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by r louis scott
February 10th, 2010, 11:36 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Getting Ahead of Yourself
Replies: 14
Views: 2654

Re: Getting Ahead of Yourself

Of course, my answer was "write something else", but since you already covered that, here's a few things you can try: Hire an architect. He can design the expansion plans for your home. I hear that J.K. Rowling has added several rooms to her house to hold the stacks of money, and really, this isn't ...
by r louis scott
February 8th, 2010, 11:28 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Congratulations Ink!
Replies: 26
Views: 4270

Re: Congratulations Ink!

Awwwwww, how nice! Every now and then I see a baby and think back to when mine were that small and smelled so new. Enjoy, because when they get to be teenagers the smell changes drastically.
by r louis scott
February 8th, 2010, 11:24 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 195760

Re: Ask Nathan

This baffles me - the idea that you only want to read 5 pages? Then perhaps you should submit elsewhere. Irene Goodman wants the first ten pages and a "detailed synopsis" (whateverthehell that is supposed to be). Kirsten Nelson wants an electronic query only. If you are not willing to follow the in...
by r louis scott
February 8th, 2010, 8:55 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Forum Suggestions Box
Replies: 97
Views: 64787

Re: Forum Suggestions?

I'm enjoying the forums quite a bit. I wish I was a little better at keeping track of which ones I had read and posted in though.
by r louis scott
February 8th, 2010, 8:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Genre writing
Replies: 11
Views: 1595

Re: Genre writing

I write historical fiction. Don't look for this section in the book store, however, because it doesn't exist. The last time I really went looking, Jack Whyte's Templar trilogy could be found in the Mystery section, while his Arthurian series was under SF/Fantasy. Colleen McCullough, meanwhile, is in...
by r louis scott
February 3rd, 2010, 9:48 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8933

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

No, more time would have been saved if you'd read her submission guidelines in the first place. That's kind of the whole point. Nope. Not for me it isn't. I'm looking for somebody who will be more open than this. It wasn't a completely unacceptable request (other agents have indeed responded with a...
by r louis scott
February 3rd, 2010, 8:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chapters in a Book
Replies: 5
Views: 1378

Re: Chapters in a Book

Let me ask you this, Christi: Are you any good at giving your chapters titles? Because if you aren't, don't. Take it from me, there is nothing worse than your critique partner asking you to number the chapters because the titles give her headaches. I think this comes under the heading of "overthinki...
by r louis scott
February 3rd, 2010, 8:51 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8933

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

Don't even THINK about stealing my idea, Dankrubis, or there will be trouble. Trouble I tells ya!
by r louis scott
February 3rd, 2010, 8:41 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8933

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

You know, call me crazy, call me irresponsible, but reading this thread has given me a great idea for my next book! Thanks username!
by r louis scott
February 2nd, 2010, 8:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Length of novel issues
Replies: 19
Views: 3300

Re: Length of novel issues

I think that it is pretty well accepted that certain genres are expected to be a little longer than others. Science fiction, fantasy, and historicals all need a certain degree of world building so tend to be a bit higher in word count. My historical is at 129K words and I'm pretty comfortable with t...
by r louis scott
January 29th, 2010, 8:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: No Stars- The ensemble cast dilemma
Replies: 8
Views: 1819

Re: No Stars- The ensemble cast dilemma

J Koyanagi sums it up pretty well. I have a big pile of paper that will someday become my third book (OK, it's actually a flash drive about 10% full of ones and zeros, but you know what I mean). So far, each of my Beta readers has chosen a different favorite character. I therefore look to the pie in...
by r louis scott
January 29th, 2010, 8:21 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What writing disorder do you suffer from?
Replies: 49
Views: 11163

Re: What writing disorder do you suffer from?

Editorectile dysfunction. I have a completed manuscript but I'm having a difficult time completing my final edit. During the week I am too tired to focus, but I take a pill on the weekend that is *supposed* to give me 36 hours where I can edit like crazy. The trouble is, if I edit for more than four...
by r louis scott
January 28th, 2010, 7:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What are you writing now?
Replies: 69
Views: 11257

Re: What are you writing now?

Historical fiction, Roman Britain in decline. An excellent excuse to read all of those history books, although I really have to get off my ass soon and write a damn synopsis.
by r louis scott
January 2nd, 2010, 6:20 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Query vs. Synopsis
Replies: 3
Views: 1437

Re: Query vs. Synopsis

Ugh. I am trying to write a synopsis now. Two out of the five agents I intend to query first desire one included with the query. If there is anything more subject to interpretation than a synopsis, I must not yet have stumbled over it. My first attempt was one paragraph per chapter, and with sixteen...
by r louis scott
December 31st, 2009, 5:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you write?
Replies: 15
Views: 3078

Re: How do you write?

I find that I clearly have to follow where the characters lead me. This can get exciting at times, because when you suddenly realize how the book ends it is a great day indeed. For the most part, I proceed in chapter order. I'm not one of those people that rips through their story and then goes back...