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by Chazz
December 16th, 2009, 4:55 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: a Query Letter—what it means for me...
Replies: 2
Views: 1046

Re: a Query Letter—what it means for me...

I've been told that queries should sketch what the story is about but stick to themes rather than details. (That always seems disingenuous to me, like Good Fellas is about the importance of family.) There has to be enough detail--this expert said--but don't give away too much plot, either because it...
by Chazz
December 8th, 2009, 10:47 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Foruming and our writing
Replies: 12
Views: 2651

Re: Foruming and our writing

Yes! Pour should have been pore. So much for happy but hurried posting. That was poor. And ungracious, Matera, given my request to be left alone. On the other hand, now I feel bad and I guess you feel great so you've made my point. Congratulations! Oh yeah. Should have said this right off the bat: P...
by Chazz
December 8th, 2009, 12:29 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Foruming and our writing
Replies: 12
Views: 2651

Re: Foruming and our writing

PS What I'm saying is, please refrain from educating me for free and please don't call me a "poor wretch." I upset easily.
by Chazz
December 8th, 2009, 12:25 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Foruming and our writing
Replies: 12
Views: 2651

Re: Foruming and our writing

Feel free to be good examples, by all means! Pour over every post and worry about every comma and clause. Eschew sentence fragments and feel really good! You can even try to freeze the language and mutter over split infinitives if you want. Hold yourselves to the highest standards and revel in it. I...
by Chazz
December 7th, 2009, 7:28 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Kilroy was here
Replies: 7
Views: 1869

Re: Kilroy was here

Nathan, you managed to reply to your old comments section often. I hope you don't intend to try to keep up that same pace in replying to all the forums blossoming here. You'll end up like Ringo in the Simpson's ep trying to get to every fan letter.
by Chazz
December 7th, 2009, 7:24 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Post Your Favourites
Replies: 24
Views: 6249

Re: Post Your Favourites

russetpomme: I liked Oryx and Crake . She's a fiction writer, not a futurist. I don't care for much of her work but that was a good story of one possible future. I didn't get the sense that she was trying to keep up with the latest on urban gardening. As for porn, that's timeless and forever. My mos...
by Chazz
December 7th, 2009, 7:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Competitions
Replies: 11
Views: 4989

Re: Writing Competitions

I prefer it when there is blind judging. Theoretically, well-known authors don't get a bump over unknowns that way. I have entered a contest where I won two honorable mentions (at the 25th and 26th spot, I think) and I noticed someone else in the top 100 got two consecutive honorable mentions, as we...
by Chazz
December 7th, 2009, 6:37 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How many projects do you work on at once?
Replies: 38
Views: 8201

Re: How many projects do you work on at once?

One book at a time, though it's often tempting to write more than one at a time. (I tend to read up to ten books at a time, as well.) When the paid writing gigs come along (magazine pieces, columns, non-fiction, speeches and lobbying work) I have to put the novel aside until I plow through the curre...
by Chazz
December 7th, 2009, 6:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing. What's your favorite part? Your Hardest Lesson?
Replies: 37
Views: 6176

Re: Writing. What's your favorite part? Your Hardest Lesson?

Favorite part? I'm in it for the coffee.
Hardest lesson? I have to work at the edit so I don't underestimate the reader and explain too much.