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Re: Chapters In the end it either works or it doesn't. The only way to find out is to experiment and learn from your victories and mistakes. Don't forget you are developing a skill set.  ;)
April 29, 2016, 01:49:11 PM
Re: Book Planning Blimey. I didn't plan at all for mine, just started writing from my idea, then I planned out the plot steps immediately when I liked it, and even then I didn't plan my outline all the way to the end, although I do know how it ends.

I think I would go mad if I planned and built for that long :P

April 29, 2016, 05:43:08 PM
Re: Chapters Just found this on my morning blog-crawl, so I thought I'd add it to this discussion for posterity: Building blocks of a novel: chapters (some things to think about when structuring chapters)
May 17, 2016, 12:58:54 AM
Re: A rant on "Balance" Aiming to balance your life is a good thing - it means you're working towards being both productive and happy at the same time.

What these people aren't understanding is that the balance that feels right to them is not the balance that feels right to you:)

August 26, 2016, 06:32:36 AM
Re: A rant on "Balance" Agreed as well.

I think you can see how terrifyingly immature people can remain through their life by doing some slush piling, or by reading stranger's work online (I don't really mean here, where quality is pretty strong overall).
Just like in real life.. I live in a hostel these days. I can promise you I'm surrounded by a ton of 20+ youths who absorbed a LOT more pop culture than me and traveled to many more countries than me, and are still absolute immature babies.
If they have nothing interesting to say in a conversation, can't see them writing in depth stuff no matter how polished their writing style.
Others have just come out of X many years of studies, and at 26, might have a PhD, like the girl on the bunk bed on top of mine, but have never held a job, received a paycheck, or even lived in a non student housing.
I'm not saying she couldn't write a good character outside of a student, but she'd probably not make it as good/realistic as someone who has worked a variety of jobs in their life.

I believe that the more experience the better.

August 30, 2016, 07:14:37 PM
Re: How much did you write today?
After being stuck for 4 days on the same point, I had a discussion with my only reader and decided to completely change the 1.5k chapter that I wrote. I wrote the same amount in a span of an hour once I decided where to go.. Now off to the next discussion to keep me going..

I have too few people to spar with when it comes to writing. I need to be able to throw up a ball and see where it lands with someone who reads it.. Unfortunately, most of my friends etc are too lazy to actually read my stuff and else feel "unqualified"  to reflect on what I've written..

It's terrible and so blocking for me.. Any suggestions how to deal with that?

Hi, Roelor.

There are folks on this site who do help each other out sometimes.
There's a certain, informal expectation of consistent involvement, so that may limiting.

OR... join the monthly writing contest here! Won't help with your WIP. but you'll get lots of interaction.

Best wishes for breaking through the blocks.

September 01, 2016, 05:27:11 PM
Book Fatigue Hi all,

Does anyone else find a slump in their reading?  I go through phases of voracious reading and then a drought.  During the drought I'll start numerous books and never get more than halfway through, and generally read more comics instead.  The books I don't finish are not bad, in fact recent ones have been critically acclaimed, I just haven't been able to engage.

Then suddenly one book grabs me and I finish it quickly and am fine again for a few months.  I usually have a goto author to end a drought, usually a horror or crime book rather than fantasy, but a good Pratchett or Gemmell can do the job.

What books/authors do you guys use to reinvigorate the reading impulse?

September 02, 2016, 12:42:59 PM
Re: How much did you write today? Roelor - Stick up a bit in Critiques and see if people bite or shove up a thread in this forum talking about the problem if its a more general thing. No guarantees you'll get anything back, but don't ask, don't get. And if it doesn't work here, google with find you other forums.

As for me, I'm still stuck in the same bloody rut of editing.

September 03, 2016, 01:53:34 AM
Re: A Rant on Haters and the Fools in the Way It's funny. My wife has an almost opposite reaction to me posting stories on the Forum:
"What if someone steals your ideas!"
But, that's just how Mrs. JMack rolls. If there's a worry that could be milked from any situation, she will milk it, churn it, and spread it thick and wide.  ;D

I'm lucky that my family members are pretty supportive, and my sister-in-law (another would-be novelist) often gives sharp feedback. Meanwhile, my dad is uninterested in what I write except that he's glad I'm doing something I enjoy. It's just not his thing. And my mom finds my darker stories to be very concerning: "Are you alright? Are you happy?"  ::)

TGC, are you sure he wasn't joshing with her? Probably not, but just throwing that out there.

Meanwhile, we're glad you're here, and happy to be the obvious source for your improving skill as a writer.  :P ;D

September 10, 2016, 05:51:39 PM
Re: A Rant on Haters and the Fools in the Way TGC, that's a bit f'ed up BUT...

I've basically spent the entirety of my life with next to none in terms of support and interest from my parents. Oh, they want me to be happy and are generous in doing so, but in terms of a practical interest, only when it suits them. And it usually doesn't.

And in that time I've come to realise that ultimately it only matters if I let it matter and that if they don't want to share that bit of my life, plenty others do. I'd rather keep the relationship I have with them good and the nerd it up separately with my buddies.

Also, ten years down the line when the hurt's worn off, it'll be a great story to share around. Plus you'll have plenty of books to shut him up with.


technically speaking, i can probably name a couple more.

that reminds me, i gotta figure out a way to bribe the lot of them to critique my work.

*sharpens claws, looks expectant*

September 15, 2016, 05:35:41 AM