Chapters 8-10:What To Borrow, Myth, or Rain and Snow?

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Chapter 8: Hansledee and Greteldum

Throughout this chapter, we see how many modern novels or short stories borrow from older works. But how do you know where to borrow from? Well, I guess it depends on what you want to write about. If your going for the childrens fantasy/fairytales, you would do well to look at the famous disney stories. If you want mystery or karma, you may want to look at some of the older classics, for example: one of my favorites, The Count of Monte Cristo. Which offers a bit of both mystery and karma. It all depends on what your writing about that decides who you are likely to borrow from. Or maybe you don't want to borrow. Although that's very unlikely since a lot of the stuff people come up with relate to something they themselves have read before.

Chapter 9:It's Greek to Me

This chapter talks about myths. Are they true, or just make believe? Well, once again that is completley up to you , the reader or writer. To me myths add a lot of mystery to a book. Most likely you have never heard of it before, which makes it appealing. However, you have to use it sparingly. Don't use it during a chase scene, because it wouldn't make sence, but if your book or writing is fantasy based, it may be good to add a myth in there for a splash of color. Myths can be fascinating, but if used wrong they just become boring.

Chapter 10: It's More Than Just Rain or Snow

"It was a dark and stormy night." Everyone has heard that phrase before. Even though you may be sick and tired of hearing that phrase over and over again, it's a very good one. Why?, you may ask. Well, for one thing, everyone has heard of it, makeing it famous. Second, it tells you exactly what the setting is like. And finally, for me, it adds even more mystery and wonder. So next time you read, "It was a dark and stormy night," don't just think, "oh boy, here we go again!" Think this could turn out to be very good. Remember, don't judge a book by its cover, or rather, don't judge a book by its well known phrase.

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