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by dios4vida
June 11th, 2010, 12:41 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Okay, be honest…how crappy is your first draft?
Replies: 41
Views: 13724

Re: Okay, be honest…how crappy is your first draft?

what concerns me is I'm not entirely sure where it's going - that I'm writing for the sake of writing at the moment. I think most of us have felt that way at least one time or another. It seems to be a theme I've noticed in a lot of our posts. I know that personally I've been known to sit and write...
by dios4vida
June 11th, 2010, 11:34 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?
Replies: 55
Views: 14058

Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

I haven't entered and I have a pretty lame excuse considering it was something I thought about. And the short answer is: I'm afraid. What I've got so far is a first draft and I already know it sucks. I don't need the rest of the world saying the same thing as well. I'd rather enter after spending a...
by dios4vida
June 10th, 2010, 3:08 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 24373

Re: How old are you?

Chuck H. wrote:I perfected my typing on a 1924 Underwood which now resides in my basement dungeon/writers cubby.
I learned to type on a typewriter, too! Though it was one of the electric ones from when my Mom was in college. And I was only about 3 when I started playing with it. Does that still count?
by dios4vida
June 10th, 2010, 3:04 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?
Replies: 55
Views: 14058

Re: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?

I entered. And I can't go more than a few days without compulsively commenting on something. :)
by dios4vida
June 10th, 2010, 1:57 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 720
Views: 304929

Re: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog

Title: No Hill Without Treasure Genre: Fantasy (248 words) Windrunner raked his fingers through his shaggy brown hair. With the other hand he swished his sword back and forth, trying to remember everything he’d been taught. His mind seemed strangely blank. In his nervousness he’d forgotten almost al...
by dios4vida
June 10th, 2010, 12:49 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Things to have in place when beginning to query.
Replies: 8
Views: 3397

Re: Things to have in place when beginning to query.

I can't think of anything to add but I like this list! I'll be entering queryland (again) in the frighteningly near future and these things will be right there with me!
by dios4vida
June 10th, 2010, 12:45 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Bestsellers that don't live up to the hype
Replies: 29
Views: 6051

Re: Bestsellers that don't live up to the hype

Brisingr sucked. Bad. I couldn't make it through the first two chapters of Eragon! The story seemed okay, but I couldn't believe how juvenile the writing felt. The whole time I wanted to take my red pen to it. Yes, I know he was 15, but there's a reason that most of the novels WE wrote when we were...
by dios4vida
June 10th, 2010, 12:37 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Procrastination vs. Writer's Block
Replies: 12
Views: 4265

Re: Procrastination vs. Writer's Block

My favorite motivational phrase is "Don't get it perfect. Just get it written!" I was terrible at finishing, too. My current WIP (which is in the final edit stage before entering queryland!) has taken me two years - sure, six months was taken off for medical reasons but I could have found time to ee...
by dios4vida
June 8th, 2010, 12:24 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Characters that make you swoon
Replies: 7
Views: 3591

Re: Characters that make you swoon

Is it strange that I can't think of a character that I want, but instead have a running list of characters I want to be? I don't think so. I only have the one character that I just swoon over, but I have a huge list of characters that I really want to be as well. That's one reason why I love to rea...
by dios4vida
June 2nd, 2010, 12:25 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Characters that make you swoon
Replies: 7
Views: 3591

Re: Characters that make you swoon

What books are these guys from?
by dios4vida
June 2nd, 2010, 12:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When A Book Becomes a Liar
Replies: 14
Views: 2405

Re: When A Book Becomes a Liar

I've never encountered this kind of writing before, but I think I would get too frustrated with it. Being sucked into a story only to find (within the world) that it's false would make me feel like the too-trusting child who always looked at the ceiling when she was told that 'gullible' was written ...
by dios4vida
June 1st, 2010, 6:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing yourself into a corner...
Replies: 27
Views: 4849

Re: Writing yourself into a corner...

Something that helps me write myself out of corners is to focus on the character's motivation. Why are they at point A? Why do they want to be at point B? Is there something in their history that would motivate them to act blindly/stupidly/rashly that would drive them somewhere they shouldn't go? Or...
by dios4vida
May 31st, 2010, 12:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The rules of "stronger" writing... lol?
Replies: 52
Views: 9428

Re: The rules of "stronger" writing... lol?

I also seem to like words like "gobsmacked" or "flabbergasted" for some reason. I definitely want to improve on my writing everywhere I could, but as I made some changes, it felt less natural... more "grammatically appropriate", perhaps "stronger", but it felt like I had sucked out the soul of the ...
by dios4vida
May 30th, 2010, 9:41 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Okay, be honest…how crappy is your first draft?
Replies: 41
Views: 13724

Re: Okay, be honest…how crappy is your first draft?

Oh, heavens! I don't want to even think about some of my past writing... My first draft of my first novel was horrendously unreadable. Purple prose, reflexive writing, pages upon pages of needless words strung together in an utterly sophomoric way. My first draft of my second novel was much better, ...
by dios4vida
May 27th, 2010, 2:18 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Funniest book you've read?
Replies: 36
Views: 10146

Re: Funniest book you've read?

Daryl_Blonder wrote:"Baghdad Without a Map" by Tony Horwitz. It's the story of a journalist's misadventures in the Middle East right before the First Gulf War. Funny, enlightening, and a real insight into Middle Eastern life in modern times.
Allah wanted it dead. :)