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by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 7th, 2010, 5:19 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query - women's fiction
Replies: 17
Views: 2608

Re: Query - women's fiction

I don't like the fact that it's a Bryan who has HIV. I think we should change his name to Tom, or maybe Bill. Connor is good. I've never liked a Connor.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 6th, 2010, 2:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 38872

Re: Share your opening sentence!

steve wrote:It was a dark and stormy night.
I'm calling you Bulwer from now on.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 6th, 2010, 2:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: SAVE THE TREES!
Replies: 19
Views: 3055

Re: SAVE THE TREES!

Killing trees and old ladies is perfectly acceptable when writing. The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. It anguishes him so much that he can't get rid of it. He has no peace until then. Everything goes by the board: hono...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 6th, 2010, 2:11 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Series Novels: Why should the first one have to stand alone?
Replies: 19
Views: 3293

Re: Series Novels: Why should the first one have to stand alone?

Well, you know, Tolkien already had a deal for the entire Lord of the Rings series. Actually, he had a deal for the story of LotR, and it was simply broken up for publishing reasons. But he had that opportunity because of The Hobbit's success. Which was a standalone. Just sayin'. :)
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 6th, 2010, 9:58 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: SENTENCE STRUCTURE
Replies: 9
Views: 1226

Re: SENTENCE STRUCTURE

Okay, yeah, I'm a Sentence Junkie. I admit it. Though that doesn't translate into a slow first draft, necessarily. I'm confident in my ability to find the right words, the right flow, and simply go with that in the first draft. But I love to tinker.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 5th, 2010, 11:29 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: What superpower would you want?
Replies: 36
Views: 9214

Re: What superpower would you want?

kayemevans wrote:
Bryan Russell/Ink wrote:I want Wolverine's mutant healing powers and longevity. Goodbye, chronic injuries! Hello, footballing career with Manchester United! Big steel claws would be kind of cool, too. Plus I'd save a lot in cutlery costs.
Hey! I'm an M.U. fan too!!

K
I knew I liked you for some good reason. :)
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 4th, 2010, 6:46 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Should self-published book be told
Replies: 10
Views: 2319

Re: Should self-published book be told

If you have an ISBN on it, it's been published. An agent needs to know this. Self-publishing it has probably burned a lot of bridges. But not all. Now you need to prove it can sell, and that means sales numbers. Selling one thousand copies out of one thousand printed is a good start. Five thousand w...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 3rd, 2010, 4:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are you a Crafter or an Artist?
Replies: 46
Views: 9817

Re: Are you a Crafter or an Artist?

Margo wrote:
Bryan Russell/Ink wrote:The Practical Artist. Isn't that a good title? I'm a sucker for good titles.
That is a good title.

P.S. Are you using that soul? I'll cut you a good deal.
Much like Homer Simpson, I gave mine to my wife long ago. I doubt she'll sell. She has all sorts of plans for it, I hear tell.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 3rd, 2010, 2:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are you a Crafter or an Artist?
Replies: 46
Views: 9817

Re: Are you a Crafter or an Artist?

I'm a middle-brained sort of person, so I'll say both. I write first and foremost for me, art as exploration. But I have practical ambitions, and have no compunctions about considering craft in terms of audience, marketing, sales, etc. The Practical Artist. Isn't that a good title? I'm a sucker for ...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 3rd, 2010, 2:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Novel vs Story
Replies: 12
Views: 1646

Re: Novel vs Story

Yes, a novel is a story. Whether the teacher has a technical reason for not wanting a novel referred to as a story in papers is something else, I'm guessing. I can see that being said, for reasons of clarity, though mostly I think it's needlessly limiting. But certainly, in a generic sense, a novel ...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 3rd, 2010, 2:21 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Novel vs Story
Replies: 12
Views: 1646

Re: Novel vs Story

A man planned a brick barbeque down to the last brick. When he'd finished building it, he had a brick left over. He shrugged and threw the brick over a fence. A man smoking a cigar and an old woman with a lap dog boarded a bus. They sat in the only empty seats next to each other. The woman complain...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 3rd, 2010, 2:11 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Your favorite first-person novels
Replies: 12
Views: 1899

Re: Your favorite first-person novels

Moby Dick is up there. Shadow Country, by Peter Matthiessen (a mix of first person voices). Austerlitz, by W.G. Sebald (sort of a first person inside a first person). Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me, by Javier Marias.

So many, so many...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 1st, 2010, 2:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 5928

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

That's just it -- YOU want new and different things. You shouldn't dismiss the quite large group of people out here who don't want new things when it comes to this sort of fantasy. I don't want to read about an elf with a twist. I want to read about elves who are elves. People always go on about th...
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 1st, 2010, 2:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 5928

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

steve wrote:And there's this test, which rocks.
Actually, it's sort of funny - I once wrote a series of tongue-in-cheek answers to that Rinkworks test, which they published a few years back. Had fun doing that. I'll see if I can dig it up.
by Bryan Russell/Ink
August 1st, 2010, 10:37 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)
Replies: 29
Views: 5928

Re: Orignality in Fantasy (specifiaclly re: Creatures and Races)

Good discussion. I just thought I should add to what I said previously by saying that I think a number of agents and editors would still be open to such stories, but it would be a little more difficult. First, agents will have preconceptions, say, about something that is directly using all Tolkien's...