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by a_r_williams
January 14th, 2010, 9:16 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Walking the Tightrope--How Writers Angst Over Their Work
Replies: 4
Views: 1263

Walking the Tightrope--How Writers Angst Over Their Work

I know you do it. Hell, I do it. You just finish reading a book and you sit there stunned for a minute, the way a deer is stunned when the lights on your car hit it in the eyes. Then you marvel at how great the author is and go--" I want to write a book like that. " Or it's the reverse. You fling th...
by a_r_williams
December 20th, 2009, 6:16 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: All the little symbols.
Replies: 2
Views: 785

Re: All the little symbols.

I assume you mean the symbols on the left side of the forums. Not sure about all of them. But if there is a star in the circle, it means you posted in that topic. If the color is red it means there is a new post since you last logged on. If it's blue, then their isn't any new posts since you last re...
by a_r_williams
December 18th, 2009, 1:44 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing
Replies: 24
Views: 4138

Re: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing

Between the Lines by Jessica Page Morrell This book covers the small details that can add the finished touch to any story. It has the ability to deepen a stories structure by teaching a writer how to apporach theme, suspense, and tension. It can add to characters by allowing a writer to understand ...
by a_r_williams
December 16th, 2009, 5:35 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: So...Star Wars or Star Trek?
Replies: 45
Views: 10304

Re: So...Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars. easy. Star Wars was the FIRST movie I ever fell in love with. I remember watching the original ( episode 4 ) at a drive in movie theater. They were the movie for my friends and I. The unforgettable "Luke, I am your father!" line was incredible. The force. Jedis. The Dark Side. What's not ...
by a_r_williams
December 16th, 2009, 5:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What works better for you: praise or critique?
Replies: 24
Views: 3863

Re: What works better for you: praise or critique?

I like a balance with maybe 4/5 critique to 1/5 praise. If the only thing a reviewer does is talk about how horrible my writing is. I can get to the point where I tune them out. I can handle the criticism and it does help me improve, but I need a little bit of praise too. If the only thing a reviewe...
by a_r_williams
December 15th, 2009, 2:25 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Hand vs. Type
Replies: 24
Views: 3205

Re: Hand vs. Type

I use both. It just depends on if I'm writing fast or super slow. The computer cursor can be intimidating when you're looking at a blank screen with no idea what you want to write. :blink: :blink: "Write something" :blink: :blink: "Hurry up!" :blink: :blink: Paper on the other hand has a much more p...
by a_r_williams
December 13th, 2009, 9:06 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing
Replies: 24
Views: 4138

Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing

I didn't see any topics of this already created, so I decided to start one here. Since a lot of us use how to books occasionally or often I thought it would be good to list any books that have helped you learn something about fiction writing. It could be anything from general writing advice or more ...
by a_r_williams
December 13th, 2009, 8:53 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: A question for outliners
Replies: 12
Views: 2306

Re: A question for outliners

There are a couple of good books that deal with outlining novels.

First Draft in 30 Days by Karen S. Wiesner

The Marshall Plan by Evan Marshall
by a_r_williams
December 13th, 2009, 1:11 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know your writing is good enough?
Replies: 32
Views: 5435

Re: How do you know your writing is good enough?

Good question with a lot of good answers. I think it is gut. You have to believe you're good enough, or will be. Even if you are good enough you have to put in the work to succeed. You have to perservere and have discipline. As someone above pointed out, have people who do not know you, but are writ...
by a_r_williams
December 13th, 2009, 12:51 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What We’re Going to Have to Give Up and Get Used To
Replies: 11
Views: 2230

Re: What We’re Going to Have to Give Up and Get Used To

Some of my personal beliefs concerning the coming changes in publishing: 1. It will be more important for authors to build their platforms to try and gain readership. Websites, blogs, Facebook & MySpace, along with Twitter feeds will become increasingly important for getting the word out. 2. Marketi...
by a_r_williams
December 10th, 2009, 5:51 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books
Replies: 14
Views: 3736

Re: Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books

Nathan Bransford wrote:I wrote a new blog post on this issue: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/12 ... eases.html
Thanks for posting this :)
by a_r_williams
December 10th, 2009, 1:52 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Authonomy: The Future of publishing?
Replies: 26
Views: 6946

Re: Future of publishing?

I love it that we are now able to be so proactive with our own work. And, realistically, why shouldn't we? There are not enough resources in the traditional agent/publisher, bricks & mortar channels to move all of the worthwhile works into hardcover or paperback. Based on what I'm seeing, I'm start...
by a_r_williams
December 10th, 2009, 1:38 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books
Replies: 14
Views: 3736

Re: Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books

I think trying to maintain the current model makes sense, for the time being. It allows the publishing companies to maintain some semblance of control for their product. It also gives them time to monitor how the e-book marketplace will eventully shake out and allow them to devise a better plan to d...
by a_r_williams
December 7th, 2009, 6:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Support Groups?
Replies: 21
Views: 4824

Re: Writer Support Groups?

Forward Motion for Writers: http://fmwriters.com/index.html Critique Circle: http://www.critiquecircle.com/ Critters: http://brain-of-pooh.tech-soft.com/users/critters/ Online Writing Workshop: http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com/ I can't speak for the quality of the other three, but this is the on...
by a_r_williams
December 7th, 2009, 4:18 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The New Website
Replies: 23
Views: 4404

Re: The New Website

Love the new site! It looks great.

Really like the addition of a forum, it makes discussion that much better. Will definitely be stopping by here often :)