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  •  About those guns on the wall. (2+ / 0-)
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    SensibleShoes, tapestry

    I think it's OK to have a red herring or two in the bunch.  Just a little thought.

    Also, I've been reading a lot of Alexander McCall Smith lately - half a dozen of his novels since the first of the year.  (And here I thought I quit reading books!)  What I like about him is how small the points of drama are.  Set in Edinburgh, a character suspects her neighbor took one of her "best china" teacups and gets quite upset about it.  But it informs the tone of several interchanges in subtle ways.

    A variety of small bits weave through for dramatic tension in work that's "comedy of manners" to a considerable degree.  I'm very charmed by the little conflict points that shape a character's behavior.  One, I gave a name that people always mispronounce, and a few times, it sets the tone of a scene when someone meets her.  (The name being one I made up "Eolia" from the geologic process that blows particles around - sand dunes are eolian features of the landscape.)

    Of course you need some big conflict to shape the overall story.  But I love the quirky little ones that shape interaction between characters.

    The river always wins. -- Mark Twain

    by Land of Enchantment on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 07:57:19 PM PDT

    •  A red herring is still going somewhere. (1+ / 0-)
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      Land of Enchantment

      If it's never brought up again, it's not a red herring.

      Yeah, AMS is a great exception to the general rule-- i talked about that in an earlier diary actually-- he addresses an unrecognized market for a whole lot less angst.

      -9.0, -8.3 Contact your NY state senator about marriage equality.

      by SensibleShoes on Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 06:13:44 AM PDT

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