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by Leila
March 24th, 2011, 1:10 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Reader Poll: Sex in Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 7952

Re: Reader Poll: Sex in Fiction

Hmmm, interesting question.

I read across genres, and like a few others have said, if it fits with the overall tone, style, flow, and feel of the story, it doesn't seem to bother me. In fact, it doesn't actually stand out if it's a natural progression in the context of the tension of the story.
by Leila
March 18th, 2011, 4:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing out of order or not?
Replies: 20
Views: 3098

Re: Writing out of order or not?

For me it depends what genre I'm writing in, strangely enough. But usually I find, rather than following an 'order' as such, it's just following the flow of the story which usually takes me along in an 'orderly' fashion. Occasionally, though, something special pops into my head and I have to follow ...
by Leila
March 17th, 2011, 12:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing in a *done* genre
Replies: 53
Views: 11222

Re: Writing in a *done* genre

Margo wrote:
Leila wrote:...so apparently I've hit the trifecta!
LOL. I hope you got good odds. :)
Sure did. You guys should charge a commission! lol
by Leila
March 17th, 2011, 6:32 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Pronunciation Guides in Novels
Replies: 17
Views: 2543

Re: Pronunciation Guides in Novels

Hmm, all the advice is quite diverse isn't it. I can see why it's challenging to decide what to do. I personally wouldn't worry about a pronunciation guide. I always enjoy hearing the name my own way (in my head) and, like polymath, if I'm interested in it I can go look it up. But, and I'm probably ...
by Leila
March 17th, 2011, 6:22 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Participation Mystique
Replies: 4
Views: 872

Re: Participation Mystique

Polymath - wow! W o w w w x 1000 Ok, (picking jaw up off the floor). So you said perhaps you might find it challenging to write about this subject. How did you find it? You've articulated it beautifully, and though at first I was a little daunted by the length of your explanation, I found it a great...
by Leila
March 17th, 2011, 6:15 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing in a *done* genre
Replies: 53
Views: 11222

Re: Writing in a *done* genre

And as usual I arrive at the party when it's in full swing!!! Wow, ok, to so backtrack a little... abc - I'd say just write your story and don't worry about what else has been published in your genre. If the story is strong, has a unique edge to it and is at the right time in the market when you pit...
by Leila
January 23rd, 2011, 11:43 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Delayed Reader Realizations & Unanswered Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1197

Re: Delayed Reader Realizations & Unanswered Questions

To answer part 1 of your question, no I haven't myself, but I think it takes a whole of lot of skill to actually write this kind of story so good for you that you got that kind of reaction. In this cynical day and age of everyone seeing everything coming from every angle faster than you can write it...
by Leila
January 21st, 2011, 9:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional
Replies: 56
Views: 7493

Re: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional

Thanks for the supportive words, Margo. I love writing so much, as I'm sure we all do. I'm just a newbie by comparison to a lot of you guys. And your definition makes perfect sense. There's no better place to be a newbie than around here, Leila (I know, I'm not much further along than you are). You...
by Leila
January 20th, 2011, 5:07 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Writer's bio confusion.
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Writer's bio confusion.

How exciting - the journey begins!
by Leila
January 20th, 2011, 4:33 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Writer's bio confusion.
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Writer's bio confusion.

Thanks very much Holly. Funny, how until I looked at your list, I didn't even comprehend that I can tick off a few of the items listed. (Phew - the blank page suddenly looks a lot better) This is off topic, but I just read your posts (belatedly I'm afraid) about Gmail. Did you send your queries via ...
by Leila
January 20th, 2011, 4:19 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Writer's bio confusion.
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Writer's bio confusion.

One website even said to tell people you have done freelance writing because you are submitting this MS and therefore you are a freelancer. Terrible advice -- I would never do that. What will you say if they ask where you freelanced? I absolutely agree! I just had to share that one to show the dive...
by Leila
January 20th, 2011, 4:12 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Writer's bio confusion.
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Writer's bio confusion.

Thanks very much for your responses Down the well. They are much appreciated. I guess it just feels like a delicate balance between missing the point (maybe on just one issue) v's coming across as professionally as possible. There are certainly no guarantees in life, but I would just like to take aw...
by Leila
January 20th, 2011, 2:10 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Writer's bio confusion.
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Writer's bio confusion.

Hi all, I have four questions I would deeply appreciate your help and guidance in responding to, for a person who has no publishing credits and it is a first novel. 1. Bio information in a query letter. I understand in a query letter that the 'bio' information would be pretty slim, given the lack of...
by Leila
January 20th, 2011, 12:14 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Must Read For Those About To Query
Replies: 14
Views: 3259

Re: Must Read For Those About To Query

Margo wrote:
Watcher55 wrote:This one made me say: NO WAY!
Yeah, I was creeped out by that one, too.
Me too!
by Leila
January 20th, 2011, 12:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Computer/Word/Keyboard Tricks I wish someone told me about
Replies: 17
Views: 4469

Re: Computer/Word/Keyboard Tricks I wish someone told me about

Polymath, I can only say thank you again for your generosity of thought and spirit. I've learned lots (although I confess to sometimes not quite understanding everything that you post because I am a simpleton by comparison) from your input. And I'm glad to find a fellow admirer of the all important ...