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by Steppe
August 19th, 2010, 1:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: References To Music In Novel
Replies: 15
Views: 2781

Re: References To Music In Novel

The Fair Use policy is that it is usually OK to quote the equivalent of two sentences or approximately 16-20 words. This arrangement comes about due to many court battles between artists over songs and melodies. There are many great songs that evoke an era that are in the public domain because they ...
by Steppe
August 15th, 2010, 3:00 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you get yourself to write?
Replies: 40
Views: 11653

Re: How do you get yourself to write?

How to begin writing without actually writing and end up writing too much. Be sneaky. Get some kind of catch-all box to keep tossing scenes into. Plastic is best. A scribble here a scribble there, adding some conceptual stuff, some dialogues, some character sketches, some set descriptions of various...
by Steppe
July 26th, 2010, 8:54 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Fess up...who's a gamer?
Replies: 38
Views: 10675

Re: Fess up...who's a gamer?

What better subject for procrastinating. started with Pong-1972, two plays for quarter and I have rarely stopped since. Homeworld-2 on the laptop was unusually satisfying owing to its ability to set up vast battles against with up to five CPU opponents. Played Americas Army as a MMO game first perso...
by Steppe
July 5th, 2010, 9:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Narrative Point of View, Voice, Distance
Replies: 7
Views: 1640

Re: Narrative Point of View, Voice, Distance

Hopefully a simplistic response won't offend anyone *emotionally*. In a complex story of group politics and warfare where no character is going to surface as the untarnished noble hero eternally aligned with the forces of good who miraculously never experiences so much as a head cold the first perso...
by Steppe
June 23rd, 2010, 2:48 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How many POV's?
Replies: 19
Views: 3277

Re: How many POV's?

I don't think the overt/omniscient is as out of vogue as it seems. I like certain first person narrative by my favorite authors but they lack the depth of a trusted narrator observing with the reader the complexity of the conflicts between characters and the sets of characters that form alliances as...
by Steppe
June 21st, 2010, 1:39 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Prologue: Charlie's Junk Shop
Replies: 5
Views: 1400

Re: Prologue: Charlie's Junk Shop

Queen Street was(is) very quiet at six in the morning. The trees from the city park threw(throw-cast-spill) disturbing shadows across the pavement and the church,


Very good flow just suggesting you rev up the immediacy to match the quality of the imagery and flow.
Enjoyed it.
by Steppe
June 13th, 2010, 9:50 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 720
Views: 316449

Re: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog

Title: Nine Castles Genre: Horror 250 Words Paralyzing force bound Pierce Daniels to the black chair. It was always a different face and always the same gun; the only constant known to a man who walked a lonely razors edge between two nations forever at war. Growling in the pit of the stomach sent g...
by Steppe
June 9th, 2010, 4:56 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: A whole new approach, now I need your eyes and comments
Replies: 9
Views: 1881

Re: A whole new approach, now I need your eyes and comments

I gave you some encouraging commentary previously to "go for it" and I think/feel you made it to where you wanted to go. The flow is very consistent and very YA 17-27 age group: "muddling excitedly through the world in an authenticate way." A technical note: I wondered how the party wound down and c...
by Steppe
June 5th, 2010, 6:30 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Forum Suggestions Box
Replies: 98
Views: 89352

Re: Forum Suggestions Box

A category for short story format. A dead drop zone, where once you post it that's; it no second chances. Sort of a developmental lab to force project ideas to completion when the person is tooling along and realizes they have a short story not a novella or novel. Definitely under 40,000 words and d...
by Steppe
June 5th, 2010, 6:15 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: I'm A Nobody, newest on page four
Replies: 34
Views: 6544

Re: I'm A Nobody, YA Fantasy

All above are excellent suggestions for the arcane art of query letters. I would add a slight tweaking that torques up The Source. "War is certain unless Dominic can find The Ultimate Source identified in his (murdered?) father’s research." Not specifically that, but something of that nature; implyi...
by Steppe
June 4th, 2010, 12:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The rules of "stronger" writing... lol?
Replies: 52
Views: 10135

Re: The rules of "stronger" writing... lol?

I kicked a lot of these issues around to FK7. Eventually they get logged into the back of your mind and you notice if your using this that or the other style crutch to many times in to short a span. Particular fetishes with some people are the use of "as' to introduce an action sequence and the word...
by Steppe
June 4th, 2010, 12:26 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing yourself into a corner...
Replies: 27
Views: 5300

Re: Writing yourself into a corner...

I should also add I do this all the time on purpose.
Writing your self into a corner is a very good thing.
It's like playing a video game you design yourself there's always a way out.
by Steppe
June 4th, 2010, 12:22 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing yourself into a corner...
Replies: 27
Views: 5300

Re: Writing yourself into a corner...

A sudden turn always works. Goes to the grave yard to visit a grave. Goes to the library to check out a book. Runs into an old friend (complicated relationship) Add a character flaw event; poker, races, whores, criminal friend. Mostly a main character should have one best friend and three to four ma...
by Steppe
May 31st, 2010, 8:57 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Lost - Possible Spoilers!
Replies: 261
Views: 67712

Re: Lost - Possible Spoilers!

I read the article at modest speed absorbing (the kids?) P.O.V. but I think the story had many more purposely closed time loops and many more deliberately open loops than the article writer (show intern) gives the direction-production team credit for. A lot of those characters in season 1-2-3 knew t...
by Steppe
May 26th, 2010, 3:23 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Lost - Possible Spoilers!
Replies: 261
Views: 67712

Re: Lost - Possible Spoilers!

A lot of it goes to insider knowledge. The Others remembered all the trips into the past because they were there. They knew that to avoid a loop effect the same people had to go backwards as they collectively remembered. Walt and Micheal were not in the past they had to be off the Island before Desm...