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by bcomet
April 23rd, 2013, 5:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Good grammar test: can you pass?
Replies: 5
Views: 2469

Re: Good grammar test: can you pass?

Ughhhhhhhh. And then, there is always how do characters "sound" when speaking, that must be considered (as many people do not use fully correct speech). As for the dialect of gerund, there seems to be a fierce political standoff between the anti-gerund at all costs and gerunds are my birthright/Gert...
by bcomet
March 23rd, 2013, 8:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Best Medicine For Knowing You Can Write
Replies: 4
Views: 2295

Best Medicine For Knowing You Can Write

Not (really) spouting my miseries. Okay, Am. Broken car heater in middle of winter. Hard drive crashed and all was unrepairable, lost all passwords and software (luckily I backed up my writing THIS time), new Firefox refused my old passwords (that I had stored in a book), all after spending a week g...
by bcomet
March 21st, 2013, 4:33 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: writing coach partner
Replies: 7
Views: 5137

Re: writing coach partner

New Post: I have, in the past, used this type of partnership for up to sixteen weeks. Lately, an 8 week agreement is better. On my latest 8 week experience: WOW, I have made great, consistent progress on an editing job that I was -previously- procrastinating on! Yea! I have also found the following:...
by bcomet
February 25th, 2013, 12:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Third-Person, Omniscient
Replies: 8
Views: 4226

Re: Third-Person, Omniscient

I just read an article that compared "bad" head-hopping to "good" or artful head-hopping and referred to The Old Man and the Sea , Hemingway. So I picked up my copy and read the opening again and yes, he does go from inside the man to inside the boy to even inside the group of fishermen, and without...
by bcomet
February 17th, 2013, 2:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Third-Person, Omniscient
Replies: 8
Views: 4226

Re: Third-Person, Omniscient

Thank you, Polymath. Raconteur: A new term to me. And now I have just started down a good journey to learn more and found this most entertaining NYTimes article: The Voice of The Storyteller by Constance Hale http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/the-voice-of-the-storyteller/ which I also ...
by bcomet
February 16th, 2013, 3:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Third-Person, Omniscient
Replies: 8
Views: 4226

Re: Third-Person, Omniscient

Polymath, you describe the harsher side of that position. Preachy or chauvinistic. Definitely out of style. I am thinking about it in a more modern, enjoyable format. A storyteller voice. Even such as around the campfire, a primitive retelling of beloved or mythic or tribal tales. Not necessarily fo...
by bcomet
February 13th, 2013, 8:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Third-Person, Omniscient
Replies: 8
Views: 4226

Third-Person, Omniscient

I am thinking a LOT about Third-Person, Omniscient, wanting to get clear -or clearer- on it. Is this the POV of the fairytale narrator? How about The Princess Bride ? The narrator seems a voice in and of itself and can see and understand inside all the characters. Do I have this right? If not, what ...
by bcomet
January 22nd, 2013, 5:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: 2013 Writing Goals
Replies: 9
Views: 4397

Re: 2013 Writing Goals

I'd like to commit to just writing four days a week -for several designated writing periods this year- (and I don't care how much I write, just that I write or edit on those days). And I'd like to find a writing partner to check in with briefly on those four days as that keeps me on task for at leas...
by bcomet
January 22nd, 2013, 4:39 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: writing coach partner
Replies: 7
Views: 5137

writing coach partner

I'm looking for something a little different: a writing coach partner. (And, then, maybe, down the road, sharing critiquing.) I've done this writing coaching thing before and found it very helpful and productive. How my format works is this: The goal is to write everyday Mon-Thurs. It can be one wor...
by bcomet
January 15th, 2013, 2:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Current Trend of Using Action Noun Titles
Replies: 6
Views: 2407

The Current Trend of Using Action Noun Titles

Like Polymath (but no way as informed or intellectual on these things), I take time -especially when my curiosity gets that pique- to try to learn and improve my understanding of language and grammar. Anyway, lately, I have noticed what to me seems a big trend in titles that are (one word) verbs-tur...
by bcomet
January 10th, 2013, 12:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Need to revise a sentence.
Replies: 5
Views: 1776

Re: Need to revise a sentence.

His father used to tolerate Joe, but that was when Steven was still alive. Now his father hated him. Joe should have died instead of his brother Steven, but that was something even his father could not, with all his power, change. Joe had lived while Steven had died. Even to please his father, Joe ...
by bcomet
November 16th, 2012, 3:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Realistic Action
Replies: 7
Views: 1729

Re: Realistic Action

Hi. Well, realistic? No, but continue on: It's Entertaining as Hell! I am VERY entertained. I love it when a character acts out of the expected, (expected in like hunkering down, guilty as discovered). Instead, audacious! I think it's really a fun move. (To me, it's much like when the bad dude on Ra...
by bcomet
November 7th, 2012, 4:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How many Characters do you have?
Replies: 34
Views: 12168

Re: How many Characters do you have?

In my current WIP:

1 main character told two ways.

4 supporting characters with woven subplot story lines.

13 minor characters, all with back stories that connect to the lead and supporting characters.

and

15 characters incidental to certain scenes.

33 characters total.
by bcomet
October 16th, 2012, 12:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The art of the one sentence synopsis
Replies: 20
Views: 3707

Re: The art of the one sentence synopsis

Oh, And the other thing. What if it ends up just looking so simplistic. If the story is that simplistic, my concern is then how are you enticing someone to want to read it? I mean, imagine you are a romance novelist and the one sentence (or paragraph trying to disguise itself in a sentence) reads so...
by bcomet
October 16th, 2012, 12:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The art of the one sentence synopsis
Replies: 20
Views: 3707

Re: The art of the one sentence synopsis

One of my three page synopsis attempts has gotten me a number or requests for fulls or partials, so I think it's been pretty successfully received. But after thinking on this thread, and whittling one down to two paragraphs, I went back and reread some articles on writing a synopsis and I think I mi...