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Forum: Fiction 12-08-2010, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,289
Posted By jruthwiebe
Icon14 Stick to what you love...

I agree with the other posters that your writing is good, but I disagree about the comments re: changing your subject/story. I didn't find that your prologue read like either Harry Potter or...
Forum: Publishing 11-14-2010, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,129
Posted By jruthwiebe
NOTE: After reading my response below, Rei went...

NOTE: After reading my response below, Rei went back and edited her comment. Looks like her second drafts are better than her first. :)

Wow, Rei/Helen, nice attitude. Judging by your subject...
Forum: Publishing 11-14-2010, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,129
Posted By jruthwiebe
Totally agree with Mike C: young adult publishers...

Totally agree with Mike C: young adult publishers are publishing 'risque' topics --- from teens struggling with their sexuality to suicide to incest. (There's a very popular mainstream YA series...
Forum: Tips & Advice 11-14-2010, 03:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,940
Posted By jruthwiebe
With all the spy books out there, the best I...

With all the spy books out there, the best I think you can do to set yourself apart has nothing to do with the details (although I do think a hacker-esque spin rather than a traditional bomb story...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-13-2010, 08:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,586
Posted By jruthwiebe
I'll add that I used to have this same problem......

I'll add that I used to have this same problem... back when I was writing 'literary fiction'. My writing was so dense, and I had to be so thoughtful with every single line, I felt like I couldn't...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-12-2010, 08:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,586
Posted By jruthwiebe
I think it was the devil who first said you...

I think it was the devil who first said you should write when it 'comes to you' - or at least I blame him for it. Following such advice is a slow way to waste decades -- to waste your talent. Forget...
Forum: Tips & Advice 11-12-2010, 05:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 26,923
Posted By jruthwiebe
I'd add Page99Test.com (http://page99test.com),...

I'd add Page99Test.com (http://page99test.com), where you can post the 99th page of your published - or unpublished - book, and get quick, pointed feedback from the community. (Plus read a bunch of...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-12-2010, 12:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Posted By jruthwiebe
I agree 100%! Reading the works of others and...

I agree 100%! Reading the works of others and critiquing them forces you to think about the details writers -- not readers -- have to think about. Outside of looking at stuff like characters, plot,...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-12-2010, 12:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,708
Posted By jruthwiebe
Jo in "Little Women" married a man 2x her age...

Jo in "Little Women" married a man 2x her age (when the readers all wanted her to marry Laurie). Elinor in "Sense and Sensibility" married the much-older Colonel Branden. But those stories weren't...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-12-2010, 11:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,442
Posted By jruthwiebe
You as the writer [should] know your characters...

You as the writer [should] know your characters intimately. JK Rowling said that she could tell you which character was going to do X job and marry Y person even if they never did those things in any...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-12-2010, 11:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,917
Posted By jruthwiebe
CAVEAT: MY FEEDBACK ASSUMES YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR...

CAVEAT: MY FEEDBACK ASSUMES YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR BOOK SOME DAY

Although I agree with everyone that the best readers make the best writers, there's more to being a great, marketable writer than...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-12-2010, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,320
Posted By jruthwiebe
We don't all go to school to learn; we also go to...

We don't all go to school to learn; we also go to get degrees that we can put on our resumes and, in the case of unpublished writers, on our query letters.

I was an English major, and I took...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-12-2010, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 821
Posted By jruthwiebe
Agree that RedLorry's combo reads great... but I...

Agree that RedLorry's combo reads great... but I wonder if the language "setting a secret plan in motion" isn't too vague for agents. Is it a secret plan to overthrow the king? A secret plan to steal...
Forum: Tips & Advice 11-11-2010, 02:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,750
Posted By jruthwiebe
Nathan Bransford is no longer a literary agent. :(

Nathan Bransford is no longer a literary agent. :(
Forum: Tips & Advice 11-11-2010, 02:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,291
Posted By jruthwiebe
A blog + Twitter seems to be a great place to...

A blog + Twitter seems to be a great place to start. Of course, you'll have to write interesting blog posts on a regular basis ---- because every writer alive right now is being told to write a blog,...
Forum: Tips & Advice 11-11-2010, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,588
Posted By jruthwiebe
Here's a secret that I hesitate to share because...

Here's a secret that I hesitate to share because the book I'm about to tell you about is so hard to find, it goes for hundreds of dollars at rare book stores. I read it once in university, at the...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-11-2010, 02:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,915
Posted By jruthwiebe
Cliches are pretty impossible to escape... but I...

Cliches are pretty impossible to escape... but I think what you want to avoid is working on anything that's been "done to death". People take comfort in cliches because it gives them a point of...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 11-11-2010, 02:02 PM
Replies: 8,559
Views: 221,150
Posted By jruthwiebe
Icon7 Random Fact: My Name

There are 5 kids in my family, and the 4 of us that my dad was 'allowed' to name are all named from the Bible:

Jacob David
Sarah Leanne
Joanna Ruth
Paul Abraham

Don't meet a lot of 29...
Forum: Fiction 11-11-2010, 01:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,688
Posted By jruthwiebe
Seriously gross. But intriguing. And, yes, in...

Seriously gross. But intriguing. And, yes, in spite of the grossness, funny.

You may want to find the right word(s) to replace "bank vault type locking mechanism", which sounded strange. And...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-11-2010, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 951
Posted By jruthwiebe
It's tricky! And it depends on your 'third...

It's tricky! And it depends on your 'third person' being more omniscient than a lot of third-persons out there. For example, in Lauren Kate's Fallen series, the story is told in the third person......
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-11-2010, 01:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,266
Posted By jruthwiebe
I think each of the 'stars' that gets colonized...

I think each of the 'stars' that gets colonized should have some unique staple that can only be cultivated there due to different climates. :) Seriously. Colony A has some way of producing heat that...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-11-2010, 01:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,964
Posted By jruthwiebe
Death by landscape. Put them in the middle of...

Death by landscape. Put them in the middle of Saskatchewan, right along some so-called beautiful creek with great plains as far as the eye can see. They'll all want to kill themselves in no time at...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-11-2010, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,029
Posted By jruthwiebe
I love the Slender Man idea! I want to steal it....

I love the Slender Man idea! I want to steal it. :)
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-11-2010, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 741
Posted By jruthwiebe
I agree with everyone's comments so far, and I'll...

I agree with everyone's comments so far, and I'll just add that the only things I want to know about a character in a story are the things that will help me understand him/her as that exact character...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 11-11-2010, 01:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,179
Posted By jruthwiebe
If you've already written a book (which it sounds...

If you've already written a book (which it sounds like you have --- the fantasy one you mention), then you know that the intro you start with is rarely the intro that makes its way into an editor's...
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