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Second Run at Hub

  1. Falsor Wing profile image85
    Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago

    I made a hub using only a section of a novel as those who looked at my first hub all said it was too long and didn't really mention anything else. I am wondering if the forum can tell me whether or not this shorter excerpt has some chance of being read and all of the other things that are bound to be terrible with my new hubbage. Any help would be much appreciated.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Modsoldiers-The … of-a-Novel

    P.S. a hypothetical parade will be thrown in honor of those who responded to my last noob thread.

    P.P.S. why does spellcheck still not recognize noob I thought the OED people wordified noob and 1337 as real person words.

    1. darkside profile image80
      darksideposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Not sure if your spellcheck is working.

      You've misspelled 'beginning' in your URL.

      1. Faybe Bay profile image85
        Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Got it covered, down the thread. I think OP is not happy with me.

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image89
    Rochelle Frankposted 7 years ago

    I skimmed some of it, since it is not a genre which attracts me, I did not do a lot of real reading.
    As one hint-- I would say lose the first paragraph (reminds me so much of 'It was a dark and stormy night".) It isn't usually a good  idea to start with a weather report-- cut to the action or the  unique scene.
    Sorry, I can't be of much help here.
    Good luck.

  3. Rafini profile image87
    Rafiniposted 7 years ago

    I read about a third of it.  It seems to be interesting, but is slow moving.  I'm new to writing stories myself, sorry I couldn't help more.  (just started writing my first book length in the past 6 weeks)

  4. drej2522 profile image87
    drej2522posted 7 years ago

    hey there...It looks like you the beginnings of something solid, however, if I may ask...what are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to promote your book? Or have someone critique your book?

    1. Falsor Wing profile image85
      Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I'm looking mostly for critique, though if you're an editor who has fallen madly in love with it that would be cool too.

  5. tantrum profile image59
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    First of all, delete the explanation  on why you're writing it this way. It doesn't look very pro.
    Then ,brake the paragraphs in  capsules and  alternate with pics or drawings from your PC or websites.

    About the writing, but this is a personal opinion, you linger too much on descriptions. Action is lost among all those words. You repeat too much' the man' beginning every paragraph.

    IMO

    1. drej2522 profile image87
      drej2522posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      nodnods...And actually, I don't know if I like the rhythm. Now, it looks like you possess some talent, but the flow seems almost staggered and distracting. Try to avoid adverbs and lighten the load on your adjectives.

      Like a professor once told me, "Be confident in your nouns and verbs. If you think they can't stand alone then use stronger words. Don't try to bail them out with those damned 'ly' words!"

  6. Faybe Bay profile image85
    Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago

    Falsor Wing, If you like I will give you a couple of pointers to really make the whole thing pop. I have experience and actually turned my friend into a first class writer. Thing is I don't know if you are still here. Are you?

    1. Falsor Wing profile image85
      Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I am very still here. really I've never been so here in my life.

      1. Faybe Bay profile image85
        Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Okay, cut the first three paragraphs, don't scrap them, paste them somewhere. Start with "the man" etc. I know how hard it is to lose your words, but cutting those first three starts you where the reader has questions, what is this story about, why is the man letting himself drenched with rain?

        Beggining is spelled wrong, it's Beginning.

        1. Falsor Wing profile image85
          Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          i see

      2. Faybe Bay profile image85
        Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Next really read what you've written, the overcoat, try this:

        The filthy, tattered, and over-worn brown overcoat clung to the man's form; it did little to protect him from the elements but did much to indicate his status as homeless

        The filthy overcoat was practically useless against this weather, serving no other purpose than to identify him as homeless.

        Having done that look at each sentence and try to cut it in half, yet hold the same vision, I wrote my best stuff and then cut it in half three times before my writing teacher was happy with it.

  7. drej2522 profile image87
    drej2522posted 7 years ago

    Chants, "Go Faybe, Go Faybe, Go Faybe Go!" big_smile

  8. drej2522 profile image87
    drej2522posted 7 years ago

    She's right, Falsor! These days, it is hard to hold people's attention for very long. You need action, something to grab the reader right away.
    More often than not, we (as writers) try to set the mood and carry out the story in the beginning. We think to ourselves, "We need to set the plot in order for the reader to understand."...do away with that thought process. Get the reader's attention and explain later, filling in bits and pieces along the way.

    1. Faybe Bay profile image85
      Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Actually I want to be a proof reader and editor, but can't figure out how to get the job and get paid.

      1. drej2522 profile image87
        drej2522posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You could always take a chance on a newbie! I think the best way is to get a degree and work for those fancy publishing companies. roll

        1. Faybe Bay profile image85
          Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Yeah, I don't have a degree. I wouldn't be able to charge a newbie. I have a grander scheme than that. I read about people who want ghost writers. I will look for someone that "needs help" because they don't know any better, but want to make a true splash.

          Novels are dead. All of the publishing houses are trying to put their costs on the writer.

          1. Falsor Wing profile image85
            Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            my poor beloved medium. oh well at least I'm not a poet

            1. Faybe Bay profile image85
              Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Don't be sad! I wrote an article elsewhere, trying to sell it. You inspired me to be... So I wrote about my writing teacher! She was brilliant. I wouldn't even be a writer if it wasn't for her, and they canned my story. no pay sad

              1. Falsor Wing profile image85
                Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                who is they?

                1. Faybe Bay profile image85
                  Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Seed.com

                  You pick an article, write it and submit, if they buy it you get paid.

          2. drej2522 profile image87
            drej2522posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            yeah...hateful it is...hateful

            1. Faybe Bay profile image85
              Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              But it doesn't have to be. Look at Julie and Julia. She got this blog going, then they approached her with the book deal, approached her with the movie deal. She's apprenticing to be a butcher now and wrote a second novel called "Cleaving" lol

              Not a joke, all true.

              1. drej2522 profile image87
                drej2522posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                hmm, they have an interesting story...I just read a mini-summary of their success...not too shabby!

                1. Faybe Bay profile image85
                  Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  The movie is excellent! I own it YAY! Got it for Christmas, actually wouldn't even be here without it. My inspiration. I haven't set up my blog really, well I did, but lost it for two weeks! big_smile

                  I started a new one, but I must go back to it, got sidetracked with the web site thing.

  9. Falsor Wing profile image85
    Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago

    I fixed the spelling error though the url is permanent. an editor I am not (this is a problem)

    btw Faybe OP is happy with everyone.

    1. Faybe Bay profile image85
      Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry. I thought I upset you with the post about novels being dead. I have news for you. My son found it actually.

      If you get a large following they will want to publish you. Look at this.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruhpOtZvIfs

    2. Faybe Bay profile image85
      Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hey you had two! What happened to the other hub? You don't have to unpublish. The more hubs you publish the more juice you get!

      1. Falsor Wing profile image85
        Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I was convinced by another helpful hubber that posting an entire novel would get my ideas stolen. Yay, I wrote something that might be worth stealing.

        1. Falsor Wing profile image85
          Falsor Wingposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Has anyone else noticed that it's very easy to aliterate with the word hub? aliteration makes me happy.

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    lynnechandlerposted 7 years ago

    I think you need a site like fictionfactor.com to help you with this honestly. You are in the initial stages of writing a novel not article writing and that site is more conducive to what you are looking for in terms of writing novels. You can ask questions etc there to help gain knowledge to complete your novel. There is even a section where you can ask for critiques of your novel as it is in progress that is under lock and key (password protected) while you are working through it.

 
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