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by AnimaDictio
July 14th, 2010, 7:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you write 'linearly'?
Replies: 24
Views: 3620

Re: Do you write 'linearly'?

I write linearly, mostly. Ideas for later scenes occur to me. I set them aside. I like to sleep on all my ideas. I outline probably 75% of the novel but I never choose an ending ahead of time. And I refuse to use the first or eighth ending that occurs to me. I hate predictability
by AnimaDictio
July 14th, 2010, 6:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tips for Dialogue Among Multiple Characters?
Replies: 21
Views: 3600

Re: Tips for Dialogue Among Multiple Characters?

Your question makes me think of David Mamet and Aaron Sorkin. They can get away with quick dialogue among multiple characters because the play and screenplay formats are different from the novel. Nonetheless, this is one of those issues that would cause me to research by checking scenes from novels ...
by AnimaDictio
July 14th, 2010, 6:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How'd you come up with that?
Replies: 35
Views: 9251

Re: How'd you come up with that?

So far my ideas have occurred to me in three ways.

1. I dream the wildest adventures and hurriedly write notes upon awakening.
2. I meditate while showering. "What if" questions form into stories there.
3. I read the Bible. That book has some of the most amazing plots. I steal liberally.
by AnimaDictio
July 14th, 2010, 5:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing after a long break...
Replies: 27
Views: 4605

Re: Writing after a long break...

I took a 3 year break from writing while I attended law school. When I look back at what I wrote before, I know in my heart that none of it can ever see the light of day again. I intend to go beyond "rewriting" the former works. I'll review them for inspiration and write anew. I look forward to jump...
by AnimaDictio
July 14th, 2010, 5:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What is too much sexual content in a young adult novel?
Replies: 10
Views: 1582

Re: What is too much sexual content in a young adult novel?

I don't think there is a rule, but I would use the currently popular middle grade / young adult books as guides. How much sex is in "Twilight" or anything by Sarah Dessen? I wouldn't know the answer to these questions as I don't read or write for this market.
by AnimaDictio
June 11th, 2010, 1:15 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Looking for a romance crit partner
Replies: 6
Views: 2158

Re: Looking for a romance crit partner

I'm thinking that I like you. And, when I get started, I will write at a pace similar to what you describe. Trading chapters once a month seems slow to me. However, I must confess that, at the moment, I'm studying for the bar exam, which is administered July 28th and 29th. Until then, I will not be ...
by AnimaDictio
June 10th, 2010, 2:23 am
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Looking for a romance crit partner
Replies: 6
Views: 2158

Re: Looking for a romance crit partner

I might be a good fit for you. Tell me a little about your writing experience and your goals. I have never read a romance novel before. I bought my first one just the other day. However, I read widely, and recently began working on my first novel, which I thought was an adventure. Friends quickly to...
by AnimaDictio
June 10th, 2010, 2:07 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 618
Views: 193722

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hi, my name is Caleb. My interest in writing started early. I won a writing competition during the 2nd grade. I assumed, immediately, that I'd be the next Ernest Hemmingway (The only novel I knew at the time was "Old Man and the Sea.") Since then, I've worked as a writer of opinions and speeches for...