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by Nicole R
August 11th, 2012, 11:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When writing isn't your full-time job.
Replies: 16
Views: 2709

Re: When writing isn't your full-time job.

Regan, I hear ya! I've been absent from the forums all summer trying to keep up with my day-job, which has ranged from 45-50 hours a week, plus grad school and two freelance clients. Ick! It has not been pretty. I do have one suggestion that works wonders for me. I carry a mini tape recorder so I ca...
by Nicole R
May 1st, 2012, 1:33 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I Wish I Could Write Like...
Replies: 12
Views: 1723

Re: I Wish I Could Write Like...

I'll second some of the greats that people have already mentioned: Anne McCaffrey, J.K. Rowling and Brandon Sanderson. Plus, I wish I could capture characters like Robert Jordan, and voice/pacing like Rick Riordan or Karen Marie Moning. Oh, and Jim Butcher and Sarah Rees Brennan should get a mention...
by Nicole R
May 1st, 2012, 1:28 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you compose in your mind?
Replies: 11
Views: 1731

Re: Do you compose in your mind?

Definitely! All. The. Time. I outline my scenes pretty well in my mind before I ever put them down on paper. It helps me catch plot holes and see where the story is going...plus, it's fun. :D
by Nicole R
April 27th, 2012, 1:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Brandon Sanderson Class Online
Replies: 35
Views: 4203

Re: Brandon Sanderson Class Online

I love his description of characters having a line-item veto over the setting/plot. My characters tend to pull out that veto from time to time. ;)
by Nicole R
April 26th, 2012, 3:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Brandon Sanderson Class Online
Replies: 35
Views: 4203

Re: Brandon Sanderson Class Online

Holy buckets, Batman! Must check it out - I knew about his podcasts, but not the entire lecture series. Thanks for the heads up!
by Nicole R
April 9th, 2012, 10:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How long do you take to finish a draft/ WIP?
Replies: 26
Views: 15569

Re: How long do you take to finish a draft/ WIP?

In general...about a year. I'm really trying to crank on this latest WIP though, and it looks like my first draft on this one will take about 6 months.
by Nicole R
March 22nd, 2012, 10:33 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: My epic fantasy - The Skyfall Trilogy
Replies: 27
Views: 5238

Re: My epic fantasy - The Skyfall Trilogy

That's an awesome review, Matt! Major congrats.

Hope they keep coming. :)
by Nicole R
March 22nd, 2012, 10:29 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Most Anticipated 2012 Releases
Replies: 10
Views: 3757

Re: Most Anticipated 2012 Releases

I second Matt! Plus, the new "Kane Chronicles" book and Dresden.
by Nicole R
March 22nd, 2012, 10:27 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Spicing Up a Vanilla Character
Replies: 10
Views: 1149

Re: Spicing Up a Vanilla Character

Hey Brenda! I just blogged about building complex characters yesterday...spooky timing. ;) Check it out! I'm going to cheat a bit since I've read your pages. I think you have all the elements there to make incredibly interesting characters. Some ideas: - Slow things down: Give them time for reflecti...
by Nicole R
March 9th, 2012, 1:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Live - BransforumFest 2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2463

Re: Live - BransforumFest 2012

It was SO great to meet all you guys! I really enjoyed our discussions, workshops and random writing meet-ups. ;) Plus, who doesn't love a good crit group with 90+ mile-an-hour winds howling outside and debris flying around your 25th floor window!?! Thanks to all of you for sharing some awesome insi...
by Nicole R
February 21st, 2012, 2:07 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Paranormal Romance Rev. 1
Replies: 4
Views: 895

Re: YA Paranormal Romance

Welcome to the forums! And kudos to you for taking the dive into query-mania. It sounds like you've got a neat concept here for a story, though I think your query makes it a little more confusing than it needs to be. I think a lot of that can be fixed by changing the order in which you reveal some o...
by Nicole R
February 21st, 2012, 1:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Condensing Your Pitch
Replies: 18
Views: 2103

Re: Condensing Your Pitch

I just read through the comments so far, and I want to give a word of encouragement to all my fellow fantasy/sci-fi writers out there. Don't let the blank stares or embarrassment get you down. I guess I've been lucky in that, more often than not, when I tell someone what I write, they say "That's aw...
by Nicole R
February 16th, 2012, 11:26 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 317878

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

You might be a writer if...
Stop by and add your own endings to the list. ;)
http://nicole-singer.blogspot.com/2012/ ... er-if.html
by Nicole R
February 6th, 2012, 8:07 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 317878

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

The Author Behind the Curtain
Recognition...and when it's good to not get any.
http://nicole-singer.blogspot.com/2012/ ... rtain.html
by Nicole R
February 6th, 2012, 1:49 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Use of Specific Terms in Fantasy
Replies: 13
Views: 1230

Re: The Use of Specific Terms in Fantasy

I agree with Sommer and Matt. If you mention it as a shortsword somewhere early on, then refer to it as a gladius throughout, I think you'll be fine. The reader will already have a "short" image in their mind.