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TV SHOW & BOOK REVIEWS #1: BITTEN  WEREWOLF  TV  SHOW/ OTHERWORLD BOOK SERIES REVIEW

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This week on the DTBH Podcast :

In this whole new podcast episode 9 We will explore AND review the werewolf tv show Bitten in this whole new tvshow /book review series.

BUT FIRST LET’S START A DIALOGUE:

Have you watched the tv show Bitten? What is your opinion about it?

I want to know so leave your answers in the comments below.

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BITTEN (WEREWOLF  TV  SHOW/ OTHERWORLD BOOK SERIES ) HAVE YOU SEEN AND READ IT YET  ?

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(this post includes spoilers)

I’m  writing another  tv show/ book  review summary  and this time it’s about an actual werewolf  show.The tv  show entitled  Bitten  is based  on the Otherworld series books by Kelly Armstrong about not  only  werewolves but witches  and vampires as well. 

This series  was  right up my ally  because I’m writing about werewolves but   I  avoided   the  book series   for  years  because in 2008  I started  working on my  werewolf  novel  series and I did not want to be influenced  by  her characters  and world  while writing  mine.

But  after all these years  as  I  have  my story world   figured  out and established  being on my 2nd  draft  I decided  to take the chance  to delve into Armstrong’s  Otherworld Series. 

I have not yet read the first book  however  it is on my book list to purchase and  I  have started  to look  at the tv series.  From my  research on the series  like  most  tv adaptations of books the  show  is  said to be widely different from the  book series .

So  now  on the  3rd season I’m  eager to get  ready to read the books after its completed.

The tv shows  main character  as is in the 1st book is Elena Michaels and she as we  find out through the first season  has been a werewolf for 4 years  . She was bitten by  her  former  fiancé/boyfriend   Clay who turned  her for I  think selfish reasons and at the start of the season we  see her  not with him  due to her I guess  running away from him and the rest of the pack.  The show gives the  reason is  because  she killed  someone   and so she wants to lead a  normal human life. But a mysterious line of murders  brings her  back to the  pack.

And so what  do I think about this so far as I am not finished with the tv  series?  Well now in the 3rd and last season I feel like the show is coming full circle .  Everything  that surrounded Elena, the main character,  at the beginning  of the series  of how she felt and what  she went through is making a lot of sense  now in the third season.  And  I  kind of  like it.  

The 2nd season brought the arrival of witches . I  like a good witch tale. However  I did not  like  this one  within this  tv series . It happened  so  abruptly  and  the story   of the  witches  within the series  compared  to the  werewolves  were all over the place.  I  felt like it intruded  on the werewolf tale  itself .  The main  witch storyline didn’t make since and   then it just ended . Maybe if they introduced the witches within the first season?

My  favorites points  within the series  was :

  • I liked  how the story itself  concentrated  on the pack  and the structure  of the werewolf  packs . (it concentrated on two structured  werewolf  types ;  pack members and mutts)
  • I like  their  wolf  transformations  and  how they  fully  turned into a  wolf.
  • I like that they were  trained  in human form  for combat  and the  fights seemed fairly  reasonable  for  a  werewolf  in its human form.  

My most  disappointed  points in the  series:

  • I didn’t like how any and all humans  were  killed   if they knew the secret of the werewolves
  • I didn’t  like  how  the  werewolf fathers  had to steal their  new born male child away  from  the mother  or either  kill them.

My  most  confused   moments :

  • Elena’s  storyline that  included  that  she  was the only  female  werewolf  in the whole  world.  None of the woman who were  bitten before  Elena  never survived .

Season 3   clears my confusion up about   that storyline however  I feel  like  the characters  don’t  take notice that the reason why she changed into a werewolf  when first  bitten by  Clay is because  she was  born by a  werewolf father  but then bitten.   That  confuses  me more .  Because  now  woman   can  actually be a part  of the pack and not  have to be killed  .   Idk maybe  they just don’t want to take that risk of biting the  woman  who are  born from the   werewolves .   It would clear  up a lot of sad moments though .

