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17-03-2017, 11:17 AM
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Awesome cheers guys! Those that aren't on the list already, i'll add on! Smile

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17-03-2017, 03:56 PM
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(17-03-2017 11:17 AM)OakTree500 Wrote:  Awesome cheers guys! Those that aren't on the list already, i'll add on! Smile

Pretty soon, you'll have a list long enough for your whole life. Thumbsup
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18-03-2017, 08:30 AM
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This thread made me realize that I haven't written a book.
I thought I had. I had details, dialogue, a good story, twists and turns, but it's missing something.

It's missing an elegance of prose.
I'm realizing I have the framework for a book and still have a lot of work ahead of me.

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18-03-2017, 08:38 AM
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(18-03-2017 08:30 AM)Rahn127 Wrote:  This thread made me realize that I haven't written a book.
I thought I had. I had details, dialogue, a good story, twists and turns, but it's missing something.

It's missing an elegance of prose.
I'm realizing I have the framework for a book and still have a lot of work ahead of me.

No doubt your book is a book, even if it doesn't come up to your own standards yet.

It may be difficult or impossible to be as good as the best, but there's still a place for lesser works as well.

I like all sorts of books.

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18-03-2017, 10:19 AM
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(18-03-2017 08:38 AM)Jay Vogelsong Wrote:  
(18-03-2017 08:30 AM)Rahn127 Wrote:  This thread made me realize that I haven't written a book.
I thought I had. I had details, dialogue, a good story, twists and turns, but it's missing something.

It's missing an elegance of prose.
I'm realizing I have the framework for a book and still have a lot of work ahead of me.

No doubt your book is a book, even if it doesn't come up to your own standards yet.

It may be difficult or impossible to be as good as the best, but there's still a place for lesser works as well.

I like all sorts of books.

Sleepy

For me it's like painting your first painting and humbly realizing you're not as good as Rembrandt Big Grin

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18-03-2017, 10:41 AM
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(18-03-2017 08:30 AM)Rahn127 Wrote:  This thread made me realize that I haven't written a book.
I thought I had. I had details, dialogue, a good story, twists and turns, but it's missing something.

It's missing an elegance of prose.
I'm realizing I have the framework for a book and still have a lot of work ahead of me.
The rule of thumb that I've heard is that you have to write a million words before you start writing anything good.
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18-03-2017, 12:40 PM
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(18-03-2017 10:41 AM)John Derderian Wrote:  The rule of thumb that I've heard is that you have to write a million words before you start writing anything good.

What if you write the same word over and over? Redrum, redrum, redrum....

Ohmy
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18-03-2017, 01:23 PM
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(18-03-2017 12:40 PM)Jay Vogelsong Wrote:  
(18-03-2017 10:41 AM)John Derderian Wrote:  The rule of thumb that I've heard is that you have to write a million words before you start writing anything good.

What if you write the same word over and over? Redrum, redrum, redrum....

Ohmy
Then you get good at writing that particular word. After that, all your future writing of the word becomes publishable.
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19-03-2017, 11:05 AM (This post was last modified: 19-03-2017 11:10 AM by GenesisNemesis.)
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The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan is probably my favorite. Dune might be my second favorite. I haven't read a full book in a while. I should read more.

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25-03-2017, 08:57 PM
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(17-03-2017 10:49 AM)unfogged Wrote:  
(17-03-2017 10:27 AM)OakTree500 Wrote:  Fair enough! I did enjoy it, but in fairness won't be rushing back to re-read it either haha.

Is there anything you'd suggest to read? I have read Brave New world and Catcher..., as suggested earlier. Any particular Dickens? I'll add it to my list Smile

I liked Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickelby, Bleak House, Tale of Two Cities

Dickens can also take a little time to get into. I'd avoid The Pickwick Papers unless you find that you REALLY like his writing. It was an early work and is nowhere near as good as the others (IMO of course).

And I'd recommend reading The Pickwick Papers before any other Dickens. It is his first novel, and though it has some structural and pacing problems, the writing seems to jump off the page in excitement to be told. It is his funniest work, with some of his most memorable characters. IMO, of course.

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