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by lac582
May 22nd, 2010, 6:38 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: synopsis: flight - REVISED
Replies: 16
Views: 4972

Re: synopsis: flight - ALMOST COMPLETELY REWRITTEN

Here are some of my on-the-fly thoughts. Feel free to take with a grain of salt as I generally don't read a lot of romance and therefore am not familiar with the conventions or necessarily part of your natural audience. I think there are a lot of strong elements here but also places that would benef...
by lac582
May 22nd, 2010, 12:43 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: SF Query: THE ARTIFACT COMPETITION
Replies: 45
Views: 8523

Re: SF Query: THE ARTIFACT COMPETITION

I don't think I have much to add that hasn't already been said. The latest query is definitely much stronger, so well done! My biggest continuing reservation is the fact that the competition is five years away. Within the novel you have time to build up tension so it's probably less of an issue, but...
by lac582
May 22nd, 2010, 12:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: You have another think coming
Replies: 35
Views: 10624

Re: You have another think coming

It still sounds illogical to me, even if think is a noun :) But if it came from Lewis Carroll then it makes a bit more sense!
by lac582
May 20th, 2010, 1:46 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Lost - Possible Spoilers!
Replies: 261
Views: 67366

Re: Lost - Possible Spoilers!

Robin - that made me laugh out loud :)
by lac582
May 20th, 2010, 1:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: You have another think coming
Replies: 35
Views: 10624

Re: You have another think coming

I can't for the life of me deduce how "you have another think coming" makes any sense. Think is not a noun.
by lac582
April 10th, 2010, 2:08 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Good Books - Bad Endings
Replies: 39
Views: 7041

Re: Good Books - Bad Endings

I love me some Neal Stephenson, but I thought the endings of both 'Snow Crash' and 'Cryptonomicon' didn't quite live up to the rest of the book.
by lac582
March 22nd, 2010, 2:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing as you go: really that bad?
Replies: 24
Views: 4758

Re: Editing as you go: really that bad?

So yeah, I realized I should clarify and I'm not talking about line-editing and copy-editing so much as rewriting - changing the prose, adding subplots, enhancing characterization, basically fixing all the things you know need work the moment you put them down the first time :)
by lac582
March 22nd, 2010, 2:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing as you go: really that bad?
Replies: 24
Views: 4758

Re: Editing as you go: really that bad?

Wow, thanks everyone! Lots of things to think about. I'm an outliner - so I've outlined pretty thoroughly, though I outlined the first half better and now I'm starting to reach points of not knowing exactly what's supposed to happen in the scenes I'm at the point of writing. I think the 'clean' firs...
by lac582
March 20th, 2010, 2:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing as you go: really that bad?
Replies: 24
Views: 4758

Editing as you go: really that bad?

I'm 30,000 words into the first draft of my work-in-progress. I know conventional wisdom says to bang out the complete first draft, even if it's terrible, rather than let yourself get caught up on going back to edit/revise as you go. It's getting really hard for me to resist this impulse! I feel lik...
by lac582
March 17th, 2010, 12:12 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Pseudopath Query (SF)
Replies: 7
Views: 1615

Re: Pseudopath Query (SF)

I am not an agent and have no experience selling books, but I wouldn't think that GLBT themes or characters would be a dealbreaker for mainstream Science Fiction. Ursula LeGuin, Neil Gaimen, and plenty of others have had same-sex love scenes in their novels - so don't box yourself in! Not much to sa...
by lac582
March 2nd, 2010, 10:25 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 234454

Re: Ask Nathan

-Hola, here's a rehashing of the question I sent via email. I couldn't find anything on your blog specifically addressing my conundrum. I went about my often merry way and wrote a novel, so I've been doing my research as to how I can turn my little bundle of joy into a real, living, breathing novel...
by lac582
February 26th, 2010, 6:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing what you DON'T Know - Authenticity
Replies: 7
Views: 1358

Re: Writing what you DON'T Know - Authenticity

Yes! I saw that Rachelle Gardner post and that's what partly inspired these questions. I guess I'm less confident not when it comes to authenticity-as-sincerity but more authenticity-as-authority. Like will I ever be able to believably describe a city I've never visited? That sort of thing. You don'...
by lac582
February 26th, 2010, 2:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Scents, smells and aromas
Replies: 6
Views: 1197

Re: Scents, smells and aromas

I think the goal of sensory description should not necessarily be to literally put it to words, but rather to evoke the sense-memory of the reader, if that makes sense. So that being the case, sometimes it's enough just to refer to the smell of something with just enough familiarity to trigger the r...
by lac582
February 26th, 2010, 2:37 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing what you DON'T Know - Authenticity
Replies: 7
Views: 1358

Writing what you DON'T Know - Authenticity

I get tired of those who take too literally that old trope 'write what you know', as I'm sure do most of you. But I'm curious how far do most of you take your research for things you know nothing about? Do you do all your research before the first draft, or dive in deeper during revision? Do you mos...
by lac582
January 30th, 2010, 1:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Beautiful Language in TV Shows
Replies: 17
Views: 3082

Re: Beautiful Language in TV Shows

For fans of Whedon's other shows who never watched Dollhouse, the series finale was last night. So it's a complete 2-season arc that will be easy to catch up on. I'm biased (know people involved with the show) but I thought the writing in some of the season 2 episodes was really, really strong. They...