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Ten Ways

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Mother Ginevra
A meme I got (I believe that the technical LJ term is "gacked") from minisinoo.

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Ten Ways to Tell You're Reading a Story by Rhetoretician:

  1. It's probably short, less than 12,000 words altogether.
  2. Despite being short, there's a fair chance it's divided into three parts.
  3. There are lots of concrete descriptions of sights, sounds, smells, textures.
  4. If it's an HP story, Hermione is probably in it somewhere.
  5. Even if it's an HP story, it's devoid of teenage stupidity.
  6. One part of the story takes place decades, if not centuries, if not millenia, after another part of the story.
  7. Somebody dies.
  8. Somebody else is heartbroken.
  9. You're reaching for a tissue by the last page.
  10. You feel really good about the fact that you're crying.

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  • For me, #6 is the absolute clincher!!

    I think it would be fair to say that #7 isn't quite accurate - usually a lot of people die, not just one, though quite often they die offstage. And yes, someone is usually heartbroken - very often the reader. And I'm often reaching for the tissue much earlier than that!

    Despite being short, it feels like the fullest, most profound thing you've read in a long time. You can't read it quickly, or skim it. You have to savour every word slowly and carefully.
    • Aw, Ros, you say the sweetest things. Thank you.

      Actually they all die offstage, don't they? I don't think I've written any on-camera death scenes -- unless you count Emily, that is. And I guess you can say Fabian and Gideon died on camera, except that I cut to the next scene a second or two beforehand. And does it count if they die in a flashback?



      • Yes, I'd include Fabian and Gideon. I was thinking more of stories like your archeological report where the deaths are 1000's (?) of years earlier; or the Counting to 5000 where, again, the deaths are many years earlier. Properly offstage!

        I'm still wanting to read your latest story again and give you some proper feedback but my brain is only able to process dull NT theology books until after my exam next week!
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