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by xouba
October 4th, 2010, 6:55 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 40116

Re: Share your opening sentence!

I hadn’t expected to be chatting up a couple of lingerie clad sixty year old succubi this evening. This is a GREAT sentence! It makes me want to read more :-) The first sentence of one of my numerous never-to-be-finished WIPs: Sitting on the top of a half-collapsed building of the Ash City wasn't w...
by xouba
September 14th, 2010, 1:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Hi, my name is Regan and I’m stuck in a plot hole.
Replies: 23
Views: 3643

Re: Hi, my name is Regan and I’m stuck in a plot hole.

There is a group of people in my book -- the main characters that the plot revolves around -- who are "special". ;) Not in a vampire way. :D I won't go into details, but they do have certain enhanced abilities. One of my issues? WHY do they have those abilities? Don't explain it. I mean, really, do...
by xouba
September 10th, 2010, 1:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures
Replies: 55
Views: 23257

Re: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures

maggie wrote: SUMMARY
Avery shrugged. Avery nodded. Avery shrugged. Avery nodded.
Avery thought. "Avery!" Avery screamed.
"Jack!" "Avery!" Avery nodded.
Awesomely hilarious. +1 vote for featuring it in Nathan's Blog.
by xouba
September 9th, 2010, 7:41 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Writing Space
Replies: 23
Views: 5923

Re: Your Writing Space

Hey, no cats? Has no one mentioned that they have some cats lying around their writing space?

I don't either, but it's so common that I thought I was the exception :-)
by xouba
September 9th, 2010, 7:35 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Hi, my name is Regan and I’m stuck in a plot hole.
Replies: 23
Views: 3643

Re: Hi, my name is Regan and I’m stuck in a plot hole.

Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating. But I do have a problem. What if you love your MS, your characters and idea, but there is a hole? Plot holes don't exist. It's just that there are some things that you don't know about your story and your characters yet. I'm somewhat on a middle of a plot hole now (a ...
by xouba
August 18th, 2010, 3:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Naming protagonists
Replies: 14
Views: 1940

Re: Naming protagonists

He could be introduced as Gaspare Donatello (his real name) but he would be referred through out the book as the godfather, boss, or Don Marcuccio as he is the Boss of the Marcuccio family in my novel. Maybe? What do you all think about that twist? I think that "Don Gaspare" would be the best fit. ...
by xouba
August 7th, 2010, 7:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Have you "invited" some other writers' characters?
Replies: 1
Views: 443

Have you "invited" some other writers' characters?

Or, so to speak, have you any "guest star" in your WIP? For example: for one of my someday-to-be-written plots, some kind of "Lord of the Rings" meets "Mike hammer", there's an elf whose name is Caleb Rimbour. He's an outlaw crafter of magical artifacts. By now, the only one meaningful to the plot i...
by xouba
August 7th, 2010, 7:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Favorite Part of Writing
Replies: 23
Views: 7420

Re: Favorite Part of Writing

And even though I plot meticulously before I write, I love when my story surprises me as I write. You know, some detail or some character you hadn't anticipated popping up and fitting into the overall story perfectly. Or when you find just the right phrase, or craft a great sentence. I agree with t...
by xouba
August 7th, 2010, 7:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you keep your WIP to yourself?
Replies: 25
Views: 3699

Re: Do you keep your WIP to yourself?

Does anyone else ever get frustrated with not being able to tell at least someone? Awfully! I've sometimes tried to tell, but either: a) I swamp my interlocutor with data about my WIP, and don't really say anything meaningful. b) I detect that they're not really interested and are asking purely out...
by xouba
August 7th, 2010, 7:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you keep your WIP to yourself?
Replies: 25
Views: 3699

Re: Do you keep your WIP to yourself?

Well, I mostly keep my WIP to myself because I'm ashamed that other people know that I want to write. I think they'll roll their eyes and think: "yes, as if". Or they'll ask to see some of my writing and then look at me pitifully, shaking their heads. Or think I'm pretentious and tell me to spend my...
by xouba
August 3rd, 2010, 5:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are you a Crafter or an Artist?
Replies: 46
Views: 10052

Re: Are you a Crafter or an Artist?

When I read the title of your post, my first impression was that you meant another thing with "artist" and "crafter". For me, and so to speak, a "crafter" is a writer driven by his left hemisphere, and an "artist" is a writer driven by his right hemisphere. The crafter will spend more time caring fo...
by xouba
July 17th, 2010, 6:43 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Whom do you write like?
Replies: 53
Views: 9774

Re: Whom do you write like?

Apparently, I write like Jack London. At least in english, of course. I don't think the gadget supports spanish :-)

Ironically, I've never read any Jack London. Maybe it's time I start.
by xouba
July 11th, 2010, 5:39 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: World Cup!!!
Replies: 154
Views: 27714

Re: World Cup!!!

Does anyone knows who David Arque is? Iniesta had "David Arque siempre con nosotros" and I'm wondering if it's someone famous, but I couldn't find anything on our friend the net. To be precise (and to ease Google searches), it was "Dani Jarque". He was a spanish football player that had a heart att...
by xouba
July 11th, 2010, 5:34 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: World Cup!!!
Replies: 154
Views: 27714

World champions!!!!

YEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHH BAAAAABYYYYYY!!!!!!! WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! At last. At last, after so many years. You can't (or maybe you can) imagine the din on the streets: makeshift vuvuzelas are everywhere, cars are honking, people are shouting "¡Campeones!". Men, women, children, everyone is on the streets. To...
by xouba
July 9th, 2010, 2:15 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: World Cup!!!
Replies: 154
Views: 27714

Re: World Cup!!!

steve wrote: Holland over Spain 2-0.
As a spaniard, I completely disagree and hope that it's the opposite :-)

(Besides, the octopus Paul said that we'll win - go Paul!)