  • Killing humans  who find out  about werewolves.  

Okay  I kind of understand  why some  humans might  be killed   because  they  might  use  the secret against the werewolves .  However, they  didn’t  even give  humans  a chance  to decide  whether  or not  they were on their  side before killing them.  An example of that  would be Jeremy the alpha  of Elena’s pack  wanting to kill  Elena  when  she was human because he thought she saw  him  change  from the werewolf  .  

Another   example is when Jeremy  killed Karen Morgan  the  former  shieriff  of Bear Valley .  He  was going to let her  go but then she started  to talk about what she saw  which was Elena ‘s brother  turning into a werewolf .  However Jeremy  never  gave her  a chance to  even  say she would keep   the secret  of the werewolves.    Upon  viewing that   episode I  believe  she would  have kept  their secret  but  at  that moment   she was  just  confounded with  shock  because  she  just  found out that the world  actually existed .   Maybe  if she was just given a couple of days to wrap her head  around  everything she saw.  I mean  she did say before  she died  that  she was going to keep his secret of the werewolves.  But  it’s like he  didn’t care and it  was  that  moment  I  gave up  on his character  because  I tried to like  him but it was too  hard.

I mean  Elena showed herself  to Phillip  and he  kept the secret until  Jeremy’s  father  ordered  a kill   on him . 

And then Antonio changed  in front of his wife. She knew  what him and her son  were   and kept their  secret for years .  But the only reason why she survived  the series  is because  Jeremy  never  found out .

I  just felt  the  reasoning they gave for killing the humans who found out  were  kind of weak.

All  and all it was a reasonable series and  it has led  me to delve  deeper and actually read the books . 

If you liked this blog post and you want to  see more content involving my work in progress During the Blue Hour Follow   and share  . THEN  LET’S START A DIALOGUE

Have you read or watched  the show Bitten? What is your  opinion about the show  or book series. 

I  want to know so let me know in the comments  below.

Also Check out the excerpt  for  my upcoming  werewolf  short story  IN THE HOUR  OF HUMANITY and let me know what you think about it .

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WAS PLATO’S DIALOGUE ABOUT ATLANTIS FACT OR FICTION?

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(originally published on July 12, 2021)

I was doing some more research on post-apocalyptic fiction.  My current  work in progress novel is in fact a post post apocalyptic novel  about  werewolves and  how  their  world ends  not once but twice.  And  so while  researching  I was  curious about  something.  

You all know  that Plato wrote about  Atlantis, right? 

Well  if you didn’t know  the lost city  of  Atlantis  is always looked  and  thought upon as  a myth. A legend.   The city or continent with  advanced civilization and technologies  filled  with abundance and prosperity  that fell  beneath the sea  due to cataclysmic destruction because of a war  . 

So  the thing that I was curious about was  what if Plato was one of the first  post-apocalyptic  fiction writers? What if Atlantis was true and not a myth?

I  know. I know. I’m far reaching but that’s what I do.  Read on if you want to  delve  deeper with me and find out through Plato’s writings about Atlantis  if he was in actuality  one of the first  post-apocalyptic  fiction writers or actual historian of a real society. 

Post-apocalyptic fiction  can refer to any time after an apocalypse, either when things are a mess, or when order has finally been restored.

What is an apocalypse ?

An apocalypse  is  an uncovering, a disclosure or revelation of knowledge.  But can sometimes  be described  as an  catastrophic event.

Now let’s delve into Plato and whether he wrote  about  the apocalypse   that  refers  to the  events of Atlantis .

Plato was known as one of the most  prolific Athenian philosophers  of his time. Educated  in  both philosophy  and poetry  he  followed  the teaching of  Socrates .  He even  founded  his own  school in the year  387.

