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Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums

I could not find a way to tag those posts I enjoyed or found useful, so it appears that I can add them to my Blog for future reading and reference.

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  1. Thoughts on hiring an editor?

    by , August 31st, 2012 at 02:05 AM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by Potty View Post
    I agree with offeiriad. I sent out 10 sample edits. Some of which were just silly in what they wanted as payment. I finally settled on one who charged fairly and seems nice to boot. Won't change him for anything now.

    That is of course if you feel you want one. But as lou says, if you have the ability, why pay someone to tell you stuff you already know?
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  2. Do you use humor in your novel?

    by , June 28th, 2012 at 03:05 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by hyphenman View Post
    My own take is that humor is no more or no less appropriate in a novel than it is in life. If a novel is to realistically portray life, whether past, present, future or imaginary, then humor should appear as frequently or as infrequently as it does in life.

    I don't think it matters whether you are a funny person or not, the same as it doesn't matter whether you can write about murder without actually being a murderer. What matters is whether you can see humor, even in the unfunniest
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  3. The 22 Rules of Storytelling by Pixar -- Reprint

    by , June 20th, 2012 at 10:59 AM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.#2: You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.
    #3: Trying for theme is important, but you won't see what the story is actually about til you're at the end of it. Now rewrite.
    #4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.
    #5: Simplify. Focus. Combine
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  4. Sex in my book.

    by , June 18th, 2012 at 10:38 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by Galen View Post
    What about humor?

    I love Janet Evanovich and she makes sex funny. All of my friends love her and we share her books among ourselves and others. She cracks me up. She has a way of saying things that I thought would be impolite in public but somehow she adds a charm that makes it ok. Now, if I recall there has been only one scene that I read and I have read many of her books that was a bit too explicit for me. To me it crossed over from funny to cold erotica.

    Also, while
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  5. Writing How-To's

    by , June 18th, 2012 at 02:56 AM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by Terry D View Post
    Here again, as in the outlining thread, much depends on the writer's own make-up and what they expect to get from a "how to" book. If you want to find a book that will tell you how to choose the right story, and the right words, and what sequence to put them in to build a bestseller you are not going to find it. Some books breakdown well written works and find patterns within their structure which they try to pass on to the writing-readers. If you want to be conscious of your structure
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  6. Writing How-To's

    by , June 18th, 2012 at 02:55 AM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by Sam W View Post
    I must be a naturally gifted storyteller. I've never in my life read a how-to book, a rule book, or any book other than a work of fiction. It hasn't done me any harm. What you read in one how-to book is going to completely differ in another, and for that reason I can't allow myself to take them seriously. The best way to learn the craft of writing, in my opinion, is to read fiction. Not how-to guides or you-must guides. Fiction.

    Here's an interesting and relevant anecdote. Everything
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  7. Writing How-To's

    by , June 18th, 2012 at 02:53 AM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by KyleColorado View Post
    I'm probably in the high-end as far as how many "how to" books on writing I've read and own.

    My current library contains. .. ... ..

    The Power of Point of View - Alicia Rasley
    Beginnings, Middles, and Ends - Nancy Kress
    Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint - Nancy Kress
    Make a Scene - Jordan Rosenfeld
    Conflict and Suspense - James Scott Bell
    Plot and Structure - James Scott Bell
    Immediate Fiction - Jerry Cleaver
    Writing
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  8. Publsishing via 'Kindle'

    by , June 17th, 2012 at 08:15 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by movieman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Randyjoe View Post
    Has anyone published anything via the Kindle? How do you get paid?
    Direct bank transfer for a US bank account, check for a foreign bank account. Various complex hoops to jump through if you're a non-American writer and don't want the IRS keeping 30% of your payments.
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  9. Online Resources

    by , June 13th, 2012 at 09:04 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Dictionary of novel writing terms
    http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/site..._glossary.html

    to be updated over time
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  10. Pacing? Novel vs. Short Story

    by , June 13th, 2012 at 09:01 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by KyleColorado View Post
    If I were forced at gunpoint to define my niche as a writer, I would blurt out "short stories", before bargaining for my life.

    My question is, how can a short-story writer traverse the bridge of several hundred pages into the realm of novels?

    In my few, and futile, attempts at novel writing, I found my pacing slows down to a snail's speed. Instead of conveying moments and ideas with a sweeping hand, like I do with short stories, I find myself narrowing the narrative
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  11. Storyboarding your novel

    by , June 12th, 2012 at 09:15 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by squidtender View Post
    This is something I've been thinking about lately, because I saw how important it was when I spent a summer at a USC film school camp (this one time, at film school camp). While I didn't do it for my current novel, I still think when I begin my rewrites (end of June) I'll try it. Seeing it together all in front of you could help when cutting, editing, moving chapters, scenes, all the usual rewrite fun. Lets begin
    Storyboards are an invaluable tool for some of the world's most famous filmmakers.
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  12. Dialogue

    by , June 11th, 2012 at 07:40 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Dialogue

    Dialogue is conversation in written form. There are a few conventions that you should follow when creating dialogue.

    Paragraphs

    Every time the character speaking changes begin a new paragraph.

    “Mom, Jenny invited me to go swimming,” Carrie said. “Can I go?”

    “Which pool, the one at the park or the one at the gym?” her mother asked.

    A description about the character who has just spoken usually stays in the same ...
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  13. Reviewer's Handbook

    by , June 11th, 2012 at 07:14 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
  14. How do you edit?

    by , June 11th, 2012 at 02:15 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by QDOS View Post
    Hi, Wow! Big subject...

    Editing or Proofreading - Most use the terms interchangeably, but they focus on different aspects of writing and employ different techniques.

    Editing - this is corrections to the structure, your style, the flow of the narrative, timelines, if you like who, what, when, where, why, and how, all of these would be strictly speaking part of the editing process. There is no easy way to address these, but read through identify them and correct
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  15. Frustrated on lack of skills to make stories believable

    by , June 10th, 2012 at 06:23 PM (Galen's Collection of Useful Posts from the Writing Forums)
    Quote Originally Posted by WriterJohnB View Post
    Sunaynanaprasad,

    Nearly all beginning writers worry about "long term weaknesses." And nearly all beginning writers have a reason to worry. I was the same way twenty-some years ago. I didn't even know what my weaknesses were, just had a general lack of confidence. I got the help I needed by joining a writers group dedicated to the goal of having everyone's work published. There were 2 English Lit profs in that group and we had many aspiring writers show up and drop out. Believe
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