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bio website mgowen.com
location Sydney, Australia
age 35
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seen Dec 7 at 22:55

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

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


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
Jan
17
accepted Podcasts useful for improving writing skills
Dec
24
answered What are some examples of modern original plots?
Dec
24
comment What helpful writing exercises do you use?
A lot of my story ideas actually come from dreams.
Dec
24
comment Tips for expanding my vocabulary?
This is actually a good way to expand vocab in a second language, too.
Dec
21
revised At what point does an author deal with an editor?
deleted 24 characters in body
Dec
21
comment At what point does an author deal with an editor?
Thanks @Ralph, thought that was clearer, added clarification...
Dec
21
answered At what point does an author deal with an editor?