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Shamrock

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  1. 70-80 for YA is about right. And for a 1st novel by a new writer. I would suggest if you have not done it, you do a scene by scene breakdown of the whole piece. This will help you see how the plot rises and falls. There maybe potential to insert new bits that focus on character development to slow down the pace on bk1. Each book stood be stand alone because people do not necessarily read a series in order.
  2. In Demons I did as your example to help the reader for similar.reasons. You may not need to do it for every chapter if they follow one another with the same POV and time or location. Best try it out and see.
  3. I am going to put that up in my study to remind me when I write.
  4. Hummm. Will need to work on mine judging by the high standards of those posted.๐Ÿ˜
  5. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€
  6. Woohoo! That's fantastic. I have been trying to find something like this for ages. Would it be possible to post the link please Alley - only when I copied and pasted into Word it printed out rather hazy and it is difficult to read the descriptions.
  7. Got for it from me too. I self published my first full length novel and in respect it was a draft or two too early. I also did it under my (then) married name. Now i write under my family name. So no issue there and of course they could use a pen-name which many authors do. I'm really sorry to hear they have had a hard time from other Christians. As John 14 says 'there is room for ever one.' I doubt if they would get a hard time here other than honest critiques on their writing. My work wouldn't get off the slush pile of most Christian Agents even though it is conservative by secular standards and I have posted it up here without any quibbles. I'd say, take a deep breath and go for it.
  8. Welcome @A Writer I tend not to get bogged down with defining my work as this or that, other than broad terms - i.e. is it a thriller, romance, fantasy etc. (general thrillers) I would go down the line and say that writing fall outside of these two conventions might be termed 'contemporary' The Story Grid has a five folded leaf which display the various genres and related sub-categories. If you look at some of Johne's posts he has give lots of info on these. Worth reading.
  9. Thanks Johne. A good reminder for writers. One of my favourite authors is James Becker. He writes thrillers. When I think I am getting stuck ir a bit arty I ask myself what would he do? That usually brings me.down to earth writing wise.
  10. Tyr to post this last night but it didn't happen. My question is: this works for fantasy and sci-fi but I wonder what the 'weapon' is for other genres? As already stated, the ultimate weapon is the hero's heart. But I wondered what 'weapons' might other characters use - i.e. honesty, wit, knowledge for thrillers, romance or reality novel?
  11. Spot on Nicholas ๐Ÿ˜€
  12. Good advice from both Johne and SW. Funnily enough I have just had a similar situation with a chapter (not posted on the site). The option I took was to leave and carry on writing. It does need reworking but having written the next section I can see where it falls down. It doesn't work hard enough at moving the story forward. So Johne's list should help. On the other hand by writing beyond the chapter I can see how it can fit into the overall story. ๏ปฟ
  13. As Mr McEnroe says 'You cannot be serious!๐Ÿคฃ
  14. @Alley I agree with you. The one other thing is - the reader needs to be rooting for couple whether it is to get together or overcome an obstacle. If they are not bother then they are unliky to finish the novel at lsone read a 2nd book.
  15. Congratulations TD - I hope you get a positive result.
  16. If both character's stories stand up alone, then you may well have two separate pieces of work. On the other hand, you could, as SW has suggested, integrate them. Given your critiquing and writing I am sure you have the skills to integrate them but you know your characters and what it is you want to write for people to read so go with your instincts Zee.๐Ÿ˜
  17. Sometimes bugging up a mj or character can add to the story you are writing.
  18. That's great to hear Johne. As EBraten says it is a blessing to have someone who is honest as well as supportive.
  19. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Thanks guys. That is reassuring. Will try it out and see how it goes.
  20. I am trying to work out if I can do a bunny hop time wise by writing an opening chapter for Part2 of my WIP where my main character is 18yrs and then jump to three years later to when they are 21 yrs in the next chapter? The reason for not going straight to 21 is that of the development of other characters and also because I plan to have significant incident occur to themaincharacter at 18 yrs which impacts later on. Has anyone tried doing something like this?
  21. That's me out of the running then๐Ÿ˜‚
  22. The video - from an evening news bulletin - went viral here in the UK. So funny.
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