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by Mike R
April 25th, 2011, 11:39 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Interview with Kirt Hickman
Replies: 0
Views: 777

Interview with Kirt Hickman

It's on my blog.

Click the widget in my signature.

Kirt is a Sci-fi and Fantasy author as well as the author of, Revising Fiction, making sense of the madness.
by Mike R
April 25th, 2011, 6:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Good and [slightly] bad news
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Re: Good and [slightly] bad news

Congrats,

Getting a request for a full is exciting, and you got two.

Is Brother Tim part of the publishing thing or one of your beta readers, or...?
by Mike R
April 21st, 2011, 7:03 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: SO FREAKIN' EXCITED!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1970

Re: SO FREAKIN' EXCITED!!!

Congrats
by Mike R
April 21st, 2011, 6:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What have you got to lose?
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: What have you got to lose?

I don't control the characters either. I am the hand of fate, most of the time, the terrible hand of fate. I pull characters out of my brain...or the other end depending on your POV, Some helpful, most not. I conspire with circumstances, I control the weather, the land, the sea. I whisper doubts in ...
by Mike R
April 20th, 2011, 5:32 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What have you got to lose?
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: What have you got to lose?

I ask not, What can my characters stand to lose? but What's the wost thing I can do to them?

Within reason of course. If I had a meteor obliterate their world there would be no satisfactory resolution.
by Mike R
April 20th, 2011, 5:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer's Block
Replies: 4
Views: 951

Re: Writer's Block

What Fallsapart said.

My wife told me in an agonizing moment of blockage, "If you are stuck, you're probably going in the wrong direction."

So, now, when I get stuck, I back up a ways and take another run at it. Usually works.
by Mike R
April 19th, 2011, 8:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Speed Dating of a Different Kind: Choosing a Writer's Group
Replies: 14
Views: 2334

Re: Speed Dating of a Different Kind: Choosing a Writer's Group

Critique groups are IMO very important. If you can't find one you like, make one. Go to a few, make some friends, and invite them to form a group. That way you get people you trust.
by Mike R
April 19th, 2011, 7:53 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Asking about an Author's Next Book
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

Re: Asking about an Author's Next Book

One more thing, if you see an agent or editor cornered by a known pain in the... throw them a line. Walk over, say hi, and if they engage you in conversation, stay put, or better yet invite to the bar, to meet someone, etc. If they jump at it, you've just made a daring rescue and they will be gratef...
by Mike R
April 19th, 2011, 7:44 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Asking about an Author's Next Book
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

Re: Asking about an Author's Next Book

Google is your friend. 'writing groups Mississippi', 'writing conferences Mississippi', etc. In this day and age the group doesn't need to be all that close. Rocky mountain Fiction Writers is based in Denver but I live 300 miles away. I still volunteer at conference, most stuff can be done online, t...
by Mike R
April 18th, 2011, 11:57 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Asking about an Author's Next Book
Replies: 7
Views: 1256

Re: Asking about an Author's Next Book

I've never met an author unwilling to talk about their current project. Usually a single question will get them going and you can't get a word in.

Also, don't just go to conferences, join a group that puts one on and volunteer.
by Mike R
April 15th, 2011, 8:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Defining a book's genre
Replies: 8
Views: 1309

Re: Defining a book's genre

Call it chic-lit.

If you call it romance, the editors will want the romance front and center, ditto with mystery. Also, I think mysteries have a basic formula and if you didn't know what that was when you wrote it, I bet you didn't follow it.

Maybe suspenseful chic-lit.
by Mike R
April 14th, 2011, 7:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?
Replies: 19
Views: 6795

Re: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?

Sounds like sci-fi dieselpunk to me. You can put as many genre descriptors on things as you like, IMO.
by Mike R
April 14th, 2011, 3:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: megalomania as motivation
Replies: 16
Views: 5911

Re: megalomania as motivation

If anyone can pull it off, it's you. J.T. But if you really want a challenge, try a selfish bratty hero.
by Mike R
April 14th, 2011, 3:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Sharing plot ideas that you couldn't/wouldn't write yourself
Replies: 19
Views: 4048

Re: Sharing plot ideas that you couldn't/wouldn't write yourself

The bible thing is genius. Do it. The conjoined twins sounds interesting but not my cup. The Mars thing is cool but it's been done a couple times. However, most story ideas have been done in some way or another. As for me, I shy away from anything historical, facts and such put my muse to sleep. I'm...
by Mike R
April 14th, 2011, 2:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: megalomania as motivation
Replies: 16
Views: 5911

Re: megalomania as motivation

It makes for a more interesting story if the antagonist feels they are doing it for the greater good. A selfish bratty bastard is seldom able to sway people to his/her cause and nobody can take over the world alone. But you also need some superiority in there; I'm smarter, more moral, understand wha...