Quill

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    1. Re: How long should it take to cross a medieval town?

      So why did people switch to horses and generally preferred horses for plowing? The answer is simple, speed. My language still has a saying to this day, "Ploughing with oxen will also get you there". (...)


    2. Re: Hello, everyone!

      Thank you for mentioning this! I had the hardest time finding information about tense switching in the blurb itself, although I've been hyper aware while editing the chapters to make sure that everything (...)


    3. Re: Hello, everyone!

      Welcome. You have a good blurb; I do recommend that you don't switch tenses throughout it, though. Even if it feels like part of it is in the past and the other part is in the future, it can give the mistaken (...)


    4. Re: So I'm about to finish my first book...

      I think there is one issue with posting it as a separate book, assuming that the storyline is a continuation of book 1. It may attract the attention of new readers, but they won't actually be interested (...)


    5. Re: How long should it take to cross a medieval town?

      One factor I forgot to mention, the only way to get enough food in to feed 10000 people before modern transport was water based. roads don't work because a cart can't haul enough food to feed the animals (...)


    6. Re: Punctuation in Dialogue

      Really? I've been using sighed, hesitated, and a fuckton of other words as dialog tags since signing up. While it may not be technically correct, I do the same. I use a variety of unconventional (...)


    7. Re: Are Thursdays cursed?

      Impossible. It's Thor's day, it cannot be cursed. Wednesday on the other hand, I'd watch out for those.


    8. Re: Blurb Critique(?) Request

      One part of me would like to trim away every word that feels superfluous, but that's mostly because I'm trained to write blurbs as queries for agents, where brevity is a cardinal virtue, and I guess it (...)


    9. Re: What do you do when you feel unmotivated to write?

      Depends on the cause. If I am restless and finding it hard to focus, I meditate until my mind is in the right state to concentrate. If I am having trouble with a particular passage, I have two methods. (...)


    10. Re: My story isn't well.

      I read your prologue. The entirety of it struck me as being all "tell" and none of it "show". Now, it can work to have an in-story narrator tell their tale (it works for Name of the Wind). But in your (...)


    11. Re: Very first written review.

      (Is it sad that I'm celebrating this? Gotta start somewhere I guess.) Every milestone as a writer, no matter how minor, is worth celebrating. It can be a very long time before the next one happens, (...)


    12. Re: HelloHello!

      Hi, welcome to the site. Looking at your fiction, I noticed a handful of spelling errors in the blurb/synopsis. If you ran it through a spellchecker, it should catch them. I highly recommend doing this, (...)


    13. Re: What Do You Listen To While Writing?

      A fellow author recently recommended the music from Skyrim while writing. Video game soundtracks are great company when writing. It's often instrumental (no words to interfere with your thinking) (...)


    14. Re: How do you get reviews for your works?

      Once you have some followers, maybe a few that comment regularly, you can ask for reviews in your author notes. If done politely, you might get lucky and spur a dedicated reader into action. Afterwards, (...)


    15. Re: Why did you choose your name?

      Quill is the narrator of my main series, himself named after his position as royal scribe, librarian and law keeper (The King's Quill). It also seemed fitting as a pen name, pun intended. 


    16. Re: 140,000 Words of Unpublished Fiction

      I wouldn't call it a small mountain of words, in the context of webserial quantity, but I do have one novel of 70k words just sitting on my harddrive. A Norse myth revenge saga. Not sure if it will ever (...)


    17. Re: Need help with a synopsis!

      Some suggestions from me. I think your synopsis has a lot more information than needed. A lot of it doesn't clarify things but rather makes it harder to keep track of things. There's a lot I'd suggest (...)


    18. Re: Did I fix my blurb? How do I pick a good title?

      what's a blurb? is this about synopsis? :peoconfused: Yes. A blurb is a short teaser text meant to entice readers to buy/read a book/story.


    19. Re: Did I fix my blurb? How do I pick a good title?

      I think you mean to say he is a "harbinger", not a "halbringer". And I would suggest to use singular "death" in the same sentence. I would also delete the last sentence, "settle their past". It feels awkward, (...)


    20. Re: Getting to Know People

      I'm Quill, name taken from the narrator of my main series. I have a master's degree in comparative literature, so I've read all sorts from across the world and various time periods, in translation or (...)