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Friday, September 17, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 31

Concise Inference The revision or rewriting of a novel from its draft manuscript employing top-drawer writing techniques that have been purposefully ignored when authoring the draft, since a draft must capture the core spirit of an author's creativity without interference from craft. Art and craft... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 30

section break often misunderstood, this is an internal break within the chapter required for a major scene shift, but particularly when the Point of View changes from one character to another (another major scene change). POV rules apply most strictly in 3rd person limited story mode, where the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 29

pot-boiler a formulaic book written for a surefire audience with the promise of steady revenue. This does not mean they are poorly written, it just means that their author depends on the income, knows where the paycheck is and writes it to readers taste, in most cases severing the creative bond... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Reader's Guider to Author's Jargon 28

pacing the speed of delivery for a novel, which varies at different points of the work. Generally, books need a moderate to fast pacing at the onset. (The opposite is called - slow burn ). The pace should be steady and secure for the exposition and developmental portions of the work. However, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 27

Deja vu event reinforcement a repeating event or template throughout a work that weaves the structure into a whole. Such parallel scenes can remind the reader of important events, enhance character development or heighten the effect of similar events. An example of this can be seen in Tolkien's Lord... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 26

Editions trade edition a standard 6 x 9 (technically 5.32" x 8.51') paperback edition of a book, usually perfect bound for durability. hardback edition a 6 x 9 (5.32" x 8.51") trade edition affixed to hardcover using a single stitch and glue. Technically not a hardcovr at all. library edition a 6 x... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 25

Story vs. Plot a story the product of events, character reaction, interaction and development, and narration that organically evolves into an engaging and satisfactory experience for a reader or a listener. a plot a hole dug in a cemetery where failed novels are buried en masse. Akin to outlines,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author Jargon 24

Second person omniscient restatement A mode of narrative whereby the 2nd person is used and the language is puffed or pretenscious giving an epic effect. This is a good device for short stretches toward the end of a work when an author needs to bring the reader up out of the minutia and into the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 23

tense change This is a section change from past tense to present tense to indicate a break in the story line. It can be disorienting, however, in this case it is meant to be so. Edward C. Patterson Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Reader's Guide to Author's Jargon 22

tense shift The slight and imperceptible switch from the past tense to the present tense in an action sequence. This is done to make it more alive for the reader. However, it can also disorient readers and get you an F from Miss Biddiebartlestein's English grammar exam (not to mention a reviewer's... Sign in to see full entry.

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