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Forum: Tips & Advice 05-06-2016, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 984
Posted By mcv1986
Know any lifelong novels or memoirs/autobiographies?

I am planning a serial killer/mass war criminal novel that will follow an Asian-American woman's rise from a superior college student and end shortly after she becomes a national leader. It will be...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 02-19-2016, 03:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,822
Posted By mcv1986
any advice on how to speed up writers block?

HI y'all! I got on here today to ask a question about how to deal with difficult edits. specifically, I had a scene taking place in a bar and there was a paragraph I just could not get right. After a...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 01-14-2016, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,564
Posted By mcv1986
Can you miss spell the names of famous people...

Can you miss spell the names of famous people with thoes issues? What about associated Nick names such as Jay "rain man" Smith or "lithium" Dave Johnson?

I try to give my people semi exotic names...
Forum: Tips & Advice 01-10-2016, 12:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,214
Posted By mcv1986
They can be. If I was only interested in pleasure...

They can be. If I was only interested in pleasure I would not have kept the audio version of Dean Koontz's Intensity. That book was annoying. However, Koontz does a good job with pace, description...
Forum: Tips & Advice 01-04-2016, 12:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,214
Posted By mcv1986
And, I would add, purposesful reading. I think my...

And, I would add, purposesful reading. I think my writing has gotten better sense disregarding pleasure. Instead I focus on word usage, pace, description, plot, etc.
Forum: Tips & Advice 12-22-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,275
Posted By mcv1986
NO, I like white noise to drown out everything...

NO, I like white noise to drown out everything else. Yet, any thing rhythmic or vocal distracts me too much.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 12-22-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,100
Posted By mcv1986
Thank you both very much.

Thank you both very much.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 12-18-2015, 05:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,100
Posted By mcv1986
should the close 3rd person narrator know who everyone is?

I am using the close third person POV for my current project. In a particular segment of a scene I have my hacker watching two teenagers. In the beginning of the segment I use only basic identifiers...
Forum: Publishing 12-02-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,462
Posted By mcv1986
ghostwriting-$100 per 1,000 words?

I was looking around on elance, being delusional that someone would hire me, and noticed that most of the clients offer an average of $100 for every 1,000 words.

That seems kind of low to me. If...
Forum: The Library 11-11-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 3,689
Views: 251,057
Posted By mcv1986
Just finished The Pact by Robert Patrick Lewis....

Just finished The Pact by Robert Patrick Lewis. It deals with an invasion of the US and how special forces units would react.The book is a lot better if you view it as a prepping/learning aid like...
Forum: Tips & Advice 11-08-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,260
Posted By mcv1986
Does it have to be a real course with actual...

Does it have to be a real course with actual people? If not I can suggest the Red Sneaker Books by William Bernhardt. They focus on individual parts such as structure, plot and dialogue.

Also,...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 10-29-2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,034
Posted By mcv1986
In one of my chapters I have a segment where the...

In one of my chapters I have a segment where the MC and his date are walking to his car. the segment is basically meant to explain that he enjoys hunting, not just animals, and that it is a major...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 10-28-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,034
Posted By mcv1986
What does it mean when someone says “nothing happened” in a scene or story?

I have been accused of writing stories and scenes where “nothing happens”. I have no idea what people mean by this. Characters interact with the world, there’s dialog and there is a definite...
Forum: Tips & Advice 10-23-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,790
Posted By mcv1986
Keep in mind this is all coming from a writing...

Keep in mind this is all coming from a writing noob.


This very question has caused me to go from wanting to write horror to dark fiction and political/spy thriller. Personally, as an adult, I...
Forum: Publishing 03-29-2015, 08:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,019
Posted By mcv1986
How do you choose the right cover for a collection of short stories?

Hi, long time no see,

So, in the time I have been gone I have self published 2 stories on amazon and am currently searching for a cover to go with the third. The third story is part of the same...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 10-25-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,927
Posted By mcv1986
Dont name it something like "harry Potter" and...

Dont name it something like "harry Potter" and you should be fine.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 10-25-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,685
Posted By mcv1986
I dont see why you cant. I read a detective novel...

I dont see why you cant. I read a detective novel set in Portland Oregon that had several facts distorted. Also, in most works of fiction, the actual effects of weapons are almost never correctly...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 10-25-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,311
Posted By mcv1986
Yes, I am well aware no one else seems to like my...

Yes, I am well aware no one else seems to like my serial killer at all. Maybe sense I know the whole story, I just dont get the "asshole" vibe about her. Starting to think I may have to just scrap...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 10-25-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,311
Posted By mcv1986
any advice on writing fe/male characters as the opposet sex?

I am a male persudo-writer who has several female characters. In my serial killer novel the main character is female. What I would like some advice on how a writer of one sex can better create...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 09-10-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,836
Posted By mcv1986
Personally, I prefer dating people, not...

Personally, I prefer dating people, not places.but, each to their own.

Any how, at 28, I find woman like it when you take them to the zoo. Preferably on a day mostly void of youngins.
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 08-31-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,101
Posted By mcv1986
How much violence is acceptable?

There in a sci-fi story in the members only area where people stated it had too much violence to be at the beginning of a story. I liked it and dont see why it would be unacceptable. this is...
Forum: Tips & Advice 07-24-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,692
Posted By mcv1986
I try to remember my problems. Do you want...

I try to remember my problems.

Do you want to keep driving a semi for the next 20+ years?
Do you want to be doing physical labor?
Do you want to constantly be alone due to being on the road 45...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 07-19-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,250
Posted By mcv1986
LOL. I found his site about a month age and have...

LOL. I found his site about a month age and have been wondering the same thing. I can see the structure potentially working for my modern-alternate history novel, but not my serial killer novel. His...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-20-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 209,951
Posted By mcv1986
Ill add my two pennies. From what I've...

Ill add my two pennies.

From what I've read the average count is 250-300. However, I counted the words in several of the novels I own , spy and sci-fi paper backs, and the average was just...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 06-19-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,186
Posted By mcv1986
To page break or to chapter?

So, iam back to working on my novel and I have a bit of an issue. I have a whole lot of page break moments that iam thinking may need to be chapters. The way in which I use the page breaks is to...
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