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by Gypson
May 14th, 2012, 7:34 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: First Chapter- Spoils of Battle....fantasy
Replies: 3
Views: 2947

Re: First Chapter- Spoils of Battle....fantasy

This might be an odd comment, but I felt a bit disembodied while reading the first few paragraphs. It was not obvious from the start that this was a first-person narrative, and so it felt like it was written in rather distant third-person. My first criticism was going to be that I was not experienci...
by Gypson
May 14th, 2012, 7:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What part of writing do you dislike? Like?
Replies: 7
Views: 1196

Re: What part of writing do you dislike? Like?

I've been thinking about this recently and my answers are similar to yours. I don't always enjoy the act of writing. Some days I love it, some days I hate it, most of the time it's something I do because it's part of the process. I like having written, but the act of writing can be a pain sometimes....
by Gypson
April 10th, 2012, 8:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Anyone here write romance ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1233

Re: Anyone here write romance ?

I don't write romance as a genre, but I do write romance in my novel(s), so I hope I can be of some help. =) I think any fictional romantic relationship needs to show the reader what these two (or three, or four...) people... -like about each other (what attracted them in the first place, what trait...
by Gypson
April 10th, 2012, 8:40 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: How many books do you read per week (or month)?
Replies: 35
Views: 12115

Re: How many books do you read per week (or month)?

I hate to give a vague response, but it depends. When I'm bogged down with school/work, I usually choose writing over reading. On "average", if there were such a thing, I read about 3 books per month. I am a slow reader. P.S. Do textbooks count? Because my A&P book could be split into like five nove...
by Gypson
April 6th, 2012, 2:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plausible scenario?
Replies: 12
Views: 1272

Re: Plausible scenario?

Having an "attack of conscience" wouldn't work for me when everyone else was killed in cold blood. A more plausible reason (for me) would be that the woman has information or skills that the soldier needs, so killing her is not an option. Or maybe he is a rebel against this attack and needs her as p...
by Gypson
March 31st, 2012, 10:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When is it Too Far?
Replies: 11
Views: 1361

Re: When is it Too Far?

I love seeing how a character handles stress when all his resources are stripped away and his back is up against the wall. I love watching characters overcome hardship. But there is a point where too much is too much. If a couple of really bad things happen to a character in a book, and he responds ...
by Gypson
March 5th, 2012, 11:25 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you write
Replies: 14
Views: 1981

Re: How do you write

I tend to be most productive in the morning or late at night. I love the stillness of these times, and the knowledge that I won't be needed for anything. On non-rainy days, I feel guilty staying inside during the afternoon when I could be going on a run. Writing during a rainy day or night is my fav...
by Gypson
March 5th, 2012, 11:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Showing vs. Telling
Replies: 11
Views: 1664

Re: Showing vs. Telling

Telling: Henry was rude and impatient. Rita felt embarrassed by his outbursts.

Showing:

"How much longer is this going to take?" he bellowed. "We've been in this goddamn line for fifteen minutes!"
"Henry, please," Rita murmured as the heads started to turn.
by Gypson
March 5th, 2012, 11:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do love interest characters need to be sexy?
Replies: 11
Views: 4563

Re: Do love interest characters need to be sexy?

Definitely not! I remember enjoying sexy/attractive characters when I was a teenager (probably because I was a gawky, awkward, acne-prone wallflower of a girl =P), but these days, I tend to roll my eyes when a character is described as being extremely attractive in conventional ways. It annoys me ev...
by Gypson
February 15th, 2012, 12:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Fade to Black?
Replies: 14
Views: 1457

Re: Fade to Black?

polymath wrote: substitutes fireworks or crashing waves or some other traditional or quirky symbolism for graphic scenes.
*cough cough* "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg" *cough cough* =P
by Gypson
February 14th, 2012, 10:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Fade to Black?
Replies: 14
Views: 1457

Re: Fade to Black?

I don't think there are any hard and fast rules for this. Agreed. I think importance and relevance are key here. A fully described sex scene should be intregal to at least one of the following: the character(s)/setting/plot. The focus should not be so much on the mechanics of sex, but on the reacti...
by Gypson
February 14th, 2012, 8:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Favorite Book on the Craft
Replies: 32
Views: 8698

Re: Your Favorite Book on the Craft

^^Those are amazing :) I don't even write fantasy, and I find amazing advice there. They really are! And hilarious, to boot. World building is an overwhelming subject for me and Limyaael's advice has helped me out a ton. Working backwards (Such as, what is the clothing made from? Where does that ma...
by Gypson
February 14th, 2012, 6:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Favorite Book on the Craft
Replies: 32
Views: 8698

Re: Your Favorite Book on the Craft

I don't know about books, but I loooooooove Limyaael's Fantasy Rants! I gained so much insight on purposeful world building.
by Gypson
February 13th, 2012, 4:01 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What pays your rent?
Replies: 39
Views: 10261

Re: What pays your rent?

Right now I'm a peon in customer service, but I'm in school for Occupational Therapy. *fingers crossed* in a few years I'll have a "real" job! My original plan was to do exactly what you do (RN working with Alzheimer's), but when I got my NAC I realized that rehab was what truly interested me. Plus,...
by Gypson
February 13th, 2012, 3:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Best Advice to a New Writer
Replies: 28
Views: 6622

Re: Your Best Advice to a New Writer

I really like this thread! And SteevO, I wish you the best of luck! Advice that I would give: 1. Write something that interests you. Don't worry too much about audience or what you think other people want to read. Write what YOU like and have fun with it. 2. Books about writing can help you only so ...