He wrote   a lot  of  literature  called  Dialogues . He  wrote 36  to be  exact. But it is said that his later dialogues  are not  in fact dialogues but explorations of  different topics.  We  can assume  at  this point and time  Plato  decided   to write  fiction ? And venture  into the  area  of  post-apocalyptic writing?

WHAT YEAR  DID HE  WRITE ABOUT ATLANTIS?

He first  wrote about Atlantis around the year 350 . So this  is way before he founded  his school. He  wrote two dialogues  about Atlantis entitled  the Dialogues of Timaeus and Critias.  He incorporates  the myth of  Atlantis  with  Greek  gods .

*(Lets  keep note  of these 2 things)

Today  writings  about Greek gods  would be considered  fantasy fiction.

But in  Plato’s day they were simply  factual historical writings.

WHAT DOES  HE WRITE ABOUT  ATLANTIS ?

PLATO  WRITES   IN HIS DIALOGUE  that  Atlantis  was an  island  founded by Poseidon and Cleito  who  divided   into 10  sections or kingdoms  and  gave each  section  to  have it ruled over by their children . There were abundant natural resources   for   the  people  of Atlantis to build their homes and live off  of.   It was literally a  continent filled by mountains,  sea, wealthy villages and meadows . Basically abundance all around .

He  also describes  how  Atlantis was shaped  and how long  it took for the creation  of  Atlantis  and how  it  began  to flourish.  But there were also  laws the people  had to abide by  that  were  inscribed  on the temples of the town and villages

These laws  were  as  follows:

  • They were not to take up arms against one another.
  • They were all to come to the rescue if anyone in any of their cities attempted to overthrow the royal house;
  • like their ancestors, they were to deliberate in common about war and other matters, giving the supremacy to the descendants of Atlas.
  • And the king was not to have the power of life and death over any of his kinsmen unless he had the assent of the majority of  all the ten kingdoms  of Atlantis.

HOW  DID THE DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTIS  OCCUR?

So Plato also writes that  the people  abided  by the laws for many generations and  they wanted  for nothing  .  Neither gold or money  or other possessions.  However  somewhere along the way they changed and I guess humanity got the  better  of them  and he describes  in Crtias that Zeus came along  and saw the people  weren’t listening  and made   some kind of speech.

Plato  wrote  about  what Zeus had said but  the writings of what he said  is apparently lost. 

But if you take a look at the dialogues  of Timaeus(25d) The destruction of Atlantis  happened  practically overnight. First there were violent earthquakes and floods. Then the people of the city simply   disappeared into the earth and the city sank into the sea. Finally mud swept over the city making the waters unpassable as they were too shallow.

Plato  writes  in   Critias (110d) Even though Atlantis was  in fact destroyed there were  still asteroids/comets  that  collided with the earth causing fire, thunder, earthquakes and floods  after  Atlantis destruction.   There were survivors. Mountain people who knew the names of the people of Atlantis. However, they did not know many details of them or their virtues. But Despite this fact  the people of the mountains survived  and thrived .

SO DID PLATO ACTUALLY WRITE  A UTOPIAN/DYSTOPIAN  APOCALYPTIC DIALOGUE OR WAS IT FACT?

On the site  LIBGUIDES Plato’s works  are  classified as a utopian and dystopian  and he is  labeled as one .

Plato himself  got the mention of Atlantis  from  an Athenian statesman named  Solon who  ventured  to Egypt and got the story    from there .   Solon was said  to be the first to write a poem about Atlantis but then this is disputed and  it is claimed  that Plato is  the  originator  of the Atlantis tale.

Well there are arguments and debates today  whether Plato’s Dialogues  about Atlantis  were  real or not. Some feel  like The Atlantis story is clearly a parable of  maybe an ideal city or society . A fiction based on some ancient political realities.

Some also  think that  his tale  of Atlantis  is about  the explosive disappearance of an island might have been a reference to the eruption of Minoan Santorini.  And also  that Atlantis as a tale  should be considered a myth.

