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by Username
June 27th, 2010, 9:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Favorite quotes about writing
Replies: 62
Views: 9606

Re: Favorite quotes about writing

GeeGee55 wrote:Paraphrasing John Steinbeck because I have a poor memory:

"There is only one story and that is the story of the battle between good and evil in us all."
Ah, but what about those of us who are pure good, and have no evil?
by Username
June 27th, 2010, 9:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Favorite quotes about writing
Replies: 62
Views: 9606

Re: Favorite quotes about writing

My English Literature 100 professor walked into class on the first day and through... threw down her satchel and said: "My dear students..." - I'm making that bit up... she didn't actually say that at all... but I've been watching HotForWords lately, and can't help myself... heh, heh, heh... "... my...
by Username
June 27th, 2010, 3:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Favorite quotes about writing
Replies: 62
Views: 9606

Re: Favorite quotes about writing

"If a writer of fiction knows enough about what he is writing, then he may begin to omit things, and the reader, if the writer is writing truly, will have a feel for those things as strongly as if the writer had written them. The dignity of movement of an iceberg lies in seven eighths of it being be...
by Username
June 27th, 2010, 3:59 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Beginnings
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: Beginnings

Hey, Polymath, I just sent an e-mail to my good friend, Patrick Snelling, who works at North Shore Law, and asked him about this issue. What you wrote: "Posting substantial portions of protected intellectual property on a Web site without express permission of the rights owner could lead to unforese...
by Username
June 27th, 2010, 2:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Beginnings
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: Beginnings

Thanks a ton, Polymath. Very clever.
by Username
June 27th, 2010, 12:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Beginnings
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Re: Beginnings

Polymath, no author on the face of the planet is going to sue somebody, or even get angry about, somebody posting the first paragraph of their novel in a thread at a forum.
by Username
June 26th, 2010, 9:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Beginnings
Replies: 9
Views: 1541

Beginnings

I'm having a hell of a time re-writing the beginning of a novel I've already finished. The first page of this novel, in particular, is the worst page in the whole book. I know exactly what I'm doing wrong too. I'm over-thinking it. I'm trying too hard to hook the reader. Sometimes in trying too hard...
by Username
June 26th, 2010, 7:55 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Incredible Race Query Letter
Replies: 57
Views: 7200

Re: The Incredible Race Query Letter

Matthew, thanks for taking the time to post. I appreciate all the help I've gotten in this thread - not only have people taken the time to write, but they've taken the time to write well. I appreciate it. My story 'The Incredible Race' is a sort of cross between, "And To Think That I Saw It On Mullb...
by Username
June 25th, 2010, 1:09 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Incredible Race Query Letter
Replies: 57
Views: 7200

Re: The Incredible Race Query Letter

Okay, thanks again, guys. Ridiculously helpful.
by Username
June 24th, 2010, 11:06 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 220166

Re: Ask Nathan

I'm beginning to think that one of the novels I've written, and have been sending to agents, is probably much, much better suited for a British readership. I submitted this novel to you, and you rejected it. But why does Curtis Brown have an office in Great Britain? - I'm assuming it's because they ...
by Username
June 24th, 2010, 11:08 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Incredible Race Query Letter
Replies: 57
Views: 7200

Re: The Incredible Race Query Letter

Great! I like the new paragraph. See, I knew it would be better than a rabid lion and a monsoon. I really like the variation on sentence structure. And I hadn't guessed the ending, except maybe "the good one wins"? Though I can't even remember which one is "the good one"... and most novels you expe...
by Username
June 24th, 2010, 11:04 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Incredible Race Query Letter
Replies: 57
Views: 7200

Re: The Incredible Race Query Letter

Oh jesus, now I'm worried again. LOL! J.T., help me out here. Of what you've read of the story, would you say the story is episodic in nature or more plot driven? I thought the story arc was pretty tight. The story definitely follows an arc, whereas with episodic writing there's almost no arc at all...
by Username
June 24th, 2010, 3:30 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Incredible Race Query Letter
Replies: 57
Views: 7200

Re: The Incredible Race Query Letter

You learn so much more when people tell you that you haven't got it right. I think that this latest version is the best yet. Anybody not like this?
by Username
June 24th, 2010, 2:15 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Incredible Race Query Letter
Replies: 57
Views: 7200

Re: The Incredible Race Query Letter

Also, I was wondering - a few of you have actually read my posted excerpt. Is the ending obvious? Do you already know what's going to happen? I was afraid that the ending would be so obvious that people would want to groan out loud upon reading it. Actually, this story was my way of saying: it's the...
by Username
June 24th, 2010, 2:06 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Incredible Race Query Letter
Replies: 57
Views: 7200

Re: The Incredible Race Query Letter

Okay, revised again. This is, like, the 25'th revision... but who's counting, eh? -------------------------------- THE INCREDIBLE RACE (60,000 words; comedic literary fiction; influenced by P.G. Wodehouse) Sir Hugo Cornelius Crumpet, the multimillionaire owner of the world's largest toothpick manufa...