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by LGS
March 5th, 2010, 4:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41212

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Sure, why not? "Hailey stood motionless in a dark, humid place, having no clue where she was or how she got there: Hailey was simply just there." Oh yeah, it also plays into my ongoing theme of the novel's flow mimicking the stages of life. This works for me, but I'd like it more if you would remov...
by LGS
March 5th, 2010, 2:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2857

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

Roots? Really? I've never heard that before in my life. Of course, I've never been to Australia either.
by LGS
March 2nd, 2010, 9:53 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Conferences
Replies: 49
Views: 7023

Re: Writer Conferences

I'm attending the Pikes Peak Writer's Conference in Colorado Springs, CO in April. It's a three day conference, culminating in a workshop with Donald Maass on Sunday. I haven't been to this one before, but I'm looking forward to it. Networking with other writers, agents, and editors can really charg...
by LGS
March 1st, 2010, 10:24 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are dialogue tags really that bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 8758

Re: Are dialogue tags really that bad?

Adverbs and obtrusive dialogue tags are like twinkies. Sure, they taste good and it's fine to have one or two once in awhile. But don't think you can sit down and eat a box of them and not pay the consequences. They'll make you fat, and they will not sustain you. Said is like water. You can't live w...
by LGS
February 28th, 2010, 10:24 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are dialogue tags really that bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 8758

Re: Are dialogue tags really that bad?

Ink wrote:You are all killing me. KILLING me. If you weren't all so charming I'd be very depressed.
Ink uttered dismally before scurrying off to stuff his head under a pillow. :-)
by LGS
February 28th, 2010, 10:19 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 142116

Re: What are you reading now?

Right now I'm reading Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann. If you want to learn how to write clean, vivid, intelligent prose, he's one to study. Loved this description: Sad-jeaned whores. Perfect capture.
by LGS
February 18th, 2010, 2:39 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 142116

Re: What are you reading now?

As I mentioned in another post, I'm reading The Ghosts of Belfast right now. So good. A crime thriller with a great premise: the protag is haunted by those he killed as a member of the IRA. To get them to leave him in peace he has to carry out acts of vengeance on their behalf. But I just put down W...
by LGS
February 18th, 2010, 12:53 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: New writer needs reading suggestions
Replies: 16
Views: 5920

Re: New writer needs reading suggestions

I'm reading The Ghosts of Belfast right now by Stuart Neville. Its a debut, but oh-so-good. It takes place in Dublin and Belfast. And grit? Oh yeah, it's gritty and urban and really well written. And it has ghosts like the title implies, but it's not trendy paranormal. Just really, really entertaini...