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Writers' Corner / Publisher / Agent recommends
« on: September 19, 2016, 02:15:41 PM »
Hey Folks.

So I've got a sci-fi novel, aimed at 8-12 year olds (so its circa 60k words), aimed primarily at girls. I've sent it to one or two places and had some very pleasant rejections. I was going to wander off and do something else but I had a moment yesterday where I thought  "That's not fair to the story". So I would like any suggestions folks have for publishers or agents they've heard of who might specialise in such "young sci-fi". I feel like machine gunning all and sundry with it, then I'll be satisfied I've done right by the manuscipt.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Writers' Corner / The Joy of Edits
« on: August 11, 2015, 02:53:24 PM »
Editing has always been something of chore for me. Something to get through quickly, to remove errors.
On my current wip though I've gone a longer time on it and been through lots more edits.

I reached the point where I didn't even know if it was a coherent story any more. Normally I stop at that point for fear of "over fiddling". This time I pushed on through and actually now find myself having a novel experience (pun intended).

I'm actually excited about the edits. I'm rewriting bits and impatient to go back earlier and make changes to other stuff that really strengthen character and plot.

Nobody told me that you could actually be excited about editing and enjoy it almost as much as the original writing. Therefore I though I'd share it with your guys, see if you feel the same (as either I do now since pushing through, or as I did then when I used to get bored).

Writers' Corner / Critique C'est Chic
« on: July 24, 2015, 11:10:34 AM »
So, after trying to do a couple of lines of critique for lats months writing comp entries I've realised what a powerful tool it is for learning more about my own writing. If I can spot something, positive or negative in others writing I can apply it to my own.
Thing is, I'm not great at it. That's why I thought I'd start a thread about it. Who has a lot of experience with critiquing? Anyone have any tips? How to get in to words what bugs you about others (and your own) writing...?

Writers' Corner / Voice
« on: April 29, 2015, 05:44:01 PM »
It's an elusive, much vaunted and poorly defined thing but everyone seems to agree that you need one in your writing.

It occurred to me this morning that it might be possible to construct a voice, like casting an actor to play your narrator.
I haven't tried this, but I was thinking if I wrote something for 8 year old girls say I might keep Emma Thompson's voice and turn of phrase in my head, lending consistency and clarity to the way the story is written. This stray thought was prompted by listening to a lot of audio books lately.

Does anyone have any thoughts on voice? How to recognise it? How to develop it?

Writers' Corner / Revision sweeps
« on: April 15, 2015, 09:18:22 PM »
I went to a thing yesterday where Joe Abercrombie and Peter V Brett talked about their writing process.
There were a lot of differences in their approaches, but they both agreed on going over stuff in multiple sweeps for different purposes.
This put me in mind of doing a checklist that I might use to sweep through stuff I write, if only to get into good habits.
It's more compulsive than I would probably use, but it's all stuff worth thinking about. Does anyone else do something similar or have anything to add?

  Who has the most to gain?
  Are we raising/lowering tension?
  What emotional shift happens?
  Is the behaviour consistent with emotions carried from previous scene?

  What time of day is it?
  What is the weather?
  Who is tired or in pain etc?
  Who is standing where, holding what?

  Two many adverbs?
  Repitition of phrases.
  Generic descriptions that could swapped for character specific idiosyncrasies.
  Does the rhythm match the scene?
  Dialogue/prose balance.
  Does it advance the plot?

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