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by r louis scott
February 26th, 2010, 10:17 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Submissions guidelines - are you following them?
Replies: 13
Views: 2177

Re: Submissions guidelines - are you following them?

It would seem to me that following a particular agent's guidelines when submitting is like passing the first test of the initiation rites. If you don't get that right, there doesn't seem to be much chance of going on to the next circle. While I believe that following some of the guidelines is just a...
by r louis scott
February 25th, 2010, 1:21 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 22772

Re: How old are you?

Geez, I feel like some kind of geezer here amngst all of you young whippersnappers. I'm a youngish 51 and I was the guy in high school English class that everyone hated because I could do a 2K word story in study hall and still have goof-off time left over. I took a long break from fiction, but cont...
by r louis scott
February 25th, 2010, 10:20 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: the start of my story is 3,000 words in.
Replies: 7
Views: 1263

Re: the start of my story is 3,000 words in.

I think it is critically important to draw a reader in on that first page or two. How many times have you been in a bookstore or library and watched someone flip open a book, read a bit, and return the book to the shelf without turning to the next page? Nathan asks for the first five pages with a su...
by r louis scott
February 24th, 2010, 10:08 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 194698

Re: Ask Nathan

Hello, Nathan, and welcome back from your conference in Mexico! My question regards finding an agent, but for different purposes. Let's say, for example, that a responsible, well established organization wanted to invite you to participate in their conference. There would be the panel discussions an...
by r louis scott
February 22nd, 2010, 8:02 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11570

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

Adverbs burned my farm, ran off my family, and raped my cattle, and they'll do the same to you given half a chance.
by r louis scott
February 16th, 2010, 11:01 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Query Cycles
Replies: 8
Views: 1348

Re: Query Cycles

christi, I saw that too. The timing is perfect for me, but by the time she gets to mine how many will she have looked at already? And maybe she just got back from lunch so she's just a little bit tired and groggy and just kind of hits the DELETE key out of the monotony of it all. I'll tell you what,...
by r louis scott
February 16th, 2010, 10:52 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 618
Views: 195844

Re: The Introduction Thread

E McD wrote:R Louis Scott,

You're awesome, dude. Always friendly, always helpful.

Hugs, Em
I'm blushing here. Do you see me blushing? Well, I am :)

miahayson wrote:Funnily enough, nobody ever says "Auch aye the noo" though
Funnily enough, I say that all the time.
by r louis scott
February 16th, 2010, 10:49 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Samuel Langhorne Clemens or Mark Twain?
Replies: 7
Views: 1338

Re: Samuel Langhorne Clemens or Mark Twain?

There are some practical considerations to this to think about. What if you have a very common name? If someone runs a google search on you, what will they find by that name? Would a variation of that name give a smaller result? That's my situation. My first name is Richard, and Richard Scott yields...
by r louis scott
February 16th, 2010, 8:17 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 618
Views: 195844

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hi Craig, I'm not the most prolific of posters here, but I have come to know one or two people and found that, overall, this is a great resource for aspiring writers, of which I am one. I spent 20 years in the US Navy and transferred to the Fleet Reserve with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. I now w...
by r louis scott
February 12th, 2010, 11:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41659

Re: Share your opening sentence!

I left the Roman road while the sun was still low in the east and warming my back.


OK, so far no one has made me put their book back on the shelf and move on. I think it is kind of hard to give a 1 out of 10 rating to a single sentence, but so far shadow's is my favorite.
by r louis scott
February 12th, 2010, 11:41 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: 'Fess Up
Replies: 14
Views: 2778

Re: 'Fess Up

I have written zero this week as far as story goes.

My synopsis, on the other hand, has been printed out three times just so I can crumple it up and throw it in the trash.
by r louis scott
February 12th, 2010, 11:33 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Getting Ahead of Yourself
Replies: 14
Views: 2559

Re: Getting Ahead of Yourself

Holly wrote: Oh, the literary gods are just like you and me, fat people eating potato chips at their desks in Manhattan while they look at Nathan's forum.

Just take that freaking manuscript and mail it!

Whoa! Who you callin' fat, girl? Chunky maybe but in no way fat!
by r louis scott
February 12th, 2010, 6:59 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Getting Ahead of Yourself
Replies: 14
Views: 2559

Re: Getting Ahead of Yourself

I certainly understand the difficulties involved with "meatworld" groups. I have never actually been formally and directly asked to leave a group, but hey, I'm a sensitive guy, I can take a hint. I'm not one of those people that feels I must suffer for my art in some way. If I didn't enjoy writing I...
by r louis scott
February 12th, 2010, 10:18 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Getting Ahead of Yourself
Replies: 14
Views: 2559

Re: Getting Ahead of Yourself

R Louis Scott: I laughed out loud when I read: “I hear that J.K. Rowling has added several rooms to her house to hold the stacks of money, and really, this isn't something you want to play catch-up on.” No, one doesn’t want to get behind on counting all their money, do we? Good luck! Happy procrast...
by r louis scott
February 11th, 2010, 10:58 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Process
Replies: 23
Views: 7443

Re: The Process

Emily, I think some of the hardest writing I've had to do was when I knew exactly how it was supposed to happen. It just seemed more like work to get it all down on paper. I keep one document in each WIP folder called the Sandbox. It's a place to see what characters might do in situations that aren'...