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Aspiring writer, no sales yet, plenty of rejection slips. I submitted a handful of short stories in the Nineties, when there was still a print market for short stores (SF/F), then got busy with life for a couple of decades or so. Now I'm back and the market has completely changed, so now I have to learn the lay of the land all over again.


Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
22
answered Writing exercises to practice the art of giving unique voice to characters?
Aug
20
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of writing in first person?
Yeah, one writer's "disadvantage" is another's "advantage". I'd choose first person specifically for the limitations that choice incurs. Sometimes is for effect, like suspense, sometimes its for focus and intimacy, to get the reader into the character's mind and experience.
Aug
20
comment Balancing loads of equally-important characters
Even without knowing the format, I'd suggest taking a serious look at cutting back on the number of characters, particularly if you mean 12 viewpoint characters. A lot of people love The Song of Ice and Fire, but a lot of people get confused trying to keep track of 6 to 8 viewpoint characters per volume.
Aug
19
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
Sorry, I meant to write, "I find it hard in general to write dialogue for characters of the opposite gender authentically."
Aug
19
comment Making a female character sound more boyish/masculine
Can you say more about what you mean by "sound more boyish/masculine"? Like, why does that matter to the scene? I personally assume all dialog I write for female characters sounds like a guy is saying it, because I'm a guy. In general, its hard to write characters of the opposite gender authentically. Some might say impossible. I've read very few authors who do it well. Jack Vance is one. Charles Stross is another. That's all I can think of, out of at least 50 I read, both male and female.
Aug
14
comment Does this passage break the rules of telling and not showing?
@Seanny123, I particularly enjoyed: "Or maybe it is just my personal brand of brooding loneliness, which seems to follow me around like some pathetic cartoon rain cloud." Nice, though I might drop "brooding" for better scansion.
Aug
14
answered Does this passage break the rules of telling and not showing?
Jul
12
comment Should a piece of fiction be made of 100% concise writing?
+1. Most writers tend to err on the too many words side, but too few is just as much of an error.
Jul
12
awarded  Supporter
Jul
12
comment Why do authors start a paragraph in an indirect way?
It's a typical journalistic style and not a good one, imho.
Jul
12
awarded  Editor
Jul
12
revised Is it correct to use verbs like “sighed” and “laughed” as dialogue tags?
bookism -> "said" bookism, from http://www.critters.org/turkeycity.html by way of http://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2013/01/word-of-the-week-said-bookism.html
Jul
11
awarded  Teacher
Jul
11
answered Units to use in travelogue-book (time, weight, temperature, distance, etc)
Jul
11
answered How does one involve people in writing non-fiction?
Jul
11
answered What's with all the hate on adjectives and adverbs?
Jul
11
suggested approved edit on Is it correct to use verbs like “sighed” and “laughed” as dialogue tags?
Jul
11
awarded  Informed
Jul
11
answered Does this sound like a good description of someone falling asleep due exhaustion? Anything I can do to make it sound better?