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by Watcher55
March 5th, 2012, 10:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Showing vs. Telling
Replies: 11
Views: 1664

Re: Showing vs. Telling

WROT (Watcher's Rule of Thumb) - If you want to bore your audience don't let them see what you see. First, an example: TELL - The picture burned, and Scott was angry. SHOW - Yellow flames flowed up from the slick surface of the captive instant. The edges and corners of the precious paper curled. A b...
by Watcher55
October 1st, 2011, 1:48 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Synopsis - query duality??
Replies: 5
Views: 1585

Re: Synopsis - query duality??

Something you have to remember is that a synopsis is usually single spaced, so if you count the heading (and the space it takes up) it's 'bout 550 words (closer to 630 for a full page). Some agents do ask for a one page summary and 550 words still isn't a lot (I'm not even going to try unless I have...
by Watcher55
September 27th, 2011, 12:49 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: POD for Readers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1268

Re: POD for Readers?

This is all the deal breaker I need: Brian Murray, chief executive of HarperCollins, said that the paperbacks printed by Espresso will list for the same price as the traditional paperback version How is the same price a deal breaker? Unless the machine prints the actual paperback book complete with...
by Watcher55
September 26th, 2011, 8:17 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: POD for Readers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1268

Re: POD for Readers?

Yeah - no. Does anyone under the age of thirty remember when they tried putting movies on record album sized discs? At least then DVD's were still on the drawing board. This is all the deal breaker I need: Brian Murray, chief executive of HarperCollins, said that the paperbacks printed by Espresso w...
by Watcher55
September 25th, 2011, 1:30 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Your Most Random Writer's Fodder Moment
Replies: 5
Views: 3547

Re: Your Most Random Writer's Fodder Moment

I’ve had several “fodder” moments, but this is one of my favorites: My brothers and I once saw a wasp caught in a spider’s web. It buzzed and thrashed in mid-air like a marionette with epilepsy until the tiny spider descended from the high corner of her parlor. It was as if the attack banished panic...
by Watcher55
September 24th, 2011, 12:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: My Mind Is Made Up: I'm Unanimous About It
Replies: 9
Views: 1321

Re: My Mind Is Made Up: I'm Unanimous About It

In the old days they would take the child and raze a village.
by Watcher55
August 28th, 2011, 11:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: question about historical fiction
Replies: 10
Views: 1236

Re: question about historical fiction

What polymath said. Not only do you get to make up a story (stories) about the people involved and fill in gaps, it’s expected that you will. In fiction, authenticity often trumps fact. That means you have to get 1926 right. There’s no shamming on that; even with something as simple as starting a ca...
by Watcher55
August 26th, 2011, 12:59 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Just the facts
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

Re: Just the facts

iKaren wrote:It's the Old Spice Guy of the writing world. Are you on a horse?
No, but I played one in the third grade...Old McDonald, I think it was.
by Watcher55
August 25th, 2011, 1:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I really need some encouragement right Now!
Replies: 21
Views: 7102

Re: I really need some encouragement right Now!

Or, if you need something to create some discovery to help you push through... create a twist in the conclusion. All through the writing of the book you've been writing under the assumption that Johnny would go back to school after the climax. But maybe he doesn't! What happened during the climax t...
by Watcher55
August 25th, 2011, 12:41 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: This is Why I Write
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: This is Why I Write

Very cool, and inspiring. Thanks
by Watcher55
August 25th, 2011, 12:28 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Silly things we think about
Replies: 135
Views: 31908

Re: Silly things we think about

See if you can figure this out (hell make something up) without looking it up: “Buying a pig in a poke” and “letting the cat out of the bag” have the same origin. See, back in ye olde Europe, they used to buy livestock-animals to butcher in bags (some silly superstition about looking the soon-to-be...
by Watcher55
August 25th, 2011, 12:23 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Aisuru, To Love - YA Paranormal Romance (REVISED 9/2)
Replies: 15
Views: 3395

Re: Query: Aisuru, To Love - YA Paranormal Romance

I'm still not sure I'm good at this yet, but I read query shark, so...here goes nothing. Dear [Agent Name], Sakura Takeshi is in her final year of high school and, according to her doctor, the final year of her life. After eight years living under the specter of "you're dying", she'd thought she'd c...
by Watcher55
August 25th, 2011, 11:31 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Silly things we think about
Replies: 135
Views: 31908

Re: Silly things we think about

See if you can figure this out (hell make something up) without looking it up: “Buying a pig in a poke” and “letting the cat out of the bag” have the same origin.
by Watcher55
August 25th, 2011, 10:56 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: I really need some encouragement right Now!
Replies: 21
Views: 7102

Re: I really need some encouragement right Now!

You're grounded! No more exploring new universes until you finish this one. Writing is fun. Being a writer is work, and you have to be your own taskmaster. You might be grouchy and miserable for a while, and you might decorate your walls with head-size holes, but nothing matters except your WIP (WOR...
by Watcher55
August 25th, 2011, 9:27 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Just the facts
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

Re: Just the facts

I should have known better than to try this on writers. Maybe it'll work on editors... :ugeek: