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by Ermo
October 14th, 2010, 11:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Beta readers - when and who?
Replies: 9
Views: 1187

Re: Beta readers - when and who?

I'm one of those writers that thinks you could probably benefit from a beta reader at just about every stage of a novel. The key is to understand that you don't have to take every bit of advice a beta reader gives you. You'll know which pieces are worthwhile because they'll either verify a concern y...
by Ermo
October 8th, 2010, 11:48 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Past Tense & Present Tense Blunders
Replies: 16
Views: 18774

Re: Past Tense & Present Tense Blunders

Jaya - I think most people probably suffer from this at least a little bit. Pick a tense (almost always past tense) and be consistent. My preferred method is to write my story down and then go back and read it aloud. The tense changes (along with a zillion other things) will stick out to you and you...
by Ermo
September 30th, 2010, 5:49 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Onomatopoeia
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Onomatopoeia

Yes or No? Why or why not?
by Ermo
September 27th, 2010, 9:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Getting Motivated
Replies: 12
Views: 1459

Re: Getting Motivated

I just read one of my favorite authors and that usually motivates me to get going. Or, I think, sometimes re-reading something you wrote that you're particularly proud of can help too.
by Ermo
September 27th, 2010, 3:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Things I wish I'd been told when I started
Replies: 27
Views: 4742

Re: Things I wish I'd been told when I started

Hey Claudie -

In response to your number 1, I never pass on an opportunity to let another writer know that I like their work. We all know how hard it can be to create something and if you read something that connects, I think it's our responsibility in the community to let each other know.
by Ermo
September 27th, 2010, 11:25 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: -ing words
Replies: 13
Views: 1863

Re: -ing words

Thanks everyone for the feedback! I've added an "-ing" check to my revisions and I evaluate each use for flow, dramatic effect, and proper grammar. I don't think I have as big of a problem as I originally thought after having conducted this check on a few chapters of my current WIP. The opinions on ...
by Ermo
September 23rd, 2010, 3:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Best Writing Advice?
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: Best Writing Advice?

I think the thing that I would add is that whatever short fall you think you have in your writing, somebody you really respect suffers from and deals with that same affliction. Whether it be plot issues, grammar problems, inexperience, rejection, etc., I guarantee you can find someone, either on her...
by Ermo
September 23rd, 2010, 10:19 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: -ing words
Replies: 13
Views: 1863

-ing words

Ok, I have an -ing word issue, I think. Most of that problem is with participial phrases (and not gerunds). It's not gramattically incorrect and I've never had a beta reader identify it as an issue but I still think it is one. My problem is that I'm struggling to see how rewriting some of them makes...
by Ermo
September 17th, 2010, 11:56 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you write?
Replies: 12
Views: 1416

Re: How do you write?

I agree with dios4vida. That's exactly how I write. Although I will say that I am pretty meticulous with my first draft and further drafts usually entail cleaning up and then adding/subtracting scenese. I feel like my prose, though, is pretty tight the first time I do it.
by Ermo
September 16th, 2010, 4:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Obsession...
Replies: 5
Views: 996

Re: Obsession...

Somebody on here posted a link to Stephanie Meyer's blog and a post she made about how she wrote Twilight. Your post here sounds a lot like what she wrote. I think every writer has those moments. Enjoy it.
by Ermo
September 10th, 2010, 2:19 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Page Critique Friday 9/10/10
Replies: 33
Views: 28491

Re: Page Critique Friday 9/10/10

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed this selection. I think you did a nice job of setting up the hook/suspense at the end of the piece. I would suggest that you add a bit more personality/character development in the first part. There's a bang and some excitement, but I have no idea who the protag might b...
by Ermo
September 10th, 2010, 11:01 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Rough draft process
Replies: 12
Views: 1484

Re: Rough draft process

I keep track of word counts in my first draft by chapter. I have a rough idea of how long I think each chapter will be and I write to it. My first draft is just to get the idea down and get the plot settled. I'm usually under word count goals after that first draft. Then, I re-read, add what I want ...
by Ermo
September 8th, 2010, 11:04 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Internal thought in third-person
Replies: 30
Views: 3706

Re: Internal thought in third-person

Wow, I am sure glad I started this thread both because there is so much great advice on here and I'm comforted that so many are wondering the same thing. Maybe Nathan should bestow upon us his wisdom regarding internal thoughts and italics. As for the sweater, it's a treacherous thing covered in nic...
by Ermo
September 7th, 2010, 4:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Internal thought in third-person
Replies: 30
Views: 3706

Re: Internal thought in third-person

My problem with the italics is sometimes I have longer pieces of internal thought and I think it is harder to read a paragraph of italics.
by Ermo
September 7th, 2010, 2:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Internal thought in third-person
Replies: 30
Views: 3706

Internal thought in third-person

How do you write internal thought in third-person? I feel like there are three options, although I guess there could be more: 1) Add a 'he thought' tag. What an ugly sweater, he thought. 2) Italics. What an ugly sweater. 3) Nothing and let the reader assume. What an ugly sweater. Thoughts? Suggestio...