"My parents were both English teachers. The standard answer around my house if I asked what a word meant was, "You know where to find the dictionary." I still use both the dictionary and the thesaurus regularly."
Us writers crave something darker, more sinister than we could ever lay yearning eyes upon. For this group, we will explore the darkness in each of us. Whether it be gruesome horror or dark, lusty romance. Will you join me?See More
" I use color coding when I write. For example, I might use red on something that I think needs changing, green on a scene upon which I think needs elaboration, blue if I need to go back and check something for continuity. Hope this helps.…"
"As an advocate for and someone who works with the mentally ill daily, I am uncomfortable with the use of the word "crazy" to define mental illness. That, however, is a personal issue of mine.
Like I said before, you did a good job…"
"My fiance writes scenes and then sort of strings them together. I am a "sit down and write the dang thing from beginning to end" kind of person myself; I let the book move itself forward. Try a few different methods until you find…"
"Great example on explaining the "show, don't tell theory" with your explanation of anger.
There are instances where "tell" applies. If one needs to move time forward for example. I also feels that "show, don't…"
I'm still working at the story-a-week thing, and keeping up with it so far. One thing I'm wondering is who I should show them to to get feedback. Some of these I want to put in the novel/collection…Continue
Okay, I know that there are about 3 instances where you'd regularly use italics in fiction: showing foreign/made-up goblidigoober words, "indicating mental thoughts" and putting stress on words being…Continue
Do you send everything you complete off for publication? What's your written/submitted ratio like? What do you consider a successful percentage? Or do you go for quality over quantity! (I mean…Continue
I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.
The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…
On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara. Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing…
So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do.
Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde…