• Where does a writer, who wants to make a living from their work, start this journey?

    If you have traveled this road and have any solid advice, it would be greatly appreciated. I get on the web to try and find a legitimate place to start and get completely overwhelmed. I write songs, poetry, children's stories and spoof material. I would like to pursue a career in this field. Please share... show more
    If you have traveled this road and have any solid advice, it would be greatly appreciated. I get on the web to try and find a legitimate place to start and get completely overwhelmed. I write songs, poetry, children's stories and spoof material. I would like to pursue a career in this field. Please share your experience and thoughts on how I should go about making money from my works. Thank you! :-)
    10 answers · 1 day ago
  • What are some random objects?

    I m brainstorming a story where characters powers are determined by the last thing they touched. Like, this little girl was coloring with crayons, and now she can draw with her fingertips. Feel free to have useless/stupid ones, just sfw please
    I m brainstorming a story where characters powers are determined by the last thing they touched. Like, this little girl was coloring with crayons, and now she can draw with her fingertips. Feel free to have useless/stupid ones, just sfw please
    10 answers · 1 day ago
  • Why does Stephen King's 'Misery' have it's title?

    I understand the antagonistic of the novel/film essentially puts the protagonist through a sort of "misery" throughout the story, but is there an alternative or deeper meaning behind the title? Best answer will be picked. Have a nice day.
    I understand the antagonistic of the novel/film essentially puts the protagonist through a sort of "misery" throughout the story, but is there an alternative or deeper meaning behind the title? Best answer will be picked. Have a nice day.
    12 answers · 20 hours ago
  • I'm writing a story and need character name ideas?

    Here are the characters: 1 - Main character is a girl who is 20. She's really thin with dark red hair, she's kinda depressive, she's quiet, she's a physics student in college, and really into that stuff, and kind of a stoner but real smart. 2 - her boyfriend. He's tall and skinny and... show more
    Here are the characters: 1 - Main character is a girl who is 20. She's really thin with dark red hair, she's kinda depressive, she's quiet, she's a physics student in college, and really into that stuff, and kind of a stoner but real smart. 2 - her boyfriend. He's tall and skinny and they've been together years and he works night shifts in the kitchen at a hospital. He's really emotional and sweet but also a little bit confused lol 3 - the girl's brother. He's 17 and into skateboarding and speed, and is really sweet to his gf and wants to be a good dad. He is also really smart and good at maths. He got his girlfriend pregnant just recently. 4 - the brother's girlfriend. She's from a really rough family and wants to be a good mum even though she's only 16 because her mum sucked. She has heaps of siblings and gets in trouble at school heaps, getting in fights and stuff, and she's really tough. She's got bleached blonde hair and lots of freckles. They're all from a small kinda shitty town in England so I don't want them to have real fancy names or anything, and obviously the brother and main character need to have names that sound like names people might name their two kids. I appreciate any ideas and if you wanna comment on their characters and things I might want to change that would be really cool! Thanks xxx
    10 answers · 14 hours ago
  • Is Science Fiction For Loosers?

    29 answers · 3 days ago
  • What do you do if you suspect that some of your stories are being rejected purely for political reasons?

    I’ve had the baffling experience of some of my stories getting turned down despite everyone I show them to saying they loved them and even some editors saying they enjoyed them but are still “passing” on them. Even some editors of some major magazines who have communicated with me personally have said they enjoyed... show more
    I’ve had the baffling experience of some of my stories getting turned down despite everyone I show them to saying they loved them and even some editors saying they enjoyed them but are still “passing” on them. Even some editors of some major magazines who have communicated with me personally have said they enjoyed the story but then they go on to give dubious and phony reasons as to why they are nevertheless “passing” on it. Of course, I have my suspicions as to why this is. I am almost certain that it is due to the political elements and motifs of the stories which the liberal elite snowflakes who dominate the publishing industry find threatening. That is why they give these phony “passing” pretexts even after complimenting the works. These people seem to have no shame in stifling the aspirations of brilliant young writers like myself. What can I do about this?
    28 answers · 5 days ago
  • Please could I have some help on naming this character?

