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May
18
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
...if you plan on selling in the US. The only way I see that that instant, Utopian outcome you describe would be believable in this market is if those 20 are the government. As to which is a satisfying ending, it's only #2. #1 is no real ending, #3 would work in literary fiction but not in YA. That said, those 20 also need to deserve to die, i.e., they're villains. If you're talking about 20 random innocent people, then pick option #4: Heroes figure out how to fix everything without becoming evil, sociopathic villains themselves.
May
18
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
@what Thomas Jefferson's all men are equal meant equal before the law, those equal rights are "negative" rights -- the right to not be censored, not be taxed without having a say, not be arbitrarily imprisoned. That is, others don't have a right to do things to you that you don't want. Public healthcare, education, and unemployment ins. are "positive" rights -- the right to take (or have taken for you) things other people have because you need them. The founders would not have recognized those as rights. This has cultural implications...
May
18
comment Please evaluate the effectiveness of both voices, which better brings the character to life?
I thought the third person one was more entertaining, for what it's worth. I like both, though. This would be an easier call if the scene was the same, just written from two different POVs.
May
18
comment How can I (as a new author) publish a collection of essays?
Just out of curiosity, how are they doing?
Feb
19
comment How can I put something in book format without “publishing” it?
@Jay Thanks! It's too bad they can't do other covers, but considering their price point & on-demand, I can't complain. :)
Feb
15
comment How can I put something in book format without “publishing” it?
That's an awesome idea. I've actually never seen a book printed by create space, as far as I know. How would you rate the quality of what they print for you compared to a similar kind of book from a store (printed by offset printing)? Particularly the cover?
Jun
25
comment Issues with Scene/Sequel model
+1 excellent post. I'll highlight your thriller point by adding: action books feel like action books because they tend to go from scene to scene, with very few sequels. Introspective literary books feel like introspective literary books because they're mostly sequels. You don't need to have a 1 to 1 relationship between scene and sequel.
Jun
25
comment How to distinguish if a novel is science fiction or fantasy?
@FearlessWriter I think, if I may be blunt, you should write a good novel first, and then worry about where it fits. Genre is a marketing distinction.
Jun
25
comment Shared World licensing fees
And, at that point, ways to monetize it will present themselves. perhaps discrete ads, perhaps source books (ala table-top gaming, but set up for writing in the universe instead), and perhaps, if it gets big enough, and cool enough, and enough people have published fiction in the universe (for free!), then perhaps a BFB will come to you to license it for a game/movie/whatever.
Jun
25
comment Shared World licensing fees
@OrionDarkwood does facebook charge you for an account? Does stackexchange charge you for each question you post? Nope. (Er, actually I don't know if SE does. FB sure does, though) So yes, I do mean give it away. Except it's much more than giving it away, it's letting in hordes of people to play in your sandbox. It's building that community, who in turn build out that universe to a level that'll actually be cool.
Jun
8
comment “Lacking meat”, “Content-free”, and poor defense-development. Please critique my work
@Flimzy you're correct. I fixed it.
May
3
comment Title Choice: “The Girl [Without/Who Didn't Have] A Soul”
+1 for pointing out "didn't have" is past tense and "without" is present tense
Apr
28
comment How do I organize a massive collection of personal files and writing?
@marienbad I did mean it for your existing notes. What you do is copy/paste each separate bit of data out of a file and into the right spot (which is defined by you) in OneNote. Once everything is out of the file, you delete it, and move on to the next one. I admit my answer wasn't obvious in how you could use OneNote for your notes. I've edited my answer quite a bit to do just that, so please do take another look at it.
Apr
24
comment “Lacking meat”, “Content-free”, and poor defense-development. Please critique my work
Also it's worth mentioning I do like your "voice" in your writing. Take care, as you go through this process of editing, that you preserve and foster that voice. A great voice can cover many writing sins, and more importantly, is what draws people to your work. So don't kill it.
Apr
24
comment “Lacking meat”, “Content-free”, and poor defense-development. Please critique my work
For what it's worth, the article did make more sense to me the more I (re)read it, and oddly, I liked it better on your blog. Something about the formatting/fonts/background made it easier to read, I think. Point is, this critique is based on my impressions from the first pass. With your most readers, you only get that one shot.
Apr
24
comment “Lacking meat”, “Content-free”, and poor defense-development. Please critique my work
Incidentally, you can't skip past the ads on hulu.
Apr
16
comment Is it a bad idea to have all the action in the beginning and all the dialogue in the end?
@alexchenco "... story is really about the in existence of the soul." Gee, ya think? You fairly well bludgeon people about the head with it. This is an underlying problem with the story - you have a message, and the story is sacrificed to it. This is a common problem in religious fiction like this. When an author comes into the story with a preexisting conclusion, and the reason for the story is spreading that conclusion, what's often not understood (by the author) is that a conclusion is an end -- and what's missing from the story is the journey to that end.
Apr
16
comment Tips for describing features of unusual place that I often visit
@KoenVanDamme +1 for using other senses. Frequently, if you analyse a descriptive scene that sticks in your head, you'll find senses besides sight used. For me, smell seems to be a sense that really makes a scene stand out.
Apr
11
comment A rhyming dictionary worth bookmarking online or purchasing?
the kind where it's pronounced "what what", lol.
Apr
11
comment How can I catch more errors when I proofread?
Especially good if you put it down for a while, a couple weeks perhaps, then pick it up and read it to someone. That gives your brain time to clear out the auto-insert cache so you stumble over a missing word rather than speaking it anyway.