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Reviewer: TutThreeSevens Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: Feb 04, 2015 10:18 pm Title: Summaries: A Case Example

Ahhhhh. I like it!!! I love the Quote too because it's one that conveys his personality in the fic so well. It's simple to the point and it still encompasses the gist of the one I used. 2 Thumbs up. Now my mind is tinkering with other ways to do present it too!! Thanks!! 

Carol is an awesome writer. An awesome person in general!! Her stories are so on point you see the growth and it could easily mimick Michael's actual life. (She's also an amazing Visual artist too!!)

The reason HoneyToTheBee mentioned is the same reason why I don't use his actual children either. I prefer to create my own characters with different names. Not disregarding the beautiful children in any way though. 

Can't wait to read the Consistency post!!

Author's Response:

Yay! I delayed putting it up b/c I kept altering it in someway. Summaries are so flexible, that it's hard to not to want to. My other ideas were a little more consistent with a cheesy romance novel, and I wanted to avoid overstepping and falling into that (rather overplayed) lead in.

I wish Carol would update her story. She's got so many balls up in the air with it.....the longer she waits, the harder it is to return. She's her own biggest barrier.


Reviewer: KerenOlivero Anonymous [Report This]
Date: Feb 04, 2015 08:47 pm Title: Summaries: A Case Example

Yeah I'm not one for lengthy elaborate summaries..simple ones are fine and dandy..sometimes I like to make it sound like an introduction for an episode to a TV show.

Author's Response:

Agreed - hit some key terms, build some tension, be a bit of a tease. Say if it is AU or not. That should cover all the bases. I have a book of stories of 55 words or less, and while no single one satiates me, I'd liken each to a long summary. Just like this.

Reviewer: Coco Signed [Report This]
Date: Feb 04, 2015 08:31 pm Title: Summaries: A Case Example

Honey To The Bee: Blanket's mama is a surrogate. She is Italian/Spanish/BlackMix. That's all we know about her. Blanket was born in San Diego.  That's as far as I know.. Quite frankly, I do not think I want to know anything else about Blanket's momma.  Well maybe a little.. Well, it's none of my business loll

Author's Response:

I'm with ya there. If it's true that he kept his ID hidden, then she didn't sign up for stans on her doorstep.

Reviewer: HoneyToTheBee Signed starstarstarstarstar [Report This]
Date: Feb 04, 2015 08:25 pm Title: Summaries: A Case Example

I don't have much to say about summaries. I'm probably not the best at thinking them up. The Surrogate's sequal is a good example of a bad summary lol. I need to repackage that whole deal...

But I look forward to the next chapter! Consistency... there's another thing I'm guilty of a little. It happens when you pull chapters out of your ass instead of having an established plan of where the story is going. 

As far as online sources go... I get frustrated when I try to watch interviews and read sources about Michael's life because there are so many inconsistencies... Like in the martin bashir disaster at one point (if I heard right) Michael said that Blanket's mom was just a surrogate, and in another version/part of it he says that she was someone that he had a relationship with... Which is why I'll never try to write about his real children or his real wives... I've spent too much time trying to figure that damn man out. I'm content with creating my own Michaels and writing my own history for him.

Author's Response:

Michael said some contradictory things. I'm not sure if it was inebriation, wanting to mislead the press (he liked to do that), his sense of humor, or just getting twisted around in certain situations.  I think a bit of each, depending on the situation.  Cascio has said that he helped Michael pick out the surrogate. I tend to believe that.

Michael is a very complex character to convey. There are several authors who have done (what I believe to be) very realistic takes on him (e.g. Carol's Dare to Dream/A Dream Deferred, SkyWriter's The Accused, pheonix's When I come of Age, etc). Of course, all also largely leave his ex-wives out of their stories. I don't know if it is so much that we don't know what happened as it is that (for me) it feels too invasive.  That's likely an arbitrary line, but it's one that resonates with me. 

I'm totally going to quote you on that consistency comment.

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