In regards to finding meaningful names, I like to do the same thing, either with a name that has a relevant meaning, or a name whose sound encapsulates the feeling and personality of the character. Have you tried using the online site…"
"I've gotten comments like these about my first chapters too. Ask your readers if their questions are more like "I want to know what this is because it's interesting/weird/different" or "I want to know what this because I…"
"I've never heard this advice, but I can't fathom it. I love a book that starts with dialogue: it's doesn't have the context, so it forces the reader directly into it, and creates a greater sense of immediacy and relevance.…"
"I think that's the best way to handle dialects. Authors go overboard and will write "I haveta talk to 'em" instead of "I have to talk to them" and say it's all right because it's dialect. However, most people…"
"That sounds really interesting! Are you by chance a fan of William Faulkner? The story sounds like it's in the same vein as As I Lay Dying or The Sound and the Fury. I'd recommend you check them out if you haven't read them if you…"
"It's a bit ambiguous as to how you are doing the point of view. I assume that you're just doing an omniscient perspective and you're narrating in the same style and syntax. That is, the way you write per character is the same, you…"
"I agree with your general point, but I find it extreme. We writers shouldn't view the passive voice as a fault but as a tool. While very narrow in scope, and overused by many, it still has a purpose. Sometimes the object of an action needs to…"
"You're the first person I've heard of who ever got anywhere with what they did in NaNo; congrats on that, by the way! :)
I know the number isn't a requirement to the letter, but it essentially is, because there's only so much a…"
"I actually wrote against NaNoWriMo in a recent post on my website, because I respect the idea of getting people to write consistently, but the strict daily number of how many words to write (among other issues) seem counterproductive.…"
"I agree. I think this advice is the pinnacle of what to strive for. It isn't necessary the most practical piece of advice, but I don't think there's any inherent flaw in it. I think demands about "how much" to write every…"
"Similar to what people have said about overuse on show don't tell, the one I hear is "always use the active voice." It's a bit ridiculous, because there are some constructions which don't work when active, and some that need…"
"Hi and let me be one of the first to welcome you to Shewrites. This is a terrific site, tons of resources and innovative info. As my own bonus, you have access to my teaching site and free teachings on memoir. Just click here…"
"I love the genre too, although I think mine is closer to something like dieselpunk, since there's lots of art deco style in the settling. I always thought clashed a bit with the Victorian inspired ideas about architecture and fashion that…"
I’m new here and really excited by the community you have going on; I suppose this would be my introduction. I’m a 21 year old law school student and I’ve been writing since as long as I can remember. I’ve got 5…"
We're delighted to have you join us in the novelist group! If you haven’t done so already, you might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion. We do a live chat Wednesdays at 1 EST, with instructions on how to participate in the "Our Water Cooler" box near the top of the group page. And we save the wall for discussion, but welcome links to helpful blog posts on the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread and to published books in the “Our Published Novels” one. I hope you’ll enjoy the group.
Meg Waite Clayton Novelist Group Moderator Bestselling Author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel) and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters (Random House/Ballantine)
Hi and let me be one of the first to welcome you to Shewrites. This is a terrific site, tons of resources and innovative info. As my own bonus, you have access to my teaching site and free teachings on memoir. Just click here and sign up. No spam, I promise. Just great teaching tips. Enjoy! XO Jennifer
"It's great to hear how others approach drafting/revising! For my novel I had to begin with a timeline that I transferred onto index cards and pinned to a bulletin board, shifting them around as I progressed. This helped me keep track of time…"
"We also outline soem critical steps toward the ending and the ending. I see it like a director mapping out the scenes, though they may change. Also, I never quite finish a chapter so that I can pick up mid-point, which helps my train of…"
"Jumping in on the jumping ahead to the ending conversation, I do a version of this, which is to outline to the ending after I have about three chapters, so I have an idea where I'm going. I sometimes change directions, but I find it comforting…"