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by Margo
April 6th, 2010, 10:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2760

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

Writing the Breakout Novel is definitely appropriate for ground level writing, and beginner writers can gain significant value from the handbook. However, many of the exercises require moving chapters around etc. so it is helpful to work with a finished product. This is of course just my personal e...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 5:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41716

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Matera_the_Mad wrote:
Beyond the low rise lay a place of the dead where the Bull band's winter camp should have been.
Oh another good one. I especially like the implications of "should have been." I'd give it...hmm.....an 8 or a 9, and I would keep reading.
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 5:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41716

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Gatoweh —Autumn—1779 by the whiteman’s calendar—midday by the sun’s position, but twilight for the Iroquois people, dusk for a centuries-old way of life. Quill, Forgive me if this example is a clunky mess, as I don't have the rest of the paragraph to see how it would fit together. I would actually ...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 4:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41716

Re: Share your opening sentence!

I left the Roman road while the sun was still low in the east and warming my back. I'm likin' this one. Thought I'd mention it as some didn't seem to get ratings. I'd give it an 8, but I suspect the entire first paragraph would go higher, mostly based on tone. Yes, it has me for at least a page.
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 4:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41716

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Okay, heck, I'll give this a spin. For Quill's line above, I'd say 7 or 7.5 only because of the punctuation. I dislike the fragmentation. With different punctuation, I'd say 8 easily, possibly 9. I like the immediate indication of trouble ahead. I like the tone, so I'd continue. My first line, adult...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 3:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Multiple POVs in first person. help please.
Replies: 11
Views: 2401

Re: Multiple POVs in first person. help please.

Much appreciated, Ink. I will check that out and see what I can learn from the example.
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 2:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Scrivener and Windows Alternatives
Replies: 15
Views: 3215

Re: Scrivener and Windows Alternatives

I have Liquid Story Binder but can't seem to get the hang of it. I got it after seeing Scrivener for MAC. The person using that made it look really fun and easy. Perhaps I just need more practice with LSB, but so far it doesn't seem very intuitive to user needs, if that makes sense.
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 2:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11577

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

Regarding PaulWoodlin's post about adjectives, I've had a total of two editors and four professional novelists tell me a good rule of thumb is one adjective per noun. Of course, I've noticed this is just a rule of thumb, is difficult with descriptions of hair, and doesn't address how many nouns per ...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 2:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are dialogue tags really that bad?
Replies: 44
Views: 8834

Re: Are dialogue tags really that bad?

I know this is an older thread, but I compulsively comment on this topic. I hate overuse of said bookisms. I notice them when I read. I get annoyed that they're breaking the guided meditation that is reading. I will let a whisper or a mutter pass, provided they are fairly rare. I have thrown books o...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 1:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Action, anyone?
Replies: 23
Views: 4186

Re: Action, anyone?

Several of the comments here have edged toward the distinction one of my favorite writing instructors makes. Action and tension do not necessarily go hand in hand. Gunfights and car chases can be awfully boring without knowledge of what's at stake. The excitement/anxiety/worry comes from the tension...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 1:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Multiple POVs in first person. help please.
Replies: 11
Views: 2401

Re: Multiple POVs in first person. help please.

Has anyone seen a (good) novel use a combination of first and third POV? I would like to start my next (fantasy) project with the MC in first, but I am reluctant to do the other two POV's I want to include in first person. For the MC, it seems right. For the antagonist and the love interest, first p...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 1:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures
Replies: 55
Views: 25250

Re: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures

*shakes her gesture crutch menacingly* So, um, yeah, I resemble this remark. I have, however, sucessfully overcome the gesture tick, wherein a character habitually performs a meaningless gesture while the writer figures out what to write next. The cure is repeated exposure to Robert Jordan Wheel of ...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 1:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Weird names
Replies: 24
Views: 3689

Re: Weird names

As a reader, way-out names do annoy me, even in sci-fi and fantasy. If I really like the book, I will just focus on the first syllable of the name. If the writer has too many of these names, with several of them having the same first syllable, I will put the book down. Sad but true. As a fantasy wri...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 12:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Music or quiet when you write?
Replies: 64
Views: 16889

Re: Music or quiet when you write?

I don't necessarily need quiet. I can work with people talking around me (at reasonable decibels). The one thing I can't have is music. I find the rhythm of the music interferes with the rhythm of the prose. Music beforehand, however, is great. I like the suggestion in one of James Scott Bell's book...
by Margo
April 5th, 2010, 12:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Breakout Novel Handbook
Replies: 15
Views: 2760

Re: The Breakout Novel Handbook

Everything I have ever read by Donald Maass has changed the way I thought about writing, so much so that I have spent the cash to do the Intensive and the High Tension workshop he teaches. In my opinion, his best two are the Workbook and his latest, Fire In Fiction. Worth every penny, three times ov...