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I write fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories.

See my dalewriting and dalefiction blogs.


Jan
14
answered Does this opening relate to the message?
Jan
13
answered Where to draw the line between being descriptive and getting on with the story?
Jan
5
answered Am I providing enough information to keep the reader gripped?
Jan
2
answered Formal video-based creative writing courses
Dec
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Best way to write an article professionally
Dec
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the difference between an ISBN and an ISBN Barcode?
Dec
4
awarded  Yearling
Dec
2
comment Can I plug a loophole in my magic rules without rewriting the whole novel?
I would agree if the loophole were subtle. My hunch is that if two beta readers found it, it's not very hard to discover. And if it's easy to discover, someone in the magical world would have discovered it. But if the beta readers are rare people who can pick out subtle implications, yeah, maybe leave it.
Nov
25
answered What does/would it mean to code a novel?
Nov
14
answered Best way to convey an immediate change of scenery
Nov
14
answered How to handle a character when she is lying about her name
Nov
13
answered Problem: Scenes that are unavoidable, but boring
Nov
13
comment Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime?
Genre-neutral means that the cover does not convey information about the genres, which greatly reduces the value of the cover for attracting readers. As for fitting two genres, you might be able to do that. The key is to use a cover and a blurb that clearly indicate what kind of story this is, so that readers who would like the story are attracted to it.
Nov
13
answered Who can help me to describe the text line from my story in slow motion?
Nov
13
comment Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime?
The category you put a story into on Amazon is only one aspect of genre. Another is the cover. Another is the tone of the back cover blurb. You generally get only one cover and one blurb. So should he feature the horror element, or the crime element? The goal is to attract readers who will like the story. So I like to ask an additional question when pondering genre: Which genre's readers are more likely to enjoy this book?
Nov
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Am I breaking the “show don't tell” rule in the following passage?
Nov
3
awarded  Scholar
Nov
3
accepted How to indicate emphasis in plain text manuscripts
Nov
1
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
31
awarded  Nice Answer