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

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


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
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Nov
15
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
21
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
14
answered How can I make a collection of essays / arguments more attractive to publishers?
Mar
1
answered Preventing the symbolic conflict of “Hunger Games” from overshadowing widespread social plight
Mar
1
comment Podcasts useful for improving writing skills
This is good...
Mar
1
comment How does one avoid bland, generic fantasy while they write?
Dan Wells says he always laughs/cringes at Brandon Sanderson's early drafts. A good writer is mostly a good reviser.
Mar
1
comment How does one avoid bland, generic fantasy while they write?
@Gabe Willard you need more detail about what exactly seems "generic" or "contrived". Are the characters just the same old archetypes? Is the setting "too Tolkien" or "too middle-ages europe with magic"? Or is it your wording, pacing, dialogue? What?
Mar
1
comment Are there any good tablets out there for writing/editing?
In terms of small size/weight and long battery life, modern Netbooks are basically just as good as tablets. They can run good writing software like scrivener, have physical keyboards (make no mistake, this is much better than any on-screen touch keyboard) and can be significantly cheaper than an iPad. If you're cashed up and want the iPad for other reasons, at least get a flip-open case with built-in external keyboard.
Feb
23
revised Podcasts useful for improving writing skills
added 63 characters in body
Jan
30
comment How much sex is allowed in a non-romance novel?
This answer sounds good, but isn't actually useful to OP. Of course OP will want to "write the story the way the story needs to be written", the question is, what does that mean? Also, you're assuming OP hasn't already done exactly as you're suggesting.
Jan
30
revised How to name the characters of your story?
added 124 characters in body