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Re: Best Non-Fantasy Book you have read? Here's my two-penny-worth!
In fiction I'd say if you haven't read Joseph Heller's 'Catch 22' then give it a go. It's amazing and funny and scary all at once, with moments of farcical insanity juxtaposed with heart-breaking scenes of the effects that war has on combatants and civilians alike.
I also rate James Ellroy's works with the LA Quartet (LA Confidential being the most famous) and the American trilogy starting with 'American Tabloid' probably his finest. Be warned though, they are not for the feint hearted.
Chuck Palahniuk's 'Fight Club' is a good easy read with lots to say and make you think as is his 'Haunted' which gets a prize for some of the most disturbing scenes I've ever read.
Non-fiction I tend to go with biogs and autobiographies and can recommend 'Groucho and Me' by Groucho Marx, 'Teller of Tales' about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and 'Homicide' by David Simon upon which the tv series was based.

October 18, 2011, 09:01:38 PM
Re: How low brow is fantasy? Well if you want to be bored out of your skull...read literary fiction.  :P My inner child is alive and well.  ;D
October 27, 2013, 03:39:21 PM
Re: Limited 3rd person POV and detailed descriptions
Grey. Always grey. Colour instead of color, honour instead of honor, and so on and so on until the ends of the earth.  8)

I dothst sympathize, yet--pray--mark me, I dost afear thine days of olden speak, are numberedth.

Gray is the new Black.

Wot u sayin m8... we got 2 typ lyk ppl rli typ? An tlk lyk dey rli tlk?  :P

I'm saying that my editor doesn't let me get away with old habits. English will continue to evolve whether we like it or not.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Mid West of America is the current seat of the English language empire. It is up to us that live here to drag the rest of the world into the 21st century.

Gandalf the Grey will soon become Gandalf the Gray.

I don't like change either, but--I learned to like the look of a bikini wax, so--I can learn to like the letter 'a' too.

I am a poet/wordsmith, and therefore refuse to speak text.


America isn't the center of the world. There are different subsets of the English language, and none are more or less valid than others. Personally I prefer English spelling and grammar, since I come from England.

March 30, 2015, 05:57:13 PM
Re: Voice As others have said, voice pretty much comes with practice. To define it you just have to define the word: your voice is your voice, you are merely transposing it onto the page. You've found it when your writing starts to replicate your speech so that the story is being told as though you were sitting opposite the reader speaking it to them.

It's pretty hard to find at first because there's so much to learn beyond the actual writing, and it doesn't help that we are rather emulative creatures who like to try and replicate things revered as being good because that's surely the way it's supposed to be done. To this day I get pissed off with myself when I drop in a stupidly elaborate ancient word that I'd never dream of using in my day to day speech but for some reason likes to jump into my vocabulary when I'm writing text.

May 01, 2015, 02:26:49 PM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet Let us not forget:

May 04, 2015, 01:55:50 AM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet
Spoiler for Hiden:

I really don't have anything to say about this...

May 04, 2015, 02:28:46 PM
Re: Fantasy Memes and silly stuff about books from the internet Totally forgott it's may 4th:

May 04, 2015, 04:36:08 PM
Re: Historical Fiction Heads up for anyone reading Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series, he posted on Facebook last night that book 9 will be called Warriors In The Dark and out in the autumn.
May 09, 2015, 09:13:52 AM
Re: How much did you write today? 620.

Better than the last few days, anyway. Keep on hammering, I say, keep on hammering.

May 17, 2015, 03:26:42 PM
Re: What makes a steep learning curve in "setting proficiency"
Readers should not have to learn stuff before they understand the plot/world/characters

They learn what they need to know, as they need to know it. One of the best ways is through a character interacting with the world. Not explaining it (except where absolutely necessary) but by showing it in action

Readers need far less than you'd think to understand. Less is more. Be subtle. Show things rather than explain.

^ This.
On the various sites I'm on, I encounter writers that spend years world-building before they start writing. I really wonder if this is a bad idea. The writer has such an urgent desire to share everything THEY know about their world.

Show us through a character interacting with the world.

May 24, 2015, 04:44:30 AM