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Jun
17
comment I have three dead-end chapters. Should I keep them or remove them?
@Dale Hartley Emery They said stuff like: "...there is no real sense of drama." "...seems to almost take a break from the plot." "...doesn't seem to be forwarding the plot much." What confuses me the most is that some readers have the opposite reaction, ha: "I like the meandering approach you've taken." "Very interesting twists in this chapter."
Jun
17
comment I have three dead-end chapters. Should I keep them or remove them?
Ha, that's all right. I think I should clarify that in my question.
Jun
17
comment I have three dead-end chapters. Should I keep them or remove them?
♦ Oh, well. It's not about the research all the time. For instance, in one of the chapters she encounters an "ex-lover", in another she gets fooled by a librarian, and in the last she is laughed at in class. And I reveal some stuff about her and her thoughts. Anyway, your approaches seem useful. I'll give them a thought.
Jun
15
comment How much time should you devote to learning the craft?
I think you have two kinds of procrastination now: how-to books about writing and Q/A sites about writing. I agree with what and John Smitter. Just write. You'll develop some sort of "instinct" that will come out automatically when needed.
Jun
11
comment How to make the reader “accept” absurdity?
but then isn't the Synecdoche New York example similar to the one I wrote? (They are both unlikely but not fantastic.)
Jun
11
comment How to make the reader “accept” absurdity?
Do you think slowing things down and adding more descriptions help? I heard that made scenes "feel" more realistic, even though what's happening doesn't make sense at all.
Jun
11
comment How to make the reader “accept” absurdity?
Thanks I guess you're right. I love the stuff that Murakami and Kaufman produce. Maybe I'm getting too obsessed with reader's feedback.
Jun
8
comment Is it a bad idea to publish individual chapters of my book idea, online for feedback?
@Nicole B. Well, I don't think it's over. But I'm not a fan myself, so I have no idea. I think there are other people here who know more. (By the way, to know if an idea is good or original you have to wait some time. If you're still in love with your idea after a few months or a year, it's probably good. If you just can't give up the idea even though you wrote ten crappy chapter, then it's probably good. And then of course, online feedback. If people say it's original and unique, then maybe it is.)
Jun
3
comment Is a novel with 50K words more likely to sell than one with 40K?
@evilsoup "Middle grade fiction is defined as novels with characters aged 8-13 or novels intended for that audience age range." google.com.tw/… My novel has suicide dogs, blood-dripping cats, and stuff like that. Not sure if it'll be suitable for them.
Jun
3
comment Is a novel with 50K words more likely to sell than one with 40K?
@Lauren Ipsum I see. I think my problem is that sometimes I don't know whether I'm padding my stories or adding stuff that is actually making them better.
May
23
comment What are the elements of a good blurb?
@Chris Sunami you're right. Fixed.
May
22
comment What are the elements of a good blurb?
@what Did you get gripped by the blurb or it's because you see me too much on the site, ha? Sure. What's the best way? Should I post it on the chat? I'd appreciate some honest review/feedback.
May
13
comment “Empty-space” vs “three-dot” scene break
So you're advice is to stick with * * * ?
May
11
comment “Empty-space” vs “three-dot” scene break
@Neil Fein♦ I didn't know how to format it, ha. Is it clearer now?
May
10
comment How do you decide whether to use the infinitive or -ing version of a verb?
@what Thanks! I'll see if I can get it.
May
10
comment How do you decide whether to use the infinitive or -ing version of a verb?
@what Yes, that's what I wrote: results in Google Books. The catalog looks interesting. I'll check it out.
May
7
comment How to improve/fix this short introductory paragraph and dialog?
Ha, I wrote this ages ago. I don't even remember writing that dialogue. This is the final draft: google.com.tw/…
Apr
30
comment Very simple markup language for writing fiction
@sh1ftst0rm I checked your project. Good stuff. One question: why did you decide to come up with your own markup instead of extending Markdown? Isn't it easier, for instance, to type **word** instead of *{word}*?
Apr
30
comment Very simple markup language for writing fiction
@sh1ftst0rm Hey, I'm doing the same. I'm writing a custom Markdown parser in JavaScript, which includes stuff like scene breaks, smart quotes, and small-caps (e.g. ^^Small-cap text^^.) It outputs a clean Kindle-ready zip file (with table of contents and everything).
Apr
18
comment How to write romance without falling into cliché?
@TomAu Yes, I believe in free love. (And same-sex relationships are becoming cliche, too)