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Amateur writer just starting out - interested mainly in spec fiction.

My blog is updated every Friday: http://mgowen.com


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awarded  Enlightened
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Sep
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answered Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
@what, you seem to believe your question is much clearer and more straightforward than all of the people who have answered/commented on it. There are details in your mind that aren't in your question. With the question you asked though, this is the best answer you will get.
May
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comment Storyboard a Novel?
I've heard of authors drawing up scenes to get into their heads what's happening (though watch out - the reader can't see the drawings, don't end up too light on descriptions).
May
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answered Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
Feb
17
comment Outlining Structures for Romance Novels
@Lauren, this is really an answer, not a comment. Just because it's quick doesn't mean it should be a comment.
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Sep
25
comment Do most novels not get published?
...So the bad news is: it's way more work than you think and you may put your heart and soul in for hours and still produce crap. BUT: the good news is, if you're willing to put in the work, and can improve (i.e.: be humble enough) you have a good chance of success.
Sep
25
comment Do most novels not get published?
Maybe your real question is: How much work is involved in having a good chance of being published? Most of my favourite authors a) loved reading b) really wanted to be writers, and c) wrote for many years, improving constantly though practice and study, and d) completed dozens of short stories and/or 5 or so complete novels, before they became good enough to be published. They also read lots about finding agents and editors and sent out dozens of query letters and manuscripts, networked at conventions, and racked up dozens of rejections, before finding a publisher.
Jun
24
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
@LaurenIpsum I wonder if Jack did that deliberately as a joke...
Jun
24
answered How to write for cartoons?
Feb
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awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Nov
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revised Decide on a theme/overarching meaning before writing a short story?
added 2 characters in body
Sep
24
comment What are good reads about writing?
Also see podcasts, magazines, and online info about writing.
May
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comment How do I find an affordable editor?
@Neil Fein Oh I wouldn't expect a good freelance editor to agree to only a cut up-front, I'd expect a fee too, but my point is someone who wants to make their reputation/career/fortune out of your book might put more into the editing than an hourly fee can buy. It should be a team relationship ideally, not a customer relationship.
Mar
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answered How can I make a collection of essays / arguments more attractive to publishers?
Mar
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answered Preventing the symbolic conflict of “Hunger Games” from overshadowing widespread social plight