Urban Legends are a form of modern folklore that consists of stories that may or may not have been believed to be true by the storytellers. While the accuracy of these stories are not touched upon, it usually circulates and exhibits variation over time. They tend to carry significance within a community which leads the legend to be preserved.
Urban legends are sometimes repeated in a later time and in more recent stories. They are also distributed by e-mail or in other terms, chain letters. Most times the origin of an urban legend cannot be traced to a source and the tellers of these stories claim it has happened to a friend, or a friend of a friend.
Examples of Urban Legends:
Urban legends can also be known as urban myths, urban tales, or contemporary legends. Most sociologists and folklorists prefer the termcontemporary legend due to the misconception that they originate in urban areas.
((Once again, I apologize for this late answer.))
This is difficult to answer. On the one hand, I would love to say “write what you write write everything just write it do it now!” and be done with this answer because that’s what I feel. You should just write what you want to write, and if you want to write it just do so.
But on the other hand, if you wish to go through a traditional publisher (as you mentioned here)… This is a bit tricky. Again, if you want to write it? Write it. No one is going to stop you from doing so.
However, do not expect them to accept it right off the bat. Some publishers do not want to handle sequels or series at all, at least not until the first book proves successful enough for a follow up. Some publishers seem to actively look for or accept mostly books with sequels or planned series.
It is up to you whether or not you want to write it. It is up to you, your agent, your editor, the company, whether or not the book did well, and other factors whether or not it is published for others to read.
So i wanted to offer this as a simple piece of advice. I have been more and more interested in writing over these past few months. Of course when doing so i have so much in my mind. But it is not only the idea i have to write about but also the fear if anyone would like it. Soon i lose the idea…
Wound closure techniques ca. 1855.
Fig 1. Closure of the wound without sutures, using adhesives and cloth.
Fig 2. Simple interrupted suture.
Fig 3. Simple uninterrupted suture.
Fig 4. Interfolded suture, with stabilizing rods. Suture passes under wound and is pulled together despite no stitches over the wound site.
Fig 5. “Suture en zigzags” - Continuous horizontal mattress suture.
Fig 6. Twisted suture. Dieffenbach used this stitch in the early steps of his reconstructive surgery.
Fig 7. Suture needle holder.
Fig 8. Curved suture needles.
Précis iconographique de Médecine Opératoire et d’Anatomie Chirurgicale. Drs. Bernard and Huette, 1854.
While gratuitous blocks of text about a character’s clothing should normally be avoided, how someone dresses can be a great way to show rather than tell about elements of their character. It’s also a great tool to show character or personality when working with visual media. I’ve even seen it used as a thoughtful and successful part of the plot.
So let’s get thinking about your character’s style:
- What colors do they prefer? Why?
- In what state of cleanliness and repair are their clothes typically in?
- Comfort, practicality, or fashion? What’s most important?
- Name the ways in which your character’s average clothes are suited (or unsuited) to what they’ll be doing in the story.
- What kind of shoes does your character usually wear?
- Does their manner of dress tell you anything about their personality, job, etc?
- If they wear a uniform or standardized type of outfit, what is their opinion on it? Do they try to adapt it or wear it a certain way?
- Is there anything that your character wears that has sentimental value?
- Does your character wear jewelry? If so, what style and how much?
- Are there any accessories they carry for practical reasons (for example keeping hair ties on their wrist, or having work gloves in a pocket)?
- What kinds or articles of clothing do they hate, and why?
- What do other people think about your character’s clothes? What do people assume about the person based on their clothing? What do their friends think of how they dress?
If you think you can pull one of these off and it’s absolutely needed for your story, great! In general, however, try to avoid putting any of these things in your prologue:
- Philosophic ramblings with no action, dialog, or characters
- Vague people doing vague things explained in vague words
- A poem when the rest of the book is prose
- An event that has no bearing on the rest of the plot
- A prophecy that spoils everything
- Evil people sitting around planning
- Evil people sitting around looking nefarious
- Sounds and sensations with no concrete details
- A chase scene (In general, such chase scenes are unnecessary and add no new information to the book as a whole. They’re also cliche.)
- A boring infodump on the backstory of the setting
The Dos and Don’ts By James V. Smith Jr.
- Don’t introduce any new characters or subplots. Any appearances within the last 50 pages should have been foreshadowed earlier, even if mysteriously.
- Don’t describe, muse, explain or philosophize. Keep description to a minimum, but maximize action and conflict. You have placed all your charges. Now, light the fuse and run.
- Don’t change voice, tone or attitude. An ending will feel tacked on if the voice of the narrator suddenly sounds alien to the voice that’s been consistent for the previous 80,000 words.
- Don’t resort to gimmicks. No quirky twists or trick endings. The final impression you want to create is a positive one. Don’t leave your reader feeling tricked or cheated.
- Do create that sense of Oh, wow! Your best novelties and biggest surprises should go here. Readers love it when some early, trivial detail plays a part in the finale.
- Do enmesh your reader deeply in the outcome. Get her so involved that she cannot put down your novel to go to bed, to work or even to the bathroom until she sees how it turns out.
- Do resolve the central conflict. You don’t have to provide a happily-ever-after ending, but do try to uplift. Readers want to be uplifted, and editors try to give readers what they want.
- Do afford redemption to your heroic character. No matter how many mistakes she has made along the way, allow the reader—and the character—to realize that, in the end, she has done the right thing.
- Do tie up loose ends of significance. Every question you planted in a reader’s mind should be addressed, even if the answer is to say that a character will address that issue later, after the book ends.
- Do mirror your final words to events in your opener. When you reach the ending, go back to ensure some element in each of your complications will point to the beginning. It’s the tie-back tactic. Merely create a feeling that the final words hearken to an earlier moment in the story.
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Unfortunately, I use Figment and Wattpad myself when I don’t directly go to people for feedback.
Naturally, there is Fictionpress… but that isn’t exactly the best place to get feedback.
I know of other sites that I have yet to try such as WritersCafe.org, WritingForums.org, the Writer’s Digest forums, and MyWritersCircle.com.
Followers, if you have more places I would love to compile a better list.