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by J. T. SHEA
October 21st, 2017, 8:41 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: ? on literary style
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: ? on literary style

I don't know the subject of your workbook, but it sounds like you're addressing your future readers well as it stands. Even if in a technical manual, you can still use a personal style. Changing to the third person would distance you from your reader and sound artificial too.
by J. T. SHEA
October 16th, 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Newcomer greetings to all
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: Newcomer greetings to all

Welcome, Joe! These Bransforums, as I call them, and Nathan's blog are mines of information about writing, publishing, and monkeys. Well worth study, though you'll have to go back a few years for the monkeys. :D
by J. T. SHEA
September 20th, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Waiting
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: Waiting

DO yell multiple obscenities into the abyss! Then write a scene where your protagonist yells multiple obscenities into the abyss. Then we'll all join you both in yelling multiple obscenities into the abyss. Maybe the abyss will yell back, to paraphrase Nietzsche.
by J. T. SHEA
September 20th, 2017, 9:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Thoughts on a male protagonist written by female
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Thoughts on a male protagonist written by female

Agatha Christie is the highest-selling author of all time. Her 80 novels have topped 2 billion sales and are still going strong. I've never heard of anybody criticizing her writing of her most famous protagonist, Hercule Poirot. Likewise J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter. And Rowling more recently manage...
by J. T. SHEA
July 15th, 2017, 12:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Monsters - A Survey
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Monsters - A Survey

I agree with Nathan. Minimalist monsters work better in movies and on TV than on the page.
by J. T. SHEA
July 9th, 2017, 11:09 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Query Critique 7/11/17
Replies: 1
Views: 737

Re: Query Critique 7/11/17

Interesting. A few thoughts occur to me:- I would round up the word count to 84,000 words. Unfortunately, this novel may not really be very 'speculative'. Many drugs and psychiatric procedures like ECT are already implicated in destroying creativity, among other ill effects, particularly on teens. S...
by J. T. SHEA
June 27th, 2017, 10:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How have politics impacted your writing?
Replies: 8
Views: 885

Re: How have politics impacted your writing?

In my WIP a billionaire buffoon attains high political office. I wrote the scenes years ago and worried a little that readers might find them improbable. Not anymore!
by J. T. SHEA
June 20th, 2017, 4:51 am
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Query Critique 6/20/17
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Re: Query Critique 6/20/17

STEM being Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which I must admit I had to Google. This sounds interesting, innovative, and literally constructive. “When partnered with loudmouth and overconfident Ched and Betty Bacon and feel like they have it solved until Betty’s dad is framed for t...
by J. T. SHEA
June 18th, 2017, 12:15 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Untitled manuscript
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Re: Untitled manuscript

Grammarly insists that 'prologue' is English English and 'prolog' is American English, but I think it's just being pernickety!
by J. T. SHEA
June 18th, 2017, 12:12 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Untitled manuscript
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Re: Untitled manuscript

A prologue from the POV of a horse! Unusual but very effective. And I can find nothing to correct. I'm not a horse person but I would read on. Thanks for this, Amy.
by J. T. SHEA
June 16th, 2017, 12:03 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Ten (Totally Made Up) Commandments of Querying
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Ten (Totally Made Up) Commandments of Querying

I was going to read 'The Submission Guidelines' but I decided to wait for the movie instead.
by J. T. SHEA
May 29th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Page critique 5/30/17
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: Page critique 5/30/17

An intriguing first page I cannot fault.

Multiple moons are a stock-in-trade of SF. My WIP has two. But I must admit the surfing possibilities never occurred to me!

Thanks for this, Hkate12 and Nathan.
by J. T. SHEA
May 25th, 2017, 10:02 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Are you spending more or less time on social media?
Replies: 1
Views: 771

Re: Are you spending more or less time on social media?

All of the above, though I've only recently joined Twitter and I'm still figuring it out. I also frequent websites like Publishers Weekly and Tor and an eclectic mix of non-publishing sites.
by J. T. SHEA
May 25th, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How have politics impacted your writing?
Replies: 8
Views: 885

Re: How have politics impacted your writing?

Consult your readers by all means, Nathan. But talk about what you like. It's your blog.

And think how much of politics is about holy scriptures, constitutions, laws, declarations, secret documents, reports, print and digital news. The pen can still be mightier than the sword. Words DO matter.
by J. T. SHEA
May 22nd, 2017, 11:20 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Alien Diaries - query
Replies: 4
Views: 834

Re: The Alien Diaries - query

This is fairly clear as it stands, but I am conscious of how busy agents are and therefore have a few suggestions to make it a little clearer. It actually seems a bit on the short side at under 200 words, but contact details and possibly agent personalization would add to that. Nonetheless a bit mor...