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Nov
25
comment What does/would it mean to code a novel?
@ggambett Well I agree too, I just wanted to keep the answer simple. I think designing a novel is a more accurate metaphor than coding a novel.
Nov
23
comment What does/would it mean to code a novel?
@natederweise One similarity I see is that you're constantly adding, changing, removing stuff. Refractoring would equal to editing. Beta testers in this case are the beta readers.
Nov
23
comment Should I avoid “lecturing” my readers?
I see. I think I realized it's a matter of style. Maybe what I'm looking for, though, is something similar to Murakami's characters. They just observe their surroundings without making any kind of judgments. I'll experiment with both types.
Nov
22
comment Writing simple short sentences first and connecting them later
I gave up on this idea. I realized writing a lot of garbage and editing later is better. You produce better work.
Nov
19
comment What gender do you think the narrator is?
"I am a man and I am eating this sandwich in a manly way, tearing the bread and smoked turkey with my sharp teeth" Ha! I think I'll start doing that. Maybe it'll be good for my male ego. Well, I didn't write those description because she was a female. Actually, I just wanted to show the reader it was a sunny day in summer.
Nov
19
comment What gender do you think the narrator is?
Thanks for the detailed feedback. I'm not very sure if I was subconsciously stereotyping the narrator. I'll go back and take a look at that. As for the second paragraph, the instability of her feelings has to do with the story. She used to have anger problems, and right now, she feels somehow alienated from her feelings overall (due to the constant traveling and distance).
Nov
18
comment What gender do you think the narrator is?
@Monica Cellio♦ OK, you guys convinced me. I edited the question.
Nov
18
comment What gender do you think the narrator is?
Thanks for the feedback. Strange, all the people answering this question are male.
Nov
18
comment Promoting your books when you've written under a pseudonym/pen name
Can post the links of your work? Maybe I can give you some feedback. I published some stuff that got very few sales and other that had many. (If you want to count the free days as "sales".)
Nov
18
comment Promoting your books when you've written under a pseudonym/pen name
hope this question isn't too personal. But when you say you sold less than 20 copies, you're also including the copies downloaded in the free promotion days? (If you used them, of course.)
Nov
18
comment What gender do you think the narrator is?
Thanks for that! Ha, you didn't have to go that far,though.
Nov
14
comment Do characters sound too similar if they use the same words/expressions?
@what Ha, OK that's getting confusing. But what happened is that she got the postcards but didn't want to answer back (she's just evading the topic). Yes, they are childhood friends.
Nov
13
comment Worried that my opening is not gripping enough
@what Yes, Spanish. I was born in South America (but my parents are Taiwanese). I read novels in English so I write in English. OK, I'll try that. For the time being, I'm using this: scribophile.com. I get good critiques from there.
Nov
13
comment Worried that my opening is not gripping enough
@what Thanks, OK. I'll consider that for the next revision.
Nov
13
comment Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime?
@Dale Emery OK, I understand. I think you might be right. For me I use a different approach: catchy title/cover (well, at least, that's my intent), as my stories don't fit any particular genre. Example: alexandrochen.com/kindle-ebook-ghost-earthquake. I don't have much experience in this, though (I just started), so I'm not sure which way generate more sales.
Nov
13
comment Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime?
@Dale Emery Well, OK, I admit I'm not very familiar with the category part and the blurb. But why can't the cover be designed in such a way to reflect the two genres? Or maybe one that's more genre-neutral? (Like the cover of my example, Gone Girl.)
Nov
13
comment Worried that my opening is not gripping enough
@what Thanks for the suggestions. After ten revisions, I decided to leave it as: "I still couldn't believe An-Mei had come to a spiritual retreat. She was the last person I could imagine to join one. But as I made my way uphill I could see could see why she had chosen this place..."
Nov
12
comment Should I italicise when the protagonist quote other character's words?
Thanks. The quote occurs just after the the previous scene. So I guess I should go for the unitalicised version.
Nov
12
comment Should I get rid of short sentences that don't provide much information?
Thanks! I'm also a The Oatmeal fan.
Nov
11
comment How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
@what OK, I'll try that next time.