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Go Set a Wat…Chapter One Opinion

So, I just read the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, that’s trending all over the Internet as a promotion for the book release on the 14th of July. This was the original book she wanted published.

Let go of expectations. Read it as if you know nothing of To Kill a Mockingbird and you won’t be as shocked. This is a different story with an edgier style and slower pace, yet still crafted by a genius.

I’m leaning toward To Kill a Mockingbird being the better choice, however.

Lay/Laid and Lie/Lain

I made up this dialogue quip to keep them straight.

Lay the object down now.”
“I laid the object down yesterday.”
“I have laid the object down every day.”
“Don’t lie.”
“I’m going to lie down now.”
“I lay down last night.”
“I have lain many times.”

Even though fictional stories are most often written in the past tense, the story is usually current action, being seen or experienced by characters. For example: She lay her head on his shoulder. She laid her head on his shoulder yesterday as well.

 

Learning From Picky Readers

Call me weird, but I read one star ratings before choosing a book to read from Amazon. Some authors complain that competitor authors troll and leave bad reviews. I have no idea about that, but I find the brutally honest one star reviews point out characterization and plot flaws. With the bad side pointed out, I move up the star ladder. By the time I read the last two five star reviews, I know if I’m buying. As a newby writer, I pay attention to the one star complaints in order to learn what works and doesn’t work, from other picky readers.

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