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

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


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awarded  Self-Learner
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revised Podcasts useful for improving writing skills
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Dec
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comment For Fantasy Stories, Should You Include a Map At the Beginning of the Book?
I guess the real question is: can a map ever hurt? As long as it looks "good", I'm going to say no, even if it adds little to the readers understanding of the world/story.
Dec
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comment For Fantasy Stories, Should You Include a Map At the Beginning of the Book?
Extra thought on this - consider simplifying indecipherable names! A city called Ku probably sounds just as exotic as one called Kuquatl'ixh
Dec
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comment What should step one in writing a novel be?
Lets get step zero out of the way: love reading (and do it a lot). That one usually goes without saying, but it's still essential.
Dec
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comment What are the most appropriate types of degrees (or kinds of schooling) that a would-be successful writer should aim to obtain?
+1 for any degree that isn't writing-related. Do courses and practice and read lots of books for the writing skills; study things that are interesting and make money at university.
Nov
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revised Decide on a theme/overarching meaning before writing a short story?
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Nov
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Nov
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comment Decide on a theme/overarching meaning before writing a short story?
@foggyone agreed.
Nov
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comment How to go about breaking up a looooong YA story?
How much editing have you done? If there is anything that can be cut, (shorter sentences, more dense descriptions, unnecessary scenes, etc) it's possible you can get the word count down and also have better books.
Nov
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awarded  Commentator
Nov
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comment How much planning should go on before beginning writing?
plenty of time to revise once the first draft is done
Nov
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comment Where is the best place to “twist” a series?
"surprising, but inevitable"
Nov
22
revised How to name the characters of your story?
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Nov
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comment Is there a special software for writers?
Can you elaborate on this answer a bit? (From your description, I thought it was just a barebones word processor. When it got upvotes, I checked the site and was surprised to discover it has writing features like "scene" organising).
Nov
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answered Could I reach the level of good writing style as non-native language speaker?
Nov
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comment What is the requirement for a book to be a NYT Bestseller?
The number of sales needed to get on it will vary of course, but someone said about 5000+ per week here: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/236/…
Nov
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answered How deeply should I study the background of a community before writing about it?
Nov
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comment How Much Can You Make From Writing a Book?
And 5000 copies of a self published book is huge. I've read that the average is about 100-150 copies (lifetime total , see reviews.cnet.com/self-publishing)
Nov
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comment How to name the characters of your story?
Accent and apostrophes give a certain "foreign" feel very easily, but come hardcore fantasy readers are a bit sick of them, so consider the possibility of overdoing it. Some readers like names they can unambiguously pronounce in their heads. Remember, don't pull the reader out of your story by stopping them to work out a difficult name.