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

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


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.
Feb
8
comment Character Development - How much is too much?
It sounds like you think the term character development means "focusing on or describing how the character feels about things". I don't think that's all there is to it - generally good character development comes from physical descriptions of the character, what they do, what they say, and a number of other things.
Feb
7
comment What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
I disagree - I love fight scenes too, but I think some are much better than others, and OP's example is a fairly poorly worded fight scene.
Feb
7
comment Should you use two spaces after a period, or just a single one?
Two is wrong. Why it was once OK is an interesting piece of history, nothing more.
Feb
7
answered How does a code monkey become a novelist?
Feb
7
awarded  Critic
Jan
28
answered What's Essential In A Combat Scene?
Jan
28
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
17
awarded  Scholar