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comment Action/dialogue tags: What's the right amount?
hahaha. It's much funnier with more description, and it tells me more about the characters.
Jul
21
comment This is right. Or that is right?
@Tommy opinion questions are off-topic everywhere, I believe. That said, I believe also there is a canonical question on English.SE that addresses the "this/that" distinction.
Jul
16
comment What makes a bestseller - Writing or Setting?
I think you've created a false dichotomy. Good writing doesn't necessarily make a bestseller, and neither does the setting. It's more complicated than that.
Jul
13
comment What do I put on my copyright page when self-publishing?
It depends on what rights you want to assert, what kind of work you have produced, and where you are located.
Jul
6
comment controversial rape subject in mainstream novel?
I think it would be more interesting if the victim were also a man.
Jun
22
comment I need to smash a wrist in a grocery store
@Tommy telephone wires are low powered, probably too low powered to overload an electronic device. She could always find the service panel and stick her hand it in -- that would be wonderfully dramatic, provided it didn't kill her.
Jun
5
comment What can I do to make my writing fit the 1950s?
You might want a lot of smoking, milk delivered to the home, the new technology of "cake mixes", and a lot of nationalism/paranoia about various menaces.
Jun
5
comment How to handle characters being funny in a dire situation without ruining the mood
Isn't gallows humor intended to relieve the tension of an unbearable situation?
Jun
2
comment Trying to make a gun making scene realistic
He'll probably want to figure out how to make percussion cap rounds.
May
22
comment Words vs minutes goals
My gut tells me that the quality of writing is dependent upon experience with writing, and so minutes-per-day will give you lower quality and more fluency (then you learn to edit) where words-per-day may give you higher quality without the benefit of increased fluency. But I like editing my work, so I am personally more likely to put value into getting words on a page as quickly as possible than I am into thinking a lot about the perfect way to say something the first time.
May
12
comment Time management for part-time writing
Related to this, even if you don't write daily, still schedule time to write. I also have a full-time job and small children. I don't write during the week except sporadically at lunch time, but I have from 11-1 on Saturdays that is my scheduled writing time.
Apr
16
comment Do words like “start”, “realize”, and “decide” add ambiguity to actions?
I just happened upon this blog article today, and thought it was quite a coincidence! You might find it interesting.
Mar
30
comment How to engage a child audience when my characters have no language?
I didn't mean to suggest I thought the material was appropriate for that age range, but rather that all of the speech in that book is sign language and grunts, so you might use it as a guide for how to accomplish what you are trying to do.
Mar
30
comment How to engage a child audience when my characters have no language?
Have you ever read Clan of the Cave Bear?
Mar
23
comment Use of old ads in a book
Why are you including them in your book? What's their purpose in that work?
Mar
5
comment Should I create my own ConLang for my story?
How much time do you have/want to devote to constructing a language? Will you use it in other stories or just for this one? How much dialogue do you expect to have in your conlang? Will it be reflected in the surrounding culture (e.g., names of towns, terrain, and people, slang terms for things)?
Feb
16
comment Resource for someone better at editing than writing
Depends on how annoying you are going to be about your artistic vision. You should pop into writer's chat in The Overlook chat room tomorrow; you can propose the writing topic.
Jan
29
comment How to stay motivated while writing a story, after the initial burst of enthusiasm?
It would be nice if writing were all about inspiration, but in reality, the most successful writers are the ones who approach writing like it is work. Because it is. Hopefully satisfying work, labor of love kind of stuff, but in the end, it is still just work.
Jan
29
comment How to stay motivated while writing a story, after the initial burst of enthusiasm?
Yes! A good font is surprisingly helpful. It makes you feel professional and invested (or something), like "this is what a real writer's writing looks like, and this is my writing, therefore I must be a real writer!"
Jan
29
comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
If you love writing and hate re-writing, then maybe writing is all you need to feel fulfilled, so don't worry about revising. If you love writing and want to share your writing with readers, you'll need to think about what your trying to share through your stories. When you get into the habit of thinking about what you're trying to say to someone else, I think you'll find that revising will come more naturally to you.