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by polymath
February 6th, 2014, 5:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Kinda Stuck
Replies: 3
Views: 1836

Re: Kinda Stuck

Three writing principles come to mind: focus, specificity, and personal experience. What happens at one mission to one focal character from the character's perspective due to larger forces. This is how James Michener managed large sweeps of time and space. Fyodor Dostoevsky too. No one wants to read...
by polymath
February 5th, 2014, 1:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Character POV
Replies: 2
Views: 1658

Re: Character POV

Narrative point of view is the viewpoint from which a narrative originates. This is a top tier viewpoint, be it a narrator's or a character-narrator's. A challenge for first-person narration is exactly the issue of whether the character is present for events so that they may be reported in first per...
by polymath
February 3rd, 2014, 1:55 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: bestsellers vs. classics
Replies: 3
Views: 5830

Re: bestsellers vs. classics

I've encountered several texts that analyze what makes a classic a classic. Bestseller status is highly variable, depending on marketplace era, demand and supply, and even cultural preference factors. One of the texts approaches what's classic from a writing perspective; that is, John Gardner's The ...
by polymath
February 3rd, 2014, 12:46 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: 3 Punctuation Marks to Incorporate Into Your Writing Today
Replies: 2
Views: 2277

Re: 3 Punctuation Marks to Incorporate Into Your Writing Today

A couple of misplaced commas in the blog post and missing the fourth more artful punctuation mark: the colon. Ellipsis points--not per se an ellipsis, but points marking the rhetorical figure of ellipsis--are easily and frequently overused, misused, and abused. My ranking for artful punctuation afte...
by polymath
January 30th, 2014, 6:16 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 189761

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hi, lfizz, welcome to Bransforums. If you have questions or subjects for discussion on writing topics, you can post them in the All Things Writing forum, and I as well as others will respond with our best guidances. I'm not inclined toward giving validation, too much like insincere approval for my s...
by polymath
January 19th, 2014, 7:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing question
Replies: 4
Views: 4088

Re: Editing question

Access to a digital publication is among the most appreciable piracy and ease concerns. I can't in good conscience recommend aggressively restricting access. The more a digital publication's access is restricted, the more inconvenient accessing it becomes, the more likely interest will be limited. R...
by polymath
January 13th, 2014, 3:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing question
Replies: 4
Views: 4088

Re: Editing question

Microsoft Word and Corel WordPerfect's editing features allow modifying a source document into another document. Simply save the original with a different name. Like Source.wpd saved as Edited.wpd. Edit the Edited.wpd to your heart's content. Then compare the documents, labeled "Compare" in Wordperf...
by polymath
January 13th, 2014, 2:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Titling Tips
Replies: 8
Views: 3447

Re: Titling Tips

I rarely have issues with titling my works. In the first place I realize that if a title doesn't fit a work and publishers want it they will retitle it. In the second place I compose titles that fit their works. One method I use is evaluating what any given narrative is about. Is the story mainly ab...
by polymath
January 13th, 2014, 12:48 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Software Accurately Predicts Books' Popularity By Analyzing
Replies: 3
Views: 2419

Re: Software Accurately Predicts Books' Popularity By Analyzing

The "algorithm" to me seeks out what I label static voice. Static voice is verb and adverb related; however, verbs' strength is their temporal significance. This verb significance topic is covered in The Poetics of Aristotle . Static voice basically uses verbs that describe static actions (1), which...
by polymath
January 7th, 2014, 8:37 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Some Thoughts on Writing Interesting Characters
Replies: 1
Views: 1499

Re: Some Thoughts on Writing Interesting Characters

Character dimensionality is about realistic imitation of human complexity. A flat character is one who is portrayed as simplistically stereotypical, yet a degree more complex archetypes are artful and essential stereotypes. An artlessly flat character is one lacking in rounding features. Rounding fe...
by polymath
January 3rd, 2014, 2:38 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Formatting image heavy books
Replies: 2
Views: 2261

Re: Formatting image heavy books

InDesign is the current industry-fashionable publishing software. Yeah, it's pricey to purchase, since the program comes with a Creative Suite, hence, CS-6. Layout is much more finitely controllable using InDesign than most any desktop publishing program. InDesign, though a desktop program is the pu...
by polymath
January 2nd, 2014, 10:44 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plans for 2014?
Replies: 2
Views: 1870

Re: Plans for 2014?

I'm working on a submission packet for a writing arts fellowship. The fellowship is a five-figure grant with few strings attached, meant to encourage the arts, give artists time and finances to set aside the everyday worries the grant affords. Many states' arts councils offer similar arts grants and...
by polymath
December 15th, 2013, 8:19 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: CreateSpace, LuLu, SmashWords...Which One?
Replies: 20
Views: 7833

Re: CreateSpace, LuLu, SmashWords...Which One?

Yes, JustLiz, any outlet that is open for book displays is a potential point of sale and promotion venue. developing a cordial relationship with a contact person is the hardest part. I've made book displays for countertops and floor areas, subject to retailer approval. Some of the retailers stipulat...
by polymath
December 15th, 2013, 1:57 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 2
Views: 2902

Re: Newbie

Welcome, psnoopydog, The Bransforum braintrust doesn't have as deep a backfield in creative nonfiction writers as for fiction writers. No matter, we have a few. Besides, creative nonfiction writing is much like fiction's, only creative nonfiction assumes a fact-based expression of truth or true acco...
by polymath
December 14th, 2013, 4:55 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: CreateSpace, LuLu, SmashWords...Which One?
Replies: 20
Views: 7833

Re: CreateSpace, LuLu, SmashWords...Which One?

Marketing has four corners: packaging, advertising, promotion, and publicity. Packaging a self-published book effectively, besides design considerations, can be as straightforward as independent ISBN assignment. Packaging also impacts the other three corners. A copy sent out as a gratis review copy ...