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Forum: Tips & Advice 06-18-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,223
Posted By Marcus_Drake
World building is definitely an easy trap to fall...

World building is definitely an easy trap to fall into.
I'm the same way with "micro-plotting." That's my word for feeling like I have to have EVERYTHING plotted out before I can start chapter...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-18-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,613
Posted By Marcus_Drake
I am a complete and total newbie in the world of...

I am a complete and total newbie in the world of novel writing.

That said, I am working on my first novel now and find that I HAVE to plot so I know how to build up the obstacles my PC must face,...
Forum: Character Clinics 06-17-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,856
Posted By Marcus_Drake
[ thank you Escriber, for your VERY helpful post....

[ thank you Escriber, for your VERY helpful post. I can see that no one in my story should believe that Mr Harper the elder DID NOT have an affair. After all, it is far too common. You have also...
Forum: Character Clinics 06-12-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,090
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Hey Doug, pleasure to meet you. How long...

Hey Doug,
pleasure to meet you.

How long have you been out of the service?
How long were you in Europe?
Were you wounded while you were serving? Did you earn any medals?

You seem to be...
Forum: Character Clinics 06-08-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,856
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Daniel Harper

Daniel Michael Harper. Call me Daniel.


Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I am Daniel Harper. I am 19 years old, and my world has just been destroyed. One month ago, my father...
Forum: Tips & Advice 06-07-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,600
Posted By Marcus_Drake
One who writes a story I remember years after I...

One who writes a story I remember years after I have forgotten the author's name and book title.


I went looking for one out-of-print book for years because i read it once and never forgot the...
Forum: Research Section 06-05-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 3,745
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Naming Songs, artists, and books

Is it legal to name an artist and song in your novel?

For instance, can I say my character is listening to Amy Lee sing "Immortal?"

Can I say my character is a fan of Prey by Michael Crichton?...
Forum: Research Section 06-05-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,194
Posted By Marcus_Drake
You can also look for case studies of serial...

You can also look for case studies of serial killers. There are even some actual interviews with serial killers that have been recorded or transcribed. Can't get any better than studying the real...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 10-04-2012, 04:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,077
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Hilarious! The advertisement above the title of...

Hilarious! The advertisement above the title of the thread is for the Turtle Shack!
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 08-05-2012, 05:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,915
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Baroness or Duchess were medieval titles as well....

Baroness or Duchess were medieval titles as well.

"Scion of Mars" is a possibility.

"Emeritus" if the title is permanent.

"Ares" was the Greek equivilant of Mars, if you wanted to give...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 08-05-2012, 04:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,012
Posted By Marcus_Drake
"Exhaled." "I released the breath trapped...

"Exhaled."

"I released the breath trapped within me, extinguishing the candles and the image of the person before me as well."

"Sighed" (if a gentle release of breath)

umm..... I'll let...
Forum: Research Section 08-05-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,584
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Medical Questions - I am a Registered Nurse

I just graduated as an RN and would be happy to help with any medical research.

My strong areas are cardiac (heart) problems and intensive care scenarios.
I am not strong in the areas of...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 08-05-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Thanks, fireasus, the bigger city idea could...

Thanks, fireasus, the bigger city idea could work, but I need these 30 or so people to be cut off from the rest of the world. Specificallly, they have no law enforcement or military support.

Basic...
Forum: Research Section 08-04-2012, 10:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,046
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Okay, I have a question. One of my my...

Okay, I have a question.

One of my my characters is very computer savvy, more so than I myself am.

I have the basic hacking scenario. My character needs access to a computer in a medical...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 08-03-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 663
Posted By Marcus_Drake
I agree. It is like the Matrix to me. Having...

I agree. It is like the Matrix to me. Having practiced martial arts for several years myself, I cannot stand to see fictional characters become martial arts experts in three days, EXCEPT in the...
Forum: Writing Help & Issues 08-03-2012, 07:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Isolation Needed - Ideas?

Hey everyone, I wondered if I could have a little help here.

I have characters and plot ideas down pretty solid for a novel. What I need is a good location.

The plot requires a small group of...
Forum: Past Prompts and Challenges 08-03-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 6,153
Posted By Marcus_Drake
In my opinion, no list of serial killers is...

In my opinion, no list of serial killers is complete without naming Hannibal Lecter.
I tried to think of any female killers I have read about, but you are correct, the list is not plentiful.
...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 08-28-2011, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9,827
Views: 311,534
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Queen Of The Damned - Track 10 | Static-X - Cold

Queen Of The Damned - Track 10 | Static-X - Cold
Forum: Writers' Cafe 08-24-2011, 05:56 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,176
Posted By Marcus_Drake
As second year student nurse, I can assure you...

As second year student nurse, I can assure you that your words originate from your frontal cortex, the section of your brain that allows us to attain higher thoughts than animals. (Although, I will...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 08-24-2011, 05:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,381
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where...

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. - Unknown.

Also check my...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 08-24-2011, 05:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,583
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Men Writing from the Female Perspective - How successful are we?

To the males writers of the Beat:
What approach do you take when trying to write from a feminine perspective? How difficult is it for you to write from this perspective, especially in first-person?...
Forum: Writers' Cafe 08-24-2011, 05:16 PM
Replies: 9,827
Views: 311,534
Posted By Marcus_Drake
"Seven Sirens and a Silver Tear" It is an...

"Seven Sirens and a Silver Tear"

It is an amazing instrumental by the band Sirenia. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes good piano music.
Forum: Introductions 08-22-2011, 06:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,083
Posted By Marcus_Drake
Welcome to Writer's Beat. If you have...

Welcome to Writer's Beat.

If you have completed one short story, you can be proud of yourself. I have an entire drawer full of partially completed plots and character sketches. The biggest help I...
Forum: Poetry 08-22-2011, 06:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 686
Posted By Marcus_Drake
To Waterpoor, What other words would you have...

To Waterpoor, What other words would you have used and why? (I love feedback)
To Firehill: I would love to say that that was deliberate, but the truth is you saw more than I did. I didn't even...
Forum: Poetry 08-19-2011, 12:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 686
Posted By Marcus_Drake
So, here is my first poem for Writer's Beat. Any...

So, here is my first poem for Writer's Beat. Any feedback is welcome. Thank you all for encouraging me to write.
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