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by Crystal
January 11th, 2010, 7:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Juggling
Replies: 12
Views: 2237

Re: Juggling

I somehow manage to juggle 2 part time jobs, 2 kids with basketball and music, church, home and a husband. On Tuesday nights my kids have basketball, 1 practice right after the other. Even though the church they play at is 5 minutes from home and I could go home between drop offs, I don't. I stay at...
by Crystal
January 11th, 2010, 4:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know what is right for your Characters?
Replies: 5
Views: 1432

Re: How do you know what is right for your Characters?

Thank you both for your answers.

I did give it a bit of time then today I rewrote it. It worked out much better this time. Thanks.
by Crystal
January 9th, 2010, 9:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know what is right for your Characters?
Replies: 5
Views: 1432

How do you know what is right for your Characters?

I have a scene that I am editing and I know the current ending is predictable and dumb(knew it when I wrote it). Now I am sitting here contemplating how to change it and was wondering what you more experienced writers do. I have three possible endings but I'm not sure which one my characters are nee...
by Crystal
January 9th, 2010, 8:04 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is your self-confidence bipolar?
Replies: 10
Views: 1877

Re: Is your self-confidence bipolar?

I am going thru this right now. A couple of weeks ago I sent my first 2 chapters of my wip to a friend, who loved it, and is good friends with a published author. He asked if he could forward it to him and get his opinion on it for me. I approved. Now....I am so embarrassed that I let him send it. S...
by Crystal
January 5th, 2010, 8:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: First post here.
Replies: 3
Views: 1012

Re: First post here.

Hello everyone. Nice to "meet" you. I am kind of new here too, but I'll tell you what, everyone is so helpful and nice.
by Crystal
January 5th, 2010, 1:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Music or quiet when you write?
Replies: 64
Views: 16743

Re: Music or quiet when you write?

For me it doesn't matter either way. I can work with or without the tunes. I will generally put K love on my computer and turn it down really soft then just go to writing away. I cannot however have the TV on in any fashion. I am an addict...I admit it I love to watch TV, so it is always a big distr...
by Crystal
January 4th, 2010, 7:01 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: YA mystery VS A mystery
Replies: 8
Views: 2075

Re: YA mystery VS A mystery

Marilyn and Ermo, thank you, I was thinking I should just write and see where it goes but I guess being a mom of a 12 year old that would read anything I put in her hands I am a bit cautious of the content I feel should be in a YA novel. Kaitlyne and Alexandra, My protag is very much an adult and do...
by Crystal
January 4th, 2010, 4:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: YA mystery VS A mystery
Replies: 8
Views: 2075

YA mystery VS A mystery

I am writing a mystery and in that I am trying to decide if it is YA or not. Now I know that YA is usually shorter and geared toward younger readers. But right now my problems is this, size wise I feel it is going to be short at around 3k a chapter, but content wise I feel I am (or easily could be) ...
by Crystal
January 4th, 2010, 3:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do stories have to end well?
Replies: 12
Views: 2016

Re: Do stories have to end well?

I don't think all books have to have a happy ending. One of my all time favorites is My Sister's Keeper and the ending is a complete tear jerker. I think it is all in how it is done.

Good luck
by Crystal
January 4th, 2010, 3:05 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Books and Movies Based on Them
Replies: 16
Views: 4388

Re: Books and Movies Based on Them

I haven't seen either of them so I can't comment on them. However I do prefer to read the book then see the movie. With that being said I am often disappointed by the movie. A few that really stand out to me as theatrical disappointments are : 1. My Sister's Keeper -- nothing like totally changing t...
by Crystal
January 4th, 2010, 6:34 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Do you like Hardcovers?
Replies: 18
Views: 2901

Re: Do you like Hardcovers?

I like paperback for the same reason you do. Smaller, cheaper, can fold over and easier to carry. I just bought my sister the first 2 books in the twilight series in hardcover for christmas and brought home the 2 paperbacks she had.
by Crystal
January 2nd, 2010, 10:09 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing
Replies: 24
Views: 5017

Re: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing

Your First Novel: An Author Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream by Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb

This is the one I am reading. So far I like it and it has been helpful. At the end of each section it also gives other self help book suggestions.
by Crystal
January 2nd, 2010, 9:17 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: sub-plot question
Replies: 9
Views: 1710

Re: sub-plot question

Thanks for all of your idea.

I finally figured it out last night. It isn't that the scene is bad, or doesn't work, it was just in the wrong place. I have since wrote more and moved that scene to a much more appropriate and more understandable place. So far so good.
Thanks again.
by Crystal
January 1st, 2010, 2:26 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Keeping Boys Reading
Replies: 46
Views: 9157

Re: Keeping Boys Reading

My daughter loves the PJ books. I have read 1 and am reading 2 now. My son however just laughed and said no thanks. He just doesn't even what to try a lot of tomes. I think the size of the book puts him off. IDK.
by Crystal
January 1st, 2010, 2:22 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: A forum game: three word story
Replies: 83
Views: 11275

Re: A forum game: three word story

so she picked