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by Rachel Ventura
October 27th, 2011, 12:44 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Does analyzing books ruin them?
Replies: 19
Views: 7306

Re: Does analyzing books ruin them?

^^ I think I'd agree with most of that--from a modern writer's standpoint. Because the point of what most of us here do isn't to convery deeply layered messages; it's to tell a story. Unfortunately for me and my English grade, F Scott Fitzgerald decided that his book wouldn't be good unless green l...
by Rachel Ventura
October 27th, 2011, 12:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How does an author find their voice?
Replies: 17
Views: 2130

Re: How does an author find their voice?

What kind of humor? Upbeat, downbeat, ironic, sarcastic, approving, disapproving, self-deprecating, forelorn, woebegone, chastising, resigned, and so on and so forth. Other than humor, there are dozens of emotions voice can convey, primal emotions and secondary and tertiary emotions. And delightful...
by Rachel Ventura
October 27th, 2011, 12:29 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Revision Strategies
Replies: 6
Views: 824

Re: Revision Strategies

Fits and starts episodically over the decades, decades dammit, though they follow the accepted notions of writing education, basic grammar skills first, learning how to write words, sentences, paragraphs, compositions with little at first focus on concept, content, organization, and expression, and...
by Rachel Ventura
October 27th, 2011, 12:19 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's Your Approach to Revision?
Replies: 14
Views: 2224

Re: What's Your Approach to Revision?

Wow, polymath , I never thought of it that way (because I actually have no idea what a lot of those words even mean). :oops: I'm thinking that when the time comes for me to edit a full work, I'll find a way to pay for a pro editor to have a look. I have a few services bookmarked, and their credits s...
by Rachel Ventura
October 27th, 2011, 12:12 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Setting Goals for Your Writing
Replies: 10
Views: 1172

Re: Setting Goals for Your Writing

I have a bunch of ideas kicking around in my head and in little summary paragraphs in a text file on my computer. I'm not going to do Nanowrimo, but I think for the rest of this year outline the ones that immediately stick out for me, and come the new year have a big pool to work from in terms of po...
by Rachel Ventura
October 27th, 2011, 12:05 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Most efficient mode of outlining?
Replies: 17
Views: 6200

Most efficient mode of outlining?

I know that there's no "set formula" for what works universally for one writer versus the next. With outlining, some people work best without, as they say, feeling "constricted" by one, while others say "you can't build a house without a blueprint before you start." I think I might fall somewhere in...
by Rachel Ventura
October 26th, 2011, 11:56 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Blog sites "2.0"-style vs. Old School Hosts?
Replies: 10
Views: 5287

Blog sites "2.0"-style vs. Old School Hosts?

Wordpress.com, Blogger, and Tumblr seem to be the "big three" in terms of blog platforms right now. But in the "old days" of the WWW (when I was just a little mini-byte!), people hosted pages on Tripod, Angelfire, and the now-defunct Yahoo! Geocities. Anyone remember these? (Bueller? Bueller?) Tripo...
by Rachel Ventura
October 26th, 2011, 11:37 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Article: Blogging bad idea for writers
Replies: 23
Views: 9567

Re: Article: Blogging bad idea for writers

So I haven't jumped in on this post because I didn't think I really had an opinion, but I do now. If anything, my experience at New York Comic Con made me think that being a writer and a blogger is an excellent thing to be . Why? Everyone was interested in me! The minute the words 'book blogger' fe...
by Rachel Ventura
October 14th, 2011, 1:56 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: How long will that hardcover last?
Replies: 3
Views: 2391

Re: How long will that hardcover last?

I'll never get rid of my print books, and I'll never get an e-reader -- if it comes to the point where print books no longer exist, then I'm one who just won't buy any more books. (By that point I hope I'll have collected quite a few thousand. ) 8-) But I thought I should bring up a point that I hop...
by Rachel Ventura
October 14th, 2011, 1:30 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: New York Observer dumps on readings
Replies: 15
Views: 3968

Re: New York Observer dumps on readings

I confess, I've never actually been to a live author's reading, but I used to have some of these books-on-tape that were "read by the author." Mostly kids' books, but FWIW these were really good. Of course, there's been time for retakes, and the production folks use audio equipment that edits out th...
by Rachel Ventura
October 14th, 2011, 1:03 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Blog Post Parody Challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 2210

Re: Blog Post Parody Challenge

I'm confused as to what "Blog Post Parody Challenge" means. I don't have a blog myself, but I do love parodies, although I'm not exactly sure of how to parody someone's blog post (and what's the significance of that weird email address?)... About passwords, though -- well, I won't tell you mine, but...
by Rachel Ventura
October 14th, 2011, 12:37 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Should authors smile in their book jacket photos?
Replies: 16
Views: 7725

Re: Should authors smile in their book jacket photos?

I respectfully disagree, but only because he's trying to sucker you: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/every-day-a-friday-joel-osteen/1100059436?ean=9780892969913&itm=1&usri=joel%2bosteen Actually, if you look at every single one with him in it, he's smiling stupidly, and it involves his hands in som...
by Rachel Ventura
October 14th, 2011, 12:31 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Increase in Spam
Replies: 12
Views: 5956

Re: Increase in Spam

But... but... I wanted one of those spangled clutches!! I did!! I feel like I do battle with clutches and jeans and handbag spambots every day! I think I'm going to have to upgrade my rayguns soon to something with a little more kick. Be careful, though: Those little blue magic tablets have been kn...
by Rachel Ventura
October 14th, 2011, 12:24 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Article: Blogging bad idea for writers
Replies: 23
Views: 9567

Re: Article: Blogging bad idea for writers

*simultaneously jumping back in after two months and waving to the other teenage forumers* This blog seems to be saying that blogging isn't financially rewarding. Agreed: in all likelihood, it won't be. If you're in it for money, or to become popular, then it's probably a bad idea. But if you just ...
by Rachel Ventura
October 13th, 2011, 11:51 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: P.O. boxes in query letters?
Replies: 9
Views: 2160

Re: P.O. boxes in query letters?

I'm not sure you even need to put your address in the query assuming you're sending it via e-mail - plenty of time for that down the line. Otherwise your address is your address and an agent isn't going to think twice about it. Thanks so much. :) Since I'm very much a Luddite (still, even despite t...