    The surname is Ashby, here are some suggestions I have thought off; Emily Ashby. Julie Ashby. Lydia Ashby. Tessa Ashby. Lauren Ashby. Annie Ashby. Jenny Ashby. Jane Ashby.
    The surname is Ashby, here are some suggestions I have thought off; Emily Ashby. Julie Ashby. Lydia Ashby. Tessa Ashby. Lauren Ashby. Annie Ashby. Jenny Ashby. Jane Ashby.
    8 answers · 1 day ago
  • Help with a character I m writing with mental illness please?

    Best answer: Give all your characters realistic personalities that your readers might meet in their life or write from your own experience with people. The story often isn't relatable but the characters are.
    Best answer: Give all your characters realistic personalities that your readers might meet in their life or write from your own experience with people. The story often isn't relatable but the characters are.
    13 answers · 3 days ago
  • I am writing a book. What is good name to give a kid that gets detention all the time.?

    Best answer: How about the initials DK
    Best answer: How about the initials DK
    19 answers · 4 days ago
  • How much does a book editor charge?

    Best answer: It's not clear what services you want. Are they translating, or editing in two languages, and if it's edits, what level of edits? Content, language and grammar, or proofreading? http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php lists these "Common Rates for Editorial Services." Common rates reported to us by... show more
    Best answer: It's not clear what services you want. Are they translating, or editing in two languages, and if it's edits, what level of edits? Content, language and grammar, or proofreading?

    http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php lists these "Common Rates for Editorial Services."

    Common rates reported to us by our members fall within the ranges indicated below. They should be used only as a rough guideline; rates vary considerably depending on the nature of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a page is 250 words. A 'word' isn't a literal word but any six characters, including blank spaces--more like the words used to measure typing speed.

    Type of Work ................Estimated Pace.......... Range of Fees
    Copyediting, basic ........5-10 ms pages/hour.. $20-35/hour
    Copyediting, heavy .......2-5 ms pages/hour.... $25-50/hour
    Developmental editing...1-5 pages/hour.......... $32-60/hour
    Proofreading .................3-10 ms pages/hour.. $20-35/hour
    Writing ..........................1-3 ms pages/hour .....$40-125/hour, $50-110/book page

    Let's say your manuscript is pretty clean and needs only basic copyediting or proofreading, and let's say your editor is fast and cheap (s/he does 10 pages an hour at the lowest price, $20 an hour). A 75,000-word manuscript (typical length for a first novel in many genres) is going to be 300 pages in submission format, which averages 250 words per page. That's 30 hours at $20 each, for $600.

    However, that's rarely the way it plays out. More commonly, writers who feel the need for an editor have somewhat poorer skills at basic writing mechanics, require more revision, and the editor must work much more slowly because there's so much more that requires his/her attention. Fees totaling $1500 - $2000 are perfectly reasonable for such a manuscript. For a manuscript in two languages, you can expect to pay twice that--and it's highly unlikely you'll find a single editor proficient in both languages.
    6 answers · 4 days ago
  • Does a book author need an editor?

    16 answers · 4 days ago
  • How is my writing?

    Best answer: It's got quite a few issues and flaws, but I don't do line by line critique here unless I have a specific request for that and the poster's promise to behave like a reasonable person when they see exactly what's wrong with their writing. Too often I've taken a half hour to help an aspiring... show more
    Best answer: It's got quite a few issues and flaws, but I don't do line by line critique here unless I have a specific request for that and the poster's promise to behave like a reasonable person when they see exactly what's wrong with their writing. Too often I've taken a half hour to help an aspiring writer only to have them be embarrassed and delete the question, or to get all hostile and defensive, stalking me here and thumbs-downing or reporting every reply I make.

    The issues I see are with wordiness, chronology, and dialogue attribute goofs. All teachable elements, for the record.

    Edit: Here you go. Remember, it's just on person's opinion.