There are  many   writers   right after Plato who takes his work and turns the   tale of Atlantis into a poem and other works of fiction 

In 1627   Francis Bacon’s  writes   New Atlantis   which is based off of Plato’s  two Dialogues.  This is the first instance  where   you can see  a classification  of where  the Atlantis  tale /myth  falls  into place. Francis work is  thus  considered  a Utopian  work in that time period .

WHAT  IS UTOPIAN & DYSTOPIAN FICTION AND  WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH THE APOCALYPSE FICTION ? 

Utopian fiction is  fiction that tells stories  about perfect societies.

Dystopian fiction is the opposite.  An imperfect or undesirable society.

Sometimes  a   written  society can  be  ideal or horrific  depending  on how you  go about writing it  and this is the very reason why dystopian  and  utopian fiction is sometimes crossed over with post-apocalyptic fiction .  

Moreover,  utopian  fiction and  dystopian  fiction  are usually   deemed as umbrella  terms  of post-apocalyptic and apocalyptic  fiction. The only differences between the three  would be the written plots.

In the case of Plato when he writes about Atlantis and finally  its destruction

He  goes  from  ideal society(utopian)

To   a  society  that’s   ravaged by  both political, spiritual , moral  upheaval.  Simply put the  downfall of Atlantis  humanity  . (dystopia)

He literally  writes about it all  and  what  happened  after  the destruction.  Where did the people go ?  How did they respond to the devastation of Atlantis? How  did they rebuild? (post -apocalypse).

So  to answer  the question from my own observance and research

Was Plato  a post-apocalyptic fiction writer?  Yes.  And also a fantasy  writer? Yes

But that is only if you don’t  consider  his  writings  of Atlantis   to  be  historical fact.  

Remember  I told  you back then  when  the ancient philosophers wrote about  the Gods  they wrote them as being  historical writings. So you decide. 

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WRITING  QUESTIONS :Writing Excerpts

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So I see a lot  of writers writing excerpts of the their work in progress.

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WRITING GOALS & MILESTONES  FOR THE  NEW YEAR  (2022)

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I haven’t  wrote in  three  weeks because of being busy and life you know gets in the way of writing .   But  I am  energized and  solely  ready to write again . With the writer’s  block  gone I’m heading into  finishing up my chapters for this  2nd draft of my  work in progress novel. Although  I was  hoping to finish the draft  fully this year and  start the editing publication steps. But  I haven’t. Goals  aren’t always accomplished of course .   So  since I did not accomplish my goals this year I’m  going to push it into  next year . 

So where  I’m at  right   now is  I’m in the 13th  chapter of  my 2nd  draft .

And I’m  still working on the first short story  In the Hour of Humanity 

Soin the year 2022 I plan to not only finish this up  but also  start finishing up  on the 2nd short story RED ENVY  and maybe start a  3rd  draft of my work In Progress but we  will  see what happens.

When trying to get  your goals  done  in my opinion you  have to prioritize  which  writing  project  is most important to you .

Your goals must matter to you as  the writer.

I would say  set deadlines  for yourself.  But when setting deadlines  I always  end up not   meeting those deadlines.  So instead  create  milestones  that way  you  will be able  to complete your writing goals  without  a time  frame  and  will be able to finish  what  prioritize  whenever  you get a chance to finish .

For  example when I  completed  my  1st draft  I did not set a deadline  but  I  made sure to at least write  every day . It  took  one year  to write but  after  completing it was  a definite  milestone  that I felt  good about.   But even though  I finished  the first draft my goal  to publish my novel was  not yet  accomplished  and still isn’t but will 2022  be the year  I finally  publish  this novel ?  Only time  will  tell . Until then I will just have to work on  my  writing milestones  to help  me get to the  publication.   

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WHAT WRITING GOALS AND MILESTONES DO YOU HAVE  FOR NEXT YEAR?

