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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)
Apr
2
comment Should I write “also known as” in full or as an acronym (aka)?
@Neil Fein♦ OK, so which SE should I use instead? (By the way, I though it was OK since there's a formatting tag.)
Mar
25
comment How to decide the position of short phrases?
That was a very good observation. Thanks!
Mar
17
comment Point of view chapter to chapter
The current Amazon Bestseller in Fiction, The Girl on the Train, does precisely that. It's written in first-person present tense, from the POVs of three different female characters. And yes, it's intriguing. I've been going to bed at 2:00 a.m. for three nights straight because of the damn book.
Mar
13
comment How to write a “strong” passage?
@Monica Cellio♦ OK, I added an example of what I find to be strong.
Mar
3
comment Fiction writing: is using Git overkill?
I'm curious. Do you write your novels in Markdown? How do you format them so they look OK on Kindle? (I do that manually and it's a pain).
Feb
20
comment How can clarity and flow of long sentences be improved?
@PaulA.Clayton Oh, that's for spotting that. I took it from this Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keelung "From 1642 to 1661 and 1663–1668, Keelung was under Dutch control."
Feb
13
comment Is it OK to add chapters to slow down the pace of the story?
I mainly agree. One thing I've noticed, though, is that sometimes when the pace of a story is slow the reader feels as if the story is "happening" to them. But it has to be done carefully and correctly, I think.