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bio website dalewriting.dale.emery.name
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I write fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories.

See my dalewriting and dalefiction blogs.


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answered How do I show that two days has passed in a short story?
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revised Every idea for a story I come up with seems excessively long
added 27 characters in body
2d
answered Every idea for a story I come up with seems excessively long
Oct
17
answered Writing “X, Y, and Z” vs “X and Y and Z.”
Oct
3
comment Is it OK to invent as I write, or should I plan the entire story first?
Having taken nearly all of Dean's online workshops, I can say that he strongly recommends that even new writers "write into the dark." His theory is everybody's subconscious "creative voice" knows how to tell a story, and if you can shut off the critical voice, your creative voice will tell a good story. Much of his advice is about how to shut off critical voice and get into creative voice. He does acknowledge (often) that no two writers are the same, and every writer has to find their own way. He even offers a variety of approaches to outlining. But mostly he advises writing into the dark.
Sep
30
answered When to be specific and when to let context fill in the holes?
Sep
26
revised Should I have some restraint when submitting to the more prestigious journals?
Correct 'simultaneous submissions' to 'multiple submissions' in the last paragraph.
Sep
26
comment If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
First, I'm trying to build my publishing brand. That means I want my imprint on my books. Second, book stores sometimes hesitate to stock books whose imprint marks them as obviously self-published or POD. So I want my books to appear to come from a real publisher, which they do (albeit a publisher with a very limited stable of authors).
Sep
26
comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
Thanks for adding this. I considered writing about some of those pre-CreateSpace costs, but my answer was already longer than some of my books :)
Sep
25
answered Should I have some restraint when submitting to the more prestigious journals?
Sep
25
revised Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
Correct factual errors about fees and royalties through the CreateSpace estore.
Sep
25
revised Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
added 1449 characters in body
Sep
25
comment If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
Dave: Using the free CreateSpace ISBN does not in any way limit what you can do with other editions of the book. The one disadvantage is that CreateSpace will be listed as a publisher. If that matters to you (and it matters a great deal to me), use one of the other options.
Sep
25
answered Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
Sep
25
answered If I get a free ISBN through Amazon's CreateSpace now, will that impact any decisions about getting my own ISBN later?
Sep
22
comment Are newlines effective for adding weight to certain phrases?
Paul, I added the link. I omitted it earlier out of sheer laziness. Writing Excuses has won at least one Hugo Award, so I think they're legit ;-)
Sep
22
revised Are newlines effective for adding weight to certain phrases?
Restoring active voice. Kept some edits (thanks, editors!) and reverted others (by restore my voice).
Sep
19
answered Are newlines effective for adding weight to certain phrases?
Sep
5
comment Hiding information
I believe I can give a helpful answer to the question as it is worded. (Though it may take a few days for me to get to it.)
Aug
28
comment Simple rules for separating paragraphs in books?
A strong caution: Any guidelines for academic writing are likely to be deadly for fiction.