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Check out the excerpt  for  the upcoming short story  IN THE HOUR  OF HUMANITY

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WRITERS  BLOCK  IN THE 13TH  CHAPTER

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I  haven’t posted in like two weeks  but it’s not  because I have abandoned  my blog.  It’s because I kind of had writers  block  for this thirteenth chapter .  Even though  I know what I’m going to write  there  are still moments  where things  get mixed up and  out of place.  

Writers  block is not fun.  I’m sure you as a writer have  faced  it as  well.  And I  hate writers  block because all the  inspiration  and ideas are  sucked  out of you and well  are blocked .  So what did I do?

So  I  had to wait  a moment or two , clear my head and kind of  back track on  what  I wrote. 

It  has  brought me to  rewriting , adding and switching around a lot of things just so it can  all make sense.  Because the 3rd  scene  within the 13th chapter  I couldn’t  write at first . But now since I  went  back to the  first  scene where  I added and corrected  a couple  of  sentences  it  will  all flow  together now. 

My  advice for writers block  is just back track and read through  what you wrote because it could be  maybe a single sentence that creates  your writers block. 

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HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME WRITERS BLOCK?

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THE NOTEBOOK’S NARRATIVE FRAMING STORY & MY UPCOMING SHORT STORY  SIMILARITIES?  

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Everybody has seen or read Nicholas Spark’s the Notebook right?

Well if you haven’t, you should. I’m sorry I’m telling you what to do but as a writer it is a great book and of course movie to learn from on how to write the narrative framing story  .  

Why do I say this? Because Nicholas Sparks created his story using  the narrative framing technique . The thing about this story that Nicholas Sparks tells is it’s not just a regular flashback story or framing story.  It’s a story within a story each with their own conflict and structure . At the beginning you see an older man read a book to an older woman  about a young couple , Noah and Allie falling in love,  falling apart and then finding their way back together. And it turns  out that the  story that the older man is telling is of their own relationship.

This story is thus a mastermind and great example for the narrative framing technique as the main story is in the past. And then we later learn why the older Noah is reading the story.  It is because the older Allie suffers with Alzheimer’s disease .

Even though my  upcoming short story , IN THE HOUR OF HUMANITY  is a completely different genre   all together I couldn’t help but recognize the similarities to the Notebook .

SIMILARITIES

  • They both use the framing technique in the same way. Where each story , the one in the past and the one in the present have their own conflict and structure . 
  • They  both have older main characters that tell their story  about  when they were  younger.
  • Both stories . The Notebook and my short story have storylines that have characters dealing with  Alzheimer’s disease.

DIFFERENCES

  • The Notebook is a romance fiction novel  where my story,  In the  Hour of  Humanity  is a fantasy short story .
  • The Notebook  takes place in the present real world  where as  my  short story  takes  place  in the  ancient past  of another world .
  • The Notebooks framing is through Noah reading a notebook while my short story’s framing is through my main character Zios’s  eyes  as he  recollects  scattered memories

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WHAT  DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE  USE OF THE NOTEBOOK’S FRAMING  DEVICE  IN  THE MOVIE  OR FROM  READING THE BOOK?

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THE COMPETITION OF IT ALL: SPORT  RIVALRY IN FICTION & IN  MY NOVEL

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Rivalry in sports are a given and easily identifiable. Because there is an instantaneous villain and hero. You have one team against another . And boom there is rivalry . The stakes are high. The competition is fierce, and it is somewhat cutthroat rather  than life itself. Pain. Heartbreak. Corruption. Victory. All the perfect concoction for a great novel all rolled  up into one chaotic sportsmanship bow .  

I only  found a few novels while researching that has all the ingredients of the most  competitive sport   rivalries known to fiction. The ones that I could  find were about high school sport rivalries .

