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#1 williamkball

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:56 AM

Welcome any and all!:biggrin:

You may have checked out the somewhat long-winded description of this group before you entered here. Well I'll just bring it down to the basics::happy:

  • Share any ideas about how you feel the paranormal element can be used for the benefit of a story.:huh:
  • Show or talk about examples in your own writings of the paranormal and how it works to enhance the plot.:huh:
  • Suggest books that relate to this genre. Especially stories of another genre that entwine the paranormal in subtle or interesting ways. Also, so we can learn how not to do it, lay out some great 'Rotten Tomatoes' examples! There are plenty of them around.Posted Image
  • Above all, absolutely feel free to make any suggestions for the group and discuss all things paranormal. Don't be afraid to share any personal real-life experiences you or someone you may know have had with the paranormal and how it may have influenced your writing.:unsure:

Obviously, this is a brand new group and there will be more to come as it gets up and running full tilt. Thanks for joining or just visiting. Let's make it interesting!
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:27 AM

Sounds like fun, William. My brand-new WIP fits in this genre, but it's also a dark comedy. I have concerns about it, but I'll take it to a new thread.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:47 AM

Thanks for modding this, William. It will definitely be a place I stop by!

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:52 AM

Thanks for starting the group, William! My current wip is a paranormal, so I'm looking forward to the discussions.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:39 AM

As you know my interest in the paranormal goes back a ways. Will be looking forward to joining you here :)

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:55 AM

Thanks to all who have so far visited. I am greatly looking forward to what everyone will add to this group.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 11:58 AM

This sounds like a great group that I would be interested in! Thanks for coming up with it William.

Welcome any and all!:biggrin:

You may have checked out the somewhat long-winded description of this group before you entered here. Well I'll just bring it down to the basics::happy:

  • Share any ideas about how you feel the paranormal element can be used for the benefit of a story.:huh:
  • Show or talk about examples in your own writings of the paranormal and how it works to enhance the plot.:huh:
  • Suggest books that relate to this genre. Especially stories of another genre that entwine the paranormal in subtle or interesting ways. Also, so we can learn how not to do it, lay out some great 'Rotten Tomatoes' examples! There are plenty of them around.Posted Image
  • Above all, absolutely feel free to make any suggestions for the group and discuss all things paranormal. Don't be afraid to share any personal real-life experiences you or someone you may know have had with the paranormal and how it may have influenced your writing.:unsure:

Obviously, this is a brand new group and there will be more to come as it gets up and running full tilt. Thanks for joining or just visiting. Let's make it interesting!
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:17 PM




Hey, William--

In case it's a helpful resource, I wanted to stop by and let folks know about the discussion group that author Jenny Crusie is hosting on the topic of Gothic Romances. If you visit her community at www.cherryforums.com, you can see the reading list, read the posted discussions to date, and participate in the current discussion. For anyone unfamiliar with Jenny, she's a writing Craft genius, and her latest book is MAYBE THIS TIME, a take on the ghost story/Gothic THE TURN OF THE SCREW.

CONGRATULATIONS on the group, William!

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:33 PM

Absolutely! Thanks for the resource. Sounds just like the kind of thing for this group. I need to hear anything a craft genius has to say! Thanks again, I will post the link in the resources thread. Teeeeeerrrrific!

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 04:58 PM

Looks like you're hitting the ground running, William. Good job! Looking forward to stopping by. Hey, Wednesday is Ghost Hunters night!



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Posted 02 February 2011 - 06:58 PM

AHHH, your right mw. Ghost Hunters!

Thanks mw

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:35 PM

I'd love to get a thread started here on experiences. There are times I read things in books dealing with the paranormal and I think no way that sounds real. So maybe if we have heard of other peoples experiences or have had real ones of our own that defy scientific explanation, we could share?

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:51 PM

That's a great idea, Candy! Nothing like a good ghost story. : )

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:52 PM

Ok I started a new thread. :wink:

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:04 PM

Sorry for poking my head in here, but I have a question. The answer will probably help me define the genre of my WIP.

What's the difference between urban fantasy and paranormal?

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:13 PM

It's sort of a fine line, imo. Urban Fantasy is set modern day, in this world (for the most part) but with creatures usually found in fantasy books. The key I think is that it's an urban setting, and there's a strong fantastical element throughout. With paranormals, I think it's often one person with special powers, and the setting doesn't have to be modern day or urban, although you can find paranormal type creatures here too. I guess that's sort of the fine line. I think in those instances, it falls back on the setting.


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:34 PM

That makes me even more confused. The WIP I'm talking about is the one I mentioned over in the Think Tank. Modern, urban setting. In the end, I decided to cut out a lot of the fantastical elements and narrowed the 'non-human trafficking' down to a single race of people from another plane of existence. They're humanoid, but their culture is heavy on body modifications and ESP abilities. My MC is human, but he's got an untrained precognitive ability. It's one that will be a key later down the line. I'm still figuring out whether it'd be a /crime or a /romance. Only more chapters will tell. ;P

But back to the main question.... Does that sound more urban fantasy or more paranormal? I thought the ESP would make it paranormal, but I dunno since there's a crowd of freakshow ESP-users around him.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:40 PM

Eli, I think you'd be ok picking either genre, and might be tempted to switch it depending on the agent you're querying. For me, the urban setting and the various creatures says UF, but the ESP says paranormal, as does that the creatures are not your typical "fantasy" creatures. You could combine it... a paranormal UF. :wink:

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 09:37 PM

YEA MW!! I too am a total Ghost Hunters fan! I am really looking forward to learning and discussing in this group. I can use all the help I can get. Just reading everyone's posts gets me thinking, pondering and considering! :biggrin:

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 09:43 PM

Candy I love that idea. My husband has seen a few things in his very "level headed skeptic" life. I haven't...and I am the one who is curious about these things! Truly unfair. I know his experiences have left him scratching his head and really questioning. Should I expound? (For the first time i feel kind of foolish discussing it! :blush: )




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