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by linguista
January 27th, 2010, 1:30 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know when you're ready?
Replies: 11
Views: 3060

Re: How do you know when you're ready?

Moira, the mathematical term is called an asymptote.

Me, I'm miles from being that good. But some day, I will get there.
by linguista
January 27th, 2010, 1:27 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Kindle's 70% royalties for authors; what will it affect?
Replies: 5
Views: 1130

Kindle's 70% royalties for authors; what will it affect?

This is somewhat related to the "To ebook or not to ebook thread", but not quite. Kindle has offered 70% royalties for authors who fulfill certain criteria. At this rate, self-publishing on Kindle is looking very pretty, compared to the traditional route. How do you guys think that it will affect tr...
by linguista
December 11th, 2009, 9:26 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 144758

Re: What are you reading now?

I started Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher this morning at 8, and couldn't put it down! I was finished by 2! It's great! I totally recommend!
by linguista
December 11th, 2009, 9:23 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Male Protagonists in Young Adult Fiction
Replies: 9
Views: 3650

Re: Male Protagonists in Young Adult Fiction

Writer Natalie Whipple had an interedting post about this ( http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2009/12/thing-about-boy-books.html ) on her blog recently. She said that publishers presume boys won't read and don't publish for them. Boys have nothing published for them and so don't read. And th...
by linguista
December 11th, 2009, 9:14 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Trouble defining genre
Replies: 11
Views: 2789

Re: Trouble defining genre

Thanks for all the advice guys. Unfortunately, I live in Japan, so English language bookstores are not an option. I'll see if I can find myself in one when I'm in Australia next week. For now, Amazon will have to do. They have drama as a category, and that works for me. So for the moment, I'm going ...
by linguista
December 8th, 2009, 11:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: To bury or to resurrect? That is the question.
Replies: 6
Views: 1504

Re: To bury or to resurrect? That is the question.

I just finished a novel that sounds very much like yours theme-wise. Proxy Godlike powers and Armaggedon and all that jazz. I am hoping that movies like the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons mean that the public is ready for spiritual fiction.
by linguista
December 8th, 2009, 10:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Preface and backstory.
Replies: 17
Views: 5414

Re: Preface and backstory.

What I've found works with prefaces I've read is not giving all the information. I like when a book has a preface, but you're left wondering the details of what happened or how they relate to the story, etc. I had the opposite problem in my last novel. I felt like there were too many flashbacks, and...
by linguista
December 8th, 2009, 10:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Trouble defining genre
Replies: 11
Views: 2789

Trouble defining genre

The first novel I wrote hasn't gotten any further than a first draft, because I can't manage to define a genre. I even had problems summarising it when I was working on it. Every time someone asked me what it was about, I'd reply, "Well um- that's complicated." (In case you didn't realise that is a ...
by linguista
December 8th, 2009, 8:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Should bloggers charge for their writing?
Replies: 16
Views: 3459

Re: Should bloggers charge for their writing?

I commented earlier, but I think I need to modify my opinion a little after reading you guys' comments. I think it depends on the content. I mean, you can blog about anything really. If you put the same content that you would put in a book, on a blog instead... does different media mean you shouldn'...
by linguista
December 8th, 2009, 6:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: So I had a dream about...
Replies: 7
Views: 2213

Re: So I had a dream about...

You guys are lucky. Your characters let you sleep. Mine sit on the edge of the bed and talk incessantly. It takes me hours to fall asleep :(
by linguista
December 8th, 2009, 6:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Outline or Out of the Mist?
Replies: 50
Views: 11876

Re: Outline or Out of the Mist?

Do you guys think there's a correlation between outlining and genre? The first book I wrote was mainstream YA, and I just sat down with a head full of characters and wrote. My most recent project was a spiritual fantasy, and I started with a loose outline. I think some genre might require you to rem...
by linguista
December 8th, 2009, 2:08 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Outline or Out of the Mist?
Replies: 50
Views: 11876

Re: Outline or Out of the Mist?

I've tried two types of outline. The first Randy Ingermason's Snowflake method. You create a one-line summary of your story and expand and expand to make the outline. I did the early stages of this, but then I found as I got into more detailed outlining, that it was killing the desire to write the s...
by linguista
December 8th, 2009, 2:01 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Creative Writing Courses - 1 year + - distance learning
Replies: 7
Views: 2805

Re: Creative Writing Courses - 1 year + - distance learning

I was researching the very same thing myself and I found an awesome program at UBC http://www.creativewriting.ubc.ca/programs_mfa_apply.shtml , the University of British Columbia. Like I said, I haven't done the program myself, but UBC is one of the best universities in Canada and I can't see them a...
by linguista
December 8th, 2009, 12:29 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How many projects do you work on at once?
Replies: 38
Views: 9115

Re: How many projects do you work on at once?

As far as novels go, one at a time. I get really into my characters, and I can't imagine leaveing them alone to go get involved with other characters. I have, however, found that I don't really have much patience with editing, so I'm thinking I might need to try editing while workign on the first dr...
by linguista
December 7th, 2009, 11:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Support Groups?
Replies: 21
Views: 5734

Re: Writer Support Groups?

Wow! What awesome responses. I am also in faraway land (Japan) so I'll be putting some of these to use at some point.

What genre is your book?