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

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


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
Jan
19
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
10
comment What's the most marketable title?
@Jürgen A. Erhard Oh yeah, I agree, but since the OP didn't explain what "hang fire" meant, it's possible she didn't realise that it isn't a well-known term, so I thought I'd let her know (FWIW, I think it's the best of the 3).
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Sep
22
comment What's the most marketable title?
Reading this thread, it appears "hang fire" actually means something (in a firearms context). Be aware that most people have never heard it in any context, and will just think it's a nonsensical pairing of two random words.
Apr
18
comment How do I find an affordable editor?
Aside: Find a good editor who takes a cut, instead. He/she may put more time in if he/she "has skin in the game".
Mar
26
revised How to name the characters of your story?
added 137 characters in body
Mar
26
revised How deeply should I study the background of a community before writing about it?
added 2 characters in body
Mar
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
21
comment Who pays for lyrics or quotes?
I always chuckle at the bored lawyers who try to stop people saying Kleenex for tissue or Google for searching. Their marketing people must have permanent face-palm injuries.
Feb
21
comment If you get an advance do you ever have to give it back?
...first half of the book is amazing, but the second half is a complete turkey. Ohhhh! Maybe that's why Dune was "the best book I'd ever read" a third of the way in, and just "a good book" by the end...
Feb
8
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
@jalefkowit honestly, I like what you said. Very succinct way to put it. (Mine is just more detailed because it's longer).
Feb
8
comment How should I introduce my characters?
I lost track. Too many at once.