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by ThinkBlue
April 9th, 2010, 11:54 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Updated YA first page :)
Replies: 20
Views: 4476

Re: Be the first to read my first page? :)

I immediately loved the name, Ronnie Gold. Fantastic.
by ThinkBlue
March 1st, 2010, 2:50 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Déjà Vu
Replies: 2
Views: 1027

Déjà Vu

I'm working on my WIP when all of a sudden, I have this feeling like I've written the last paragraph somewhere else before. And I have this whole forgotten memory along with it like, in the past I've told myself to write it and then save it because it'll come in handy someday. So for the next twenty...
by ThinkBlue
March 1st, 2010, 2:36 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Gordon Korman's Advice on Dialogue & Adverbs
Replies: 3
Views: 1297

Re: Gordon Korman's Advice on Dialogue & Adverbs

My kid brother loves his 39 Clues series. It's very cool you got to meet him.

And I agree, adverbs for kids aren't such a bad thing at all. Harry Potter anyone?
by ThinkBlue
March 1st, 2010, 2:01 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tone down a gay character?
Replies: 23
Views: 5181

Re: Tone down a gay character?

I'm nineteen and I've lived in SoCal all my life (born in LA--GO DODGERS!, raised in OC). I think your MC's current perspective is absolutely normal. To most of the kids I know, gay isn't something that needs internal dialoguing because it just isn't a big deal. Also, the limo is okay since it's the...
by ThinkBlue
March 1st, 2010, 1:45 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: First Five Pages (Contemporary YA)
Replies: 9
Views: 2765

Re: First Five Pages (Contemporary YA)

I liked this part especially: We played together and laughed together and practically lived together and sometimes it was like my parents were their parents and their parents were my parents. Except it wasn’t, really, because when Uncle Charles and Aunt Emmy’s car got hit by an RV, only Willa was or...
by ThinkBlue
February 23rd, 2010, 2:48 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Lines from Novels
Replies: 30
Views: 7405

Re: Favorite Lines from Novels

Pretty much every single line of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces , but to pick a few: " 'Canned food is a perversion,' Ignatius said. 'I suspect that it is ultimately very damaging to the soul.' " "Oh, Fortuna, you degenerate wanton!" " 'Well, what do you expect? The human body when con...
by ThinkBlue
February 7th, 2010, 1:00 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can you read while you write?
Replies: 23
Views: 5488

Re: Can you read while you write?

I try to stick to literary classics (Austen, Dickens, Tolstoy) because they're more "neutral" and any imitation that might occur can only be good.
by ThinkBlue
February 6th, 2010, 4:47 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Literary Bad Guys
Replies: 6
Views: 2002

Literary Bad Guys

Who would you vote as the best villain in literature and why?

For me, it's a tie between Iago from Shakespeare's Othello (because he's a ninja in reverse psychology) and Moby Dick from Melville's Moby Dick (need I say more?).
by ThinkBlue
December 22nd, 2009, 3:01 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is there a such thing as too much dialogue
Replies: 13
Views: 3728

Re: Is there a such thing as too much dialogue

Good dialogue is difficult to pull off and you shouldn't put in quotes what can be summarized. If it's unnecessary or sounds forced, trash it. If it kicks ass, more power to you.
by ThinkBlue
December 22nd, 2009, 2:37 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 33
Views: 6343

What are you listening to?

I don't listen to music while I write--I find it distracting--but before I start, it helps me relax and find the right mood.

My favorites are by: Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Lupe Fiasco, and Justice.

by ThinkBlue
December 17th, 2009, 2:46 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 203590

Re: What are you reading now?

I'm finally picking up Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. It's supposed to be an excellent non-fiction about the economics and business of baseball. Sounds like good stuff and pretty excited about it.
by ThinkBlue
December 14th, 2009, 3:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Naming Characters
Replies: 14
Views: 5001

Naming Characters

I have a hard time continuing with my WIP if I haven't found the perfect name for a character. It bugs me to use an alias (such as referring to an unnamed character as "X")--it just doesn't feel right. How do you choose first/last names for your characters and where do you find them? Any rules you f...
by ThinkBlue
December 7th, 2009, 6:46 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Post Your Favourites
Replies: 24
Views: 8973

Re: Post Your Favourites

Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union is fantastic.