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The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Ballet Dancers

by Gypsy Thornton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm very pleased to announce that my new book is now live and available for purchase!

Here's an excerpt from the Introduction to give you an idea of what you can look forward to and whyyouneedthisbook if you want to write about ballet dancers:

(From the Introduction: Please note this is not the final draft and some changes may be made before printing.)

In the literary world the character of the Ballet Dancer by and large remains a ‘type’: exotic (i.e. nothing the average reader can relate to), romantic (i.e. stereotypically feminine), mysterious (i.e. aloof and inaccessible) and, well, boring!

It’s ironic that a character often reached for to provide glamor and pizazz turns out to be as flat as the paper she (or he) is written on.

No wonder she (because it’s almost always a ‘she’) ends up wafting ineffectually through third-rate romance novels, getting lumped into the scenery of mysteries as a colorful but two-dimensional sidekick, is cloned in pre-teen girl books or abandons fiction altogether in favor of autobiographies.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Using FACTS TO BUILD YOUR FICTION can make your story MORE COMPELLING, your characters MORE REAL and KEEP YOUR READERS READING!

Let me peel away the mask of those incorrect assumptions and stereotypes to show you what’s REALLY going on behind the scenes and just how BIG a difference the correct little detail can make.

I’ll show you why your heroine is NOT plotting her revenge against the principal dancer during rehearsal (page 67) and why she WON’T collapse in a dead faint at the sight of blood (page 29).

I’ll help you see why your dancers WON’T be launching into an argument in the wings (page 26) and why they’re NOT going to storm out of rehearsal to practice at home (page 77).

I know because I’ve been there. I’ve lived inside the ballet world, worked there a little and even danced professionally, though I was never a true ‘ballerina’. (You’d be surprised how often people misuse this title! I make sure you have the facts to get it right on page 13). I’ve also taught, coached and choreographed other dancers, baby-beginners through to working performers alike and met many others dancers both freelance and company members along the way. There are other dancers in my family tree too and one bona fide ‘ballerina’. And, yes – though it’s no longer our fulltime job, we’re still dancing.

From the often-overlooked-but-major-issue of why all company swans are NOT ‘white’ (i.e. Caucasian – page 23) to the small-but-important detail of why your dancer does NOT tie her ribbons up past her ankles (page 19) The 33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Ballet Dancers will help you figure out the details so you can ‘write it right’.

I’ll guide you through 33 of the most commonly held misconceptions about BALLET DANCERS, link you to helpful videos and websites that show you relevant examples, give you tools totake your research even further and much more!

This book will help you stay on your toes and avoid writer-ly missteps so your character can find their feet, come to life and your audience – er, readers – will forget he (or she) is a figment of your imagination.

(If you’re lucky they might even beg you for an encore!)

I wish you every success in your research and on your writing journey.
Chookas!*

The Ink Gypsy
(a.k.a. Gypsy Thornton)

*P.S. You can find out just what this means - and why I would say it - on page 57!

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Written as part of the Write it Right Series (created by Holly Lisle) I take look at the common misconceptions writers (and non-writers) often have about BALLET DANCERS and give you the facts to make your fiction great! Loaded with extras such as video links, resource lists and a special bonus for those who buy it, 'THE 33 WORST MISTAKES WRITERS MAKE ABOUT BALLET DANCERS' is for any writer (and non-writer!) interested in Ballet Dancers. 

 
You can find more information about the series HERE.