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Ok...I have a stupid question. What exactly do you guys mean when you say "beta reader"? I get the idea that it's someone that reads and critiques your work, but at what stage in your writing do you seek one out? Once you have a completed first draft? As you're writing?
Oh, if we count the time we're thinking about our stories and not just putting words to paper (or computer screen), then I'm always writing. Any fragment of time I'm not actively involved with something else, I'm thinking about my story. I couldn't stop if I wanted. The few times in my life I didn't...
I usually manage to get about an hour a day in. Unfortunately, I haven't quite gotten the discipline of writing as soon as I hit the keyboard, so I don't usually get as much done as I like. However, when I did NANOWRIMO, practically my entire word count was created during my lunch break. Not quite s...
- May 23rd, 2011, 11:43 pm
- Forum: Writing
- Topic: How do you write a fight scene?
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In addition to the excellent suggestions already given, I'd say pay attention to the tempo of your writing too. Watch any given action movie, and most of the movement is going to be quick, with a few choice spots slowed down to accentuate. Personally, I'd rather write a thousand fight scenes than on...
- May 21st, 2011, 4:08 pm
- Forum: Excerpts
- Topic: Opening page of my YA Steampunk novel
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Hello there! I love the tone of your piece; you do an excellent job of establishing a mood. Mostly what I wanted to comment on, however, is your use of POV in your introduction here. I don't have a problem at all with this narrator speaking directly to me, and in fact I believe it fits quite well in...
Hello all... I've been playing around with writing for years and years and years. I've published nothing. Before now, I didn't attempt it. Hell, before now, I never seriously considered it. I loved to write, but I wasn't in love with it. The little stories I wrote where for my own amusement, and I w...
Just a thought... doesn't the appropriateness of a sex scene depend on the characters? I mean, if your character was a horn dog, it would be odd to never have a sexually charged scene. The reverse would be true if the character was a prude.