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

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


May
21
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
@what, you seem to believe your question is much clearer and more straightforward than all of the people who have answered/commented on it. There are details in your mind that aren't in your question. With the question you asked though, this is the best answer you will get.
May
16
comment Storyboard a Novel?
I've heard of authors drawing up scenes to get into their heads what's happening (though watch out - the reader can't see the drawings, don't end up too light on descriptions).
Feb
17
comment Outlining Structures for Romance Novels
@Lauren, this is really an answer, not a comment. Just because it's quick doesn't mean it should be a comment.
Sep
25
comment Do most novels not get published?
...So the bad news is: it's way more work than you think and you may put your heart and soul in for hours and still produce crap. BUT: the good news is, if you're willing to put in the work, and can improve (i.e.: be humble enough) you have a good chance of success.
Sep
25
comment Do most novels not get published?
Maybe your real question is: How much work is involved in having a good chance of being published? Most of my favourite authors a) loved reading b) really wanted to be writers, and c) wrote for many years, improving constantly though practice and study, and d) completed dozens of short stories and/or 5 or so complete novels, before they became good enough to be published. They also read lots about finding agents and editors and sent out dozens of query letters and manuscripts, networked at conventions, and racked up dozens of rejections, before finding a publisher.
Jun
24
comment How many errors should I expect from a proofreader?
@LaurenIpsum I wonder if Jack did that deliberately as a joke...
Sep
24
comment What are good reads about writing?
Also see podcasts, magazines, and online info about writing.
May
21
comment How do I find an affordable editor?
@Neil Fein Oh I wouldn't expect a good freelance editor to agree to only a cut up-front, I'd expect a fee too, but my point is someone who wants to make their reputation/career/fortune out of your book might put more into the editing than an hourly fee can buy. It should be a team relationship ideally, not a customer relationship.
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.
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
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).
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".
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.