Ronald dahl and the famous TV poem care to comment.
Today we well speak of Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990 / Cardiff / Wales yet he was originally from Norway)one of the most famous poets in mdern history with works for both children and adults, became one of the world’s BESTSELLING authors. His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his…
roald dahl is one of the greats! i grew up reading his books. they’re excellent. i totally agree with the poem. so many parents use the tv as a baby sitter. it’s not right. my daughter used to read loads. not so much now which is a shame.
Guides for writing a better novel.
Im looking for books about writing what s in a novel, not “write everyday” or “outline your book first.” I ve read that kind of stuff too many times to count. Like at least 3 times.I would like stuff about things like writing your sentences in a way that makes them interesting and more…
Writing a novel is not like building a bird-feeder. While there are books out there that contain useful information on plot development, character creation, description, narrative voice, and advice about all kinds of literary devices, there’s no book out there that’s going to teach you how to construct a novel from the bottom up, step-by-step, with clear, all-purpose examples that will apply in each and every situation that can be recycled indefinitely. And frankly, this question doesn’t read as though it had been written by someone who has put away at least three books on writing. (Would doing something 3 times really qualify as doing it “too many times to count”? Or did the chapter on hyperbole just really sink in?)The best way to learn all the things that you’re interested in learning about would be to read a wide range of different types of books, with a concentration on novels of course, but to see first-hand how different authors approach the formation and the telling of a story.Allow me to be of some assistance in this area:Read Graham Greene’s “Brighton Rock.” This book is a terrific example of how a great novel can also be a very exciting novel. It’s got a wonderful setting, the characters are rich and detailed, the plot is fast-paced and keeps you guessing about what’s going to happen, and it will play games with your moral compass as you’ll feel yourself being pulled back and forth between your sense of righteousness and your sense of empathy. It’s a book for anyone between the ages of 14 and 114 who wants to read a fun book that’s got style.Get a pack of cards. Set the Aces aside. The Ace of Clubs will be “The Big Sleep”, the Ace of Diamonds will be “Farewell, My Lovely”, the Ace of Hearts will be “The Long Goodbye”, and the Ace of Spades will be a collection of Raymond Chandler’s short stories. Mix them up and pick one. Read and enjoy. You want to learn how to craft dialogue? You’ll need to be familiar with Chandler. You want to set scenes? The man could say more in a sentence than most other authors could in ten paragraphs. Punchy, direct, funny, the man was an eminent stylist and anybody who wants to approach the writing of a novel in this century needs to have an understanding of what made him so wonderful.The collected short stories of Roald Dahl. They can be found in single editions, or divided into a few separate collections. The earlier stories differ from the later ones, so skip the first one “Over to You” if you don’t want to go for one that’s got all of them. Dahl was famous for his twist endings, his rich imagery, his vivid characters and his snappy dialogue, and reading his stuff for the first time is a big treat. His work is so incredibly gripping that a 10-page story can get you invested more than a 100-page book can. “Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat”, “Parson’s Pleasure” and “Pig” are particular favourites of mine that will have you fidgeting and wincing as you read. “Lamb to the Slaughter” and “The Landlady” are often used as examples to teach the art of short story writing.Read S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders.” This is a great book that perfectly demonstrates how a young author can take a vision and run with it, see it through, and walk away having a terrific book. The narrative voice remains consistent even as it changes. Read it and see what I mean by that. They will tell you to write what you know. She did, and this was the result. So you can see why people say that. It’s exciting and it’s filled with tidbits that young authors can nibble on or save for later.Bernard Malamud’s “The Assistant” is a good book. Not a great book, but a good book. It’s got a very simple story that features some very basic characters with very basic wants and needs and it goes from beginning to middle to ending along a very clear linear path, though there are some good twists sewn into the fabric of the tale, it doesn’t hammer the reader over the head with its moral message, and it’s just a very mature and deep parable hidden inside what appears to be a competently, if not even a tad pedestrian, type of novel. It’s a great building block.William Boyd’s “Restless.” A modern spy thriller, I picked this one up on a lark at an airport a few years back and devoured it in a single sitting. It’s fun, it’s got a sense of mystery and excitement to it, and it will keep you engrossed and guessing. It’s another great example of a decent story that’s well executed and serves as a great way to dive into a book for a few hours.You may notice a pattern here. Some of these suggestions are all over the place – you’ve got upper Middle-Tier authors like Greene and Chandler, who while they’re not Nabokov or Malcolm Lowry, they’re still very highly respected writers. Then there are a couple by authors who you might have heard of, but never really heard much about, and then there are short story collections. The common denominator is that they’re all fun. They won’t bore you. And they’re all good examples of what to aim for with writing. I could have rattled off a list with suggestions like Hemingway and Conrad and Dickens, but this list is filled with books that will keep you reading if you open yourself to them.Forget these rubbish “How To” writer’s guides. What you need is to get a good number of well written books under your belt to understand how things are done. Read these books because you’ll enjoy reading them, because they all demonstrate a different set of techniques and different elements of style and because there’s something to be taken away from each of them.
