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I dabble in writing; I've become increasingly proficient in keeping my condescending nature in check. Haven't written much though. Working on that.

A lot of my experience comes from reading, from books on writing, and from blogs on writing. I've also done a lot of critiquing at Critters.org, and reviewing at The Fix Online. Science-fiction and fantasy are my natural stomping grounds, but everything else is good too.


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comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
These are good examples. I guess I am still wondering, though: are these good queries for mystery fiction? Or, at least, representative of what's considered "standard"? Because in each of them I still feel like the detective, as a character, is fairly minor to the query at large.
7h
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
I added the examples you linked into the body of the text. Obviously, I'm talking about cases which aren't directly personal; those won't have the problem (at least not so acutely).
7h
revised Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
added referenced examples
13h
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
Note: This isn't for a book I've written myself. This question came up when I was commenting on other people's query letters, e.g. here , and from my own mystery reading.
13h
asked Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
Nov
19
revised Hemingway's use of “benevolent” in “benevolent skin cancer”
title
Nov
19
comment Hemingway's use of “benevolent” in “benevolent skin cancer”
Heya! This isn't a question about writing; it's a question about word meaning and usage, which should be squarely on topic and English Language and Usage. I'll migrate this over there :)
Nov
15
comment How can you tell that you have what it takes to be an author?
@CharlesStewart Quite right. And thanks Neil for getting to this first :)
Nov
14
comment How to format Facebook chat in a novel?
Dealing with images also makes a text much harder to work with and lay out, then simple styled text.
Nov
14
answered How to format Facebook chat in a novel?
Nov
14
comment When developing a stage play, whose gender matters more? The characters' or the actors'?
Drakryttare, thanks for letting us know how this panned out!
Nov
13
comment Should I write my novel?
I think this one will be difficult to answer meaningfully. "Should I do something important to me when I have very little time and energy for it?" -- well, depends what you want out of it, what you're getting out of it, and what you're capable of putting into it.
Nov
13
comment How can you tell that you have what it takes to be an author?
That's quite the heroic edit, @what :) Reopening!
Nov
13
revised What's the meaning of the running numbers in left margin of a movie script online?
title made clearer, stronger, more general
Nov
12
comment How can you tell that you have what it takes to be an author?
I'm sorry; this question is vague, broad, and unfocused; I need to close it. We're an FAQ site, and we're rather different then other writing sites and forums. Take our site tour and browse through existing questions to get a better idea of how the site works, and what kinds of questions are appropriate here.
Nov
12
revised What isthe difference between a novel and a documentry
edited tags
Nov
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
9
comment which genres are more successful, publication figures?
Rest assured, links you get here will probably go out of date soon too.
Nov
9
reviewed No Action Needed What is a good location to publish my research in a public setting?
Nov
9
reviewed No Action Needed Why do heroes need to have a physical mark?