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

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


Nov
23
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
23
awarded  Commentator
Nov
23
comment How much planning should go on before beginning writing?
plenty of time to revise once the first draft is done
Nov
23
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
22
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
22
answered Could I reach the level of good writing style as non-native language speaker?
Nov
22
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
22
answered How deeply should I study the background of a community before writing about it?
Nov
22
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
22
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.
Nov
22
answered How to name the characters of your story?
Nov
22
answered How do I find an agent?
Nov
22
comment How do I find an agent?
And don't forget that you don't always need an agent (in fact, depending on the agent and your situation, it can be a lot worse than having no agent. See this: deanwesleysmith.com/?p=720 and this: writingexcuses.com/2010/01/31
Nov
19
awarded  Student
Nov
19
asked How do I go about finding a writing group?
Nov
19
answered What are some online guides for starting writers?
Nov
19
revised Podcasts useful for improving writing skills
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Nov
19
awarded  Teacher
Nov
18
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