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Title Advice?

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,…

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Added by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 — No Comments

Final Stretch for my First Project

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. 

Added by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 — No Comments

Horror Story Ideas

I'm consistently humbled by the creepypasta movement online. Marble Hornets, Dogscape, Candle Cove, Dionaea House...stories I never would have thought of, concepts beyond anything I could dream  even after an entire of binge drinking coffee and trawling the darker corners of YouTube.

Is anyone else familiar with these? If so, what do you think it takes to create a truly unique horror concept? Something with the flavors of Lovecraft, yet grounded in a modern human experience? House of…

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Added by Daniel Hale on September 20, 2015 at 18:03 — No Comments

Backhanded Comments from Friends and Family

Recently, I had my second round at the Writer's Arena, and made a greater effort than previously to tell my friends and family about it. More than once, I heard this:



"I'll vote for your story, but I won't read it."

That kinda stung, not gonna lie. The contest doesn't matter to me if I can't even rely on my friends and family to read my stuff and give me their honest opinions. I'd rather they just said they wouldn't vote at all.

What do you think? Do you ever have a…

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Added by Daniel Hale on June 28, 2015 at 2:48 — 2 Comments

Stuck for Ideas in an Anthology

I've just started my third attempt for a story to submit to an anthology and I'm already having misgivings again. This one is tricky, because it refers to a work in the public domain and I dunno how they'd feel about that. Sent an email to ask. Nothing so far.

Should I continue this for now? Or maybe try for something else? 

Added by Daniel Hale on April 26, 2015 at 5:50 — No Comments

Is There Still a Market for Short Story Collections?

One day, I know, I shall start work on a proper novel. But I've been doing the short story thing, partly because I enjoy it, and partly because Bradbury recommended it as a the best exercise for finding ideas and keeping a hand in storytelling. And speaking of Bradbury, I have ideas for story collections that I want to put together in a way that works as a narrative, not just a hodgepodge collection.

I know the market has changed immensely with the Internet; there's still places for…

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Added by Daniel Hale on March 16, 2015 at 2:28 — No Comments

Storyteller Professions: Theme Park Design

I have something of an obsession with theme parks and their ilk. I feel they can be the ultimate ground for immersing people in a story, transporting them outside their everyday life and into another world in a way that movies, video games and even books cannot quit manage.

What do you think?

Added by Daniel Hale on August 14, 2014 at 1:56 — No Comments

Planning vs Patience

Part of me genuinely wants to turn one of my short stories into a larger book. BUT another part of me wants to keep it simple, with the story as is, to turn it into a kid's book as intended. I'm not sure if it's my own frustration trying to expand it or impatience that wants me to do that.

Any thoughts?

Added by Daniel Hale on June 17, 2014 at 2:20 — No Comments

Anyone Written for Comics?

Friend of mine has pitched an idea she has for a webcomic that's piqued my interest, and wants me to write it for her while she does the artwork. She has a broad concept and a few characters, but otherwise is leaving it all up to me.

It's a promising project. My main concern so far is writing the 'script' in such a way as to give her enough artistic leeway. Anyone have any suggestions about that? 

Cheers. 

Added by Daniel Hale on May 28, 2014 at 1:39 — 1 Comment

Despairing

I've got five short stories published. I would think that would be a good time to start writing a novel. It just...doesn't come easy at all. Doll Bordello is nothing special, and the more I look at Pact of the Lantern, the more ashamed I am that this crap got published. I don't know what to do. Keep trying at these two? Or put em to the side for now, and hope something better comes along? 

Added by Daniel Hale on April 11, 2014 at 4:07 — 3 Comments

Why Is It More Fun To Write Short Stories Than Novels?

Is it laziness? Short attention span? What? 

Added by Daniel Hale on April 4, 2014 at 3:46 — 3 Comments

Making a Fictional City

One big thing I look for in books is unique settings, particularly cities. Ankh-Morpork, Ambergris, New Crobuzon, Midian, Rapture, Nightside...I love these places There's something about a city; on the surface it promises so much: stability, security, culture. It's only when you get down into them that you see the seething mass of disease and chaos. And when you take that city and put some kind of unique spin on it...

That's something I really want to do, but how do I begin? 

Added by Daniel Hale on March 22, 2014 at 3:12 — 1 Comment

Which To Do?

So I've got a few ideas for big projects to focus on once school is out, but I'm not sure which to follow.

1. A review for my story "Pact of the Lantern" said that, minus the swearing, it would make a good children's book. So I'm considering fleshing out the story a bit, finding an illustrator and, once my contract is up with Mystery and Horror, LLC, turning it into a kid's book. 

2. I've been tentatively working out the outline for a story called "The Doll Bordello" that might…

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Added by Daniel Hale on March 8, 2014 at 19:16 — 2 Comments

How To Join The Library Beneath The Streets

So I've been working on this the past few days, and sent it to a friend. She told me unequivocally that it wasn't great and should be scrapped. Now obviously I'm biased towards my own work in that I think everything I write is shite. But I also know that the very last person you ask for an opinion about the story is the guy who wrote it. So do me a favor and read this, guys. Tell me what you think. Let me know if there is anything in here worth salvaging. 

The first step is easy: buy…

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Added by Daniel Hale on January 21, 2014 at 0:19 — 2 Comments

The Unsatisfied

We read because it hurts.

We write because it hurts worse. 

It hurts to know the things we'll never know.

It hurts to build the things we'll never see. 

We can never be satisfied.

We can never be content. 

We go on. 

We will dream. We will build. We will die unsatisfied. 

Added by Daniel Hale on September 3, 2013 at 19:33 — 1 Comment

Won't You Play With Us?



I wrote this some time ago. Never really did anything with it. Not a story, not really. Just something I wrote. 

It’s been a long time in the chest.

 Cramped and small, the lot of us lying about on one another. We lay here, halfway to the living time from the sleeping time, dreaming of the time of life, the time of existence. We dream of the days of playtime.

Do you…

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Added by Daniel Hale on August 16, 2013 at 19:10 — 4 Comments

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Who Do You Show Your Stories To?

Started by Daniel Hale in Sample Title. Last reply by Mary Chandler Nov 9, 2015. 3 Replies

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

A Formatting Question-- How would you...?

Started by Angie_Fayre in Uncategorized Sep 2, 2015. 0 Replies

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

Publishing Percentages!

Started by Naomi Rawle in Sample Title. Last reply by Gia Lee Jul 19, 2015. 3 Replies

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

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New works: published and otherwise.

Started by Zachary T. Owen in Sample Title. Last reply by Naomi Rawle Mar 27, 2015. 4 Replies

What stories/books/poems/novels have you recently completed or had published?I'll go first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDvvPFBisAA^This…Continue

Blog Posts

Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

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,…

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A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

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…

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Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

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. 

Premonition

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments

Premonition

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…

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