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

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


Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Oct
23
revised How do you effectively develop a plot when you have a proper back story?
edited body
Oct
23
answered How do you effectively develop a plot when you have a proper back story?
Oct
23
awarded  Custodian
Oct
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Can't write, can plan
Sep
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
16
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
12
answered Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
Jun
29
awarded  Nice Answer
May
21
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
16
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
16
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
18
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
18
awarded  Nice Answer