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by AnimaDictio
August 3rd, 2012, 11:28 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing From Loneliness
Replies: 17
Views: 6060

Re: Writing From Loneliness

(And having a reputation for being none too bright, especially when your older sister has an almost-genius level intelligence, sure did take a lot of pressure off me to overachieve.) I too was the underachiever in my family! My little brother got a college education and a family and a successful bu...
by AnimaDictio
August 3rd, 2012, 11:20 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: When do you seek outside opinion?
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Re: When do you seek outside opinion?

I have a critique group that sees my writing every month. What I show them has been rewritten probably once or twice. No one else will ever see it until I send it to an editor. I'll give my wife and close friends a copy once it's published. None of them would be able to appreciate a work that wasn't...
by AnimaDictio
August 3rd, 2012, 11:15 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - AUGUST
Replies: 61
Views: 10435

Re: The Coffee Shop - AUGUST

In addition to the novel I'm currently working on, I'm helping my mom write a book about her marriage. I've been splitting time between them but my love for my mother sometimes causes me to give her too much time. If it weren't for my critique group, I wouldn't have made it this far with my novel. I...
by AnimaDictio
August 3rd, 2012, 11:09 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing From Loneliness
Replies: 17
Views: 6060

Re: Writing From Loneliness

Sommer, that sounds like a wonderful childhood. At first, I imagined that a lot of modern writers were like you -- performers at heart. I see so many writers hustling, selling, promoting like musicians that I figured the day of the lonesome writer was done. But after reading some of these other post...
by AnimaDictio
August 2nd, 2012, 9:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing From Loneliness
Replies: 17
Views: 6060

Writing From Loneliness

I was reflecting on my life today and it occurred to me that I began writing out of loneliness. I felt so different from everyone around me. No one seemed to understand what I was talking about. So I wrote my thoughts down, which developed into poetry, stories, songs, etc. I was maybe 9 or 10 years ...
by AnimaDictio
July 30th, 2012, 4:59 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: My new website is ready
Replies: 14
Views: 4184

Re: My new website is ready

Love the site! Pretty.
by AnimaDictio
July 30th, 2012, 4:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Help with genre
Replies: 6
Views: 1624

Re: Help with genre

I've never heard of NewAdult. When you publish to Kindle can't you pick more than one category? If not, I wouldn't want to limit myself with an unheard-of genre.
by AnimaDictio
July 30th, 2012, 4:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When writing isn't your full-time job.
Replies: 16
Views: 2959

Re: When writing isn't your full-time job.

The April issue of Writer's Digest has an interview with Robert Kirkman, originator of "The Walking Dead." He describes his early writing years as "years of hell" -- the period of life when he was self-publishing his work and feeling like a zombie. "Sometimes I would work until 8 p.m., then come hom...
by AnimaDictio
July 30th, 2012, 12:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Colson Whitehead's Rules for Writing: NY Times
Replies: 4
Views: 1716

Re: Colson Whitehead's Rules for Writing: NY Times

That was funny. I tried reading his The Intuitionist and couldn't get into it.
by AnimaDictio
July 24th, 2012, 5:01 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Sins
Replies: 16
Views: 2511

Re: Writing Sins

I too begin a lot of dialogue with "well," when I'm not paying attention. Also, if I don't pay attention I'll slip into serious alliteration and rhyming. I never get "lie" and "lay" right.
by AnimaDictio
July 24th, 2012, 12:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Characters with accents
Replies: 22
Views: 3108

Re: Characters with accents

I'm considering making the protag of my next novel a Jamaican woman. My wife is Jamaican and uses some of the most colorful phrases I've ever heard. I don't intend to change any spellings. The word usage alone will convey the flavor.
by AnimaDictio
July 24th, 2012, 11:38 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 144587

Re: What are you reading now?

I'm reading "Salvage the Bones" the National Book Award winner from 2011. Does anyone else make it a point to read the award winners?
by AnimaDictio
July 24th, 2012, 10:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Character Flaw
Replies: 8
Views: 2006

Re: Character Flaw

The story may work best if the gluttony is not over-emphasized. It can become a touchstone that reminds the reader of her internal struggles regarding this bad past event. When she ceases to indulge in the food, it will demonstrate that she has overcome the other struggles. That can be inspiring and...
by AnimaDictio
July 23rd, 2012, 5:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Question about using real places in WIPs
Replies: 18
Views: 5248

Re: Question about using real places in WIPs

I read that Jack Daniels the other day. If I were a drinker, I'd definitely be drawn to their brand after seeing this.
by AnimaDictio
July 23rd, 2012, 5:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I'm High Right Now (because they like my book)
Replies: 6
Views: 1185

Re: I'm High Right Now (because they like my book)

sldwyer wrote:When you've gotten such good response to your writing try to remember which part of the writing they exclaimed most on. Reread that portion and see how it differs from the rest of your writing. Take that as an example of how to write forward.
What do you write?
I write fantasy.