Monday, June 20, 2005
New Blog Look/New Discussion Board
Happy Monday, BGs.
As you can see, the blog has a new look. A couple months ago my Web site was completely changed to reflect my new “Seatbelt Suspense” look. However, I hadn’t gotten around to changing the blog accordingly. This weekend, my wonderful assistant made that happen.
AND—drum roll, please. We now have our own discussion board. (Thanks again to my assistant.) Link to the board is on the left. Please make yourselves at home and chat there as you like. Anyone can start a new topic, and you can answer back and forth as long as you wish.
Don’t forget you also can still leave comments at the bottom of each post.
Also, thanks to an e-mail I received from a new blog reader over the weekend, I have included a link (over to your left) directly to an announcement on the discussion board that contains the key to our shortened italics titles (like “BGs”) so that newcomers can quickly catch up on our unique blogspeak. I’ll update the list as needed.
Due to all these changes over the weekend, I’m going to keep this post short today and let y’all go check out the new discussion board.
Tomorrow we will go back to our edit as promised. We’ll start talking about sentence rhythm and tight writing. Those of you who have Getting Into Character might want to refer to Secret #6 in the book—Restraint and Control. This chapter includes the techniques we’ll be discussing tomorrow.
For now, something to think about. Here’s the first paragraph from our AS:
In an instant, he spun her whole body around, and her shoulder pummeled into Spirit. The horse panicked and jumped away, ripping the reins out of her hand.
Consider each separate beat of action in these two sentences:
He spun her around
Shoulder pummeled horse
Horse jumped away
Reins ripped from hand
How quickly does all this happen? Do the sentences in their present form have a rhythm that matches the fast beat of this action? Whadya think?