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by WilliamMJones
July 23rd, 2010, 2:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Text to speech software
Replies: 24
Views: 3052

Text to speech software

While going through my manuscript over and over...and over......and over, I started skimming over parts, knowing the words by heart. I'm sure it happens to all of us (at least I hope it's not just me). I found it really helpful to use a program called Natural Reader. It turns text into speech, and m...
by WilliamMJones
July 23rd, 2010, 1:22 am
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 213
Views: 119632

Re: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog

Dear (Agent name): Dominic Taylor is able to do strange things, such as opening locked doors and passing by security cameras undetected. He’s never been able to explain his powers. When he discovers that one of his classmates, Jennifer, has these powers too, he follows her, hoping to find some answe...
by WilliamMJones
July 23rd, 2010, 1:21 am
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: 281426

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

Title: I'm a Nobody Genre: YA Fantasy 250 Words Hide. I obeyed the voice in my head without question. The classroom door opened easily despite being locked. I closed it silently and turned to the dark room. Moments later the sound of footsteps came from the hall. They were fast and sharp. They grew ...
by WilliamMJones
July 23rd, 2010, 12:43 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Developing a character before killing them
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Re: Developing a character before killing them

Shock and sympathy mostly. He isn't major so the emotional loss probably won't be that much. I want the reader to worry about the effects his death will have on the major problems. How will they survive if their major weapon is gone? Maybe anger that people care more about him as a tool than a perso...
by WilliamMJones
July 23rd, 2010, 12:32 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Developing a character before killing them
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Re: Developing a character before killing them

My characters don't have any real connection with him before he's found. I was trying to keep it simple, so I said they were looking for him. Actually they were looking for a weapon, but the weapon was a person, and when he dies they lose a very powerful advantage. All of his development is done bet...
by WilliamMJones
July 23rd, 2010, 12:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Developing a character before killing them
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Developing a character before killing them

In my WIP I have my characters searching for a very important person. They finally find the person near the end of the novel, and it looks like everything is going to be peachy. Then the person dies in the next chapter. His death is a huge disaster, but doesn't have the impact I had hoped for. Does ...
by WilliamMJones
July 22nd, 2010, 10:33 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Fess up...who's a gamer?
Replies: 38
Views: 9373

Re: Fess up...who's a gamer?

Nick, I have to disagree with you about the new systems. There are some very good games for them, and some not so good ones. The same can be said about every system. For Wii, Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess and Super Smash Bros Brawl were great games. For Xbox 360, Lost Odyssey and Dragon age Orig...
by WilliamMJones
July 21st, 2010, 1:51 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Best Fantasy Books
Replies: 44
Views: 12710

Re: Best Fantasy Books

I'll second Terry Brooks and the Mortal Instruments. If you don't like the slow pace and long sentances of the Shannara series, try Terry Brooks's Word and Void Series, and his Magic Kingdom of Landover Series. A couple I would add is The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron, The Pendragon Series (No...
by WilliamMJones
July 19th, 2010, 8:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's your genre?
Replies: 87
Views: 10065

Re: What's your genre?

I write YA fantasy. I also read it. Unfortunately, that seems to describe alot of people, so I have some competition.
by WilliamMJones
July 19th, 2010, 5:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you celebrate finishing a book?
Replies: 30
Views: 8061

Re: How do you celebrate finishing a book?

I stayed up all night writing, and finished the last three chapters at six in the morning. I promptly jumped up and shouted, waking up my family. I then fell asleep.
by WilliamMJones
July 18th, 2010, 3:51 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: TOUR BUS TO MEXICO, 1982 - short story excerpt
Replies: 7
Views: 1588

Re: TOUR BUS TO MEXICO, 1982 - short story excerpt

Any comments on anything to do with craft much appreciated. The young Canadian couple waiting for the bus in front of their budget hotel doesn’t know that two prostitutes are riding on the tour to Mexico. If they knew, the young man might shrug and smirk; the young woman might balk, refuse to board...
by WilliamMJones
July 17th, 2010, 10:08 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 336198

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

A post about text to speech software: http://williammjones.blogspot.com/
by WilliamMJones
July 16th, 2010, 6:04 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Mouths - YA Fantasy
Replies: 13
Views: 1953

Re: Mouths - YA Fantasy

Pretty sure this is waaaaay too wordy. Tear it apart, please. Please please please. --- Dear AGENT OF AWESOME, The field trip to America’s Stonehenge should have been enjoyable. Except Iolanthe’s scholarly buzz dissipates with every I’m-better-than-you vibe that emanates from primo-jock, Vidar. The...
by WilliamMJones
July 15th, 2010, 6:25 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: agents with similar projects
Replies: 2
Views: 725

Re: agents with similar projects

I think it has to do with the main idea. If you had a book about a kid taming a dragon, you probably wouldn't want to submit it to the agent that represented Eragon, even if the plot was different.
by WilliamMJones
July 15th, 2010, 5:45 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Whom do you write like?
Replies: 53
Views: 9948

Re: Whom do you write like?

I tested five different sections from my WIP and they all came back David Foster Wallace. Another one of my projects came back as Dan Brown.