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by Leila
June 23rd, 2011, 2:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Old fashioned dialogue
Replies: 15
Views: 1939

Re: Old fashioned dialogue

Great suggestions everyone! The only thing I can add would be to look at it from a cultural, gender and character perspective. For example, you raised the issue of peasants. I'm assuming that around that period peasants may not have had the same educational opportunities as others? Therefore their l...
by Leila
June 23rd, 2011, 1:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Those ghastly -ly words
Replies: 27
Views: 8882

Re: Those ghastly -ly words

I have to agree with Margo and Polymath. The more I write the more I see that adverbs really do weaken, or prop up, rather than add or grow the dialogue/scene. For me, on almost every occasion I find I end up with a much stronger result if I show what the adverb is trying to tell. If that makes sens...
by Leila
June 20th, 2011, 3:21 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Does analyzing books ruin them?
Replies: 19
Views: 7452

Re: Does analyzing books ruin them?

Three things for me: a) I guess I don't buy a book with the intention of analysing it. I buy it with the intention of reading it and hopefully enjoying it. So the issue here is whether one buys a book to (primarily) educate oneself or for entertainment. I realize the two crossover and are not mutual...
by Leila
June 20th, 2011, 3:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Pop Bottle to Pulp
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: Pop Bottle to Pulp

I enjoyed your story... and was hoping you would end up married to the girl who delivered the newspapers, but alas, 'twas not meant to be. Ha, I too got wrapped up in the story and thought there might be some later connection (relationship wise) with the newspaper girl. Sorry, Polymath, I realize t...
by Leila
June 20th, 2011, 2:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A great reference sourse
Replies: 1
Views: 377

Re: A great reference sourse

Thanks for the link, it looks great!
by Leila
June 20th, 2011, 2:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: First round of edits - a long way to go!
Replies: 9
Views: 1946

Re: First round of edits - a long way to go!

Congrats, it's a great place to be! I'd have to second Sommer's views on when to have people read through your story. I say that because to me, first round edits are simply that. First round. It's the first chance you have to take off your writer's hat and put on an editing one. Unless you are the s...
by Leila
June 15th, 2011, 1:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Life's a Plot
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Re: Life's a Plot

Wow, polymath, talk about perseverance. That's impressive. Seriously. Quite apart from not knowing how to do any of things you did to resolve the problem, I was also amazed at the number of themes one could draw just from this quick insight into problem solving. Could be a good case study as it stan...
by Leila
June 4th, 2011, 8:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's Your Genre?
Replies: 46
Views: 10091

Re: Out of curiosity

Historical fiction, so far. I have lots of ideas that cross over genre's, but one story at a time.
by Leila
June 4th, 2011, 8:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's in a Name?
Replies: 11
Views: 1470

Re: What's in a Name?

Good question. So far, I've found that some characters appear in my head fully formed, with names attached. Others appear in their physical form, but without names. I tend to choose names based on a character's qualities, values and characteristics, then test them against my own internal filters. So...
by Leila
June 4th, 2011, 8:03 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.
Replies: 66
Views: 14721

Re: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.

I second Mira's wow. It's great hearing about your journey and getting a real feel for what's involved. Thanks for sharing. I wish you the best of luck going forward and I'm so happy you're really enjoying the learning. That's nine tenths of the battle. Polymath - I would also love to see your work ...
by Leila
June 4th, 2011, 7:55 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.
Replies: 66
Views: 14721

Re: My Self-Publishing Experiment - Initial Results.

I second Mira's wow. It's great hearing about your journey and getting a real feel for what's involved. Thanks for sharing. I wish you the best of luck going forward and I'm so happy you're really enjoying the learning. That's nine tenths of the battle. Polymath - I would also love to see your work ...
by Leila
April 10th, 2011, 5:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Free Teleclass
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: Free Teleclass

Thanks for passing this on, Nathan. It looks interesting!
by Leila
April 7th, 2011, 4:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Pen names
Replies: 23
Views: 3161

Re: Pen names

Nathan has a good post on this one somewhere (apologies I don't have time to go look for the link). I think if you need to use a pen name, (for security or other reasons) the issue is resolved for you. If it is a matter of choice, then weigh up the pros and cons of responding to a different name etc...
by Leila
April 7th, 2011, 4:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Word Count?
Replies: 24
Views: 6058

Re: Word Count?

Good question. I find I get too swept up in the story and all my energy goes to keeping up with my characters, so no I've never paid attention to word count. There are too many possibilities to explore. But once I've gone back over the plot, and really spent time delving into the twists and turns, t...
by Leila
April 7th, 2011, 3:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Formatting issue .....
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: Formatting issue .....

Preacher, go back to whoever told you that, hit them with an iron (not space) bar five times and indent their head. Then tell them I sent you. Sorry this is off topic, but I've had a hard day and that is the funniest thing I've read in a while. Cheered me right up! Thanks. Back on topic, these are ...