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    Residue On The Upper Lip

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Edgar Sideways, Jan 29, 2013.

    I am planning to write a novel about a man who goes for three months, unwittingly, with a residue on his upper lip. However, I am unsure as to whether this premise would be strong enough to sustain a full novel.

    Any suggestions?



    -Edgar
     
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    If that's all you've got... yeah, that's not enough. I suggest working out characters, a plot and a story.
     
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    Depends on your strength as a writer.

    With the write wit and balance, I can imagine a book that was primarily based around something like that.

    But you'd have a hell of a time making it engaging. I have a few ideas of how you could make it work, but now that I've thought of them, they're mine.

    =)
     
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    'a residue' of what?

    regardless, i can't see it working for anything longer than a short story...
     
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    Can see it as a Monty Python/John Gleese sort of thing. You'd have to have several hilarious incidents centred on the residue though. And a lot of strong off the wall type characters.
     
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    I don't believe this is a serious question. Call me a skeptic.
     
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    This reminded me of a quote i love :D

     
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    You are a Skeptic.
     
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    I pictured a man with a teenager's dozen-hair moustache. As a story basis, as thin as the pilatory forest.
     
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    This being a grand metaphor for his general lack of self-awareness, presumably? I like it.
     
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    no answer on what the 'residue' is, so i have to wonder if it was a serious question, too!
     
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    Count me as a skeptic as well - but giving the benefit of the doubt, all ideas are worthless until implemented. Write it and see where it goes.
     
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    A one joke book? Seems kinda thin. Unless you're going more for a kafkaesque scenario which
    could be both spooky and hilarious.
     
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    I can already see this getting published, people would buy a novel with a name "Residue On The Upper Lip" just to know what kind of residue :D
     

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