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by LydiaSharp
January 22nd, 2010, 6:09 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 152223

Re: What are you reading now?

Small Miracles by Edward M. Lerner (sci-fi thriller; heard about it from the SFWA) Green by Jay Lake (fantasy; heard about it from Jennifer Jackson, Jay Lake's agent) Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder (a book on screenwriting that is also relevant for novelists; recommended to me by Therese Walsh & Chri...
by LydiaSharp
January 22nd, 2010, 5:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What are you writing now?
Replies: 69
Views: 11465

Re: What are you writing now?

Here are the loglines of what I'm currently focusing on. An SF novel: The future ruler of an advanced world power exacts revenge on her enemy using skills she learns from a non-combatant society. An SF short: When his "freezer" is sabotaged beyond Earth's orbit, the volunteer "ice cube" discovers ho...
by LydiaSharp
January 22nd, 2010, 4:51 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Excerpt - The Dim Man
Replies: 5
Views: 1675

Re: Excerpt - The Dim Man

First off, I have to say how very brave it is of you to post your writing on a forum run by an agent. Kudos. In my opinion, there are three paragraphs here, not one. Generally speaking, the subject matter is intriguing enough that, if there had been more, I would have kept reading. The only thing th...
by LydiaSharp
January 22nd, 2010, 4:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Original idea = the best query?
Replies: 6
Views: 1480

Re: Original idea = the best query?

I'll never forget the first "first line" I wrote for my first novel. At the time, I thought it was stellar. And the fact that it just popped in my head out of nowhere made it even sweeter. "Of all her visits to Rasa, this was the first time Olessa believed she might not make it off the planet alive....
by LydiaSharp
January 21st, 2010, 1:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Me time, shme time
Replies: 9
Views: 1602

Re: Me time, shme time

Think it's hard when you're the only writer in the family? Try being married to a writer with one laptop between you. Haha. I get the "you're still on the computer?" comments in addition to "get off, it's my turn!" We also both have blogs to run, and a son to take care of, and jobs to go to, and we ...
by LydiaSharp
January 21st, 2010, 1:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Moving characters around
Replies: 7
Views: 1617

Re: Moving characters around

So, I feel like I'm describing a day instead of telling a story. That's exactly what you're doing. Listen to your gut. It's telling you something is off. And your gut is usually right. The best way to figure out how to fix it is to read, read, read, and analyze how successful authors pull this off....
by LydiaSharp
January 21st, 2010, 1:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: chapter question.
Replies: 18
Views: 2916

Re: chapter question.

Chapter length has everything to do with structure and nothing to do with word count. I've seen chapters as brief as a single paragraph.
by LydiaSharp
January 17th, 2010, 3:33 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: how many projects do you work on at a time?
Replies: 14
Views: 2596

Re: how many projects do you work on at a time?

Oops... Yeah, I guess I should have mentioned that I have more projects set aside right now than I can count, waiting for my attention. I only pointed out the ones I'm working on right now. "Finish whatever you're working on first" is always good advice. Even if you decide to do nothing with it once...
by LydiaSharp
January 15th, 2010, 9:38 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.

Hi all, This is my first post and I must admit that I am a little wary - I've read a few posts/blog entries/comments regarding prologues and the general consensus is to scrap them. However, I'm going to persevere and ask anyway. I'm wondering what the general consensus is on having a prologue writt...
by LydiaSharp
January 15th, 2010, 7:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: how many projects do you work on at a time?
Replies: 14
Views: 2596

Re: how many projects do you work on at a time?

Currently, I'm doing rewrites on one novel and writing the first draft of another. I'm also working on a handful of short fiction. I like to multi-task (obvs).
by LydiaSharp
January 15th, 2010, 7:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A Word On Words
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

Re: A Word On Words

I believe Janet said that on a Query Shark post. Instant quotable. ;)
by LydiaSharp
January 14th, 2010, 7:28 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A Word On Words
Replies: 3
Views: 1018

A Word On Words

"Words are tools. Using them incorrectly is like hitting a screw with a hammer. Don't do it." ~Janet Reid We're all familiar with the common typographical errors such as loose instead of lose, definately instead of definitely, heroin instead of heroine (and for the love of all things good in the wor...
by LydiaSharp
January 14th, 2010, 12:49 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Sensationalism
Replies: 4
Views: 1232

Re: Sensationalism

Wow. What a great topic. And Ink's comment hit the nail on the head. You said, "I suppose this is mostly because when people write about "what matters" the stakes have to be high enough to keep the reader's interest." The question is, what is it that matters? The answer to that is different for ever...
by LydiaSharp
January 13th, 2010, 10:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: American dialogue
Replies: 31
Views: 5903

Re: American dialogue

I agree with the others that the snippet you posted doesn't seem to have anything too jarring or out of place. If you're looking for true authenticity, however, you may need to ADD things that are specific to a certain background. For example, I grew up in Ohio, and I didn't realize that I use Ohioi...
by LydiaSharp
January 12th, 2010, 6:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: I am vs. I'm and so on...
Replies: 10
Views: 2193

Re: I am vs. I'm and so on...

There are so many things that factor into this. The main things for me are voice, mood, and flow. It's good to have another set of eyes look at your work. Sometimes you overuse things (or in your case, underuse them) without realizing it. Anything that distracts the reader from the story is a candid...