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Old 14-04-2014, 17:22   #16
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Re: would you take a drink?

He drinks! He gets younger and falls in love with granny who's boobs are, never mind the boobs for now, anyway, he is happy on the Island until... a boat is in trouble, MAYDAY-MAYDAY-MAYDAY! Dawson prepares his boat, and knowing the risk he is taking sets off to save the day. It's a four day sail, the weather gets bad and then worse and he feels his body aging...as the boat is being thrashed around...Does he continue the suicidal mission? YOU BET HE DOES! He's Dawson for crying out loud! What happens next? Well, you're the freakin writer...you figure it out, but if it were my story he would save the day, come back to the Island, and find granny is now six months old and getting younger by the minute.
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Old 14-04-2014, 18:18   #17
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Re: would you take a drink?

Against overwhelming odds he tries to smuggle a sample out for analysis. That could spin out forever. Maybe the analysis comes out well and crooks from the lab try to prize locational info from him. Could end up a real James Bond!

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He drinks but with a plan to leave.
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Old 14-04-2014, 19:21   #19
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Re: would you take a drink?

Interesting, your dilemma, not his.

I say the below with the full authority of a non writer.....

The point of telling a story is to make a point. The story is just the path you travel on the way to a destination.

If you don't know where you are going, what the destination is, then you are just wandering pointlessly.

Why are you writing the story?
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Re: would you take a drink?

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Interesting, your dilemma, not his.

I say the below with the full authority of a non writer.....

The point of telling a story is to make a point. The story is just the path you travel on the way to a destination.

If you don't know where you are going, what the destination is, then you are just wandering pointlessly.

Why are you writing the story?
I would tend to disagree.

Agatha Christie was the first to admit that she often didn't know who she'd choose as the perp among all the potential candidates until the last chapter of her novels.

This said, Dawson's situation seems a little too déjà vu to add anything meaningful to the genre, unless of course, he unwittingly happened to discover the source of the secret Viagra ingredient that Dow Chemical has been trying to hide from us for over a year.

All seriousness aside, writing isn't always as easy as it looks, and outside input can be priceless. Just ask Tolstoy.

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