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I write fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories.

See my dalewriting and dalefiction blogs.


Apr
3
comment How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?
Or from people buying copies from you.
Apr
2
comment Can stories be “revived”?
Oh, I forgot to add: Revising is not the only way to revive a story. You can also throw out the old manuscript and write the story anew, given everything that you have since learned about how to write stories.
Mar
19
comment How do you call the non-writing parts of creating a text?
D'oh! I inadvertently omitted "daydreaming" from my list. I don't know where my mind was.
Mar
16
comment Indicating a word choice you're unsure of
Ah, I see. For situations like that, I (usually) first put some effort into finding the right word. If I can't find the right word, or in the rare situations where I don't think it's worth the time, I put a question mark in parentheses after the word. "Three troubadours(?) visited me in my dreams this morning."
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
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
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?
Oct
16
comment How can I prevent, or work around, unfortunate hyphenation in critical words?
Are you able to use CSS to style those elements? I have not tried this, but it seems as if hyphens:manual or hyphens:none would do thee trick. l.dhemery.com/1apHFhT
Oct
11
comment Rhythm in a list
I meant the last item in the list. I'm puzzled about the second sentence. It seems like it might be a continuation of the list, but it also seems separate because it's a new sentence. I don't have advice for that, but it's somewhat awkward.
Oct
7
comment Are collection of short stories more likely to sell than single short stories?
It helps if the stories in the collection are selected so that a reader who enjoys one has a good chance of enjoying the others. It's probably better if they are all in the same genre. Bundling mystery, fantasy, erotica, and YA in the same collection would probably not work out.
Oct
7
comment Are collection of short stories more likely to sell than single short stories?
Maybe a single post, explaining how to buy either the individual stories or the collection. Also, I suspect that you don't have enough stories to overwhelm anybody (yet ;-).
Sep
13
comment Collaborating with Stephen King, but not the original
Pretty gutsy asking Stephen King to alter his byline ;-)
Sep
12
comment Is it permissible to write a short story with little or no dialogue?
Absolutely not common, but possible. Ursula K. LeGuin's much-anthologized "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" has essentially no dialogue.
Sep
11
comment How do I add more imagery to this short paragraph?
I don't see any imagery at all.
Sep
9
comment Ways to refers to two people who were about to marry or just married
I suppose I could make up a word: Nearlyweds.
Sep
4
comment Is it possible to establish a relation between word count and page count?
A manuscript page in "standard manuscript format" (12 point courier, 1 inch margins, double spacing) will have about 250 words. Perhaps that's where the common "250 words per page" comes from. It's rare for a printed book to have so few words per page.
Sep
1
comment Could you please suggest a very dense book?
Of the two that I read, the John E. Woods translation is by far my favorite. I forget who translated the other one I read.
Jul
5
comment What factors in fiction arouse readers' expectations?
I want to highlight a really useful bit here: The conflicts, especially the opening conflicts. I usually don't have trouble noticing the main conflict, but perhaps I overlook other conflicts that make promises of resolution.
Jul
5
comment What factors in fiction arouse readers' expectations?
I like the metaphor of throwing a brick (joke) in the air. Also thinking in terms of potential. I think I can use these as questions for myself as I write: What bricks does this detail/sentence/paragraph/scene throw into the air? What potential does this create?
Jun
13
comment Finding the 'voice' of a character
Yes, Steve Buscemi shows up in lots of my stories ;-)