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by maggie
September 29th, 2010, 1:01 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Is my query query-ish enough?
Replies: 13
Views: 1999

Re: Is my query query-ish enough?

Hi, I'm not going to do a line edit because I think the writing itself is pretty strong. I do agree that it read a little like your "typical teen drama" until you mentioned the part about the illegal immigrant status and the depressed boyfriend, and that's where it would have set itself apart for me...
by maggie
September 29th, 2010, 12:09 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Time Jump - a good idea?
Replies: 12
Views: 1485

Re: Time Jump - a good idea?

they started the quest, packing the equipment -hey don't forget the underwear- to the moment they stopped to take a leak -AH, a snake in the bushes!- to the moment they stopped to eat -waiting for the fire to boil the water, maybe we should play cards- to the moment they... Oh my, I just had a good...
by maggie
September 29th, 2010, 12:01 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Getting Motivated
Replies: 12
Views: 1577

Re: Getting Motivated

Wow, thanks, everyone! You guys are cool. :) "It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop." What a great quote! and incredibly applicable to writing life. @dios4vida - Such a good idea. I know it always helps me later on when I relax and get away from it for a bit, but it's so h...
by maggie
September 24th, 2010, 8:33 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Getting Motivated
Replies: 12
Views: 1577

Getting Motivated

Just yesterday, I was writing a blog post about how awesome it feels when you're in that "obsession" phase of writing. It's like the whole world revolves around your novel, and there is just so much to write and so little time and nothing else in the world will ever matter again... And today, I can'...
by maggie
September 24th, 2010, 8:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Final Battle...does it have to be a cliche?
Replies: 16
Views: 5123

Re: The Final Battle...does it have to be a cliche?

For example, imagine if Harry didn't kill Voldemort, because someone else ran up and stabbed Voldy in the back when he wasn't looking. Somewhat of a let-down... I agree a little bit with this. I don't think a battle necessarily has to end in a cliche way, with the hero lopping off the head of the v...
by maggie
September 21st, 2010, 2:33 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 345234

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

How fun to see everyone's blog posts!

My latest: "Snuggle Porn"

http://wordswineandwanderlust.wordpress.com/
by maggie
September 20th, 2010, 12:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot or Character - Which Comes First?
Replies: 35
Views: 8002

Re: Plot or Character - Which Comes First?

I feel like it depends on the type of novel it is. Like for something high-concept, the plot idea comes first and characters that fit the plot fill in around it. For a more literary story, sometimes the characters jump out fully formed and what happens to them is what makes the plot what it is. Thou...
by maggie
September 17th, 2010, 1:17 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Gender roles: Emotionally weak heroines
Replies: 58
Views: 17279

Re: Gender roles: Emotionally weak heroines

This drives me nuts. And another weak-heroine thing that drives me nuts? Equating stalkerish creepiness with love. **slight SPOILERS ahead!!** I'm reading Hush, Hush right now, and while I like some things about it and am not at all trying to bash the book, I keep smacking my forehead in frustration...
by maggie
September 17th, 2010, 1:07 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Your favorite first book
Replies: 12
Views: 4316

Re: Your favorite first book

Little House on the Prairie. I learned to read on those books and I was obsessed with them. I even went through a phase at age 3 or 4 where I actually wore bonnets because I wanted to be just like the Ingalls girls. There is photo evidence (thanks a lot, Mom) and my husband will never let me live it...
by maggie
September 17th, 2010, 1:02 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures
Replies: 55
Views: 26043

Re: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures

Yea, the autosummarize isn't only words you use the most, but it sure is funny! I ended up with snippets from a conversation between a student and a professor who are talking about books and her last essay, which got abbreviated to seem like she was about to get an abortion and was angry with him ab...
by maggie
September 17th, 2010, 12:58 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: 3rd Person Multiple POV
Replies: 5
Views: 724

Re: 3rd Person Multiple POV

The love story that occurs between my two MC's is strengthened by the fact that the reader sees them falling in love way before they realize they've fallen for each other. That makes a lot of sense. I also have multiple POV within one chapter at the moment, and I don't think it's particularly confu...
by maggie
September 17th, 2010, 12:23 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: 3rd Person Multiple POV
Replies: 5
Views: 724

Re: 3rd Person Multiple POV

That is helpful, thanks. :) About conveying intimacy--I am actually worried about it in the other direction. Worried that it will lose some of the intimacy that a single POV has. For instance, part of the romantic entanglements involved in lots of YA center around the fact that the girl doesn't quit...
by maggie
September 16th, 2010, 11:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: 3rd Person Multiple POV
Replies: 5
Views: 724

3rd Person Multiple POV

I need opinions. My WIP (YA) is in a close 3rd person POV. My MC is a teenage girl, and the POV is hers. As I'm revising my first draft, I'm finding myself thinking that a couple more POVs--the two love interests--would make it more interesting, and that I could give a lot more information that way ...
by maggie
September 15th, 2010, 10:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Hi, my name is Regan and I’m stuck in a plot hole.
Replies: 23
Views: 3836

Re: Hi, my name is Regan and I’m stuck in a plot hole.

I sometimes find that talking the plot through with someone--either in person or online--can help. Not so much because they come up with the answer, but because something they say or ask might trigger you to realize something you didn't know about your story, like xouba said. These are some of my fa...
by maggie
September 15th, 2010, 10:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures
Replies: 55
Views: 26043

Re: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures

I swear, Avery has learned to express things other than agreement and confusion since this summary. :)

(and @One of the Mad Ones - I'm in New Mexico too! Albuquerque.)