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How can you write a good story.
I used to like writing and dreamed about becoming a remembered author like Roald Dahl or J.K. Rowling but after a while I started to feel my stories were no good and plus I was often told becoming an author is hard. So much for following your dreams! But I still like writing, but the problem is I’m not really…
You have to learn about the building blocks for writing a good story, first of all! There are certain way to structure the story line, building you characters etc. Have you ever taken writing classes? Knowing all the tricks can be really helpful!Also, never go out of your way to be original. All stories have already been written a hundred times before, it’s impossible to be completely original, and if you try to squeeze in, say, vampire alien mob superheroes or something like that, it will just seem incredibly forced. Stick to one thing! Less is more in writing.And the best thing once you have decided the overall plot line (you will learn how to do this if you take writing classes) is to just write. Don’t think too much about it and don’t be too picky! It’s a first draft, it can have a lot of mistakes, it doesn’t matter. You will go back many times to fix those mistakes later, it’s much easier.EDIT: I forgot to tell you the mantra of my teachers: “dig where you stand”. Meaning, write about what you know. If you work at an office, use that environment in your story. If you’ve experienced heartache, write about someone who get their heart broken. It doesn’t mean you should write an entire book about every part of your life, not at all, what I mean is that you can use certain experiences in your life to make your story seem more real. You can also pick certain parts of your personality and exaggerate them to make up a new character. Example: I’m shy, artsy and I like cats. An exaggerated version of me could be a crazy hermit cat lady who is also a famous artist, lol. You can come up with all sorts of interesting characters in this way.
Characters, writing a book and needs a small bit of help.
I have seven characters, plus a dog, that need to be introduced in the beginning of the book. It must e this way because they are all in the same place, and heading the same place. How can I do this with out confusing the readers. . .I’m afraid the readers will either read it and be confused with some many…
A useful trick when you want to introduce them all subtly is to have them do it via dialogue.E.g. Let’s say they’re called Mary, Bill, Jack, Joe, Ashley, Jenny, Charlotte and Bruno the dog.”I really like The Twits, by Roald Dahl,” said Mary. “WHat books do you guys like?””I like Twilight!” said Bill enthusiastically.”Who doesn’t?” muttered Jack, rolling his eyes.”I like anything girly and glamorous!” said Ashley, giggling.”I prefer non fiction stuff,” said Charlotte, bending down to stroke Bruno, who was wagging his tail energetically and chasing pigeons in his path.Try and get them all talknig to each other and referring to each other like that (obviously that was a bit rushed, slow it down a bit too, don’t just introduce them in a list like that) 😀
Does this book idea sound original.
I’m not sure if it would be, because there are so many things that could be like it. I don’t want to spend ages writing it, to find it’s plagurisedBasic plot: the kids were at a party, but then someone’s there and makes them have terrible sudden pains by rippling his fingers, making loud…
Does the book sound original?No, but that’s okay a lot of books in fact most aren’t “original” . There has been so many books written that almost all are derivative from something else. Take Harry Potter for example, inside the book JK took several plot points, archetypes and even objects from other series and books. Dumbledore, bears a striking resemblance to Gandolf. Tooth-flossing string mints are from Roald Dahl and so are pepperimps.I review books and write quite a bit, so it’s not really if the story sounds original. It’s if you execution is original. Flesh out the idea a bit and go for it. The story sounds like it has some nice framework that with the proper care could go somewhere. And being 15 shouldn’t interfere. Have you read the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini? He started the series when he was 15.
