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by PaulWoodlin
March 6th, 2010, 2:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can being too critical make us jaded readers?
Replies: 13
Views: 1814

Re: Can being too critical make us jaded readers?

Bruce Lee said about martial arts training: at first, a punch is just a punch, then a punch is more than just a punch, but then a punch is just a punch. So at first you're writing naturally, then you're learning and thinking and it's all confusing, but then, you cross that mysterious threshold and y...
by PaulWoodlin
March 1st, 2010, 10:55 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: You know you've been up too late working on your book when..
Replies: 20
Views: 3423

Re: You know you've been up too late working on your book when..

Seamus, it sounds like you spent just the right amount of time at your computer.
by PaulWoodlin
March 1st, 2010, 10:52 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What writing disorder do you suffer from?
Replies: 49
Views: 11209

Re: What writing disorder do you suffer from?

The "you're an intelligent and sensitive writer but we don't know how to market you" speech.

The kitchen sink satire syndrome.
by PaulWoodlin
March 1st, 2010, 10:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tone down a gay character?
Replies: 23
Views: 3986

Re: Tone down a gay character?

Having a gay man tell a girl that her boyfriend is cute and she says, "Thanks" or "Yeah" is not preachy. If she spends a paragraph thinking about the importance of gay rights or how her parents would be horrified or something, that could be preachy. Simply showing their friendship instead of telling...
by PaulWoodlin
March 1st, 2010, 4:40 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?
Replies: 49
Views: 8335

Re: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?

I'd really enjoy listening to Jane Austen and Ayn Rand talk to each other about romantic relationships in fiction, but Milton and CS Lewis discussing the nature of evil would be another good pairing. Mark Twain and Charles Dickens would be good chatting buddies, too, but I doubt they'd disagree very...
by PaulWoodlin
March 1st, 2010, 4:30 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Lines from Novels
Replies: 30
Views: 5849

Re: Favorite Lines from Novels

We dream much of Paradise, or rather of a number of Paradises, but each of them is, long before we die, a Paradise Lost, in which we should feel ourselves also lost. Marcel Proust, "In Search of Lost Time" or "Remembrance of Things Past" depending upon your translation. Since we're not quite restric...
by PaulWoodlin
March 1st, 2010, 4:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are dialogue tags really that bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 8941

Re: Are dialogue tags really that bad?

It is so weird when I read about nit-picky rules like this. I feel like books are being judged by the things I care the least about, mostly by editors and critics rather than the general audience. Give me a good character in an interesting story and I won't even notice if if the writer uses the occa...
by PaulWoodlin
February 24th, 2010, 11:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11978

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

Sorry to post again so soon, but I got to thinking while eating. Let's use the previous example of "he said angrily" vs "he said" followed by the gesture with the fist. He said "angrily" implies to me that he merely said something with no physical gesture, so if there was no physical gesture, this s...
by PaulWoodlin
February 24th, 2010, 10:25 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?
Replies: 33
Views: 11016

Re: Craptastic covers... what are your pet peeves?

How Honor Harrington looked less Asian with each cover. How Kitty Norvel seemed to be wearing less clothing with each cover (for the first few books). How the backs of fantasy novels make all their plots sound the same. How the heroines of my novels are mostly athletic/martial artists and I just kno...
by PaulWoodlin
February 24th, 2010, 10:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11978

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

When I was at the Odyssey Workshop, we were assigned an exercise that included counting how many adjectives and adverbs were in your first 500 words of story to that of your favorite prose stylist. At the time, I choose Charles Delint. In the first 500 words, I had 7 of each, he had 14 adjectives an...
by PaulWoodlin
February 24th, 2010, 10:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does your MS go up or down in size?
Replies: 36
Views: 8952

Re: Does your MS go up or down in size?

Definitely up. Plot and dialogue come most naturally to me, so I start off with a lot of white rooms. Sometimes when I'm reading I will skim over description to get back to the plot. When I was reading Bleak House I skimmed two whole chapters because Dickens was dragging out the suspense of a main c...
by PaulWoodlin
February 21st, 2010, 4:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Qualified to Write???
Replies: 25
Views: 4280

Re: Qualified to Write???

In my more bitter moments, I suspect many creative writing programs in academia are just a way of giving jobs to writers whose books aren't popular enough to support them taught by people who resent needing to teach to support themselves. I wish I could remember his name, but a successful author poi...
by PaulWoodlin
February 21st, 2010, 4:38 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Reading Translations
Replies: 10
Views: 2462

Re: Reading Translations

I read a translation of Nietzsche's "Will to Power" which included an introduction almost entirely dedicated to showing how previous translations completely screwed up his philosophy. It is a little worrisome.
by PaulWoodlin
February 21st, 2010, 4:35 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 151675

Re: What are you reading now?

"Ben Hur" by Lew Wallace. I was surprised that there is 49 pages of backstory (the three wise men going to visit the baby Jesus) before it got to the stuff in the movie.
by PaulWoodlin
February 21st, 2010, 4:32 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: TWILIGHT - thoughts?
Replies: 107
Views: 25968

Re: TWILIGHT - thoughts?

I've told romance writers in workshops that just because the woman is the point of view character doesn't make her a heroine, she has to be the hero of her own story. If the man is the hero of the story, for me it would be like trying to watch a James Bond movie from the POV of the Bond girl instead...