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by Chantelle.S.
June 9th, 2011, 4:32 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Does analyzing books ruin them?
Replies: 19
Views: 7302

Re: Does analyzing books ruin them?

Not unless you analyse a book AFTER you've read it. I've found analysing books from the very beginning to kill the experience for me. I tend to do this with books that are recommended to me. Nora Roberts and Trudi Canavan are both great authors, I'm sure, but once I picked out that The Novice starts...
by Chantelle.S.
June 6th, 2011, 4:24 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: How Price-Conscious Are You When Buying Books?
Replies: 24
Views: 7519

Re: How Price-Conscious Are You When Buying Books?

It depends on the value of the book. If I'm having a BBQ and I have to make a couple of salads, I'll go find the cheapest Salad recipes book on the shelves. If it's a book for the kids, naturally I'd pay that little bit more for the educational ones than I would for, say, colouring books. If it's a ...
by Chantelle.S.
June 6th, 2011, 4:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Teasing the reader
Replies: 9
Views: 2918

Re: Teasing the reader

The really good writers - they are teases to the point of almost being heartless. I want to kill them, but I love every minute of it. So, what do you think? Does this ring a bell for anyone? Do you tease your readers when you write? :lol: I don't see it as teasing. I just see it as ending the chapt...
by Chantelle.S.
June 5th, 2011, 4:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you work on more than one book at a time?
Replies: 19
Views: 4913

Re: Do you work on more than one book at a time?

I do! At the moment I'm jumping between five or six different manuscripts, all of them in different stages of the process. One of them I have written before from start to finish over seven years ago, but when I recently (as in a couple of years ago) wanted to revise it, I found that all but the firs...
by Chantelle.S.
June 4th, 2011, 5:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you write a fight scene?
Replies: 15
Views: 2564

Re: How do you write a fight scene?

It's been said before but I thought I'd elaborate on it a little bit: a fight scene is just like every other scene you'll write. You put your props in place, you create the ambience of the scene, you dress up your characters, and you outline the scene. Then you add the choreography. He punches, she ...
by Chantelle.S.
June 4th, 2011, 5:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Sex Scenes
Replies: 123
Views: 29410

Re: Writing Sex Scenes

I think that a guide on 'how to write good sex scenes' would be more helpful than tips on getting over your discomfort whilst writing them. That's just my personal opinion. I've only ever skim-wrote my sex scenes eg. 'then they did it and that was the end of it', because the scenes that I have writt...
by Chantelle.S.
June 2nd, 2011, 8:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are We Too Suspicious?
Replies: 30
Views: 6795

Re: Are We Too Suspicious?

Maybe I'm old fashioned (ok, I am) but I consider it a compliment to be asked (either directly or indirectly) to help another writer. I would love to hear some opinions from you all. What's your policy? Has a specific incident caused you to be more reserved or are you just in general? No judgment, ...
by Chantelle.S.
June 2nd, 2011, 8:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's in a Name?
Replies: 11
Views: 1462

Re: What's in a Name?

I was thinking about this same thing just the other day. The series I'm working on is centered in a fantasy world filled with magic and different races, etc. So when I picked up a book that a friend of mine recommended to me a couple of years ago, titled The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan, ...
by Chantelle.S.
June 1st, 2011, 11:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Separating confidence from self-doubt
Replies: 5
Views: 2634

Re: Separating confidence from self-doubt

I'm the epitome of self-doubt! English isn't my first language and I always feel like my writing is immature compared to people who aren't in the same position as I am. I get good praise for some of my work, but I always take it with a pinch of salt, too. As example, I have this story (it's fanficti...
by Chantelle.S.
June 1st, 2011, 10:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Making Time to Write
Replies: 18
Views: 3127

Re: Making Time to Write

I've tried the whole deadline thing and it only worked for me once, and it only worked because I had my partner supporting my crazy decision to rewrite my novel in 30 days. The only other time I've managed to get some decent writing done is during Nanowrimo. It's the only time of the year when I can...
by Chantelle.S.
June 1st, 2011, 10:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Pretty good is not gonna cut it
Replies: 22
Views: 3444

Re: Pretty good is not gonna cut it

You're looking at this all wrong! Pretty Good is GREAT. Especially if you aren't done. Especially if you haven't given it several rounds of edits and rewrites and received serious full manuscript critiques. Pretty Good means you've got a foundation that needs a lot less work than other people's fir...
by Chantelle.S.
May 31st, 2011, 10:25 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: A Rainbow Divided, Still - First 300 Words...?
Replies: 9
Views: 2683

Re: A Rainbow Divided, Still - First 300 Words...?

A) The Rainbow Nation B) A Rainbow Divided C) The Next Zimbabwe D) In the land of the blind… An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal and economic discrimination against nonwhites. This was the first thing that popped in...
by Chantelle.S.
April 5th, 2011, 8:37 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Exerpt scene from IRREFUTABLE.
Replies: 6
Views: 2250

Re: Exerpt scene from IRREFUTABLE.

Sample scene from new WIP. I'm going for just a touch of suspense. I want to know if you, as a reader would be interested enough to read on. With new WIP I'm guessing this is only your first or second draft, so I'll stick to answering your questions. I didn't feel suspense. I was curious about this...
by Chantelle.S.
April 5th, 2011, 8:22 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: A Rainbow Divided, Still - First 300 Words...?
Replies: 9
Views: 2683

Re: A Rainbow Divided, Still - First 300 Words...?

I can't give much concrit on the grammar and sentence structure, but I can give you some tips on the content. It doesn't make sense to me why the question 'what is your opinion on the new South Africa?' would be posed to him, unless in a political survey during elections. Realistically, they wouldn'...
by Chantelle.S.
April 5th, 2011, 7:39 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 191331

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hello everyone! I've been following Nathan's blog for well over a year, though I'm not much of a comment-addict, and funny enough I've signed up to this forum before. Alas, I can't remember my username or password, and I don't have Outlook installed so I can't contact the Board Administrator either....