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by Dankrubis
January 27th, 2010, 3:31 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Name-calling
Replies: 1
Views: 587

Re: Name-calling

Pretty sure this was discussed recently, a few threads below this one!

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by Dankrubis
January 26th, 2010, 3:27 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Fiction Query-2nd Try (Less fluff more stuff)
Replies: 11
Views: 2384

Re: Fiction Query-2nd Try (Less fluff more stuff)

How about more suspense? I am going to jump off a bridge how would that be for suspense? I am now trying this suspense angle. Better...worse...or give up Dave and go back to painting. PS: Honestly, thanks for your different view points as I can't see it anymore, if you know what I mean. Deep beneat...
by Dankrubis
January 24th, 2010, 1:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Capital Letters or not in speech?
Replies: 10
Views: 1938

Re: Capital Letters or not in speech?

One time, as a practical joke on my writing group, I wrote a story from the pov of a obnoxious teenager that was a computer nerd. Half the story was in caps. I was almost kicked out of the group.
by Dankrubis
January 22nd, 2010, 11:10 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Excerpt - The Dim Man
Replies: 5
Views: 1602

Re: Excerpt - The Dim Man

The ideas began to drip and then pour in as the meeting progressed. I have a problem with 'began to drip and then pour.' Watch the words 'began' and 'start.' They're so easy to overuse and they can murder prose faster than a 9mm. Webster furiously scribbled each one to on? the white board and when ...
by Dankrubis
January 22nd, 2010, 10:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: All right vs. Alright
Replies: 14
Views: 2542

Re: All right vs. Alright

Personally, I like combining the two. Goes along with my informal writing style. But the problem is, some people use "alright" and don't even know it's not a word. Therefore, when someone who knows it's not a word sees you using it, they can either think, "Oh, what a rebel, combining all and right i...
by Dankrubis
January 21st, 2010, 12:17 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8771

Re: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?

Username wrote:Then again, who knows... maybe this person IS delving into the slush pile in search of stuff... did anybody here submit anything even remotely like The Space Kapow or whatever it's called?

Ohhhh, you're a forum troll. Well now this thread makes a little more sense.
by Dankrubis
January 20th, 2010, 11:06 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8771

Re: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?

You know what, Username? You've flipped me. I'm scared now, too. But it goes beyond Nathan here, check it out- You send out your awesome idea to an agent who doesn't write, but he still manages all these other writers, right? He rejects your idea, but then a year later he comes up with an awesome id...
by Dankrubis
January 20th, 2010, 10:07 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8771

Re: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?

Also, one faintly stuffy question: but how many of you here are published novelists? This forum and its conjoined blog is like a class on how to find an agent and get published. Therefore, very few. But if the results are similar to what they were over the summer, then about 10% of the people here ...
by Dankrubis
January 19th, 2010, 11:07 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8771

Re: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?

Heh. I get what you're saying, man, and it has merit, but only a fraction. Let's say you send your one page synopsis to good ol' Nate Dogg. He reads it and passes. Then, a year and thousands of queries later, he starts brainstorming his next project. Do you really think he'd be able to recall anythi...
by Dankrubis
January 19th, 2010, 5:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Copywritten or not??
Replies: 12
Views: 2187

Re: Copywritten or not??

I just recently read something about this but for the life of me I can't remember where. I think the article said it was acceptable to mention these things, but to watch for libel. Like, yeah, a character can get drunk off Johnny Walker and beat his wife, but don't say Johnny Walker gives you super ...
by Dankrubis
January 16th, 2010, 3:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What are you writing now?
Replies: 69
Views: 10758

Re: What are you writing now?

I'm doing a comedic vampire novel. For mature audiences only.
by Dankrubis
January 16th, 2010, 3:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: seminars
Replies: 2
Views: 527

Re: seminars

You should do your research as to the writers that are teaching these workshops. If they're competent and you put a lot of effort into them, then they could be beneficial. Though I've heard (from the very people that teach these workshops) that they're simply an atmosphere, one where you can relax a...
by Dankrubis
January 15th, 2010, 11:12 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: AUTUMN LEAVES - Query Help
Replies: 19
Views: 3511

Re: AUTUMN LEAVES - Query Help

Here is the next attempt: Seventeen-year-old Autumn Reed is an Elementalist, the rarest kind of Lumen, able to control the four elements. I question if this sentence is grammatically correct. If you take out what's in between the commas, it reads "Seventeen-year-old Autumn Reed is an Elementalist a...
by Dankrubis
January 15th, 2010, 10:02 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: My Query For Critique
Replies: 8
Views: 1479

Re: My Query For Critique

Dear Ms. Hard Toplease I wrote a novel that I hope is right for you. This opening is redundant. The whole point of a query letter is to get an agent to buy into your product. My story fits into the category of one of your favorite genres, magical realism, and it contains many of the elements that yo...
by Dankrubis
January 14th, 2010, 11:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Using pop culture
Replies: 7
Views: 1203

Re: Using pop culture

In all my creative writing classes through college, mentioning anything pop culture was met with gasps and guffaws.

Which basically translates to - if you're writing great literary novels, don't do it. If you're writing genre novels, have at it.