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by dios4vida
March 29th, 2010, 12:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How Do You Know When You're REALLY Done?
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

Re: How Do You Know When You're REALLY Done?

My revising system is a little weird, but it helps me a lot. Novel finished. I print it out and put it in a three-ring binder. I edit old school style, complete with red pen and editorital marks. Things that need a lot of work or I just don't know how to fix get flagged with any notes I may have abo...
by dios4vida
March 26th, 2010, 11:50 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Have we talked about world building?
Replies: 10
Views: 3063

Re: Have we talked about world building?

When I first started writing I tried to build the entire world before hand - I'd draw maps and name all kinds of places that I didn't know if they would ever make it into the book. I found that I was getting sidetracked and discouraged because I didn't know anything about these places, or what I wou...
by dios4vida
March 22nd, 2010, 12:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Style question.
Replies: 5
Views: 1314

Re: Style question.

If it's written in first person I've seen the letter be in quotes like someone is speaking, and her thoughts normal...I've also seen the letter in italics. If it's written in a different POV you might have to switch those, and have her thoughts in quotes or italics like previously mentioned. Persona...
by dios4vida
March 20th, 2010, 12:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Creating Names
Replies: 6
Views: 1215

Creating Names

This is mostly for the fantasy/sci-fi writers out there, but any input would be appreciated. Where do you get inspiration for character/place names? I'm a hardcore fantasy writer and I usually have a list on my story boards (4x4 foot dry erase boards mounted on the walls of my office) of names I've ...
by dios4vida
March 20th, 2010, 12:46 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: 'Fess Up
Replies: 14
Views: 3092

Re: 'Fess Up

I dutifully opened up my WIP to continue first revisions...and didn't fix a darn thing. I did spend about 20 hours editing a pre-marital counseling manual for a friend, though - does that count?

I really need to get back into my edits but I seem to have lost my creative juices along the way. :(
by dios4vida
March 16th, 2010, 12:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Strong Voice vs. Invisible Writing
Replies: 17
Views: 7713

Re: Strong Voice vs. Invisible Writing

I think one of authors who has mastered voice is Jim Butcher in the Dresden Files. It's written in first person, so Harry Dresden is telling you his story. He's mixed dry humor with beautiful vision and fast-paced action so well that one minute your heart is pounding and the next you're laughing. "I...
by dios4vida
March 16th, 2010, 12:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures
Replies: 55
Views: 27598

Re: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures

I'm experimenting with a new process in my current edit - during the first draft I write whatever I think conveys the emotion. You guessed it, they're all sighs and moans and shudders. Now that I'm in my first edit and I know the characters better I'm replacing those with the unconscious tics previo...
by dios4vida
March 11th, 2010, 11:22 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Avoiding the info-dump
Replies: 13
Views: 4428

Re: Avoiding the info-dump

I agree with Holly - if you have two characters of differing opinions, there is no better way to get your reader the information they need to know than to have them try to convince each other they're right. Working the information into the boyfriend's anger at her can make it more interesting and th...
by dios4vida
March 2nd, 2010, 11:15 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: You know you've been up too late working on your book when..
Replies: 20
Views: 3619

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

I laughed too, Seamus. I might only be 26 but I have a rather prolific history with the good folks of Mayberry. :) You knows you've been up too late working on your book when... ...your husband toddles into your office looking completely tossled and asked, "Are you EVER coming to bed?" wave g...
by dios4vida
March 1st, 2010, 11:18 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Déjà Vu
Replies: 2
Views: 868

Re: Déjà Vu

I do the same thing with names - since I write fantasy I get to make up all kinds of weird words all call them "names" instead. Sometimes I'll create a word and think that I've already used it, or I read it somewhere, or that it somehow has a character/world/etc. attached to it. I end up spending wa...
by dios4vida
February 28th, 2010, 12:38 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 24155

Re: How old are you?

When faced with the apparent demographic of Nathan's World, I feel like I've walked in on one of my adult kids' parties. I finally understand why the YA genre (aside from being red hot commercially) is such a topic of conversation here. It doesn't mean I'm going anywhere, but I suppose I ought to a...
by dios4vida
February 26th, 2010, 8:00 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 104932

Re: Rejection Stats

Genre: fantasy Total queries sent to date: 18 Queries still awaiting a response: 0 Rejections to date: 18 Form rejections: 18 Personalized rejections: 0 Requests for pages: 0 Requests for manuscript: 0 This was on my first novel, combined into two submissions. Needless to say this WIP has been scrap...
by dios4vida
February 26th, 2010, 4:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Scents, smells and aromas
Replies: 6
Views: 1079

Re: Scents, smells and aromas

The way I do scents is to just give a general category: earthy, musty, dusty, fresh, etc. That way you're letting the reader know the type of rain your MC is smelling (for instance, here in the desert rain smells delicious and rejuvenating, but in Kansas where I went to school rain smelled moldy and...
by dios4vida
February 26th, 2010, 4:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing what you DON'T Know - Authenticity
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: Writing what you DON'T Know - Authenticity

Since I write fantasy most of my research is really easy, though I get accused of daydreaming a lot. I just tell them I'm "working." I do a lot of my writing first. I write until I find something that I don't know for sure - like how a certain sword fight would go - and then I do one of two things: ...