    All it took for Adam to visibly jump was the first BANG! [This is a goof in chronology. You tell the reader he jumps before you tell us there's a sound that caused it. There's a point of view issue as well. If Adam "visibly jump(s)" then whose point of view are we in that they observe the jump? I'd have assumed Adam is alone and we're meant to be inside his head as he experiences what happens.][In fact, a lot of what isn't working in this is a failure to be inside Adam's head as he experiences it. The reader needs to know not what he sees, hears, and says but what he thinks and feels.] “What the hell?” He said [You nearly lost me right here. Knowing when (and why) to capitalize dialogue tags (the "he said" parts) is basic and this mistake shows you haven't mastered it.] to himself [Do we need "to himself" if we know he's alone in the room?] as he rose to his feet [To one's feet is the only way to rise, so saying that is redundant.] from the chair he had been falling asleep on. [<--Again, chronology slip-ups. The order of events you present to the reader is very nearly backward. In literal order, he was falling asleep, there was a sound, he jumped, he rose from the chair.] When the noise didn’t come to an end [<--Wordy. How about a simple "didn't end" or "continued"?], he fought through his slightly shaky yet rapid breathing [<--I literally don't get how a person would have to fight through their breathing, even if it's shaky and fast.] and inched closer towards his door to lock it [Here's a great spot where the reader deserves to be inside Adam's head. Why does a noise make him scared rather than curious? I bet you know, but the reader doesn't.], but that’s when he heard [This is classic filtering, telling us which sense the character used to gain input. Create a sound and let your reader assume he heard it.] movement coming from the other side of it. He slowly opened the door [just] wide enough [just--moved to a better spot] to peek through the crack, [Not a big deal, but I'd break for a new sentence here, since there's no compelling reason to join the clauses.] and once he saw that it was just a group of people [Too vague. Does he know them? Don't withhold information from the reader.] , he heavily sighed and then [Use and or then, never both.] folded his arms across his frail chest.

    “Hey, geniuses,” Adam said loud enough from behind the now wider doorway. [<--As dialogue attibutes go, this is awkward and contains an error in fact. (The doorway isn't wider; the door is open wider. Not the same thing.) Loud enough for what or who? Does the reader need to be reminded the door is opened wider when it was the last thing he did? Keep an eye out for repetition. You've used "loud enough" very soon after "wide enough."] “Way to bring those things over here.” [Congratulations for being one of the few people who knows you need a comma after "hey." The dialogue spoken sounds natural and real. I'm hoping your next sentence would tell the reader what "those things" are.]

    [Like any critique, all you have to do is be open to it. Use what you like, ignore the rest. Happy writing!]
    9 answers · 5 days ago
  • Best Murder mystery/serial killers Books?

    So I’m on a reading fix and I’m looking for some good murder mystery or serial killer book. What are some of y’all favorites?
    So I’m on a reading fix and I’m looking for some good murder mystery or serial killer book. What are some of y’all favorites?
    10 answers · 3 days ago
  • Star Wars fans, are their any names, terms, words you want left out of the canon?

    Best answer: Any "Darth" name that is a word or part of a word like "Darth Sidious", "Darth Bane" etc have to cease. They sound like 14 year olds trying to sound badass. Millennium "Falcon"? Silly as hell. What are falcons doing in another galaxy? Wedge "Antilles"? Sounds great,... show more
    Best answer: Any "Darth" name that is a word or part of a word like "Darth Sidious", "Darth Bane" etc have to cease. They sound like 14 year olds trying to sound badass. Millennium "Falcon"? Silly as hell. What are falcons doing in another galaxy? Wedge "Antilles"? Sounds great, but there are no Antilles on other worlds. You wanna get REALLY technical/picky/stringent? Why should there be either X or Y-wing fighters? Both Xs and Ys are the names of shapes/letters derived from the Latin Alphabet, and shouldn't really be in another galaxy. I could go on.
    5 answers · 5 hours ago
  • Point of View?

    First or Third? Present of Past?
    First or Third? Present of Past?
    7 answers · 2 days ago
  • Whats the best FREE software for writing a book?

    Best answer: Any program that can save files in .doc format (Microsoft Word) will work. .doc is the de facto standard for writing long documents. If you want to publish your book or share it with anyone, they'll almost certainly expect that format. Before I started coding my own HTML (long story), I used LibreOffice, which... show more
    Best answer: Any program that can save files in .doc format (Microsoft Word) will work. .doc is the de facto standard for writing long documents. If you want to publish your book or share it with anyone, they'll almost certainly expect that format. Before I started coding my own HTML (long story), I used LibreOffice, which is a free download from www.libreoffice.org.
    10 answers · 3 days ago