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Western Watch, Chapter 6, First DraftAuthor's Commentary:
Western Watch, Chapter 6, First DraftAuthor's Commentary:Western Watch, Chapter 6, First Draft by *LadyMerrethsAuthor
This chapter sees Merreth's introduction to life on the other side of the Saskanna River. She's been there not ten minutes when she makes things worse for people by trying to make them better.
It's not a bad chapter. As with the others, it requires tightening up/
Merreth touches her left forearm and suppresses a wince. Under the bandage a puckered, angry brand indicates the date her service to the Western Watch ends. It doesn’t just throb, it hammers her arm with pain.
The brand shows whether a man – or woman, in her case – is on the wrong side of the Saskanna. No need for record keeping. Very efficient. Her lip twitches. It’s like something she’d bloody think of.
She looks over the Saskanna, watching shadows made long by the rising sun as they slide over the water. Not many people up at
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An impulsive decision on Merreth's part begins to entangle her in politics -- which she loathes -- and with commoner man who wants to teach women.
In this chapter Merreth finds herself drawn deeper into academia, noble affairs, and Evvern's situation. She is NOT happy about it. There is some great back and forth between Merreth and Evvern in this chapter, and we learn a lot about the Rector's motives in letting Evvern teach.
Follow." Merreth threads her way into the main room, rips her cape from the peg where it hangs, and strides out the entrance. It’s stopped drizzling and the sun struggles out from behind backlit grey clouds. Simma's carriage is gone, replaced by a creaking wagon overloaded with planks, paint cans, and carpentry tools. A half-dozen sweaty, calloused workmen swarm over it.
Writing Advice: by Chuck PalahniukGood advice for writers:Writing Advice: by Chuck Palahniuk by =pestomonkey
In six seconds, you'll hate me.
But in six months, you'll be a better writer.
From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use "thought" verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.
The list should also include: Loves and Hates.
And it should include: Is and Has, but we'll get to those later.
Until some time around Christmas, you can't write: Kenny wondered if Monica didn't like him going out at night…"
Instead, you'll have to Un-pack that to something like: "The
mornings after Kenny had stayed out, beyond the last bus, until he'd had to bum a ride or pay for a cab and got home to find Monica faking sleep, faking because she never slept that quiet, those mornings, she'd only put her own cup of coffee in the microwave. Never his."
Instead of characters knowing anything, you must now present the details that allow th
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