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Recent content by Chase Gamwell

  1. Chase Gamwell

    *A Wild Marc Joan Appears!*

    *A Wild Marc Joan Appears!*
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    @Barbara I’ve been rewriting that project for 3 years now, but it feels like time to let it go...

    @Barbara I’ve been rewriting that project for 3 years now, but it feels like time to let it go (for now). I might rewrite it, but I’m working on other stuff atm. I finished a cyberpunk novel at the end of 2018, so I’m going to look at that. And my latest sci-fi WIP is in-progress.
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    Submission Surgery was an eye-opener, so I'm spending this week refocusing my writing creativity.

    Submission Surgery was an eye-opener, so I'm spending this week refocusing my writing creativity.
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    BrainPick Flashbacks, place your bets...

    I'm reminded of something I was told by someone far wiser than me - stop spending so much time trying to impress people and focus on getting the job done. The idea, of course, is to worry less about what other people think and blow it out of the park for your own sake. It seems to me that you...
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    BrainPick Flashbacks, place your bets...

    How to use any writing device is an important consideration, but I don't agree that flashbacks somehow stick out as more important than any of the others. For me, once I put it in, and decided it worked, I never looked back. And when it comes to writing a novel, I spend far more time worrying...
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    BrainPick Flashbacks, place your bets...

    I've only used a flashback once in all the years I've been writing. The trio of chapters that used to be the beginning of my space opera found themselves reworked and compressed into a single chapter that expands on the MCs call to action. It's inserted as a standalone chapter that the MC dreams...
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    Well into chapter 2 of my WIP. Very excited about my compressed outline. Very snappy...

    Well into chapter 2 of my WIP. Very excited about my compressed outline. Very snappy...
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    For everyone who asked about what was in the case behind me in my first video blog, the spill...

    For everyone who asked about what was in the case behind me in my first video blog, the spill video is finally up!
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    BrainPick Is Honesty In A Critique A Beauty? or A Beast?

    With respect, I think this addition to your last post means we just won't be able to see eye to eye on this issue. It's fair if you think "Critiquing has its boundaries", but as a reader and writer, I prefer not to limit myself when reading another's work. Ultimately, holding myself to a set of...
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    BrainPick Is Honesty In A Critique A Beauty? or A Beast?

    I get what you're saying about prompting the writer to look at things a different way, but if you're going into a critique with the mindset of "the writer's gotta figure it out for themselves", then I wonder whether the critique is going to be as helpful as you assume it will be.
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    BrainPick Is Honesty In A Critique A Beauty? or A Beast?

    When critiquing, wouldn't it be best to do so as both a reader and a writer? You make a valid point about getting no sense of the story or characters and struggling to read on, but that's as a reader. At that point, wouldn't it be most beneficial for the author to switch into writing mode and...
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    BrainPick Is Honesty In A Critique A Beauty? or A Beast?

    This brings me back to the question of how you can give a valid critique if you quit reading? Of course, it might feel like something is off, but how can you say what the writer can do to fix it without a bit more context? Maybe the story starts in the wrong place or maybe something over the...
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    BrainPick Is Honesty In A Critique A Beauty? or A Beast?

    @Carol Rose i don’t mind brutal honesty, but I’ve found that most people equate brutal honesty with being savage in the feedback they provide. Otherwise, I’m all for getting critical feedback...it’s how I’ve managed to come so far as a writer!
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    BrainPick Is Honesty In A Critique A Beauty? or A Beast?

    To me, there isn't any other option than to be honest when critiquing someone's work, though tact is often more important than brutal honesty. Being brutally honest will only turn a writer off to the feedback being given (and I'll be the first to admit I've outright ignored brutally honest...
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