Search found 11 matches

by DanielaTorre
December 17th, 2012, 2:07 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: First 500 Words - MG Fantasy
Replies: 3
Views: 3909

Re: First 500 Words - MG Fantasy

Hi Shipple. Haven't come by here in a while but here are my two cents. 1) The MC waking up is really cliche. It's certainly an easy way to introduce a character without rambling on about what the events that happened prior to the inciting incident, but it's quite overdone. I'm sure there's another w...
by DanielaTorre
July 28th, 2011, 12:11 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chapter 2 is now complete!
Replies: 5
Views: 1196

Re: Chapter 2 is now complete!

Wow. 16k in and only 2 chapters? I'm 42k in and I haven't even divided it into chapters yet. Writer circles, publishers, agents, etc., don't go by chapters. They go by word count. Although its all subjective, word count lengths vary by genre. There are some guidelines over ar the Absolute Write foru...
by DanielaTorre
July 27th, 2011, 10:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chapter 2 is now complete!
Replies: 5
Views: 1196

Re: Chapter 2 is now complete!

Umm... Congrats?

No really, congratulations. Every completed chapter is one chapter closer to finishing! I myself am savoring the 20K or so words I have left to finished. But it's the first draft so I still have much to go, as do you.

:mrgreen:
by DanielaTorre
March 16th, 2011, 11:57 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: In the Shadow of the Dragon King - 2 page synopsis
Replies: 3
Views: 4122

Re: In the Shadow of the Dragon King - 2 page synopsis

I'm not quite at the stage of creating my own synopsis, therefore it's still a bit foreign to me. However, there was one thing that caught my eye: MARTIN SANDERMAN - you refer to him as the neighborhood bully, yet he's running around stabbing and shooting people? That sounds more like a dangerous fe...
by DanielaTorre
March 15th, 2011, 11:22 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: When is fiction YA?
Replies: 15
Views: 2398

Re: When is fiction YA?

The basics of my WIP are a Tom Sawyer-type runs away from an abusive home-life to join a group of hobo knights-errant adventuring around a steampunk/clockpunk fantasy version of the American South during the economic and cultural fallout of a big war that ended while the MP was a baby; there's a De...
by DanielaTorre
March 14th, 2011, 6:40 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Exerpt scene from IRREFUTABLE.
Replies: 6
Views: 2251

Re: Exerpt scene from IRREFUTABLE.

Sample scene from new WIP. I'm going for just a touch of suspense. I want to know if you, as a reader would be interested enough to read on. It appeared on the right. High up on the wall near the ceiling and moved slowly to the left, toward the corner, then across the wall in front of her. It was s...
by DanielaTorre
March 14th, 2011, 6:22 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: A Rainbow Divided, Still - First 300 Words...?
Replies: 9
Views: 2697

Re: A Rainbow Divided, Still - First 300 Words...?

An excerpt from my YA "novel," A Rainbow Divided, Still. Does it hook you/make you want to read further? A) The Rainbow Nation B) A Rainbow Divided C) The Next Zimbabwe D) In the land of the blind… An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involvin...
by DanielaTorre
March 14th, 2011, 4:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Pronunciation Guides in Novels
Replies: 17
Views: 2517

Re: Pronunciation Guides in Novels

I was reading in the ALL THINGS BOOKS part of the forums under character names we don't like. Someone mentioned that if you have to have a pronunciation guide in order to get through the names that perhaps the names should be changed. I am in the middle of a historical fiction that uses a LOT of Na...
by DanielaTorre
March 11th, 2011, 6:33 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?
Replies: 24
Views: 3472

Re: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?

All Slavic or Germanic-based names in essentially every epic fantasy book written in the past 20 years. For instance, the Eragon books. I don't want to feel like I'm coughing up a hairball every time I try to pronounce something like Blarfengar or Juttonyyrdsil, nor do I want to have to stop mid-rea...
by DanielaTorre
March 10th, 2011, 10:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Harry Potter effect in my MG/YA writing
Replies: 9
Views: 4158

Re: The Harry Potter effect in my MG/YA writing

To be fair, there is another popular MG series called The Children of The Red King . The first book is Midnight for Charlie Bones written by Jenny Nimmo, also a British author. The books are quite popular. The story is essentially about an unlucky boy who is shipped off to a boarding school for "gif...
by DanielaTorre
March 4th, 2011, 6:49 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Submissions to Generic Agency emails
Replies: 1
Views: 687

Submissions to Generic Agency emails

Hi Nathan - fellow lurkers, This may be a common/stupid question: When submitting a query to a generic email, i.e. submissions@fakeagency.com, what is the proper way to address the person who is reading your email? Obviously there is no specific agent you're emailing, just a submissions pool. I've r...