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by BetweenTwoWorlds
April 19th, 2011, 11:46 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Sharing plot ideas that you couldn't/wouldn't write yourself
Replies: 19
Views: 3887

Re: Sharing plot ideas that you couldn't/wouldn't write yourself

Oh, there are so many good ideas here. I don't even want to talk about them, but you've given me the idea for what could easily be a longish short-story, if not a series.

Thanks for the free idea! :)
by BetweenTwoWorlds
April 19th, 2011, 11:44 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Telling the Truth
Replies: 1
Views: 586

Telling the Truth

The hardest part of writing a novel (for me) is telling the truth. No, I'm not saying that fiction is true. It is fiction. Made up. Imaginary. The world doesn't exist except in the mind of the novelist and, if he is very good and very lucky, in the mind of the reader as well. The hard part of creati...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
April 11th, 2011, 9:32 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Revision of plot - ugh
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Re: Revision of plot - ugh

Thanks, Jennifer.

I think you're righter than you know about the fact that the first one is the hardest because it's the first one, and hence is "novel." (I amuse myself with my puns.)

I"m going to take a bit of time off and think about something else.
by BetweenTwoWorlds
April 11th, 2011, 12:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Revision of plot - ugh
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Re: Revision of plot - ugh

And I was just telling my wife today, "You know, most of the writers I know are a little crazy." I exempted myself, of course.

Now, not so much.
by BetweenTwoWorlds
April 11th, 2011, 12:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Revision of plot - ugh
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Re: Revision of plot - ugh

First of all - thank you all for listening to my complaint and my very self-referential whining. The deal is - this book is your typical YA-coming-of-age novel. (OK,ironic, but it stems from panic.) The first dramatic crisis - the huge end to the beginning - is significant. And then there is the fol...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
April 9th, 2011, 7:28 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Revision of plot - ugh
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Revision of plot - ugh

The more I work on this novel (WIP) the more flaws I see. I threw away the middle third of the book because I realized it wasn't the story I wanted to tell at all. A YA novel that somehow became a courtroom drama. NOT the story I wanted. So I re-wrote a new middle which is much more satisfying, with...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
February 4th, 2011, 7:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: A painful but necessary book on writing
Replies: 20
Views: 3059

Re: A painful but necessary book on writing

Interesting responses!

For me, since I'm getting only fluffy responses from friends, I'm looking for something a little deeper and more to the tune of the business world. I don't want "nice." I don't want violence. I just want that thing in the middle called honesty.
by BetweenTwoWorlds
February 2nd, 2011, 1:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: A painful but necessary book on writing
Replies: 20
Views: 3059

A painful but necessary book on writing

I searched in the forums, but couldn't find an entry for this book - Jessica Morrell's "Thanks, But This Isn't for Us" -- a book that will hurt you. It's like the anti-friend. Your friends will tell you how good your book is, how fresh and original and lively it is, how much of a sure thing it is th...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
January 30th, 2011, 7:33 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Conferences
Replies: 49
Views: 7024

Re: Writer Conferences

I'm trying to get others from my writing group to go. Most of them are sensitive to the costs (well, so am I), but I think I can get a few others to attend.
by BetweenTwoWorlds
January 30th, 2011, 1:30 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 616
Views: 192227

Re: The Introduction Thread

By day I'm a typist. But come the night and I turn into a writer . Full fell moon shines through my office window as I brood and peck, thinking of what happens next? and who is the actual protagonist? and can I balance a spoon on my nose while I'm tapping pencils on the desktop? I'm currently workin...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
January 30th, 2011, 1:12 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 213
Views: 120173

Re: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog

It’s 1952, and Henry Valentine is turning 13 in Windmill, Texas. Baseball is the love of his life, but he’s beginning to wonder about Peggy Henderson, the girl he meets each morning on his paper route. And there’s the problem of kids who don’t follow his rules as the Safety Patrol Officer at the cro...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
January 30th, 2011, 1:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Semi-autobiographical Novel
Replies: 8
Views: 27427

Re: Semi-autobiographical Novel

Sure you can write from your own experience, but if I have to know you in order to understand or enjoy the novel, then you will have a limited audience. You have to find a way to make the people universal. Maybe you could do some freewriting to flesh out your characters. Write about what they did th...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
January 30th, 2011, 12:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Conferences
Replies: 49
Views: 7024

Re: Writer Conferences

I'm planning on attending the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Writers Conference in Bellevue, Washington in August 2011. My goal is to finish my book to the point where it's ready to pitch by June 30 (pitch as in "present it to agents"; it's already in the "ready to be tossed into a recycling ...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
January 30th, 2011, 12:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you title a book?
Replies: 16
Views: 5012

Re: How do you title a book?

The only thing I can say about titles is that I need one for the book, and I have to pick something that helps me during the writing, but I have to be careful that the title doesn't control the book. I mean, I get this idea, and I get a title, and that starts the book. But as I write and the story d...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
January 27th, 2011, 12:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you title a book?
Replies: 16
Views: 5012

Re: How do you title a book?

Oh, I wish I knew the answer. The title for my current WIP seemed to fit so perfect. (The WIP is still in edit/review mode.) I loved the title. When I shared the work with my writing groups, they all said "Sounds like a Regency romance novel set in the Southwest." Which it is not. At all. So now I h...