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by KellyWittmann
October 4th, 2010, 4:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: My Favorite Mistake
Replies: 0
Views: 577

My Favorite Mistake

A few weeks ago, I wrote an email to a good friend when I was exhausted and upset. Last week, when I decided to write her again, I reread the first email to refresh my memory as to what I had and hadn't told her about a particular incident. And there I saw it: "it's" instead of "its." I mean... "It'...
by KellyWittmann
April 24th, 2010, 2:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do your reading habits influence your writing?
Replies: 13
Views: 4923

Re: How do your reading habits influence your writing?

I read a LOT of history, and that definitely comes through in my fiction. The lineages of my characters, even my supporting characters, are very important to me. I like to think that I have a pretty good idea of their histories going back at least a century or so, three or four generations, even if ...
by KellyWittmann
April 24th, 2010, 2:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: You Know You're a Writer When...
Replies: 26
Views: 4838

Re: You Know You're a Writer When...

...your sister visits your blog and then calls you up and says, "Wait-- that's all it's about? Just writing?"

Um, yeah, sorry... No posts about designer shoes or purses today.
by KellyWittmann
April 24th, 2010, 2:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: SYMBOLISM - RECOGNIZING & BUILDING
Replies: 16
Views: 5638

Re: SYMBOLISM - RECOGNIZING & BUILDING

Let your unconscious take care of the symbolism.
I so agree, Mira! Isn't it fun to go back and read old stuff and discover symbolism your subconscious put in? Things you weren't even aware of as you were actually writing?
by KellyWittmann
April 24th, 2010, 2:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When Should You Feel Comfortable Calling Yourself a WRITER?
Replies: 20
Views: 7022

Re: When Should You Feel Comfortable Calling Yourself a WRITER?

Anyone who loves writing should feel perfectly free to refer to himself as a "writer." Now, "author," that's a whole different story (pun intended)...
by KellyWittmann
April 24th, 2010, 2:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Strunk & White... what do you think of them?
Replies: 18
Views: 3422

Re: Strunk & White... what do you think of them?

Visually,the double 's' seems cumbersome.
I couldn't agree more. It's just... unwieldy.
by KellyWittmann
April 14th, 2010, 10:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What are your pet peeves about your own writing?
Replies: 27
Views: 4637

Re: What are your pet peeves about your own writing?

Oh, I'm terrible with em dashes. My agent made me go through my latest manuscript and replace most of them with semicolons. Part of me is embarrassed by it, but part of me feels that it is my natural way of writing. Also, there's smoking. It is a bad habit in both my real life and my writing. I simp...
by KellyWittmann
April 13th, 2010, 6:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: If you need to be reinspired
Replies: 6
Views: 980

Re: If you need to be reinspired

Wow. I must say, sitting here in Chicago, with sirens blaring outside my window, I'm quite envious. Hope you had a great time.
by KellyWittmann
April 13th, 2010, 6:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Music or quiet when you write?
Replies: 64
Views: 16387

Re: Music or quiet when you write?

Quiet, always. I just can't concentrate with music on. But music is a great inspiration to me at other times.
by KellyWittmann
April 12th, 2010, 4:03 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Which book have you read the most number of times?
Replies: 90
Views: 13217

Re: Which book have you read the most number of times?

Ficiton: Either Lolita or The Age of Innocence

Nonfiction: Probably The Andy Warhol Diaries
by KellyWittmann
April 12th, 2010, 3:44 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Eh... Author bio?
Replies: 5
Views: 3222

Re: Eh... Author bio?

I do agree with Quill, however, that it should be brief. Be upbeat and positive.
by KellyWittmann
April 12th, 2010, 3:41 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Eh... Author bio?
Replies: 5
Views: 3222

Re: Eh... Author bio?

Tell them about your life, Blanche. Tell them about the art and the music and everything else that makes up who you are. Don't assume that your lack of writing credentials or a degree will be a deal-breaker for all (or even most) agents. Turn it into a plus by representing yourself as someone who is...
by KellyWittmann
April 12th, 2010, 3:31 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: the Agent you came to the dance with
Replies: 19
Views: 3037

Re: the Agent you came to the dance with

Mira is absolutely right. There is no obligation here. Agent #1 could have offered representation at any point in this thing, but she did not. The OP should feel completely free to choose either of these agents.
by KellyWittmann
April 9th, 2010, 4:37 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 612
Views: 187489

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hello... My name is Kelly. I am doing freelance contract work while my agent shops a literary novel and a thriller proposal.
by KellyWittmann
April 9th, 2010, 4:31 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite quote
Replies: 55
Views: 9519

Re: Favorite quote

He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.

--G.K. Chesterton