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More interesting than you think. Geeky author of more than a dozen books, fictionista. Reader, writer, traveler. Big dogs. ShouldBeWriting.com/wordpress

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Sep
6
comment Can a likeable character be unsympathetic?
House is a great example!!!
Sep
6
comment How can I express this more clearly or concisely?
Maybe if you showed an diagram in addition to the explanation it would be clearer, for example a shape representing the function, with arrows for the input and output values.
Sep
6
comment How can I express this more clearly or concisely?
Ha! I knew some of my whiches had to be correct, I couldn't be wrong every single time. :)
Aug
24
comment A letter of recommendation
@Zasz, a better starting point may be to draft such a letter and ask for feedback, specifically addressing areas you feel are not satisfactory.
Aug
19
comment What are jobs that prefer or require MFAs in Creative Writing?
That makes sense. I know the huge pile of submissions most journals get, and if they scan for MFA in the cover letter, they can avoid reviewing the others as closely. A shame, though.
Aug
19
comment What are jobs that prefer or require MFAs in Creative Writing?
justkt - I haven't noticed a difference pre or post. (And it's almost like the opposite of a job, ends up costing you money and time since most literary magazines pay nothing.)
Aug
11
comment What can I write to improve reader participation at this blog?
I think this question needs to be rewritten to focus only on the writing in the blog. But I think that addressing the writing is only a small part of the solution you need.
Aug
7
comment How do you develop a strong female character?
Seriously, this is vague. There's strong in the sense of loud and opinionated. There's strong in the sense of quiet but unyielding.
Aug
2
comment Breaking Into Technical Writing - Where to Start (from a programming background)
It sounds to me as though you're more slanted towards freelance tech journalism than tech writing. I consider them quite different fields, and the path in will not be the same.
Jun
24
comment No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?
Can you clarify? What are your chances to do what exactly? What do want to write?
Jun
24
comment No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?
What makes it a drawback?
Jun
22
comment Is the iPad a convenient medium for writing work?
I'll second the endorsement for the Zaggmate keyboard/case. The keyboard is a little small, but you can get used to it and be fantastically productive.
Jun
10
comment Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?
Can we really answer this? I can't. How can anyone tell the OP how much he may expect in return on an investment? This feels much too subjective to even attempt answering. We have no sense of the interest level in his book. He says he wants to spread knowledge, not make money, and yet his second stated question asks how much he'll make in return. There's no clarity here, I'm voting to close this.
Jun
3
comment Example of a fictional story without any characters (the story being 1000+ words)
Curious as to what you mean by "character". I suppose you could argue that the sun, the ocean, and the volcano were all characters in a sense.
May
25
comment How Do you Stave Off Boredom While Writing?
Maybe you don't stave off boredom. Maybe you push through. You finish it. Or maybe you should ask yourself why you are bothering to write these novels. Do you dream of publication? (If so, just do it.) Maybe short stories are your true calling. Either you just buckle down and do it, or you move on to something else.
May
16
comment What sites can I use to crowdsource my writing project?
My understanding is that there is a collaborative element to crowdsourcing. As much as I cringe at quoting Wikipedia, this expresses my understanding of crowdsourcing fairly well: Users—also known as the crowd—typically form into online communities, and the crowd submits solutions. The crowd also sorts through the solutions, finding the best ones.
May
16
comment What sites can I use to crowdsource my writing project?
And there is nothing collaborative about choosing an individual from the crowd to do the final project. Without collaboration, this is not crowdsourcing.
May
16
comment What sites can I use to crowdsource my writing project?
I don't see how this is crowdsourcing. It appears that this is simply an attempt to get work done without having to pay a reasonable wage, like a logo design contest. Or do I misunderstand? This is spec work. Why on earth would you not simply find a good writer and hire him to write your project?
May
12
comment How do you make your characters likable?
You should ponder why you like the people you like. What kinds of things do they say, what do they do that makes you like them.
May
11
comment Pitfalls of writing a main character of different gender to the author, specifically first-person perspective?
I find this interesting: "To my knowledge it is also fairly widely held that men should not write first-person female characters." Where have you heard this? Should not write them seems so absolute. I grant that it's challenging, and now I'm trying very hard to come up with other great successes. I hope you do it, and I wish you great success. I'd advise you to rely on your female friends to help you decide if it rings true.