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    What style should I use???

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by sashas, May 23, 2007.

    Hey guys...

    I have this idea...no...an entire plot, complete with the ending figured out in my head.
    Its a very deep, philosophical subject. I'll be writing about religion, herd mentality, montony of routine, etc.

    I was wondering what style should i use to write it.
    I want to do a satire. I have a Joseph Heller kinda satire style, with significant South Park style humor thrown in.

    But then I think a satire would take away from the depth of the subject. A more straight laced subject, I guess, would sound much better, at least from a publisher's poing of view.

    What do you guys suggest?
     
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    Read Terry Pratchett, and Swift, satire can work for any and all situations. It just has to be done carefully, and those two are/were masters of it.
     
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    Repeats above. Also, see Little Miss Sunshine. Not necessarily satire, but gives an education on how to mix skillfully provoking emotions with uproarious humor.
     
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    Thats why I wanted to write satire.

    And the Little Miss Sunshine was a pretty good movie. It was like a tamer version of South Park
     
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    what kind of 'publisher' did you have in mind?... magazine, or book?...

    do you want to write an article or essay?... or a book-length rant on some subject?... what do you want it to do?... make a point?... educate?... or entertain?

    can't advise you w/o more info...
     
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    I have a lot of plots...
    Some are short stories, merely to entertain.

    But what I really have in mind, and what I really want to do is work around with this plot I have and turn it into a regular novel. And the primary purpose of the piece would be to make the reader think. Entertainment comes much later.

    So I guess the kinda publisher I really want would be a regular book publisher.
     
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    then you only need to know what it is you want to write... and then write it!

    we can't tell you what will work best, because we don't know...

    1. what you have in mind

    2. what you can write

    if you write it well enough, any of the styles you list above can sell... just not necessarily to the same markets or making the same impact on the readers...
     

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