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bio website twitter.com/joelshea
location Stockholm, Sweden
age 31
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen Mar 22 at 17:08

Developer/writer/filmmaker/other from Chicago currently living in Stockholm.


Jun
30
answered How does the 10,000 hour rule apply to writing?
Jun
30
answered What makes for interesting travel writing/blogging?
Jun
29
comment No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?
You can find people willing to edit your work on places like Craigslist. Like anything on places like Craigslist, makes sure you are careful, ask lots of questions upfront, don't pay for services before they are rendered, and get tested for Hepatitis.
Jun
29
comment Do Fantasy novels have less readership than a Realistic Fiction novel?
I think it's interesting how everyone is interpreting "realistic fiction" in a different way. I assumed you meant literary fiction (a term I hate (especially when its used to look down one's nose at "genre fiction")). Could you give a couple of examples of what you would define as "realistic fiction"?
Jun
29
answered How should I break up chapters in a novel?
Jun
29
comment Style of writing as told from the point of view of the main character
I think people feel more justified to put down every thought that they have while writing in first person because, well, it's in their head, right? But as you said, the say rules apply to all points of view. If it's not interesting and it doesn't move the story along, it shouldn't be there.
Jun
24
comment No English degree, what are my chances on successfully publishing a novel?
Second the notion of getting an editor. That way, someone with an English degree will still get paid and you are closer to being published.
Jun
19
comment Is there any tool which points out the common mistakes in a piece of writing?
@jae - Are you claiming that English has no rules or that a programming language doesn't? Because I would disagree with either of those statements. When discussing the rules, it comes down to how the entity parsing a statement (in programming languages, a compiler; in natural languages, a listener or reader). A person is far more flexible in how they can interpret these rules, allowing for interpretation and reinvention, but that does not mean that the rules do not exist.
Jun
19
answered Is there any tool which points out the common mistakes in a piece of writing?
Jun
19
revised Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?
Fixed grammar, like a gangsta!
Jun
18
revised Can I sell a blog content database in a Creative Commons Attribution license?
added 2 characters in body
Jun
18
answered Can I sell a blog content database in a Creative Commons Attribution license?
Jun
16
awarded  Supporter
Jun
15
answered How can I make a story bigger?
Jun
15
comment How Much Exposition is Too Much Exposition
Remember that you don't need do to add the history all at once. You only need it when it's pertinent. This is a good way to keep from rambling as well. Only give the background as necessary to keep the story moving. But remember that your reader is smart and they can fill in some of the blanks as well.
Jun
15
awarded  Editor
Jun
15
revised Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?
I changed my display name, but I would like to still be referenced here.
Jun
15
suggested suggested edit on Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?
Jun
10
awarded  Teacher
Jun
10
answered Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?