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by Mike Dickson
August 21st, 2010, 11:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: As a reader how do you feel about this?
Replies: 15
Views: 2509

Re: As a reader how do you feel about this?

No this antagonist is not going to be well liked by the readers. With that said, my goal is to get the readers to believe that defeating him will be very difficult. My thoughts are to have the pro come close to defeating the ant and to have the readers believe he will be defeated but in the ant gets...
by Mike Dickson
August 21st, 2010, 10:19 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: As a reader how do you feel about this?
Replies: 15
Views: 2509

As a reader how do you feel about this?

Thriller novels, there's a protagonist and antagonist. Usually the antagonist is defeated, end of story. As a reader how do you feel if the antagonist is not defeated but gets away? In my outline I'm playing with both. In one ending I have the antagonist killing the protagonist girlfriend and gettin...
by Mike Dickson
August 17th, 2010, 11:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Naming protagonists
Replies: 14
Views: 2022

Re: Naming protagonists

Don Donatello is a bit redundant for me. It's not a bad name but I'm not a big fan of having the same sounds in first and last names. I really like the others, especially Luca Vitale. If you're having trouble coming up with names, try http://www.behindthename.com/random/. It's a random name generat...
by Mike Dickson
August 17th, 2010, 11:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Naming protagonists
Replies: 14
Views: 2022

Re: Naming protagonists

The "Don" stands for Boss of bosses or Godfather if that helps. I'm not too satisfied with that name either, I just feel like their maybe something there but it's not quite right. Maybe a tweak here or there will give me something. I like Joe Fazzini, but I wonder if the reader will have a problem r...
by Mike Dickson
August 17th, 2010, 5:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Wackiest "advice"/comments you've gotten from non-writers
Replies: 36
Views: 10330

Re: Wackiest "advice"/comments you've gotten from non-writers

"you're such a nerd."

But it sounded like this

"yer sucha nerd."
by Mike Dickson
August 17th, 2010, 5:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Naming protagonists
Replies: 14
Views: 2022

Naming protagonists

It's hard. When I see names in novels like Mitch Rapp, or Lucas Davenport, I think to myself those are good names for a protagonist. When I look at the names I've picked out they are so so. What do you guys think of these names? I'm writing a mafia thriller. Joe Fazzini (Protagonist) Don Donatello (...
by Mike Dickson
August 14th, 2010, 1:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41344

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Light from the full moon sliced the landscape into sharply detailed white highlights and dark blue shadows. Thanks for the review. I think you may be right, it is mundane and could be caused by quite a few things. Just for more info on the sentence it's a recessed light from a jail cell. It's crazy...
by Mike Dickson
August 13th, 2010, 4:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Favorite Part of Writing
Replies: 23
Views: 7537

Re: Favorite Part of Writing

My favorite part of writing is not writing at all, instead it's the creation I love the most. For some reason creating a life out of nothing but my thoughts is exciting. The writing is a close second.
by Mike Dickson
August 13th, 2010, 3:28 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Better Book Titles -- Great for a Friday Laugh
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: Better Book Titles -- Great for a Friday Laugh

Walking through Barnes and Noble today I saw a book titled

Super women can eat it!
by Mike Dickson
August 13th, 2010, 2:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Whom do you write like?
Replies: 53
Views: 10097

Re: Whom do you write like?

Did it again with my blog and it came up with William Gibson.
by Mike Dickson
August 13th, 2010, 2:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Whom do you write like?
Replies: 53
Views: 10097

Re: Whom do you write like?

Looks like I write like James Joyce. Hmmm.
by Mike Dickson
August 13th, 2010, 2:51 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Dead And Alive: Who Are Your Favorite Writers?
Replies: 22
Views: 3370

Re: Dead And Alive: Who Are Your Favorite Writers?

John Grisham

Vince Flynn
by Mike Dickson
August 13th, 2010, 2:49 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 720
Views: 283235

Re: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog

Title: None Genre: Mafia thriller Not the first page but the second One afternoon Joe was looking to the local Italian Market shops for work when he spotted his mother getting harassed by some local thugs in their teens. They're trying to make names for themselves as small time-hoods and often picke...
by Mike Dickson
August 13th, 2010, 2:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41344

Re: Share your opening sentence!

I went back a page and didn't see a first sentence that hasn't already been rated, so here's mine.




A single recessed light bulb flickers on every morning around the same time.