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by BetweenTwoWorlds
January 27th, 2011, 12:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A recent review
Replies: 16
Views: 2483

Re: A recent review

I received a critique /snip/. I know poly already responded but I have one thing to say from a lay-reader's perspective... Why are you telling me this? Seriously. It's like you're just telling me something. It's extremely boring from a reading point of view. "I did this, then this, then this, then ...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
January 27th, 2011, 12:32 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Professional Manuscript Critiques and Page Spacing
Replies: 35
Views: 4551

Re: Professional Manuscript Critiques and Page Spacing

Well, I thought I had posted a reply, but it went off to the ether. Gist of my witty, cogent commentary: * I get what you got for free from my writing buddies. I'd expect more - a lot more - from a paid professional * Did you have a clear expectation communicated by the people & critiquer of what th...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
December 19th, 2010, 8:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional
Replies: 56
Views: 7408

Re: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional

J. T. SHEA wrote:Fenris, just stop the elevator between floors and hold the agent hostage!
Hilarious. I laughed out loud and didn't need an emoticon to be honest.
by BetweenTwoWorlds
December 6th, 2010, 7:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do terrible books get published?
Replies: 79
Views: 21473

Re: How do terrible books get published?

I don't have a problem with dreadful books. People can buy them. They can be popular. Kudos to the writers - big bucks & so on. I just cannot call them "good writing." And that's OK. I don't need to sniff about the tastes of people. And yeah, it's great to write something for the common person. Step...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
December 6th, 2010, 11:23 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do terrible books get published?
Replies: 79
Views: 21473

Re: How do terrible books get published?

Popular != Good I don't deny that a popular book can be liked by many people. I just say that there are some books that are terrible. Badly written. Bad development. Trite characters. A plot that can be seen a mile away. A pasted-on ending. (I am not speaking of Gone with the Wind .) But yeah, badly...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
December 5th, 2010, 11:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do terrible books get published?
Replies: 79
Views: 21473

Re: How do terrible books get published?

Oh believe me. This was a terrible book.

I was jealous, of course, because it got printed and sold. But still, a terrible book.
by BetweenTwoWorlds
December 4th, 2010, 8:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do terrible books get published?
Replies: 79
Views: 21473

Re: How do terrible books get published?

Somebody keeps buying that stuff, and that's how it keeps getting churned out. I mean, you ended up buying, right? So people buy it based on word-of-mouth or author's name or cover. And maybe the majority of people who buy it think, "Well, maybe she just had an off day when she published this." Or s...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
December 3rd, 2010, 2:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional
Replies: 56
Views: 7408

Re: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional

Well, thank you for the advice. It makes me feel a little better that perhaps my novel won't be horribly scandalous. It's no Hardy Boys mystery, let me tell you. I speak as an expert about YA in the sense of I was once a boy myself, and have a lot of things I remember from the hazy past. And I'm try...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
December 3rd, 2010, 11:57 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional
Replies: 56
Views: 7408

Re: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional

I am really hoping I can shape this latest into something saleable. Pros: YA novel written from boy's perspective & for boys (YA) probably about 60-65k words when finished. Cons: right now it's teetering at 75k words it includes some mature themes it's pretty honest about what boys think about as th...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
November 29th, 2010, 4:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional
Replies: 56
Views: 7408

Re: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional

Or maybe the kind of agent who will mass-mail your work to "Dear Colleage I have a FABULUS!!!eleventy! WRITER you wil die if you don't hire!"

I mean, agents gotta practice, too, right?
by BetweenTwoWorlds
November 29th, 2010, 4:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies
Replies: 8
Views: 2724

Re: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies

Try not to burn manuscript.
Best.
Line.
Ever.
by BetweenTwoWorlds
November 29th, 2010, 2:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional
Replies: 56
Views: 7408

Re: The Million Word March to Becoming Professional

I don't know if "million" is the right metric, but I do believe with all my heart that the way to become a better writer is to continually be writing, so it's probably a good point to shoot for. My problem/issue/situation is that my professional writing has nothing to do with my passion writing; I w...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
November 29th, 2010, 2:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies
Replies: 8
Views: 2724

Re: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies

Because revising is difficult. I don't mean tightening and polishing. I mean moving a character's entire timeline to bring them in earlier or make them appear more consistently through a book. I mean making a secondary plot thread more visible or removing it altogether. These are the things an exce...
by BetweenTwoWorlds
November 29th, 2010, 2:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies
Replies: 8
Views: 2724

Re: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies

Louise Curtis wrote:(S)he tells her story aloud, in detail. Suddenly her betas say, "But that doesn't make sense" or "That's not like she behaved earlier on" or "Why didn't your hero just. . . ?"
Love this idea. May try it on my selected reader group.
by BetweenTwoWorlds
November 23rd, 2010, 6:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Post-Nano: Successful Strategies
Replies: 8
Views: 2724

Post-Nano: Successful Strategies

Finished my second novel for NaNo at 72,000 words. YA genre set in the 50s. Now what? I've written one other novel (smothered in a drawer somewhere) & countless short stories, but this is one I want to turn into a published-by-a-real-publisher novel. Here's what I'm planning to do: 1. Give it a few ...