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by AMSchilling
February 14th, 2012, 12:59 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your writing space
Replies: 19
Views: 4026

Re: Your writing space

My space is in the guest bedroom closet (well, only in half of the closet, honestly). My husband built me a little desk with shelves up the side of the wall, and thanks to years living in an apartment the size of a shoebox in NYC, I can actually fit some of my reference books and little thingies in ...
by AMSchilling
February 12th, 2012, 12:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writers with Small Children
Replies: 9
Views: 1912

Re: Writers with Small Children

When my daughter was 2, I wrote during naptimes and after she was asleep for the night. I also passed her off to my husband for 10 minute breaks here and there. But I didn't have a 4 month old at the same time--honestly, when she was 4 months I was a zombie with no sleep (she's a horrible sleeper to...
by AMSchilling
February 10th, 2012, 12:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Character Creation Process
Replies: 14
Views: 2827

Re: Character Creation Process

Thanks, Claudie! I'm still trying to figure out the balance between the two is all--my last book I was told that the characters were great but I didn't torture them enough by more than one agent. I'm thinking of having "kill your darlings" tattooed somewhere so I don't forget. :D And it's good to kn...
by AMSchilling
February 9th, 2012, 1:13 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Character Creation Process
Replies: 14
Views: 2827

Re: Character Creation Process

I'm a total Pantser, but the one thing that's held true for every story I've written is that I see my MC first, in my head, before I have any idea re. the rest of the stuff. The story comes from the person: I plop them down in a random place or scenario and see what they do. They pretty much lead th...
by AMSchilling
February 6th, 2012, 1:22 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Periods of Feast or Famine
Replies: 7
Views: 1453

Re: Periods of Feast or Famine

I've had that same experience a lot, especially with my current WIP. I started it during Nano in November, and I'd have days where I'd do over 3k for a while and then poof, nothing. The last week especially--if I remember right I was in one of the slower spots where getting anything out was like swi...
by AMSchilling
February 1st, 2012, 7:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: National Novel Writing FEBRUARY 2012
Replies: 16
Views: 5390

Re: National Novel Writing FEBRUARY 2012

I'm in, though I'm going to be focusing more on pages edited than total word counts (I'll still put them in). I really want to finish this first rewrite of my novel this month. I'm horrible at letting time pass between edits, so I can see the plot holes and stuff when I come back, and if I can get t...
by AMSchilling
January 29th, 2012, 11:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Stereotypical Characters
Replies: 7
Views: 1426

Re: Stereotypical Characters

Actually, I don't see a bi character sleeping around as a stereotype as much as the whole intelligent, blunt and sarcastic combo. But I've known a lot a people who sleep around, I guess, plus a lot of people of varying sexual persuasion. So personal experience tells me there's no real relation to or...
by AMSchilling
January 29th, 2012, 1:28 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Stereotypical Characters
Replies: 7
Views: 1426

Re: Stereotypical Characters

To me I think it would depend on how much of the character's traits/habits/appearance is sterotypical versus how much is unique. If the stereotype used is only one small part of who the character is, then for me as a reader it's not offensive because I know the author isn't *trying* to just write a ...
by AMSchilling
January 27th, 2012, 1:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Protagonist blog idea
Replies: 9
Views: 1982

Re: Protagonist blog idea

I like the idea. I think it's an interesting way to add to a character and their backstory without clogging up a novel. Readers who enjoy the character and want to know more could read it, and readers who were "meh" on the idea could choose not to. I really don't see it as much different from author...
by AMSchilling
January 26th, 2012, 1:03 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Urban Fantasy vs Paranormal
Replies: 12
Views: 2440

Re: Urban Fantasy vs Paranormal

Hmmm.....food for thought, Margo. I'm going for the whole debut author status so maybe I need to rethink. Especially when there's such a fine line between the two classifications in some cases. Thanks!
by AMSchilling
January 25th, 2012, 9:53 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Your top-10 all-time favourite books
Replies: 42
Views: 12406

Re: Your top-10 all-time favourite books

Ooooh, tough. But I'll go with books that had a huge influence on me: 1. "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury 2. "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams 3. "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach 4. "Skeleton Crew" by Stephen King (my first in the horror genre, and the one that got me ...
by AMSchilling
January 25th, 2012, 9:33 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Urban Fantasy vs Paranormal
Replies: 12
Views: 2440

Re: Urban Fantasy vs Paranormal

I think by definition urban fantasy is supposed to be set primarily in a city. Though by that definition Cassandra Clare's "Infernal devices" series could be classified as urban fantasy as it's in London. But....it's Victorian London. So maybe UF is modern day fantasy in a city? And the classificati...
by AMSchilling
January 24th, 2012, 2:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)
Replies: 54
Views: 15885

Re: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)

Hmm, yes. The eyes thing.... My character's eyes tend to do more than my characters. They're always glinting or squinting or turning the color of stormclouds or some such thing. The rest of their bodies never seem to do anything at all, at least when it comes to showing emotion. Sometimes the lips j...
by AMSchilling
January 16th, 2012, 11:34 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433005

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Just a quick post on first draft crazies, and why I don't blog as much when I'm in the middle of that particular madness:

http://www.amschilling.com/blog/?p=111
by AMSchilling
January 7th, 2012, 9:39 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 433005

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Part Three of my North American Field Guide to Critique Partners:

http://www.amschilling.com/blog/?p=105