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Writers' Corner / To name or not to name like a pornstar...
« on: April 06, 2018, 12:03:19 AM »

So I can't do a poll, so I'll just ask for qualified opinions.
Bradley Darewood sounds a bit like a pornstar's name.  Should I keep it, or change it?
If I change it, I could make a subtle change like "Bradley Darewyd" or try to go full on writerly like "Lance Wryter"

Writers' Corner / Pitch problems SOLVED
« on: April 03, 2018, 08:46:13 AM »


Mine is a

Keenly observed trilogy about a depressed mother's mission to explore her father's murder.

General Discussion / Dogs and Cats
« on: March 30, 2018, 08:36:53 AM »

Science has officially determined the answer to the rivalry between dogs (errr dog people) and cats (errr cat people). We finally have undisputed proof as to which animal is better.

"Why dogs really do love you, according to science"

"Your cat doesn't love you"

"How cats used humans to conquer the world"

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Stray thoughts on LoTR
« on: March 27, 2018, 06:57:25 AM »

So the eagles thing in the Hobbit, LoTR and Beren and Lúthien... could they be a metaphor for the US sweeping into WW1 and WW2 at the eleventh hour?

Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Black Panther
« on: February 23, 2018, 08:32:17 PM »
I just noticed we're missing a thread on this. Have you guys seen it yet? There are a lot of things this movie did right

Writers' Corner / Diversity in European Legends
« on: January 21, 2018, 05:06:12 AM »

So I would be surprised if I'm the first person to post on this.  I knew that there were black knights of the round table, but I hadn't read this guys blog before and it's really really enlightening.


"First off, six percent of the Knights of the Round Table were men of color. Granted, that’s only three out of 49 men, but the entire expanded United States Congress is hovering around 13% people of color and only has one black Senator."

Writers' Corner / Only Mostly Dead Poets Society
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:33:30 PM »
I feel like writing poetry, even bad poetry (especially bad poetry), is practical practice for making musical your prose, capturing lyrical rhythms to unleash later in your not-yet-finished narrative masterpieces. 

Plus it's just fun.

Anyone want to join me and periodically post their prose-poetry here? I know you want to @Jmack and @The Gem Cutter !

Writers' Corner / How to know which crits to listen to
« on: January 09, 2018, 01:18:17 AM »
So I just posted my new opening 150 words in a private facebook writing group, and I got some advice from one person who had some very formulaic (first sentence hook etc) advice, which made logical sense so I changed everything. A few hours later, two more people were like-- "the very first version is by far the best because xyz" and I'm like "Yes! That's exactly why I wrote it that way in the first place!"

Of course different people, different opinions that's what makes the world interesting BUT I WANT A RIGHT ANSWER LIKE IN MATH.

Anyway Ursula Le Guin says: "Group criticism is great training for self-criticism" and "The judgment that a work is complete... can come only from the writer and it can be made rightly only by a writer who's learned to read her own work."  The whole thrust of her section being that you have to learn to hear what's wrong with your piece yourself.

I've been doing this for quite a long time and I *still* haven't figured out how to tell which advice to take (and not to take).  What's the secret????

Writers' Corner / Fantasy word choice funtime
« on: December 30, 2017, 11:04:34 AM »

Poll: is it okay to use the word "insane" in a tolkienesque epic fantasy novel, or is that too modern?
"mad" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Writers' Corner / Characters who change between good and bad
« on: November 29, 2017, 07:29:49 AM »

So I love making the readers hate someone and then being like "woo hoo you were wrong you predjudiced bastards!"  so going from evil to... well not as evil seems to work out well, but going the other way...

I was just reading this book where a character who's a crafty underdog who I was totally rooting for turns out to be suuuuuper petty and evil and I was like whaaaaat and threw the book across the room and couldn't read it anymore.  So like I've got MCs with shifty allegiances too so I was all wondering if that might be kind of a problem.  I mean it's one thing if you find out they were awful all along and a totally different thing if you show them deliberating and struggling with the decision to become a bad guy, but still... how do you pull it off and delight your readers with the unexpected instead of alienate them and make them hate you


Okay so you've made it through the prologue about the Dark Lord or the Evil Queen or Baby MC or whatever and you're on to chapter 1!

What's your favorite opening-after-the-opening you've ever read?  Bran Stark watching some dude get his head chopped off?  Rand al'Thor bumbling around being a farmboy?  Or maybe there was no prologue and we just jumped to Paul Atreides sticking his hand in the old woman's box to see if he's human. (it took me years but I suddenly see the deep Jungian symbolism at play...)

It'd also be cool to think about what makes that chapter your favorite (or just plain good if you hate picking favorites).  What did it need to do and how did it do it?

Anyway, I'd love to hear what you all think...

Writers' Corner / How to write a royal proclamation
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:07:00 AM »

Someone suggested that I switch a dinner-party chapter with a royal proclamation scene, unfortunately I have no idea how to write one of those or what it would look like.

Are there any scenes from movies/TV series with a royal proclamation (that isn't campy) that I could look at? or an excerpt from a book? I can't think of any off the top of my head.

Writers' Corner / Naming a country conundrum
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:43:05 AM »

So originally my WIP took place in Ara Valon b/c I wanted it to be a riff off of Avalon, but in retrospect Ara Valon is too much like Tar Valon so I think i'm going to change it.  I like that people from there are called "Valonians" tho, so I figured if I changed it to something-Vale or Vael, I could still keep the Valonian adjective.

GRRM already has a place that's just "The Vale", Terry Brooks has "Shady Vale".... but there's room here. The place is full of temperate forests and greeness and castles and whatnot, so I want to possibly consider that. The problem here is that Something's Vale can sound too folksy and not like a whole country's name.

Option one: adjectives
The Golden Vale (the Golden Vael?)
The Emerald Vale
The... Royal?... Vale..
The IDK Vale

Option two: proper names
Aran's Vale
King's Vale
Olbion's Vale

Option three... ????

any ideas?

General Discussion / Help! Indecision!
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:55:29 AM »
I need a middle initial for my pseudonym.

Bradley A Darewood? (BAD), Bradely J. Darewood? (BJ Darewood?) X, Y, Z, Q, M, N, R?  THERE ARE SO MANY LETTERS I CAN'T DECIDE!!!

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