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by Beethovenfan
September 24th, 2010, 10:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Time to Write
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: Time to Write

I have tried various ways of fitting writing into my life. I have fit it inbetween a job and a family, I have allocated a specific time slot that was just mine for writing, I even took a year off from working to write full time. I found that the one that worked best for me was when I fit it in whene...
by Beethovenfan
September 8th, 2010, 12:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Grr! That first idea!
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Re: Grr! That first idea!

I am another non-outliner. I've tried it but found that I never stuck to it. My stories morph too much as the ideas flow. In fact, I usually start just with characters. Sometimes I know the setting, but even that can change as the writing goes forward. I usually don't know what will happen at the en...
by Beethovenfan
September 5th, 2010, 10:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Do You Cut?
Replies: 18
Views: 2894

Re: What Do You Cut?

Thanks for this post Margo! I have gleaned a lot of good advice for cutting ANOTHER 15,000 words from my MS. *sigh* I'm at 135,000 right now and need to be under 120,000 at least. I have already gone through it a few times for the filler words and redundant phrases and "the knife dropped to the floo...
by Beethovenfan
September 5th, 2010, 5:50 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: new WHAT A PAINE! query page 3
Replies: 32
Views: 4806

Re: Final (I hope) WHAT A PAINE! Query See page 2

Dear Agent, After the influx of “Twilight mom ’s ”, Did you mean for this to be possessive? Reece Paine believes our world isn’t ready for the truth about paranormals. Hype is giving them a bad image, and being a working vampire M ama, Does this need to be upper case? married to a demon, with a flyi...
by Beethovenfan
September 4th, 2010, 4:14 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: new WHAT A PAINE! query page 3
Replies: 32
Views: 4806

Re: Revised WHAT A PAINE! please read!!! ;)

Wow, I think this is a great improvement from the last! I get more of a sense of the plot than before. Really, my only concern is with the first sentance of the second paragraph: "Asked to investigate a recent rash of paranormal kidnappings, Reece balks." I was wondering how come she balks at it, wh...
by Beethovenfan
September 3rd, 2010, 2:59 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Page Critique Friday 9/3/10
Replies: 21
Views: 22687

Re: Page Critique Friday 9/3/10

I like the dialogue. It's difficult to pull off well and I think you did. Now, call me old school, but this doesn't really seem like a query to me. In a query we are supposed to know who the main charcter is, which we did get. We need to know what the problem is, what problem or choice does the pers...
by Beethovenfan
September 2nd, 2010, 3:36 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Forum game: Random facts about you
Replies: 126
Views: 31647

Re: Forum game: Random facts about you

Skunks. I live in the Pacific Northwest and no matter where you go there are skunks. One whiff and I'm off whatever I was doing to go stuff my nose in a pillow. Random facts: I am a pianist. For 3 years I was the Cub Master for my son's Cub Scout unit. Scrabble is my favorite board game. In high sch...
by Beethovenfan
September 2nd, 2010, 2:25 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: HARP-BROKEN--latest version at end..thanks for input!
Replies: 14
Views: 2882

Re: Query: HARP-BROKEN--new version at end...thanks for input!

Here's version 1,000 (or seems like it) Thanks for your comments.... [specific agent info, if appropriate] In YA fantasy HARP-BROKEN, a teen tracking her missing dad to Ireland finds his fate entwined with that of her eccentric new schoolmates. Roiseen journeys to mythical Tir Na Nog to rescue her f...
by Beethovenfan
September 1st, 2010, 4:28 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know when to end a chapter and start a new?
Replies: 17
Views: 6035

Re: How do you know when to end a chapter and start a new?

Read, read, read. See how other authors do it; get a feel of the ebb and flo of books you are familiar with and see if yours has a similarly good "feel." For me it's a gut thing. I don't think I could sit down and say "this is this" and "that is that." If I feel it's the right time to end a chapter ...
by Beethovenfan
September 1st, 2010, 4:12 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: 7 Rejections - Time for a Revision - round 3 Anyone??
Replies: 12
Views: 2099

Re: 7 Rejections - Time for a Revision - round 2

Thank you D.S. Deshaw for running through it again for me. I'm too close to this and can't see the forest for the trees! Thanks so much for your feedback and you are far from LAME! You are being specific and I NEED that. :)
by Beethovenfan
August 30th, 2010, 10:13 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: 7 Rejections - Time for a Revision - round 3 Anyone??
Replies: 12
Views: 2099

Re: 7 Rejections - Time for a Revision

Ha! It's funny because you guys have all been telling me things I have suggested to other people! Guess I need to take my own advice. OK. As for word count, I don't know what to do about that because I've already reduced it from 150,000 words! I hate to start leaving out actual story line. I was hop...
by Beethovenfan
August 30th, 2010, 1:06 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: 7 Rejections - Time for a Revision - round 3 Anyone??
Replies: 12
Views: 2099

7 Rejections - Time for a Revision - round 3 Anyone??

Round 3: Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on my query. I have made some significant changes to this query so anyone who feels they can give advice or suggestions, they will be gladly accepted! I have given Jane a lot more voice in this one, hopefully making her more real. Jane Picardy...
by Beethovenfan
August 30th, 2010, 12:45 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: query Forever Young (v. 4.0)
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: query Forever Young (v. 3.0)

I think you have a great story here. I think if you can tighten up your query a bit some agent somewhere is going to want this. When I read the query I came away not really knowing who the main character is. I don't really know him at all, only what he does. What's his character like? I also think t...
by Beethovenfan
August 29th, 2010, 11:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Perfectionist chime in!
Replies: 5
Views: 798

Re: Perfectionist chime in!

When I write, I just get started and see where my fingers lead me. OK, maybe it's a little more complicated than that, but not much. At first I am never satisfied with what I have written, but I usually come up with something workable. Then I do just that; work with it. If I'm having a difficult tim...
by Beethovenfan
August 28th, 2010, 10:49 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Timesurfers Take two posted 30 Aug
Replies: 7
Views: 1117

Re: Query Timesurfers

First, I want to say that this sounds like a great story, one that I would pick up and read. I am a total geek for timetravel stories (in fact my own MS uses it!). Cate receives her boyfriend's text - ' We R Ova’ - five minutes after her only friend arrives to comfort her. She’s the last person to ...