An interesting idea Springs (though did you mean "small grouping might
be an idea?"); I was wondering how this aspect would play out (hence my earlier concerns about group size). On the other hand, personally, I want to get into all of them, but you're right, it might get unmangeable. I'm inclined to let this one play out and see how it goes.
On another note I'm feeling really quite fired up. I think I'm learning useful techniques already (I am trying to experiment with some in my 300 word challenge so you can tell me if I succeed when I post that
). Whilst I agree with Springs, there is a problem with the exercises being more fact based than might appear in a novel, I still think the techniques are valid.
I have tried to use the syntactic patterning thing (I really liked that) to add empahsis in a couple of bits of my 300. And, for example, I could take my piece and, with a few changes, turn it into an explanation in dialogue. Maybe with more than one voice but still presenting the same information with the same need for unity and emphasis.
On another I think I might skive off work for an hour or so and try and write up a commentary now (can't wait till this evening and I am self-employed - dangerous thought process that).