many questions does your opening page introduce?

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How does the style of the opening of CF prepare us for the kind of narrator we are listening to?

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How to design a protagonist who is both clever but also missing the point?

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When you have a first person protagonist, you should really go for it!

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What is "bad" mystery and why should you be careful about it?

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How to write a good argument scene

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The ending of the novel seems to suggest: themes and big picture stuff should happen at the end of your novel, not the start.

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Several members of the group wanted to talk more about unreliable narrators in CF. Let's discuss!

Introductions and Resources

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Let's talk about the book! (I have guidelines)

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What strikes you about the setting?

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The real plot and the fake real plot

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The other uses of the "little plot"

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On foreshadowing and "prior scenes"

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How did you react to…??

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How to rescue a stuck protagonist, two ways.

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How to entice readers to read book two of your series

Zoom recordings and audio files

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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?

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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?

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A code of content for this experience

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Say hello by answering these three questions

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Time to get a copy of Jade City, by Fonda Lee

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How I'm planning to handle content that readers may find upsetting or offensive.

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This is why I don't think writers should worry about "theme."

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Read the story. Then re-read the first page.

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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!

    • Chris Flocken says:

      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.

  • allisongailb says:

    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.
    Thank you

  • miriam.landor says:

    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???

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