// What are the odds this makes him a whole lot less funny.
// It's an invasion! And people were worried about Mexicans taking over.
// How can you not like cupcakes?
You have to change your attitude towards books. You must sift through and find what made a particular story successful.
How did the story develop, and what made the characters come 'alive' for you?
How was tension created?
Why did you like the tale, or fall in love with the hero or heroine?
What held your interest most and why?
What was the ratio of dialogue to descriptive work?
How did dialogue contribute to the story, to the characters, to tension between characters?
// I'm working out a problem with my writing, so I'm bookmarking some sites to do that.
Quote:"What is Dialogue used for?
People in real life often ramble on for no particular reason. Characters in stories, however, never do. Dialogue must do one of the following:
Establish the tone or mood
Provide exposition or back story
Reveal character and motivation
Create immediacy and intimacy (build reader empathy)
Move the plot forward and/or increase its pace
Create or add to existing conflict
Remind the reader of things they may have forgotten
Discourse provides contrast against action and description within a novel and moves the story along. Care must be taken that it does not sound contrived for the sake of the plot. Every word spoken must serve a purpose without seeming to. This means revealing character, imparting information and moving the plot along. It must also compel the reader and make them want to turn the page.
Read more at Suite101: How to Write Dialogue in Novel Writing: Revealing Characterisation Through Speech in Literary Fiction http://character-development.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_write_dialogue_in_novel_writing#ixzz0v3OznP97
Quote:"All else equal, they were making about an extra $100 a year at age 27 for every percentile they had moved up the test-score distribution over the course of kindergarten. A student who went from average to the 60th percentile — a typical jump for a 5-year-old with a good teacher — could expect to make about $1,000 more a year at age 27 than a student who remained at the average. Over time, the effect seems to grow, too.
// Interesting study. The basic premise is people with the same ability, if given different teachers in Kindergarten, will have different life outcomes. There is a question of statistical significance (in my mind). Also, I wonder if the specific traits of the teachers is known, so that it would be possible to train teachers in these qualities. If I had to guess, I'd say that some teachers, with some charm, encourage young kids to yield to authority better than others. Those who yield become more successful than the rebellious. But that's just a guess.
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