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by Seamus
January 11th, 2010, 10:07 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: American dialogue
Replies: 31
Views: 5460

Re: American dialogue

Sorry for the misunderstanding. "Superego" is a psychogical term that refers to the part of us that is governed by restraint. I'm no expert in this, but my understanding is that your superego is the voice of your parent in your head with a lot of "shoulds." Of course this character would be sweet an...
by Seamus
January 11th, 2010, 9:08 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: American dialogue
Replies: 31
Views: 5460

Re: American dialogue

Decent start. I have to say that I know what you mean about them sounding a bit British. Sadly (for my side of the pond), the English may be too proper for most American conversations. A young religious Midwesterner, like Keisha, will have an almost non-stop super-ego. In dialogue, I find that comes...
by Seamus
January 7th, 2010, 12:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is your self-confidence bipolar?
Replies: 10
Views: 1826

Re: Is your self-confidence bipolar?

I know what you mean. To state the obvious, our insecurities come from the hugely subjective world of writing. I wrote my first manuscript while in a writers' critique group. I had to decide, over the months of this experience, whether any of the suggestions were legitimate or not. This meant having...
by Seamus
January 6th, 2010, 4:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How many of you belong to non-web critique groups?
Replies: 16
Views: 3285

Re: How many of you belong to non-web critique groups?

I had a great group for about four years. It came at a formative time for my writing and it was really worth doing. There were five of us varying in skill and accomplishment, who met monthly for an evening. We had a set of groundrules: We rotated the hot-seat so that two to three people were present...
by Seamus
January 6th, 2010, 12:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Story Line
Replies: 6
Views: 1357

Re: The Story Line

Thank you, everyone. I've ordered the book and look forward to applying the other practical advice that's been offered here.
by Seamus
January 5th, 2010, 3:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Story Line
Replies: 6
Views: 1357

The Story Line

I finished my first novel a year ago and have only recently begun shopping for representation, because I launched right into novel #2 and I also have a consuming day job. The first novel was an experiment in letting the story tell itself. I placed interesting people against a cool setting and compel...
by Seamus
January 5th, 2010, 1:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Third person point of view with multiple viewpoints
Replies: 10
Views: 2146

Re: Third person point of view with multiple viewpoints

Several years ago, I was admonished by a more experienced writer in a workgroup by my free movement from one point of view to the other. He didn't just advocate giving the reader some assistance by transition devices to let them know they've switched persons; he just didn't think it was understandab...