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by charity_bradford
January 15th, 2010, 2:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Using Scrivener to Organize and Write Non-fiction
Replies: 1
Views: 1683

Re: Using Scrivener to Organize and Write Non-fiction

I'm in love with scrivener and want to buy a mac just so I can move in with it. *sighs*
by charity_bradford
January 15th, 2010, 2:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Merging narrative types and a question on prologues.
Replies: 8
Views: 1622

Re: Merging narrative types and a question on prologues.

Writing in first person is really hard because of this very thing. Is there any way for you to work in foreshadowing (not sure what the word should be since it happened before the MC was born) to build the tension without your MC discovering all the details too soon? A whispered conversation overhea...
by charity_bradford
January 15th, 2010, 2:02 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: So...Star Wars or Star Trek?
Replies: 45
Views: 11833

Re: So...Star Wars or Star Trek?

Ok, I'm avoiding revisions like the plague so I tallied the votes. :) If they said they liked both, I gave both a point. I did not count what I would consider a half like. For instance, "Star Wars. But I don't mind Star Trek." I only gave a point to Wars. Hopefully, I didn't count one person as voti...
by charity_bradford
January 14th, 2010, 7:28 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Believing the label--Writer
Replies: 0
Views: 939

Believing the label--Writer

To read the original with photos http://charitywrites.blogspot.com/2010/01/believing-label-writer.html Believing the label--Writer After completing Nano in '08, I set my book aside for December through January. I was physically, mentally and emotionally drained and needed time to recover from giving...
by charity_bradford
January 13th, 2010, 2:19 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: So...Star Wars or Star Trek?
Replies: 45
Views: 11833

Re: So...Star Wars or Star Trek?

Has anyone tallied this yet? :) Star Trek! In college I was geeky enough to make my own command uniform, and although my favorite series for TNG, I love the Bajoran earrings. The latest Star Trek so rocked my world! I loved all the subtle toasts to all of the history I've shared with Trek and I am s...
by charity_bradford
January 13th, 2010, 2:07 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query critique -- Necklace of Tears
Replies: 13
Views: 3246

Re: Query critique -- Necklace of Tears

I think your story idea sounds wonderful and you are on the right track. I don't really have much to add to the great advice that has been given. I just want to bullet what I agreed with the most for emphasis: I do agree that the long list of names is distracting. I've always heard you should keep i...
by charity_bradford
January 13th, 2010, 1:34 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Defender of the Crown v4
Replies: 11
Views: 1793

Re: Query: Defender of the Crown v4

Dear [Agent], After accidentally creating a lightning storm that killed a boy from his school, thirteen year old Nicholas Benson enrolls in the Magi Academy to learn how to get his magical outbursts of unquenchable fires and deadly blizzards under control. This feels really wordy to me, I almost li...
by charity_bradford
January 12th, 2010, 9:33 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: anyone else having synopsis issues?
Replies: 9
Views: 1747

Re: anyone else having synopsis issues?

Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript also has a great section on this topic. I agree that it is much easier to write the long summary first and then pare that one down for the short.
by charity_bradford
January 12th, 2010, 9:28 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Deluge
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: Query Deluge

All great advice. My story has been percolating for 8 years, but it has only been down on the page for a year. Actually that isn't true. The first draft was finished 4 years ago and was so bad that I don't count it anymore. Haha! Anyway, I've revised steadily all year and my beta readers have given ...
by charity_bradford
January 12th, 2010, 2:06 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Deluge
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Query Deluge

This is in response to yesterday's post on the blog-- http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/01/query-deluge.html I'm not totally sure why this all is happening, but I'm guessing it's a combo of: - NaNoWriMo novels have been edited and are ready for submission My thought was, "Are you kidding!" I'm st...
by charity_bradford
December 22nd, 2009, 10:10 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Comfort books
Replies: 20
Views: 3373

Re: Comfort books

I have read a couple of her other books but only once ;) Reading some of the other books listed reminded me of a book that I have only read once, but I have been thinking about it a lot lately and plan to re-read it while traveling next week. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card. Romance, fantasy and tim...
by charity_bradford
December 21st, 2009, 10:59 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing
Replies: 24
Views: 5266

Re: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing

So many great books mentioned already! I also enjoyed:

1. Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
2. Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by David Gerrold
3. Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino
by charity_bradford
December 21st, 2009, 10:53 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Comfort books
Replies: 20
Views: 3373

Re: Comfort books

These are my all time favorites that I can read over and over any time. Anne of Green Gables (1st one) Rilla (Book 8 of the above series) Beauty by Robin McKinley Spindles End by Robin Mckinley Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen, Bahija Lovejoy Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier Anything by J...
by charity_bradford
December 21st, 2009, 9:20 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is there a such thing as too much dialogue
Replies: 13
Views: 3053

Re: Is there a such thing as too much dialogue

There is a great section in "The First 5 Pages" by Noah Lukeman that talks about dialogue balance. I recommend the entire book for any first timers. There are lots of great tips on how to improve your novel before approaching an agent--practical, easy to digest and implement.
by charity_bradford
December 19th, 2009, 3:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What works better for you: praise or critique?
Replies: 24
Views: 4910

Re: What works better for you: praise or critique?

A combination of both is best for me. I have some great friends who love my stuff but can also tell me what honestly does not work. The criticism focuses me and the praise gives me the hope to keep trying. Thanks to both I am hoping to start approaching some authors for referrals by March. That is m...