Troy High

Tiny Pretty Things

Some that weren’t  high school  sports rivalry fiction were

40 Love

Corpse de Ballet

Troy High tells the story of  Cassie  whose school’s team,  the Trojans football team rivals with another  school  the  Spartans .  When  the  head  cheerleader Elena  of the Spartans  transfers  to  Cassie’s school  and becomes  a trojan, falling in love  with Cassie’s  brother , Cassie is thrown in the middle of   two  warring  opposing teams.  It’s basically the  classic  tale of  Homer’s Iliad  retold  as a high school sport  rivalry  , competition story.

This story is by far the easiest example of the classic sports rivalry in fiction.  And easiest  type of sport rivalry for the writer to write .

The next novel  I found was Tiny Pretty Things,  which tells the story  of  3  ballerinas  from 3 different point of views  who all  dance  and are rivals at the same ballet  school. From what I read  of the synopsis  of this  book  it is  ridiculously intense and brutal. The rivalries extend  far for achievement   and  to become center stage in this novel. I mean spoiler from what I read of the synopsis ( ballerinas are literally pushing each other off  the roof  to  destroy  the competition)  Oh  crap, right? 

I think I would  actually  read that  for a  study in writing  teenage ballerinas rivaling .

This book seems to step up the rivalry game within sports making  the competition of it all thrillingly extreme.

This type of sport  rivalry  in  fiction may be  a challenge  for writers  to write but the challenge is worth it if  taken with  care and written well.  

The one thing that all four of  the mentioned  books have in common  within the sports  rivalry   fiction  genre is that the writers  add  a mystery  story plot to the  mix of the novel .   So it’s not strictly  just about the sport rivalry . Also  40 Love, Corpse de Ballet and Troy High all  add a romance story plot their main plots after  the sport rivalry  storyline.

I think that can be another  ingredient added to the sport rivalry  fiction .      

In my work in progress  werewolf novel , During the Blue Hour,  I also have a sport  rivalry storyline  thrown into the mix .  Although  not my  main  focus ,  the sport  rivalry  of ballet  can be seen  throughout my novel  between  my main  character Sirena  and her  nemesis Helene  who  battle it out  at the beginning  of the novel  for a scholarship  to dance  at the most  prestigious  school in  the fictional town  Stella  City.

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Similar to but not intense or extreme  as Tiny Pretty things( I mean there  is not  anybody  throwing each other  off buildings  for the scholarships )  there  is  a lot  of ballet  rivalry none the less .  There is a lot of bullying,  deadly  secrets , lies  and betrayal  between  my main character  Sirena  and her nemesis Helene that will be  slowly unraveled throughout the  novel. Helene  will  go far and to the  extreme  to get the scholarship and stop at nothing  or let anybody  get in her way.  But of course  My  main character Sirena  will not back down either to  obtain her  dream of dancing , especially  letting Helene  continue to bully her  into  giving  up the scholarship.   

There  is even a little storyline I have added  that  wasn’t  in my 1st draft  where  they were once close  friends  but then something tore  them apart . This will  all tie into  Sirena  finding out about being  a werewolf . But  I don’t  know yet  if they will make up at the end and become  friends through.  

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WHAT  NOVEL HAVE YOU  READ  THAT CONTAINS A SPORTS RIVALRY  STORYLINE?

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THE “HERE AND NOW” STORIES: WRITING  THE NARRATIVE  FRAMING /FLASHBACK   STORY

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I been dancing around this topic for a while now but I been  trying to save it since most of my short  stories  within the Blue Hour  Series  will contain  this technique;The narrative framing  or bookend with   flashbacks technique.  Or “the here and now story”, where the story is  just one long flashback .  

The reason  I’m setting up my short stories like this is because I want to create an anthology or some sort of Chronicles of the history of my world for my  main character .

You’ve  seen this technique before. It has been around since practically the beginning of  time.  It has been done well  in books like Canterbury Tales, The Odyssey  and The Notebook.

