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Aug
10
comment Tone and directness in email
Perfect word, then!
Aug
6
comment Tone and directness in email
What's "oleanginuity" supposed to mean?
Apr
26
comment How many words (or lines) are long enough to make someone think about his life but short enough to hook lazy readers?
I've thought about someone else's life.
Feb
3
comment Getting Inside Someone Else's Head
In essence (ha,didn't mean to mimic you, there, Chris), you're asking "What does this person want?" and "What is he/she willing to do to get it?" Keeping those questions in mind, even for minor characters, will help differentiate your people.
Jan
27
comment Who pays for lyrics or quotes?
On a tangent . . . I saw an interesting advertisement, I think in Writer's Digest. The people who make Formica wanted to let writers know that Formica's a trademarked name. Sort of like saying someone used a Kleenex. I don't know if they thought people should have to pay to use their trademark or what, but I thought it was funny. So, remember, use tissues, not Kleenex. And don't you dare Hoover your carpet!
Dec
3
comment Something different: Help me find the unnecessary words.
Oh, and check your comma usage. I'm atrocious at it which is why I didn't do anything with it. However, it looks like you have a few extraneous ones in there.
Dec
1
comment Can someone explain set pieces?
Thanks. The things I found online about set pieces are geared toward cinema rather than literature. I can see how a set piece would affect pacing of the story, building up to the climax and giving everyone a moment to breath afterwards, or not. Like climbing mountains, you cross the saddleback rather than starting at the bottom of the next one.
Nov
30
comment How do you vary dialogue within stories?
One place I have noticed the "said" is in audio books. "blah blah" he said. "Whody wha" she said. "Twiddle twattle" he said. But that's why we read things aloud and listen for the sounds of things. Change the rhythm up a little bit, drop an unnecessary "said," etc.
Nov
29
comment How to make travel scenes interesting without adding needless plot diversions?
Yeah I could see them sitting around and going, "So, Phil, I never knew you were so good at riding. I thought for sure we were going to lose you there for a moment" and then have Phil talk about something in his past that produced his skill. Horrible example, I know. Sort an after-the-fact reaction rather than a rehashing.
Nov
27
comment How to make travel scenes interesting without adding needless plot diversions?
One warning, though, is you don't want to spend time looking back at something that happened. If it's important enough to reminisce over, it's important enough to show your readers. I'll add that I've wondered about this, too, in something I'm writing. If they run into people, shouldn't those people be important to the story as a whole, not just people who show up along the way? So then I'm trying to think ahead about how they might affect the plot.
Nov
25
comment When is it okay to tell?
Well, if you want to change my story :-p
Nov
25
comment Decide on a theme/overarching meaning before writing a short story?
Have to second the themes emerge by themselves. A guy at a writing conference I attended said you should be aware of things that come up as you write. However, once you find out what it is, make it intentional.
Nov
25
comment How much planning should go on before beginning writing?
I agree with research last because I'd get caught up in "knowing" stuff instead of just writing. So, I tend to make notes to myself (in the margins if writing longhand or add a comment if using the computer) as I'm writing for things I need to pay attention to later and get on with the story.
Nov
25
comment When and how often edit the style and content of a story?
Are you giving your story time to sit before you come back to it? As far as "when" to edit, after a while away is usually a good idea. Getting a little distance gives you a new perspective sometimes.
Nov
25
comment Are Names of Characters Copyrighted by Authors?
Why would you want to use the name of a character that's well enough known for anyone to say "hey, isn't that the name of the guy in. . ."? I think it would be confusing for readers. -- not really a response, thus a comment.
Nov
24
comment What makes a great writer's space?
Eh, drinking means you have to stop and pee.
Nov
23
comment What can one do to get the most from limited writing time?
HedgeMage, you probably shower. That's a great place to think. Or brushing your teeth. Standing in the elevator? Commuting?
Nov
23
comment How not to overuse ellipsis?
Read things out loud to yourself. Do you really want to sound like William Shatner?
Nov
23
comment How not to overuse ellipsis?
Wouldn't it depend on what you're writing? A business letter, yes. A story, the simplest would be extremely boring to read.