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by Mike Dickson
March 9th, 2011, 4:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I'm stuck
Replies: 14
Views: 1857

Re: I'm stuck

Since he has the list of cases, could you send him calling on the victims of the judge's false rulings? Ahh,that is worth something to explore. I wonder if that angle could turn it into a series? He almost brings them down but in the end they slip away. Sounds like good 'ol Dad has screwed himself....
by Mike Dickson
March 9th, 2011, 3:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I'm stuck
Replies: 14
Views: 1857

I'm stuck

I've been working this out in my head and then to paper. I've now found myself stuck without direction. A man is being hunted by the mob. He holds information that can put many of the mafioso in prison for years. They had been bribing a federal Circuit Court of Appeals judge in exchange for favorabl...
by Mike Dickson
February 27th, 2011, 8:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Show Versus Tell
Replies: 7
Views: 1048

Re: Show Versus Tell

Polymath,

Good sites, they certainly lend a similar explanation to show vs. tell. I appreciate the help.

Aimee,

I'll look into this book of Ayn's, I'm sure it's great coming from her.

Thank you!
by Mike Dickson
February 27th, 2011, 5:50 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Show Versus Tell
Replies: 7
Views: 1048

Re: Show Versus Tell

Polymath,

Do you recommend any good books for new writer's on the subject of show vs. tell?
by Mike Dickson
February 27th, 2011, 5:31 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What medium - techno or old school?
Replies: 31
Views: 8299

Re: What medium - techno or old school?

My handwriting is atrocious though. You should see my handwriting when I'm writing in bed. Scribbles is a more accurate word. Especially when I try to write in cursive. The urge will strike on occasion, and about 4 pages in, it just looks like scribbles on a page. Handwriting? Cursive? What's that?...
by Mike Dickson
February 26th, 2011, 4:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Realization Crisis
Replies: 17
Views: 2219

Re: Realization Crisis

polymath wrote:Maybe one or two commas too many and hyphens lacking if by prescriptive conventions.
Damn hyphens get me every time.
by Mike Dickson
February 26th, 2011, 8:44 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer's Block: Ignore It?
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: Writer's Block: Ignore It?

I put a movie on the boob tube and disect the intro, rising action, climax, etc., until the creative juices flow once again. Sometimes it takes a while, sometimes it take five minutes. Sometimes it's The Outlaw Josey Wales, or the Bourne series, or The Firm, or if I know I need a lot of time, The Go...
by Mike Dickson
February 26th, 2011, 8:35 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What medium - techno or old school?
Replies: 31
Views: 8299

Re: What medium - techno or old school?

I first create a movie in my head; fill it with the basics, introduction, climax, and denouement. I then bring in the notepad and pen, and loosely build character, setting, and expand some on the plot. If I make it past that part, I'll use Dramatica Pro for a more in-depth read into my characters an...
by Mike Dickson
February 26th, 2011, 8:24 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Realization Crisis
Replies: 17
Views: 2219

Re: Realization Crisis

Polymath, For some reason when I think of the correct structure in a story, I use what I consider to be a well thought out, and by the book in most respects, novel and later movie, John Grisham's, The Firm, for comparison. [Too many comma's? I'll have to break out English for Dummies later and revis...
by Mike Dickson
February 25th, 2011, 12:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: This is going to bother me...
Replies: 12
Views: 2035

Re: This is going to bother me...

"I leaped" is indicative in UK simple form as a preterite (preterit in the U.S.). Preterite is the grammatical tense expressing actions that took place in the past. "I leapt" is also used and grammatically correct but mainly in the U.S. "I dived" is also indicative in UK simple form as a preterite e...
by Mike Dickson
February 23rd, 2011, 12:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I need a plot fix
Replies: 25
Views: 2740

Re: I need a plot fix

What if when he arrived at the aprtment the door was already opened? The place is ransacked, maybe someone is dead inside as well? Maybe someone is darting out the window on to the fire escape?
by Mike Dickson
February 15th, 2011, 8:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A Practice Pattern Model
Replies: 2
Views: 726

Re: A Practice Pattern Model

Yep, I was thinking the same darn thing just this morning.
by Mike Dickson
February 4th, 2011, 8:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Questionable content - do you read it?
Replies: 13
Views: 2585

Re: Questionable content - do you read it?

Questionable content - do you read it?

Speaking for myself, as a father, that would be the very last thing I would want to read. The actual murderous act would turn me off with just a few words.
by Mike Dickson
February 4th, 2011, 8:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What is the It of creative writing?
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: What is the It of creative writing?

polymath wrote: They say help comes to aid those who help themselves solve problems and better themselves.
The very theme I stumbled upon in my current WIP.
It, in it's many forms, brought a smile to my face as I struggled to find it.
by Mike Dickson
January 19th, 2011, 1:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What makes you so good at what you do?
Replies: 21
Views: 11829

Re: What makes you so good at what you do?

When I was two years old, my dad gave me a screwdriver and a metal stool and asked me to take it apart so I did. I then proceeded to put it back together. After I finished I had one extra screw. Sidebar- guys you know what I'm talking about. We can take something completely apart and put it back tog...