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by Bibsy
Sat Sep 16, 2006 2:02 pm
Forum: Guidelines for Writing
Topic: Characteristics of a Good Synopsis
Replies: 3
Views: 9129

Another couple websites that get into writing a synopsis: http://www.absolutewrite.com/novels/dreaded_synopsis.htm http://www.sfwa.org/writing/OP71.htm http://www.writing-world.com/publish/synopsis.shtml When I was researching how to write a synopsis, one thing I found was that no one seems to agree...
by Bibsy
Sat Sep 16, 2006 1:48 pm
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: Map making
Replies: 30
Views: 18366

I didn't see it mentioned while skimming through the rest of this thread, so I thought I'd add that there's a free map-making program you can download called AutoREALM ( http://autorealm.sourceforge.net/index.php ) I haven't entirely gotten the hang of it myself, though (my maps have ended up becomi...
by Bibsy
Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: Writing Courses
Replies: 21
Views: 12584

From my own experience and talking to others, I've found that writing courses and critique groups seem to be a mixed bag. Some are great; others are downright useless. A lot can depend on where you are as a writer too, I've found. What works for someone at stage A of their writing life doesn't neces...
by Bibsy
Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:28 pm
Forum: Movies
Topic: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Replies: 5
Views: 4925

It's been ages since I've seen Buckaroo Banzai, but it's just classic. I really need to watch it again.
by Bibsy
Fri Sep 01, 2006 12:26 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Another newbie checking in
Replies: 10
Views: 6019

Thanks for the hellos!
by Bibsy
Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:31 pm
Forum: Movies
Topic: Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Replies: 23
Views: 14845

I thought the film was well done, but for some reason, I felt distanced from it. I'm not sure if my expectations were too high since I loved the book when I read it waaaaay back when, or if it was something else. I just kept having the feeling that I would have appreciated the film a lot more if I w...
by Bibsy
Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:00 pm
Forum: Guidelines for Writing
Topic: Cutting words.
Replies: 11
Views: 14552

I'd say a little of both. For me, when trying to cut down on word count, adverbs and adjectives are usually the first to go since it's so easy to use more of them than you really need. And depending on how tight your prose is to begin with, there might be places where you can change a few words ("he...
by Bibsy
Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:53 pm
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: Dialogue
Replies: 7
Views: 5482

This may sound like a strange suggestion at first, and it's probably not for everyone, but taking an acting class can be surprisingly helpful for dialogue if you approach it the right way. I read an article in a writing magazine where an author said she thought acting classes were a really useful to...
by Bibsy
Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:44 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Another newbie checking in
Replies: 10
Views: 6019

Thanks for all the welcomes!
by Bibsy
Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:41 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Another newbie checking in
Replies: 10
Views: 6019

Another newbie checking in

Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I used to lurk around the old site, but I don't think I ever posted there, so I'd say that qualifies me as a newbie. Anyway, I'm a grant writer for an opera company, as well as a fiction writer with lots of love for the speculative fiction genre. I've h...