40 Fun Questions for Writers..
1.What is your main character/s name?2.What is their personality?3.How many pages in your book?4.How many words?5.List 5 words that describe your character (they have to be unrelated, as in like, funny, peach, yellow, etc)6. What is the first 3 words in your story?7.What do you do when you have writers…
1.What is your main character/s name?Charlotte2.What is their personality?Funny, sardonic, and caring.3.How many pages in your book?325.4.How many words?Around 75,0005.List 5 words that describe your character (they have to be unrelated, as in like, funny, peach, yellow, etc) Apple, cupcake, cookie, dog, fast.6. What is the first 3 words in your story? I didn’t like7.What do you do when you have writers block?Lay down and listen to music, and see what comes to me.8.What do you do when a great story idea pops out of no where and you are busy? Store it into my notes on my phone.9. Do you make your characters similar to you in any way?Not at all!10. How long have you been writing for? (from what age)Since age 6 or 7.11. Do you have a writing schedule? And if yes, what is it? nopes.12. Who is your favorite author? Hmmm. I’d have to say Kevin Henkes13. What are your favorite books by them?~Olive’s Ocean.14. What author and actor are a good mix? (Roald Dahl+Johnny Depp=Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, etc) Stephanie Meyer+Edward Cullen+Twilight (we all know she wishes that was her boyfriend! XD)15. Do you listen to music when you write? What kind? Yes. It’s usually metal, rock, soft rock, and or electric.16. Where do you write? (in bed, computer, school/work, etc) Anywhere really. On the couch, at the dinner table, on my bed, at my desk…17. Do you eat when you write or does it distract you? Sometimes, and it doesn’t distract me that much.18. Do you ever get good ideas for a story then figure out someone already has them?Yeah, I’m like WTF I thought this was original, I then become extremely frustrated, and scrap the story…FOREVER. O.O19. Do you ever write when you are watching a movie? Yup.20. Do you ever plan out your books as movies? All the time, I play the scenes in my head while I’m waiting for sleep to take over.21. Do you ever plan out sequels for your books when you haven’t even finished the first one? yes all the time, it’s so silly though.22. Who do you dedicate to? I don’t really dedicate. : /23. If you couldn’t be an author, what would you be? Probably a–um–a–social worker. : /But not being an author isn’t in my plans.24. How many books have you started (or finished)? Around fifty, and finished about 5.25. You have like a folder or something for story ideas? Yes.26. Do you have any ‘habits’ you do when you are writing? (Click your fingers, pick hangnails, roll up your tongue, etc). No, just concentrating.27. Do you draw pictures to go along with your writing? No. Because I type most of the time.-27: If you do, when drawing faces, do you have the same facial expression as them? (I do, it’s so weird, it just happens, I can’t stop it :P)28. At what time of day do you write the most? Close to the afternoon.29. If your character had to have a password for something, what would it be? DonutHole.30. What is your dream/goal for your life? To become a best selling award winning author! ^ _ ^31. What type of student are you? A studious student!32. What do you buy from Smiggle? (if you don’t buy from them, what do you buy from stationary stores, like specifically, sharpeners, journals, etc) Nothing. : /33. If you are sad, when you write, do you make your characters sad in the book? Sometimes, or I just vent my feelings on another document and calm myself down.34. When you are sad/happy/mad or whatever, does it show in your writing? Like does your emotion affect your writing? Sometimes.35. Do you wear any ‘special’ clothing when writing? XDNo! I just wear what I have on.
How many words do children’s book usually contain…
Not young adult books.I’m thinking of, from age 9-12.How many words do ‘Charlie and the chocolate facotry’, ‘Matilda’, and Judy Blume’s ‘Double Fudge’ contain??
It looks like 40,000 words is the average acceptable length for books for kids in the 9-12 range. Obviously, you could write a book with more words but I think that kids books need to be more careful about the length than adult books. If you were talking about adult books I would say that the story is over when the story is over, and that length should not dictate the story in any way. Kids, however, are not likely to read books that are extremely long and/or complex. Harry Potter would be one of the very few exceptions.Matilda by Roald Dahl – 40,009 words (240 pages for the copy shown in the link)http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home….Double Fudge by Judy Blume – 38,860 words (160 pages for the copy shown in the link)http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home….Hoot by Carl Hiassen – 61,113 words (also in the 9-12 range, 304 pages for the copy in the link)http://www.renlearn.com/store/quiz_home….
Why did Roald Dahl write the way he did.
I’m writing an assignment for school about Roald Dahl and his books, but it’s not supposed to be like just facts about his life etc, but how the way he writes has affected people, why he wrote that way (the kind of special-ish children’s books), and what message he wanted give?
Read his autobiography “BOY”His childhood, family, and home all influenced his writing style and stories. For example, many of his adult characters are dark and antagonistic. As a child, he was beaten and abused in school, and was lacking a father.
How many books has Roald Dahl wrote and what are they.
I really need to know because my friends might want to write it in their biographies they’re doing at school. The subject is Roald Dahl. Can you also give me some info about his life because they haven’t yet finished them so they still have time to add it in. Thanks!
Dahl has so many to his credit, they cannot be counted!Here is a site to give you all the titles, though.http://www.borders.com/online/store/Sear…
- The BFG ebook by Roald Dahl
- By Michael Dahl Chuckle Squad- Jokes About Classrooms Sports Food Teachers and Other School Subjects Michael Da Paperback ebook by Michael Dahl
- Zur Theorie und Praxis des Gesprachs in der Schule- E Bibliogr German Edition ebook by Helma Behme
- The Eejits Itchy Coo ebook by Roald Dahl
- Tea at Five ebook by Matthew Lombardo