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by GKJeyasingham
August 28th, 2011, 10:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Character hobbies and interests
Replies: 8
Views: 1383

Re: Character hobbies and interests

In the past, my characters shared hobbies and interests with my own. I'm trying to change that now, for obvious reasons. Sure, it's a good place to start, but the last thing you want is for your character to become a vehicle for wish fulfillment. If you use a shared hobby/interest (or even a hobby t...
by GKJeyasingham
August 13th, 2011, 6:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: I am a bit ticked at people with no imagination!
Replies: 19
Views: 3319

Re: I am a bit ticked at people with no imagination!

@washingtonwriter1968: In that case, I'd say stick with the parallel universes. You can say a universe within a universe, but calling it fetus-womb seems weird because it makes me think of something actually physically touching another thing in the same reality. You could use fetus-womb as an analog...
by GKJeyasingham
August 12th, 2011, 8:32 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I am a bit ticked at people with no imagination!
Replies: 19
Views: 3319

Re: I am a bit ticked at people with no imagination!

@ GKJeyasingham OK Let me explain. 1.MY MC isn't a believer in the Supernatural. 2. she has just had a supernatural Experience 3. she is trying to explain to herself and others what has happened 4, she is trying to find a theory within the scientific community that explains what she has just experi...
by GKJeyasingham
August 12th, 2011, 7:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I am a bit ticked at people with no imagination!
Replies: 19
Views: 3319

Re: I am a bit ticked at people with no imagination!

Haha, yeah, I can see how that would be annoying. But really, why post that on a physics forum? I'm a science major, and (to be honest) if I was a physicist visiting a forum about physics and saw a fictional theory such as yours, this is what I would think: 1) The reason you were posting on a physic...
by GKJeyasingham
August 11th, 2011, 11:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Last Names in High Fantasy
Replies: 10
Views: 29361

Re: Last Names in High Fantasy

I think it's fine, depending on the culture you're trying to portray. If you think about the various cultures today, there are some that place considerably more emphasis on the surname compared to our North American culture (e.g. Japanese culture). I'm not sure if there are some that place less emph...
by GKJeyasingham
August 10th, 2011, 10:28 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 143465

Re: What are you reading now?

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling

...and a couple of Alice Munro's stories here and there.
by GKJeyasingham
August 6th, 2011, 8:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tell and Action
Replies: 14
Views: 2457

Re: Tell and Action

DIANE'S SECRET is an acronym for mnemonic purposes, not a book. Description, Introspection, Action, Narration, Emotion, Sensation, Summarization, Exposition, Conversation, Recollection, Explanation, Transition, DIANE'S SECRET writing modes. Wkipedia has a topic page on fiction writing modes, simila...
by GKJeyasingham
August 6th, 2011, 8:01 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Working titles
Replies: 18
Views: 2593

Re: Working titles

My working titles suck. I usually have a rough idea of the story beforehand, and since I hate naming a document, "Untitled Short Story", I give it a name that summarizes it vaguely (e.g. "Boy-Dad-Theme Park Story"). As I continue outlining (I'm an outlining panster), I eventually realize the various...
by GKJeyasingham
August 1st, 2011, 4:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Pure Adrenaline
Replies: 14
Views: 1772

Re: Pure Adrenaline

I don't get jittery, but I can feel my mind racing...if that makes sense.
Usually those moments happen before I fall asleep, so I have to rush to the computer to get it all down.
by GKJeyasingham
July 26th, 2011, 10:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Is Artful?
Replies: 5
Views: 984

Re: What Is Artful?

Prose that calls attention to itself disrupts a participation mystique because It signals a writer's guiding, if not omnipotent, influence. Readers become aware of the writer mediating the action, opening narrative distance between readers and a narrative's immediate setting or meaning space so wid...
by GKJeyasingham
July 25th, 2011, 4:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Mood
Replies: 8
Views: 1307

Re: Mood

Most of the time the mood of my writing is unintentional. I'm a hard-core pantser so the "it just feels right" is totally the way I write. I'll be typing away and often the right words will come to my brain. The rest of it, I'd say about 30%, is intentional choice. So I guess it's a bit of both. Us...
by GKJeyasingham
July 25th, 2011, 8:32 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Dang it! I pissed off my Muse!
Replies: 17
Views: 5559

Re: Dang it! I pissed off my Muse!

"No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy." — Field Marshall Helmuth Carl Bernard von Moltke "According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one's plans." — Sun Tzu, The Art of War It's okay to deviate from an outline. It's especially important not to follow one off a cliff....
by GKJeyasingham
July 22nd, 2011, 9:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: One more chapter to go...
Replies: 25
Views: 3864

Re: One more chapter to go...

Cliffhangers are dicey propositions. They've been done to death, done artlessly with junk fiction, still being done on trash reality TV shows, game shows, talent shows, yada, yada. Studying on how J.K. Rowling persistently left open cliffhanger endings with the Potter saga gave me valuable insight ...
by GKJeyasingham
July 21st, 2011, 10:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tense
Replies: 19
Views: 2617

Re: Tense

I don't like writing, nor do I like reading, in present tense. I'm a third person past tense kinda gal. This probably won't do me any favors when my YA goes on sub...the trend has been first person present in YA for a while now. :( I've noticed that, too, Macy. Which is partly why I wondered whethe...
by GKJeyasingham
July 18th, 2011, 9:27 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Kindle ect
Replies: 16
Views: 4222

Re: Kindle ect

I fixed all these problems by rooting it and thereby turning it into a full-blown, customizable Android tablet. Now I can read e-books from anywhere (Amazon, B&N, Kobo, you name it), and I can put a whole range of Apps on it too (e-mail, Twitter, game console emulators, etc.). My brother-in-law did...