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by Philabuster
August 7th, 2012, 10:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: writer's block and more .....
Replies: 4
Views: 1096

Re: writer's block and more .....

I'm going through something of this myself. I'm about to start the third act of my book but I've been "about to start the third act of my book" for a couple of weeks now. I make tiny edits to old chapters or outline some notes here and there, but for the most part I'm at a total loss. It's incredibl...
by Philabuster
July 31st, 2012, 2:37 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Help with genre
Replies: 6
Views: 1710

Re: Help with genre

Huge help everybody! I have a clearer idea on where my book stands now, and what NA really is.

About to start the third and final act. Oh boy.
by Philabuster
July 30th, 2012, 4:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Help with genre
Replies: 6
Views: 1710

Help with genre

So I am about 50k words into my roughly 80k word MS and I'm having a tough time focusing on the genre of my story... The synopsis: Deep in the middle of nowhere lies a hotel/casino where my MC Martin loses everything. He loses his money, his girlfriends money, his bosses money, and struggles with th...
by Philabuster
July 9th, 2012, 10:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Sins
Replies: 16
Views: 2730

Re: Writing Sins

In my first MS I discovered I used the word "pretty" way too often. At first I thought "Pretty" was a pretty good word that I used pretty much all of the time (pun intended). I was shocked to see how often I had used it when it was first pointed out. In my current MS I know I have more than a couple...
by Philabuster
July 5th, 2012, 3:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: If writing was a person....
Replies: 10
Views: 1925

Re: If writing was a person....

If writing was a person I'd ask him why he never leaves me alone when I'm busy and why he never hangs out when I'm not.
by Philabuster
June 26th, 2012, 2:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Formal Training
Replies: 10
Views: 1650

Formal Training

I was perusing through some writers blogs over the past couple of days and one topic that stood out to me was, "What type (if any) of formal education do you have as a writer?" Me personally, I have none. The only experience I have is the creative writing courses I took in high school. I read all th...
by Philabuster
June 11th, 2012, 4:28 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know if your writing is any good?
Replies: 24
Views: 4467

Re: How do you know if your writing is any good?

How do you know if your writing is any good? A very easy question to ask and an easier one to answer (at least for me). The answer: you don't. Like many of the other people who have posted in this thread I find that most of the positive comments I receive I tend to brush off as "cheerleading". I don...
by Philabuster
June 5th, 2012, 2:49 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The guilt of being a non-published fiction writer
Replies: 16
Views: 5547

Re: The guilt of being a non-published fiction writer

To wait until we're published is like a Double- or Triple-A baseball player who is waiting for the call to the Big Leagues NOT calling themselves an athlete. I love this line! As much as I enjoy the craft of writing I don't think I would still be doing it if it weren't for support from other writer...
by Philabuster
June 3rd, 2012, 4:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The guilt of being a non-published fiction writer
Replies: 16
Views: 5547

The guilt of being a non-published fiction writer

So far I have finished the first draft of my first novel and I'm barreling ( :D ) my way through my second. I also write short stories in between to help with writers block and just for a fresh change of pace in general. My day job however is waiting tables and I always feel a little bit of guilt ev...
by Philabuster
April 23rd, 2012, 5:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: National Novel Writing MAY
Replies: 22
Views: 11431

Re: National Novel Writing MAY

I'm in for 30k...

but I'm taking a one week head start and starting today.
by Philabuster
April 6th, 2012, 12:57 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What pays your rent?
Replies: 39
Views: 11059

Re: What pays your rent?

I'm in the last true industry of starving artists. I work as a waiter at a steakhouse.
by Philabuster
December 1st, 2011, 2:37 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: The end result of reading way too much Hunter S. Thompson
Replies: 1
Views: 1983

The end result of reading way too much Hunter S. Thompson

This is so Gonzo I don't even get it...and I wrote it... I’ll never forget Marty Richardson. The man had a knack for sticking in your mind, even with a head full of acid. He looked like a clown without makeup. Prominent cheek bones formed a smile that extended for miles. It stretched all around his...
by Philabuster
October 17th, 2011, 12:11 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What inspired you to write in your genre?
Replies: 17
Views: 2422

Re: What inspired you to write in your genre?

The majority of my work is in a "first person rant" style of writing. I branch a little into the paranormal but for the most part I just write about a relativley small but personal conflict that my MC is fighting. Im almost sure all of this came from reading, and loving, Catcher in the Rye as a kid....
by Philabuster
September 22nd, 2011, 2:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chapter Accordian
Replies: 5
Views: 960

Re: Chapter Accordian

It's my opinion that it doesn't matter what genre it is, chapters should be as long or as short as you see fit. With that being said I tend to notice shorter chapters in the beginning and longer chapters towards the end in most of the books I read. I attribute this to how the beginning of the book i...
by Philabuster
September 22nd, 2011, 2:25 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Prologue - Diary of an escaped con
Replies: 6
Views: 2138

Re: Prologue - Diary of an escaped con

simonmabee wrote:Instead of Germans at the time he likely would have referred to them as Fritz, Huns, Heinie, Kraut, or Boche (but that was mostly french. Maybe Jerries but that was more WWII though saw some in WWI since they did introduce the helmet style in late WWI.
Thanks!