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by Erica75
July 7th, 2010, 6:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Of the characters you've written, who is your favorite?
Replies: 41
Views: 12868

Re: Of the characters you've written, who is your favorite?

I have a favorite. She's a scientist know-it-all mother of one of my mc's. People either love her or say "what the h is she doing here?" I LOVE HER AND SHE'S STAYING. Umm, was I yelling there? I don't care. She's staying. She's brilliant, she's sexy, we should all strive to be her. Yeah, that.
by Erica75
July 7th, 2010, 5:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How'd you come up with that?
Replies: 35
Views: 10770

Re: How'd you come up with that?

On the off-chance (yeah, right) I'll sound like a cliche, I heard a voice. It said "Don't make me normal." I thought, "Who the f are you and why are you talking to me? I have two children already and I have no idea if they're normal or not. What the f is normal?" (I said this because I don't know wh...
by Erica75
July 5th, 2010, 11:01 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: How many people do you query?
Replies: 21
Views: 4496

Re: How many people do you query?

Another tip - check Query Tracker (or another one that tracks responses, I use QT) to see what each agents response percentages and times are. I sent out my first 5 to agents who always respond so that I could be sure I wouldn't be sitting there for 3 months wondering if my email went through this e...
by Erica75
July 2nd, 2010, 6:05 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum game: Random facts about you
Replies: 126
Views: 36516

Re: Forum game: Random facts about you

My sister can fold her tongue in half, but as far as I know, no other blood relatives (including me) can do it. However, everyone in my family - me, my sister, my two kids, and 12 cousins - can hang a spoon off our nose. We're a lot of fun at weddings when we all sit together :) Ink - Sorry about th...
by Erica75
June 26th, 2010, 8:42 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum game: Random facts about you
Replies: 126
Views: 36516

Re: Forum game: Random facts about you

My biggest fear is having absolutely nothing interesting to say. The only TV I watch is sports (mostly baseball), Brothers and Sisters (because it's the only time I have the house to myself), and Big Bang Theory (because I think it's hilarious). The fact that my 9-year-old is one of the best basebal...
by Erica75
June 26th, 2010, 12:21 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis - Under The Sun
Replies: 4
Views: 1719

Re: Synopsis - Under The Sun

I just started writing my synopsis and have been doing some research on them, although the information out there isn't nearly as plentiful as the info. on queries! First of all, I agree with Alyssa - you have too many characters listed. After the 2nd sister, I lost track, and then while rereading, I...
by Erica75
June 13th, 2010, 12:37 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: So who's entering Nathan's first page contest?
Replies: 55
Views: 15381

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

I entered because I feel like I'm [this] close to being done with revisions and I've already incorporated the ideas of several members of my awesome critique group. I'm ready for query stage, but it would be great to get some last-minute feedback from an expert. It's hard for me to get into a lot of...
by Erica75
June 11th, 2010, 6:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Okay, be honest…how crappy is your first draft?
Replies: 41
Views: 14756

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

I'm constantly reading as I write, so I think it's pretty free of typos, etc. My biggest problem is writing in 1st person that reads like 3rd. Once I go in and add details, it's several pages longer. Then once I delete all the justs and reallys, it's roughly the same length it started.
by Erica75
June 10th, 2010, 12:23 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: 322970

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

Title: A New Day Genre: YA comtemporary romance I slammed the car door and shouldered my way past the men scattered around the front yard. I spotted my mother and just about growled at her while waving my hands at the moving van. "This is ridiculous. Get my stuff out of there!" I tried not to stomp ...
by Erica75
June 6th, 2010, 9:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Procrastination vs. Writer's Block
Replies: 12
Views: 4603

Re: Procrastination vs. Writer's Block

I can get the words out, but I get stuck in editing - sending to critique partners, stewing over their every word/suggestion (both good and bad stewing), searching for crappy words like "just" and "really" and spending several minutes deciding if they're really just needed after all (haha). I have a...
by Erica75
May 30th, 2010, 5:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The rules of "stronger" writing... lol?
Replies: 52
Views: 10578

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

Adverbs/adjectives can definitely (ha) be overdone. I haven't read through all the posts here, but it seems like this is the hot topic. They can be used by inexperienced writers (I'm including myself in this group) as part of the narrative. Since action should outweigh narrative in most books (can't...
by Erica75
May 28th, 2010, 2:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Open or closed endings?
Replies: 11
Views: 1976

Re: Open or closed endings?

I think this heavily correlates to which genre I'm reading. Mystery, thriller, suspense - I want closure. YA, romance, chick lit, humor - I'm assuming their lives go on after the book, so as long as the main plot line is summed up, I'm okay with an open ending. Also, if I liked it enough to finish i...
by Erica75
May 27th, 2010, 11:44 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: REVISION SUGGESTIONS FROM AGENT
Replies: 7
Views: 1867

Re: REVISION SUGGESTIONS FROM AGENT

GeeGee, I'm jumping in, too, just for a second to offer story similar to yours. A writer I know was asked for a partial and the agent expressed how excited she was about the ms, requested a full, and then asked for a rewrite of the last 2/3 or so of the book to better reflect the style of the partia...
by Erica75
May 7th, 2010, 7:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Time to Fess Up - How Long Is It Taking You?
Replies: 48
Views: 13604

Re: Time to Fess Up - How Long Is It Taking You?

Someone above said they had started a few novels, but never got past 30 pages and I'm in the same boat. My only finished ms was started last July and was more-or-less done with the first draft by the end of the year. I had it 3/4 done by September, but since I'm a teacher (and wife, and mom, and...)...
by Erica75
May 1st, 2010, 12:13 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Kick-Thyself Moments
Replies: 19
Views: 8009

Re: Kick-Thyself Moments

An acquaintance of mine published a posthumous memoir for her father and I "liked" her Facebook fan page for the book. She later graciously accepted to look over the 3 working versions of my query. I went to her page, found her email address, wrote a hugely long letter detailing my problems with eac...