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by Falls Apart
January 24th, 2011, 8:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Professional Manuscript Critiques and Page Spacing
Replies: 35
Views: 5559

Re: Professional Manuscript Critiques and Page Spacing

A tip for those who have broken the period spacing rule - I just had to fix this in my WIP, and doing find and replace (find: . , replace: . ) which saved me 1,312 replacements. Love find and replace :)
by Falls Apart
January 24th, 2011, 5:06 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?
Replies: 24
Views: 4319

Re: OK, how about least favourite characters' names?

Bella Swan from Twilight. Hate to sound like the anti-fans, but it seems like they're kind of hitting you over the head with the whole "beautiful swan" metaphor.
by Falls Apart
January 23rd, 2011, 10:27 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Black Triangle (revised)
Replies: 7
Views: 1511

Re: Black Triangle (revised)

Great query! Especially love that it's the girl who's trigger-happy. Very astereotypical. :) Only a few comments . . . Dear agent: When a wildlife photographer captures on film the crash of a mysterious black object shaped like a triangle into Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park, a chain reaction soo...
by Falls Apart
January 22nd, 2011, 11:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Content appropriateness in YA books?
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Re: Content appropriateness in YA books?

If you're going for shock value, then by all means send the baby-in-a-box out of the blue. But readers will not thank you for it. Also, I hope you're being realistic with the aftermath in terms of suspension of disbelief. I'm assuming (strange powers aside, if they exist) that the father is an ordi...
by Falls Apart
January 22nd, 2011, 2:28 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Content appropriateness in YA books?
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Re: Content appropriateness in YA books?

What I see is a story about 5 teens learning to survive in a world gone to hell, narrowly escaping exploitation and having to make some tough decisions. I think it would appeal to older teens and I do see it as a YA book, albet a dark and edgy one Yeah, that is pretty much the theme, and I guess it...
by Falls Apart
January 22nd, 2011, 2:08 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: NIGHTFRAME: IN THE RED OF THE KNIGHT Query II
Replies: 17
Views: 3885

Re: NIGHTFRAME: IN THE RED OF THE KNIGHT Query II

. . . Wow . . . I really want to read this book . . .
by Falls Apart
January 22nd, 2011, 1:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Delayed Reader Realizations & Unanswered Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1358

Re: Delayed Reader Realizations & Unanswered Questions

For question one, I think that it depends on the nature of the content the reader is unsure of. For instance, in And Then There Were None (wonderful book--who says you can't have a cast of detestable characters?), there are a lot of things about the characters that you need to take a step back to un...
by Falls Apart
January 22nd, 2011, 1:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: is there a novel in there or did i just do a short story?
Replies: 6
Views: 1499

Re: is there a novel in there or did i just do a short story?

What you have isn't a novel or a short story; it's a starting point, which is, in my opinion, a great place to be at. You can take everything you like out of your "pointless" piece and come up with a way to make it better. Do you love the characters, but can't see a way to use them in the setting? R...
by Falls Apart
January 18th, 2011, 12:34 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Sacred Fire, historical fiction
Replies: 8
Views: 1708

Re: Query: Sacred Fire, historical fiction

Overall, really good, and an interesting premise. Just a couple things on phraseology. Also, maybe add a bit more at the end? Best of luck! Tuccia last name? awaits her trial knowing she will be executed for a crime she did not commit: losing her virginity. For other Roman women, this would not be a...
by Falls Apart
January 17th, 2011, 7:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Content appropriateness in YA books?
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Re: Content appropriateness in YA books?

I think that I'll rework the part with the baby, although I'll probably still keep 1 and 2 in (the plot would have trouble progressing w/out them). Thanks for the advice!
by Falls Apart
January 17th, 2011, 2:07 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Computer/Word/Keyboard Tricks I wish someone told me about
Replies: 17
Views: 4948

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

ctrl + shift + bck = delete whole words behind cursor ctrl + shift + del = delete whole words in front of cursor ctrl + shift + . = increase font size ctrl + shift + , = decrease font size ctrl + shift + + = superscript ctrl + = = subscript Have these been posted already? I'm not sure . . . I use th...
by Falls Apart
January 17th, 2011, 1:43 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Favourite characters' names?
Replies: 43
Views: 10724

Re: Favourite characters' names?

Diana Ladris, from the Gone series. Not the name itself so much as how it fits the character.
by Falls Apart
January 16th, 2011, 11:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Content appropriateness in YA books?
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Re: Content appropriateness in YA books?

Right now the first two point sounds to me as some sort of meaningless backstory, such as: "It's happening, then it's not happening, then it's there, yet I'm not showing it.". Hm I guess I phrased it wrong. What I meant was that objectionable elements aren't shoved in your face. It's definitely hap...
by Falls Apart
January 16th, 2011, 8:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Content appropriateness in YA books?
Replies: 12
Views: 1960

Content appropriateness in YA books?

Okay, this is my first time posting on these forums (hi!) but I really need some advice on something . . . my WIP is geared towards high schoolers (maybe middle), and pacing/ages of characters would make it difficult for it to appeal to a different demographic. However, lately, people have been tell...