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Re: Things you're just sick of.
I'm sick of corrupt people in and around government and I'm sick of the fact that we keep letting them get away with it when there are plenty of lamp posts in Westminster that we could hang them from.

YES. This. But in my country, too. (US) And I'm sick of the shouting heads on TV making up excuses and lying and sensationalizing and confusing things. News isn't news any more, it's entertainment. And really bad entertainment at that. I try to get my news from Jon Stewart and PBS.

September 26, 2012, 03:40:24 PM
Re: -ly and Needless Word: Word Macros. Experience? Personally, I wouldn't use a program to edit my writing. It may seem like a quick and easy solution to a bad habit, but I've found that it should be taken on a case by case basis. Using a program won't get you to break the habit, or improve your vocabulary.

I write the bones of a story first and don't worry about the word choice or grammar. Once I have that done I go back and clean it up. Not all -ly words are bad. So you have to train your brain to change the sloppy construction like - he walked slowly - maybe he paced or stalked or tip-toed. Sometimes an adverb is the correct word.

Sadly, there are no quick fixes.

July 02, 2015, 07:18:09 PM
Re: To Describe or Not To Describe I'd like to throw in my 2 cents by saying the description should be flavored by the character. Joe might see a restaurant as a homey café that makes his favorite dish. Sue may see the same place as a greasy spoon with faded plastic flowers on the table and sticky floors in the ladies room. A cop or an accountant, warrior or royalty will all have their own unique take on something.

Seeing through the character's eyes makes it more interesting. Sue's bloodshot eyes might make Joe worry she'd been out late with another guy, but might tell Mary that Sue's mother is sick again. You can use description to drop backstory breadcrumbs, too. Maybe Sue's bloodshot eyes tells Bob that she's drinking again. Which gives the reader a new take on Mary in one sentence.

July 14, 2015, 08:47:36 PM
Re: Can someone be a dystopian genre writer? I will say that Amazon and other booksellers consider dystopian a genre. However, I think the lines are fairly blurred. To me, dystopia usually involves a dysfunctional government like in 1984 or A Brave New World. I think the the TV show Revolution might have fallen into that category.

My book has a failing/disappearing government, so I don't think it is a classic dystopia. A lot of post apocalyptic stories have labeled themselves as dystopian. And I think some people consider them interchangeable.

As a writer, I consider a genre to be a certain set of reader expectations. Epic fantasy will expect a quest or maybe magic. Steampunk will expect steam powered machinery. Post apocaylptic will expect that a disaster has created the world. So if you write a book and aren't sure of the genre, I would check with readers of a few genres to see their expectations. If it doesn't hit the proper notes, readers of those genres won't enjoy it.

Think of it like a romance where the couple doesn't get together. Or a mystery where the killer isn't captured. You need to satisfy the genre's needs.

But I don't mean you should force yourself to write in a certain box. Just make sure you find the correct box for what you love to write.

November 21, 2015, 04:11:07 PM