What are these two techniques? Why do I think   it works well together for short stories?  Is it okay to use  it as a main writing tool throughout your fiction piece ? How can you use it correctly.  Let’s  delve  deeper.

 What is these two techniques?

Framing devices  are a  unique and  strong  writing tool to use within the novel.  It is essentially a  story  within a  story told by an outside  narrator.  Whereas a flashback is a scene within a scene that transports readers back to a significant event in  the past. 

  Why do I  think   it works  well together  for short stories?

I think as a writer they  are not the same but these  two techniques can go hand and  hand helping each other out. Used correctly these two techniques can create a powerful hold  on readers allowing the reader the suspension of belief .

Flashbacks work well with a framing device especially when the main story of your novel or short story is  one long flashback where the character is remembering something. But the characters’ backstory must be interesting enough and matter for the effect of the flashback device to work well . And what’s even better the backstory  must move the story forward and be a plot catalyst. Plot revelations must arise that makes the conflict even more intense than what it was at the beginning .  

By using the framing technique it easily sets  up the story  and used as a guide for the reader letting them know what the story eventually will be like within the flashback . It also sets the tone of a story and can signal the main theme.

Is it okay to use it as a  main writing tool throughout your fiction piece?

Although using a framing device is a unique  and fun tool  and it is also basically  a challenging balancing  act  that is fraught  with  risk. It is said that a framing device can be too easy and seem like blatant exposition. Thus  the writer seems lazy .  So if you are going to use it make sure you ask yourself why  your story  needs it?

How can you use The Framing device correctly.

Hook  the reader  first

Make it clear you are  going into a flashback.

Find a trigger to  ignite  the flashback.

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WHAT FRAMING STORY HAVE YOU READ OR WROTE ?

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Check out  the teaser  of my  upcoming  short  story , IN THE HOUR OF HUMANITY  COMING  SOON 

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REVISING  AND REWRITING THE NOVEL

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Rewrites can be a pain . I know from my recent experiences. Even now as I work on the 2nd draft . I find  myself still  rewriting scenes and changing characters names. But revising and rewriting is a vital  component to writing. Without it the story and characters might  suffer, fall apart  and readers  will  get bored and tired, ultimately throwing the book down .

So what do you do? How  do you revise and rewrite your novel ?

A revision is when you’re only changing the text, and not the story.

While revising you concentrate on the text and the way  the  scenes  flow.

There  are often minor changes while revising because you like how the story is.

Rewriting is considered totally different than revision. Rewriting  is more substantial .  Remember there is  also no editing in rewriting. Your literally taking out all the problematic potholes,  characters , and scenes within the novel.    

First off  remember that you  must not be afraid metaphorically to kill your darlings  from the page . So anything that doesn’t make sense within the story but you like it take it out and put it aside for another  time because you might need it for later . IE deleted  scenes. 

I  love my deleted  scenes . I  have by now a  whole pile of them.  Sometimes  I ‘ll  put them back in when necessary  if I’m rearranging the  story around.  Or  I’ll  save them  to make a  new  story with the deleted  scenes( I talk  more about that in the post A SHORT STORY / NOVEL CONNECTION).

How  to focus on reworking what we  wrote  to bring out the core  idea  of the  story . 

I did this after  finishing up my 1st  draft of my current work in progress  novel. But  to tell you the truth  it took a long time.  It’s quite the process. To find the core  idea of my work in progress  novel  I  ended up deconstructing  it page by page.  Scene by  scene , sentence  by sentence .

The next thing to think about  is trying to figure  out how you can  make it better than  what  and  how you  wrote it the first time.

This is what I learned  when working on my  first draft . You are going to have to change  the story whether  you want to or not. Sorry  but  it is  true .  I ended up changing almost everything about my story except for the main plot and the fact that it is about werewolves. When I read through my first   draft  I  found myself cringing at moments , most scenes preferably  in the beginning of the draft and   towards  the ends it was okay but still  needed a lot of work.

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