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Ginger Pye, 1952 Newbery Medal Winner
- Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
- Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
- Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
- Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
- Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
- Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
- Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
- Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
- Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
- Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
- Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
- Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
- Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.
This is like the Story Beginnings Bible.
Happy Labor Day weekend
The Language of Flowers: An Alphabet of Floral Emblems (1857). Found in the Internet Archive by AnitaNH
The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book
Cover by Pablo Picasso (The Cock and Knife, 1947)
This contains one of the first published cannabis recipes, Haschich Fudge, given to her by Brion Gysin which was popularized by the 1968 film I Love You, Alice B. Toklas starring Peter Sellers. When originally printed in 1954 the recipe was excluded from the first US edition and only appeared in the UK edition, until being included six years later in the Anchor Book paperback edition.
Alice B. Toklas reading her recipe for Haschich Fudge recorded by Pacifica Radio in 1963:
Artwork by Gerald Cinamon
Richard Scarry fans (and you know who we … I mean YOU are) rejoice! The artist’s son Huck is publishing a previously undiscovered volume called Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!
He tells NPR’s Scott Simon that he found the manuscript for Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his father’s Swiss chalet.
"I looked here and I looked there, and underneath my father’s desk I indeed found a rather dusty gray portfolio," he says. "And in there, there were a lot of sketches on tracing paper. So it was basically all sketched out and the text had been written — it was done with my father’s typewriter and taped down onto the pages. But he never got around to doing the final art and so that’s what I did."
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
the hipsters are jealous of this find.
“There was cat hair all over the books pages. i am allergic. That is all.”
Art by Mara McAfee
hey everyone my teacher is trying to raise $10,000 to buy supplies for elementary schools in Ferguson here: http://www.gofundme.com/SchoolSuppliesforFerguson
it’d be really nice if you guys could maybe reblog this and help spread it around, or donate if possible.
Pls spread this it barely has $100 collected and yall know school supplies are EXPENSIVE and these kids do not need to be deprived of their right to basic education because people are starting to be forgetting about Ferguson, keep paying attention.