Search found 158 matches

by AnimaDictio
October 28th, 2011, 10:53 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Best writing advice from a CP/beta/reader?
Replies: 15
Views: 3168

Re: Best writing advice from a CP/beta/reader?

A major plot point in my wip is a love triangle. Two men vie for a woman's affections. One critique partner said, "this guy is too weak. He's annoying." I thought that having one sweet guy and one tough guy would present a difficult dilemma for the woman but I ended up making the sweet guy ... too s...
by AnimaDictio
September 26th, 2011, 11:14 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Voice Problems
Replies: 13
Views: 1751

Re: Voice Problems

Writing has to be genuine. It must come from that place within you that is unlike anyone else. I believe that's what literary critics are talking about when they say, "voice." It does you no good to reach for a sophistication which doesn't genuinely come from you. I loved Michael Crichton's enthusia...
by AnimaDictio
September 26th, 2011, 11:04 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: That one little thing....
Replies: 9
Views: 1258

Re: That one little thing....

I don't know if this qualifies as "one little thing" but I often wonder of my writings: is this funny enough? is this emotional enough? is this suspenseful enough? is this enlightening enough? And I go back again and again looking for something to throw in to make it Wham! Pow! Zap! I find those add...
by AnimaDictio
September 26th, 2011, 10:58 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: "Films fail if they stick to the spirit of the book" ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

"Films fail if they stick to the spirit of the book" ??

David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas , says that he turned down Warner Brothers' offer to write the screenplay based on his novel. He wanted another writer to write the screenplay and he asked that they not stick too closely to the spirit of the book. He says, "Films fail if they stick to the spiri...
by AnimaDictio
September 24th, 2011, 10:22 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: The Eviction, 600 word short short story
Replies: 4
Views: 2856

Re: The Eviction, 600 word short short story

Thanks Ti!! I'm debating rewriting it so that the nature of the eviction is a surprise at the end. I'll let you know what I finally decide.
by AnimaDictio
September 20th, 2011, 10:25 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: First Page of "Beyond the Paradise"
Replies: 15
Views: 4437

Re: First Page of "Beyond the Paradise"

Paradise Lounge Chapter 1 After a few erratic twists of the steering wheel, Cheryl got the Jaguar close enough to the curb. The no-parking sign on the sidewalk didn’t bother her. Let the damn thing get towed. A visit to the Brooklyn Impound Lot would serve PJ right. (I love it so far. I understand w...
by AnimaDictio
September 20th, 2011, 9:38 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: The Eviction, 600 word short short story
Replies: 4
Views: 2856

The Eviction, 600 word short short story

This is for a competition. It's due Sep 25th. I'm trying to be sophisticated, deep, smooth and a little funny. I feel I haven't reached it. Help? The Eviction I sit in Grandpa’s chair, which still smells like him – Magic Shave and cocoa butter -- seven months after his death. Grandma watches televis...
by AnimaDictio
September 17th, 2011, 12:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: My Mind Is Made Up: I'm Unanimous About It
Replies: 9
Views: 1321

Re: My Mind Is Made Up: I'm Unanimous About It

I'm giving myself permission to break the "no adverbs" rule.
by AnimaDictio
September 12th, 2011, 11:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ending Novels
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Re: Ending Novels

The images that spurred this novel take place earlier in the story. I read in a Donald Maas book that an author shouldn't go with the first few endings he thinks of, because it will be too predictable, but I imagine that only applies to people who write their stories chronologically.
by AnimaDictio
September 11th, 2011, 3:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Finding Your Genre
Replies: 7
Views: 1105

Re: Finding Your Genre

I remember reading The Outsiders in middle school. I don't remember the pornographic sections, however. Perhaps it deserves a revisit.
by AnimaDictio
September 11th, 2011, 3:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ending Novels
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Re: Ending Novels

Thanks guys. Those are great suggestions. Both my protagonist and antagonist consider themselves the cleverest talkers that ever lived, so I'll be sure to include that conflict in the climax. I'll spend more time meditating on purposes and motivations. Maybegenius, when I looked at my word count the...
by AnimaDictio
September 9th, 2011, 4:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ending Novels
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Ending Novels

I'm not sure whether I'm an outliner or a pantser. This is my first novel. I outlined the first 75% of it. I have no idea how it's supposed to end. I've written half of it. (Yay!) And I'm still not sure how it's going to end. By month's end, I will have run out of outline. Should I be getting nervou...
by AnimaDictio
September 9th, 2011, 4:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Where do characters come from?
Replies: 14
Views: 3238

Re: Where do characters come from?

My characters come from the USA Network, of course. Also from the people I meet on the commuter train, Shakespeare and the Bible. Especially the Bible. And I also lean on the weird twenty-six characters that make up the alphabet. They're useful. :)
by AnimaDictio
August 31st, 2011, 12:36 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Should authors smile in their book jacket photos?
Replies: 16
Views: 7725

Should authors smile in their book jacket photos?

I was playing around on Google Images and noticed that John Grisham doesn't smile in his publicity photos. Neither does James Patterson. David Baldacci is half and half. Nicholas Sparks is always smiling. Is this based on genre or audience at all? John Locke isn't smiling in his publicity photo eith...
by AnimaDictio
August 28th, 2011, 8:33 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Character hobbies and interests
Replies: 8
Views: 1384

Re: Character hobbies and interests

In my WIP, the MC jogs a lot. I do this because it allows him time to think and this is where I share with the reader his plans, opinions, etc. (not that I don't also do this elsewhere.)