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by Hillsy
September 13th, 2012, 4:46 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Synopsis and Bio?
Replies: 7
Views: 2656

Re: Synopsis and Bio?

I think the issue Amanda is alluding to is that the main, "meaty" paragraph of a query letter is sometimes referred to as the "synopsis paragraph". I know that the term "one-page synopsis" threw me a curve for a few weeks before I managed to reason it out, because a query is often said to be "no lon...
by Hillsy
September 12th, 2012, 7:31 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Language Spectrum
Replies: 7
Views: 1306

Language Spectrum

Right. I've come to a bit of a....decision point on my style here. Just wrote a new sentence, immediately editted it, then changed it again, then went back and reverted it to the original......here's my problem. Obviously on the prose chart there's a pretty clear spectrum: Metaphorical ---> Somethin...
by Hillsy
September 5th, 2012, 6:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The hardest part of the novel
Replies: 26
Views: 6056

Re: The hardest part of the novel

Wow, I always thought the first 80 pages were supposed to be the easy part! I could write openings all day. I've probably got 5, mebbe 6 blocks of about 25-35K that are all starts....which I guess defines what I find the most difficult.....yeah the bit after that. I hit a kind of paralysis of analys...
by Hillsy
September 3rd, 2012, 10:18 am
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Contructing a Fantasy Super writing group
Replies: 50
Views: 21174

Re: Contructing a Fantasy Super writing group

Yeah it's been going great. I think the LJ thing has been a success. I mimics how I imagine a writing group might work, just without the open discourse. And the fact you posts are open to all the members of the group means you can be britical but you don't fall into the trap of being overtly so beca...
by Hillsy
August 31st, 2012, 8:46 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Please flag posts with suspicious signatures
Replies: 13
Views: 5887

Re: Please flag posts with suspicious signatures

Does anyone else suddenly really want a knocked off NFL shirt....

....and of course a Louis Vitton Handbag to carry it home in??
by Hillsy
August 30th, 2012, 11:21 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Fixing Book Rankings
Replies: 26
Views: 4869

Re: Fixing Book Rankings

I'm not taking any sides here at all, so from my position on the fence, here's a couple of questions 1) Why in the name of Holy Calico Beans can't B&N, a massive corporation, seperate their recommendation algorithm from their ranking program? 2) More importantly perhaps. Who does B&N serve? The read...
by Hillsy
August 29th, 2012, 4:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Dear Reader - Meet my friend. Exposition...
Replies: 12
Views: 2752

Re: Dear Reader - Meet my friend. Exposition...

Is that the kind of problem you're having (albeit on a larger scale, from the sounds of it)? Kind of, yeah. Course I'd just leave it but the issue, following your example, would be if somehow the fact that all knives are stone is integral to the plot and characters (somehow - though, man, that'd be...
by Hillsy
August 29th, 2012, 10:54 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Dear Reader - Meet my friend. Exposition...
Replies: 12
Views: 2752

Re: Dear Reader - Meet my friend. Exposition...

And I think this might be the key: cohere these elements of your worldbuildingto all other elements and to your characters, so that instead of needing to give exposition on this, that, or the other, you are providing information about many things in tandem. Ok - I don't think I'm being 100% clear h...
by Hillsy
August 29th, 2012, 9:56 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Fixing Book Rankings
Replies: 26
Views: 4869

Re: Fixing Book Rankings

Initially it seems that any dabbling with the figures completely nullifies the concept of a ranking system anyway, but I can think of a few situations where it would be ethical.... - If it's patching a hole in the ranking system that people have been gaming in order to return it to the spirit of the...
by Hillsy
August 29th, 2012, 5:41 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Dear Reader - Meet my friend. Exposition...
Replies: 12
Views: 2752

Re: Dear Reader - Meet my friend. Exposition...

Pull yourself back from the brink! No exposition! Hmmm....I don't think I can go down the no exposition route. See I've done what I thought at the time was a good thing, namely weaving plot and world together, so one can't exist without the other. But to understand the conflict in the plot, you hav...
by Hillsy
August 28th, 2012, 10:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Dear Reader - Meet my friend. Exposition...
Replies: 12
Views: 2752

Dear Reader - Meet my friend. Exposition...

Right: Fantasy Novel. Problems. #hittingPCdoesntwork I'm not so much at an impasse, but certainly itching with worry more than usual. I've come to the realisation that after staving it off for nigh on 100 pages, I'm going to have to start laying down some serious rules about how stuff works. I've fe...
by Hillsy
August 28th, 2012, 7:01 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Most Random Thing that's Helped your Writing
Replies: 8
Views: 1620

Re: The Most Random Thing that's Helped your Writing

In terms of weird influences (as I couldn't say if its helped or hindered at all) I'd probably say the biggest influence on my writing has been, if not science, then a definite scientific approach. I write predominately fantasy, but within those I tend to write basic working formulas, or mathmatical...
by Hillsy
August 22nd, 2012, 8:19 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Favorite Fantasy
Replies: 16
Views: 3065

Re: Your Favorite Fantasy

Sensible dream: Having, and contributing to, a computer game based my book (especially the gameplay mechanics of it - as I'm a MASSIVE geek) Wild dream: Earning as much money as J.K.Rowling and using all bar 1 or 2 million to build a charity of some kind - something like subsidising limb prosthetics...
by Hillsy
August 22nd, 2012, 7:47 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Social media and self-censorship
Replies: 3
Views: 2667

Re: Social media and self-censorship

It's an interesting piece. i'm a bit biased at the moment. I've just come from reading some of the 8000+ comments on the new Muse single, which are largely mixed, and the level of vitriol and ignorance (from both sides) makes me almost wish for a totalitarian crackdown on free speech. There is a cer...
by Hillsy
August 22nd, 2012, 7:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Looking to change the world (thrillers anyway)
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: Looking to change the world (thrillers anyway)

For me, you've rendered your point/question redundant by sticking a link to your kickstarter project on here.... Couching marketting or advertising beneath a veneer of regular conversation is generally not that subtle..... And if that wasn't your intention then I apologise, but warn you more than a ...