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  • 17 Apr 2011 11:39 PM
    Message # 572606
    Deleted user

    I can't seem to find the right tone for my novel. Especially with my one character, Ahab, the dialogue and banter just sound so...19th century.

    Anyone have any suggestions for adding some heft to my prose?

    Last modified: 17 Apr 2011 11:39 PM | Deleted user
  • 17 Apr 2011 11:43 PM
    Reply # 572609 on 572606
    Deleted user

    Hermie -

    Have you thought about resorting to a style from previous times? For instance, even though you are writing for "modern" readers, they might feel an epic sweep to your story if you used a slightly archaic beat and prose style...say, something from the 17th century? It's a nifty little trick to fool your readers into a sense of grandeur, age, and weight, even though you wrote the book last year.

    Just my 2 pence.

  • 17 Apr 2011 11:45 PM
    Reply # 572610 on 572609
    Deleted user
    Bill Shakespeare wrote:

    Hermie -

    Have you thought about resorting to a style from previous times? For instance, even though you are writing for "modern" readers, they might feel an epic sweep to your story if you used a slightly archaic beat and prose style...say, something from the 17th century? It's a nifty little trick to fool your readers into a sense of grandeur, age, and weight, even though you wrote the book last year.

    Just my 2 pence.


    Bill - Thanks, maybe I'll try that. Would something from the late Renaissance do it, do you think?

    HM

    p.s. Please don't call me Hermie.

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