At 1/28/10 07:27 PM, SCTE3 wrote:
As I said, we all post in our own style you know? Yea a lot of us prefer to double space but some single space it because they have a lot to write.
With artistic decisions aside, I'm going to make it known yet again (I'll shut up one of these days, but seeing as it's still a topic) that I prefer writers to double-space their paragraphs here, if only on the accounts that not doing so makes it harder to read without me copying and pasting it elsewhere and that because indenting doesn't work, it's sometimes tricky to see whether a paragraph has ended at all, if the last sentence of it stops towards the right side of the screen. I've personally advised writers that want to split up paragraphs in continuity with paragraphs taking place in an alternative timescale (or something) to separate the sections like this:
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, because a popular way of doing so usually would be to simply double-space. If double-spacing is to be used as a normal way of spacing paragraphs here though, then we might as well make appropriate alterations using ellipsis, stars, whatever.
While I think it was brushed upon, I'll say from my own point of view, that while we all like to experiment with different methods of writing because we're at just the right stage for it, some methods still need to be moderated a little bit. Many scriptwriting people and websites for example, make it painfully clear to beginners not to start with Pulp Fiction/Run Lola Run/Sliding Doors/Irreversible/Memento styled narratives, because they take a bit of skill to really use effectively (and in the case of Run Lola Run, it's used to the point where the plot is actually meaningless anyway, as it's used to convey a sort of 'choice and chance' feel to fantastic levels). If you really think you could handle something along those lines and you want to challenge yourself though, cool. I'd like to read what you get out of it!
I just watched The Right Stuff, finally - it was very good, I recommend it. It's the sort of film to throw in the mouths of those that say artistic output in the '80s had no zeal. It's quite long for a standard film, but it never really tired me due to how well it was presented and how the characters made sense to their real-life counterparts (it's about real-life pilots and astronauts). I think part of it comes down Tom Wolfe's love for detail, so it can be somewhat easier to transfer across.
Speaking of Tom Wolfe, have any of you ever read any of his stuff? I have Bonfire of the Vanities waiting for me at home, but otherwise I'm new to him. I'm expecting it to be a challenging read going off reputation. I saw Brian De Palma's film version for class, which I'm aware isn't particularly true to the novel. It wasn't a 'bad' film on its own unlike how others have described it, though I could tell it was pretty over-budgeted.
Maybe I could call that effect Godfather III syndrome, or something.