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by tameson
February 21st, 2010, 11:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!
Replies: 38
Views: 11475

Re: What Did Adverbs Ever Do to You?!

To give a lame example (and simple one): "No," he said angrily. vs "No," he said, his fist shaking. The second is more descriptive- I can see a man shaking his fist, but an angry man, well, there are a hundred ways a man can be angry. And I know that if his fist is shaking he is probably angry. Henc...
by tameson
February 19th, 2010, 10:23 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Help: "It Can't Be You"
Replies: 6
Views: 1142

Re: Query Help: "It Can't Be You"

I started writing some comments, but I pretty much agreed with jordynface and was said the exact same thing.
by tameson
February 18th, 2010, 11:21 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Co-Authoring / Writing with a Partner
Replies: 9
Views: 1388

Re: Co-Authoring / Writing with a Partner

Writing Excuses did a discussion on writing with a collaborator a few weeks ago. You might want to give that a listen.
by tameson
February 18th, 2010, 1:13 am
Forum: Books
Topic: TWILIGHT - thoughts?
Replies: 107
Views: 25517

Re: TWILIGHT - thoughts?

abc- that might be why so many people hate it- we don't want a love like that. We don't want to be consumed. We want to retain ourselves, our hopes and dreams and sense of purpose when we fall in love. I have been in love (married to my love) and I have never wanted to have that kind of relationship...
by tameson
February 16th, 2010, 9:45 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: TWILIGHT - thoughts?
Replies: 107
Views: 25517

Re: TWILIGHT - thoughts?

I am a chick and I hated twilight. As a woman, as a writer, as a feminist, as a fantasy lover, as a person with a brain- on all those levels I despised the book. I tried to see beyond the awful and see what my friends loved, but I am incapable. I did occasionally see sparks of potential, but that ju...
by tameson
February 16th, 2010, 1:12 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Dragon
Replies: 37
Views: 5517

Re: QUERY: THE LAST DRAGON (YA-Fantasy)

Much improved from prior drafts- my suggestions are all pretty minor. Hope they help. LATEST QUERY DRAFT _________________ Most girls dream of becoming a princess, but seventeen-year-old Nadine is not most girls. When King Joseph announces at the annual Embers Ball that she has been chosen to marry ...
by tameson
February 14th, 2010, 5:57 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 193119

Re: Ask Nathan

shadow, in the writing forums I frequent, I have seen a lot of negativity towards starting in a battle. At this point, all we know about a character is his name, so there is no emotional investment. Live, die, whatever- I don't know this guy and for all I know, he's on the wrong side. And in a battl...
by tameson
February 13th, 2010, 4:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Resurrecting a manuscript
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: Resurrecting a manuscript

Not really sure about any of your other questions, but one thought I had- in the past ten year's, the public's view on homosexuality had changed and the marketability of such a work has probably improved as well. I am not an expert in any way though- just something to look into.
by tameson
February 13th, 2010, 2:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Privacy and the Integrity of the Work
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: Privacy and the Integrity of the Work

I can think of one big name writer whose personal views on issues has ruined his books for me. For example, you read this guy talking about how IDers make a lot of good points and then in his scifi he makes some ridiculous statement that shows he has no knowledge of how genetics works, it makes me t...
by tameson
February 9th, 2010, 11:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: POV question
Replies: 5
Views: 881

Re: POV question

It depends on how the story is set up and how smoothly it is done. If it is well established to be 3rd omni and done well, that is not a problem (tolkien is an example of this). But if you have 3rd limited with a different POV character every paragraph, that becomes disorientating. How to tell the d...
by tameson
February 9th, 2010, 11:04 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 193119

Re: Ask Nathan

Username- if the first five make the agent want to keep reading, they'll ask for more. Really, all that is being decided in the first five is do I want more. I have read that for most contests, the first round most judges read maybe one page before rejecting. As soon as they decide it isn't going to...
by tameson
February 7th, 2010, 1:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: chapter question.
Replies: 18
Views: 2850

Re: chapter question.

Supposedly Orson Scott Card says every writer once in their career can have a chapter with just one word. Haven't used my one time up yet. :)
by tameson
February 5th, 2010, 7:12 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Length of novel issues
Replies: 19
Views: 3251

Re: Length of novel issues

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Here's the link- I was being lazy earlier. :)
I am on critters. I haven't gotten anything critted yet, but it is an easy enough set up for doing crits.
by tameson
February 5th, 2010, 1:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Length of novel issues
Replies: 19
Views: 3251

Re: Length of novel issues

cmrprindle- you might want to find an online crit group for your genre. Generally, the rule is you do X many crits, you get your work critted. There was a thread with online groups listed at some point. But yeah, 30k words is way too short.
by tameson
February 5th, 2010, 11:30 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8804

Re: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?

Author Author talks about this issue a lot. One of her points was that an author views their work as self expression, something personal and artistic. Everyone else in the business views it as a business. With these two very different perspectives, it makes sense that there are misunderstandings bet...