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chadcampbell

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Something i dont know...
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:37 PM
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How do you write when someone is reading something? In my previous book i've done signs and letters but i just posted them as such. Now my character is reading a website and i want the reader to know what they know. Any suggestions?
ignaciodemure

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Re: Something i dont know...
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:43 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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have him reading a forum site. then you can let your readers see each post and his written reaction as they read along
mtfic

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Re: Something i dont know...
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:45 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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A way that Jay Asher has done it is that the person tells another person about what they found out etc.
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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 12:55 PM   in response to: mtfic in response to: mtfic
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Basically its a girl reading about monsters and i want the reader to basically be reading the same thing she is. Anyone understand?
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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 1:00 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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Basically its a girl reading about monsters and i
want the reader to basically be reading the same
thing she is. Anyone understand?

chad, think about this post of your's
mtfic

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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 1:10 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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Make what she reads in Iltalics on the page?
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Re: Something i dont know...
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 1:14 PM   in response to: mtfic in response to: mtfic
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wouldn't it be easier to show trhe reader the page she's reading?

yes. you could do this in italic's if you wanted to

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cdhussey

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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 1:15 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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Italics are common. It also helps to indent the text - to make it stand out from the general narration.
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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 1:17 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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Chad,

You can try something like this...

She opened the book and lost herself in the words. "Once upon a time," they said. "Once upon a time..."

then in italics start a new section following the same sentence

[i]... there was a monster that such and such. The monster was big, hairy, and with really clean, pearly-white teeth.[/i]

I hope this helped. Good luck!

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chadcampbell

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Re: Something i dont know...
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 1:17 PM   in response to: mtfic in response to: mtfic
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Thats for thought. And what do you mean worm? I've never done this type and i usually specialize i was wondering if you put like as she read, " everything you want the reader to read like they are seeing it like the chracter." or some other special way
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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 1:24 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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you are displaying a xeroxed copy of the page to the reader (sort of). the reader and character are reading the same thing at the same time
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Re: Something i dont know...
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 1:39 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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If a character is reading a letter or something, you block indent the letter and have extra space before the first line and after last line of the letter, or you can have the reader see it as inner monologue in italics, but if it’s a long passage, italics becomes hard on the eyes. On the Kindle, only the left side will be block indented, but on paper, both sides will be indented.
daysoldier

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Re: Something i dont know...
Posted: Jun 21, 2012 2:14 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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Sally studied dozens of websites, but none of them had the information she needed. When she saw monsteranswers.com, she was hopeful this would have the answer she needed. She pulled up the webpage and was immediately intrigued. "Bingo," she whispered as she read the information on the screen.

[i]Monsters don't live under your bed. They come there through a portal that's connected to their own dimension. The portal is triggered when one or both feet are hanging over the edge of the bed. Once the portal opens, a monster can come through, grab your feet, drag you through the portal. This is why most kids who are pulled under the bed by a monster are never found again. [/i]

Sally leaned back in her chair and sighed. This perfectly explained Johnny's disappearance. "Okay," she said, "all I have to do is leave my feet hanging over the bed. Hang tight, Johnny. I'll be there soon."

...

Right or wrong, that's how I usually do it (with proper indents on the narrative of course; They just don't show up on a forum post).

Edit: I just noticed tim's answer. What he said. :)

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sargeking

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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 3:08 PM   in response to: chadcampbell in response to: chadcampbell
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Sure. Paraphrase the great scene in the old Frankenstein movie where the little girl runs out of flower petals to throw in the pond and then the Modern Prometheus throws her into drown. The original scene was deemed too powerful to be viewed Stateside and was only released in Europe. Go figure?
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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 3:17 PM   in response to: daysoldier in response to: daysoldier
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