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by level9
Thu Jan 05, 2006 3:04 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: What's Your Title???
Replies: 40
Views: 22975

is it bad when you don't know if your title has a preposition in it? :-D
by level9
Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:22 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Real Writers Get Rejection Letters!
Replies: 5
Views: 3619

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. ...
by level9
Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:20 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: "Literary" vs. Other Types of Fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 18330

Maybe this whole discussion resolves itself into whether "literary" is nothing more than a term created by high-brows. Certainly, it means something like this to Hollywood no-brow scriptwriters. (After all, weren't many of our prescriptive rules of grammar, like ending a sentence with a preposition...
by level9
Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:10 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: "Literary" vs. Other Types of Fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 18330

I think King shoots himself in the foot sometimes (in regards to being taken seriously for his significant story telling skills) by playing to his reputation when it's not necessary. The example I'm thinking of is "The girl who loved Tom Gordon", his characterization is great, the story is good, BU...
by level9
Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:06 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: "Literary" vs. Other Types of Fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 18330

I think the bigger question is WHY does the english speaking world have the division between literary and readable fiction... I'd hold a bit to the jealousy theory... those who decide if something is literary are people who spend their lives in books... but almost never produce their own works... t...
by level9
Mon Mar 14, 2005 5:50 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: "Literary" vs. Other Types of Fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 18330

Izzie wrote:Hmm. I was interested to read that you think that the UK have a different attitude to what is literary as opposed to the US. I'm not sure whether that's the case.


Oh yeh, and what do you know?! You act like you're from the UK or something!!! :D :D :D
by level9
Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:40 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: "Literary" vs. Other Types of Fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 18330

"Literary" vs. Other Types of Fiction

Something that I think needs to change inside the United States is the view that some types of fiction (horror/fantasy/sci-fi/romance) are not "as good" as other types of fiction which become classed as "mainstream" or "literary". literary adj 1: of or relating to or characteristic of literature; "l...
by level9
Mon Feb 14, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Flip Dictionary
Replies: 2
Views: 2802

Amazon Listing Guess if I was nice, I would enter the link... here's the description from Amazon too. "You know what you want to say, but you can't think of the word. You can describe what you're thinking but you don't know the name for it. Flip Dictionary comes to the rescue! Best-selling author B...
by level9
Sun Feb 13, 2005 10:49 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Flip Dictionary
Replies: 2
Views: 2802

Flip Dictionary

Anyone get this? I just got this in the mail Friday. It seems pretty cool, although it is kind of like an overgrown Thesaurus. Its supposed to help you think of a word you are looking for from a phrase instead of the other way around. It also seems to have many synonyms just like a Thesaurus. I don'...
by level9
Sun Feb 13, 2005 8:37 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Press Release
Replies: 5
Views: 3864

Good job! :-D
by level9
Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:53 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Tales of the Otori Trilogy
Replies: 3
Views: 5550

I'm glad I wasn't alone on this one. :) I am very often looking for something a little different but enjoyable and this fit the bill perfectly. I noticed you are a much faster reader than I am.
by level9
Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:40 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Tales of the Otori Trilogy
Replies: 3
Views: 5550

Tales of the Otori Trilogy

Noticed no one has posted a review in a while so I thought I would recommend the Tales of the Otori Trilogy by Lian Hearn. There are three books to the Trilogy. The author wrote the story to be one book originally, but it was so expansive, it was divided into three books. I'll treat this as one revi...
by level9
Wed Feb 02, 2005 6:18 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Your advice: what to write when learning the craft?
Replies: 9
Views: 6068

Debangel wrote:
The reinforcer at it again :D


Thanks, reinforce away!
by level9
Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:29 am
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Your advice: what to write when learning the craft?
Replies: 9
Views: 6068

Thanks for the tips Mudge & Anblick. :D
by level9
Tue Feb 01, 2005 10:17 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Should You Take an Opportunity Given to You?
Replies: 40
Views: 23323

Go for it! It is another experience point for you when you get signed by that high talented agent!! :D :D
by level9
Tue Feb 01, 2005 10:15 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Your advice: what to write when learning the craft?
Replies: 9
Views: 6068

Thanks, good thoughts. Funny, I am listening to King's On Writing right now. I have read it once, listened to it once last year, and now listening to it again after just finishing Wolves of the Calla and Koontz Strange Highways. I debated on whether or not to listen to On Writing again, but now I th...
by level9
Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:26 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Your advice: what to write when learning the craft?
Replies: 9
Views: 6068

Your advice: what to write when learning the craft?

Ok, advice from all welcomed. This is not really for me, but I am trying to advise a friend about writing. 1. If you are advising someone who is just beginning to write and wants to write fiction (or nonfiction), would you tell them to start with articles, short stories, contests for short stories a...
by level9
Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Where do stories exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 6477

Yes, bringing the ideas to fruition is a good point. How many times do you hear "Im going to write...". On the other hand...walking around any large bookstore gives me inspiration...there are a LOT of people who found the determination to get it done. Good point.
by level9
Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:52 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Fanfics, anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 10715

Star Trek has a fanfic contest each year (well, don't know about this year) and winners get published in a compilation. Pretty cool contest, I entered in 2001 and didn't win, but did get some good comments from the editor. Best rejection I ever got!
by level9
Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:49 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Where do stories exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 6477

I think to actually finish a project some (sublinal or concious) outline must come to mind. Otherwise, we would have a lot of stories where characters talk on and on in endless pratter, no? Isn't it a writers job to take the reader somewhere or someplace, not just to drop them into a conversation? ...
by level9
Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:17 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Where do stories exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 6477

Well I will admit that what you talk about I know is very common. At least I have read many times in Writer's Digest and other places where author's will say things like, "Suddenly [insert character] ran out the door on her own, and [insert another character] started yelling and shooting at her. The...
by level9
Sun Apr 04, 2004 7:45 pm
Forum: Writer's Research - Because it's important to know your subject!
Topic: Length of Your Chapters?
Replies: 15
Views: 10493

Thanks for the GREAT responses. Great to hear thinking about how you look at chapter length from a readers perspective...honestly, (and to my shame), I didn't think at all about the actual READING of the chapter!! Great opinions, thanks!
by level9
Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:30 pm
Forum: Writer's Research - Because it's important to know your subject!
Topic: Length of Your Chapters?
Replies: 15
Views: 10493

Yes, much help...thanks for the responses....sometimes it helps to get reminded of what's important!
by level9
Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:21 pm
Forum: Writer's Research - Because it's important to know your subject!
Topic: Length of Your Chapters?
Replies: 15
Views: 10493

Hi, level 9...I think there was a whole discussion of this in some other thread somewhere. Unless my mind is wandering again. :0 But I know some of Koontz's chapters can be REALLY short. He works up to longer ones nearing the end of his books. To me, when I'm writing, the end of the chapter just se...
by level9
Sat Apr 03, 2004 9:15 pm
Forum: The Writer's Life - Techniques, Characterization, Writing Ideas, & More
Topic: Nicest and Most Thoughltess Rejection Letters
Replies: 14
Views: 9080

I entered the 2002 Star Trek writing contest and read many rumors that you are lucky to get any comments written on rejections other than a form letter. Also, they go through 20,000+ entries. If you make it to the "second read" pile, it means they have narrowed you down to the best 300 or so. My sto...

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