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  1. Hi, @E.T. Newman I'd potentially be interested, but could I have a little more detail on the story? Honestly, I'm more interested in Speculative Fiction than Fantasy, at least the classics "Wizards and Dragons" type--but I'll enjoy anything if it's well-written.
  2. Update: Love Costs will be .99 cents through the month of December, for those of you who are already fans, and for anyone who likes jumping into a series halfway through.
  3. I suspect this is something writers grow into with age and experience...though it may be a bit about personality, too. I’d venture to guess that you’ve lived more years and written more books and stories than the majority of people on this forum, and certainly in this discussion... As a new writer, I know it helps me to have a few “building blocks” in place right from the start. With time, and repetition, this process will grow more intuitive...I hope.
  4. Some kind of Hispanic heritage, you mean? Nearly everyone’s name carries some kind of heritage...but I know a couple people who got new, “made-up” names upon immigration, one simply because his original name was hard to pronounce. I don’t think that’s so common anymore though. And here I am rambling again...
  5. @Jeff Potts has a good point. Sometimes, in the shock of an unexpected loss like Adelaide's, you might yourself (perhaps mercifully) numb for a while, in a "just do the next thing" mode, and not really feel much grief until you have space to do so. Adelaide's mom particularly might experience this. For example, a few years back we lost some colleagues, but didn't really grieve much for them until a couple years later, when I was out of the crisis environment, and suddenly had time to process the enormity of the loss. I unexpectedly saw their photo on the front of a magazine and lo
  6. In the shark sentence, there are six, right?
  7. Wow, that's so cool! I didn't know you did videos...will have to check it out.
  8. @Amosathar, since you've brought up this topic, I've been thinking more carefully about what I actually do think about when writing a new minor/secondary character, how much I need to know. My latest book introduces a new secondary character that I haven't used before. His primary purpose is to be a kind, practical, level-headed counterpart to the protagonist, who's more idealistic, and a bit of a drama king. Since they live and work together, my secondary character also helps/hinders the protagonist at key points in the story...for example, he agrees to trade a shift at work when
  9. You know, I looked at a lot of those character-building charts and whatever, too, but I didn’t find them very helpful. I mean, they’re sometimes 30 or more questions long, and most of the questions are pretty irrelevant to the story. For me, I just come up with a few details of the character’s appearance, activities, and family background—things that would come up naturally in story dialogue or description. Really, only a few questions are necessary (for me, at least.) Why is this character in the story? (I.e., what’s his role?) Is he going to help the main character achieve his go
  10. Congratulations, and best of luck as you continue to write and revise. This forum really is a great place to find help and encouragement!
  11. Zee


    So how do you start? With a mental image? A theme you want to explore? An interesting character? A mystery? Something else?
  12. Zee


    That’s so interesting. So you just start writing and see where you end up? I feel if I tried that, I’d find a lot of dead ends...
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    You’re right, @Wes B—any given story is going to have a multitude of questions, but I was thinking of the 5-7 “big” questions that move the story along, because the characters (consciously or subconsciously) are trying to solve/answer them. The ones readers keep reading to find the answers to.
  14. I think one way of looking at a story is to see it as a series of questions you're asking, and then answering. It's helpful, for me at least, to see it that way, because it helps me stay on track and avoid leaving out major things. If you had to boil your current story down to a handful of questions (and answers), what would they be?
  15. I write because it’s a talent God has given me, and because I love sharing stories that people enjoy.
  16. Oh, that’s exciting! Which book?
  17. I second that! Life kind of fell apart this year, and being able to write has kept me sane.
  18. Sounds cool! I’ll send you my email. I’m by no means a pro, but people I’ve beta read for in the past have said it’s been very helpful.
  19. I’m not a guy, but that sounds really good! Interested in beta readers?
  20. Do you mean “conscience?” I would certainly steer clear of writing anything you felt you shouldn’t, but your story idea seemed quite innocent to me. Where does the gut check come from?
  21. Fortunately, that's less likely to happen with a fictional story, I would think...but who knows?
  22. Assuming he was rational, and it was still the days when you could get an ice cream for a dime, it might be worthwhile for him to try with his tongue!
  23. I don't believe there is any moral quality attached to grieving--it's inevitable. Sooner or later, if you live long enough, you'll lose everyone close to you. However, there are healthy ways to grieve that lead to healing, and unhealthy ways that lead to depression and hopelessness. Anger is a common reaction to devastating loss, so is fear, so is depression. I honestly think this kind of loss would be very hard to write about convincingly unless you'd experienced something similar, (and even then it wouldn't be easy) but that's not to say you can't do it. With help, and thought, a
  24. It's really interesting when I write something that I've imagined "means" one thing, and a reader sees it quite differently--even the opposite--of what I meant. I find it's reassuring, or affirming, when I can tell from a reader's comments that they understood the story the way I meant it to be, but having readers come up different ideas and interpretations is much more intriguing. It can also add a lot of depth to the story, if it's still in the planning/writing stage. An early reader of my latest story saw it as the story of a guy faithfully pursuing a hardened, abandoned woman.
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