Dogtown Weekly: 3/15/13

The Bookshelf Muse: Clarity In Writing & The Curse of Reader Assumption:
Jimmy Choos is not an Asian assassin! Yeezy taught me otherwise! /music reference

Readers never have the same kind of assumptions than the writer. No two humans have the same kind of assumptions. So clarity is important. So is a beta reader.

However, you should also avoid going too far into "viewers are morons" territory. In the book I'm currently reading, I stopped at one point because the author explained what a juvenile detention center" is. The explanation broke immersion because the context already made it clear what the detention center is. It was not even a full sentence, but put in the middle of a sentence.

At the same time, I thought back to the terms "small of the back" and "solar plexus", two terms that I've seen in multiple contexts and had to look up more than once. For reference, the small of the back is the lower back, and the solar plexus is where a lot of nerves meet on the upper stomach.

Nothing can make everyone happy.

The Character Therapist: A Therapist's Take on Silver Linings Playbook:
Yet again, Jeannie Campbell proves an interesting perspective to a work of fiction. The movie she writes about sounds interesting, and I might watch it in the future.

In summary, Silver Linings Playbook had both a realistic and a riveting take on mental disorders--except for one hitch.

YAtopia: What's okay for YA?:
By now, there's extremely little that you can't do in YA. By now, it's not about what subjects you can or can not do. Rather, it's how you approach them.

Now, it's interesting how the author and her editor and publisher decided to remove a f-bomb from the first page in order to avoid turning readers off, even if the rest of the novel is full of profanity. Sometimes, the commercial aspect of writing needs to be considered if you want to continue being a career novelist.

I really need to detail my opinion on the entire "commercial success vs. artistic integrity" debate in the future.

Roni Loren: The Faster I Write, the Better the Book?:
This seems like a paradox, but it does have some basis. Sean Platt has written about this before, saying that writing faster helps you find you true writing voice, but I think there's another reason.

Basically, when you keep up momentum instead of taking it slow, you spend less time fixating over every word. So when you spill everything out, if you plan everything correctly, the subconscious produces something more natural and less forced.

Writer Unboxed: Does Your Protagonist Have Amnesia?:
I thought this

Terribleminds: Writing Books and Fighting Cancer, By T.J. Brown:
Lastly, a touching story with its quirks. Just because you're on morphine for cancer treatment doesn't mean you can't write.

A Quick Note:

Spring Break for me starts today! I'll be using next week to do something...productive. Preferably fiction.

Have a nice weekend!