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  1. 25 points
    I've read the opinions here for 10+ years - fans are PLENTY wrong.
  2. 19 points
  3. 13 points
    Translation: We lost a lot of revenue due to COVID, so we are using it as an excuse to create more games and money. Anyone who thinks this is about anything other than making more money is incredibly naive.
  4. 12 points
    Please don't take this in any way as being an butt.... But how is this not "fair" to the Steelers? They get extra rest. Don't have to play on a short week. Outside of not being a primetime game and not having the lore of a Thanksgiving game, where is the disadvantage?
  5. 12 points
    Imagine being a team that people thought were going to be legit contenders to start the season and at the half way point, you're selling to the lions. Thats a fall from grace.
  6. 11 points
    Dude, most of those dudes still wont be eligible on Sunday. The only thing this does is make it much less likely that Steelers players don't get it. You know, so you don't have to flip flop next week when Ben gets it and they don't postpone.
  7. 10 points
    Start it off with a good lol.
  8. 10 points
    Had my first MRI today after finishing radiation and my first 6 weeks of chemo back on October 23rd My doctor was extremely happy with how the scans came back. Said everything is looking really good. I have another 6 months of chemo to do but its just one week of chemo pills each of those 6 months. He said it should cleanup anything that is leftover.
  9. 10 points
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  11. 10 points
    No way the Bengals would trade Burrow for Lawrence IMO.
  12. 10 points
  13. 10 points
    They said he had a slight fever and a bad goff.
  14. 10 points
    Why would he have to cover a paraplegic
  15. 10 points
  16. 9 points
    Ah yes, the Pittsburgh Steelers, famously the NFL's redheaded stepchild and afterthought.
  17. 9 points
    Niners have a bye, it's my gfs birthday this weekend I was already told "you are NOT watching football this weekend" *Looks at slate of games* I guess I don't have a girlfriend anymore
  18. 9 points
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  20. 9 points
    It doesn't really matter where anyone else is. The rules say spiking the ball is an exception.
  21. 9 points
    Just a reminder... Don't discuss the election.
  22. 9 points
    SO Baker started out passing like this And our defense was like this good And @scrabble and @MWil23 were leading us like this in the GDT But LGBTQ was like this then Myles went like this And then Baker turned into this And then Kevin Stephanski was like this And then Baker went like this And then we were like this And letsgo was like this Hell of game fellas! the best Browns win since forever, @bruceb mentioned it Baker looked like a number 1. overall pick. for the first time in a long time he was the best QB in the division.
  23. 8 points
    You'd think by now a lot of people would be more understanding that this isn't some massive conspiracy against any NFL team. People are playing football during a pandemic.
  24. 8 points
    Some of you deserve to be Jets or Browns fans is really all I can say about this thread.
  25. 8 points
  26. 8 points
    @viper952 has been banned for trolling and multiple accounts.
  27. 8 points
  28. 8 points
    I won't watch this, but I would watch this over the actual game...
  29. 8 points
    It's okay, they determined Hubbard never got within 6 feet of him as he was trying to block him.
  30. 8 points
  31. 8 points
    Screenshot I just took off MVS catching that TD
  32. 8 points
    Imagine that there's a person who has been in power for the last few years, who really came into national prominence in New York City and who has done a lot of stupid and unforgivable things that a lot of people are unhappy with. He just had a dreadful showing in Wisconsin, and is now expecting to have a dreadful showing on the West Coast. In fact, it's all but inevitable and people are just too scared to call it. There's been a ton of mail about how people don't want him in charge anymore and if it was put up to a popular vote he would definitely be gone. At the end of the night, it's expected that it will be a foregone conclusion that he will not be in power in January. He knows there's a good chance he's not going to win, so he's going to try to beg borrow and steal to even get a chance at a 1 point win. It will be interesting to see what the folks in Clark County have to say about this game as we get closer to kickoff. And that's how I feel about Mike Pettine's chances in this game and our chances of pulling this game out.
  33. 8 points
    I really think people are just over-correcting on Wilson now. I felt like he was pretty underrated his first 5/6 years. Now however, people have swung the pendulum too far in the other direction and are acting like he came into the league as this generational talent who turned around a mediocre franchise. Early in his career, RW had solid receiving weapons, an elite running back, and a generational defense. He was good, but he was absolutely not as good as Mahomes at the same point in his career. I’m much more sure that second year Mahomes could have won a SB with Seattle than third year RW could have won with KC.
  34. 8 points
    Detroit Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach....who it should be mentioned has been playing football since 2004, and has made over 13 million dollars during this time. Parents, its okay to raise your kids to be long snappers.
  35. 7 points
  36. 7 points
    what about Jenkins is an average OL?
  37. 7 points
    Sorry I kinda forgot about this until @Forge reminded me. A disclaimer: I do not own a PFF subscription but my friend does and sent me this list to post it. PFF is obviously flawed, and in some cases downright laughable, I do not necessarily share their opinions on the top/worst players. Still, this should be interesting. Keep in mind their new player grade scale lists players via a 1-100 format. Also keep in mind that players who do not have a certain Snap % are not included (not sure what exactly the minimum snap count is... I think its like 25%). QUARTERBACK Top 6: 1. Aaron Rodgers 93.8 2. Russell Wilson 93.1 3. Tom Brady 90.9 4. Patrick Mahomes 89.7 5. Josh Allen 86.8 6. Deshaun Watson 85.6 Bottom 6: 1. Dwayne Haskins 46.7 2. Joe Flacco 50.5 3. Sam Darnold 57.1 4. Drew Lock 57.8 5. Nick Mullens 58.6 6. Carson Wentz 63.1 RUNNINGBACK Top 7: 1. Dalvin Cook 91.1 2. Darrell Henderson 90.2 3. Austin Ekeler 84.5 4a. Alvin Kamara 82.6 4b. Derrick Henry 82.6 6. Chris Carson 80.6 7. Josh Jacobs 78.2 Bottom 7: 1. Adrian Peterson 52.5 2a. Dion Lewis 54.4 2b. Todd Gurley 54.4 4. Devonta Freeman 55.0 5a. La'Mical Perine 55.9 5b. Chris Thompson 55.9 7. Brian Hill 56.1 FULLBACK Top 5: 1. Alec Ingold 73.2 2. Andy Janovich 68.9 3. Kyle Juszczyk 68.2 4. Michael Burton 64.4 5. Alex Armah 60.5 Bottom 5: 1. Chandler Cox 45.0 2. Jakob Johnson 50.8 3. Khari Blasingame 51.3 4. Patrick Ricard 53.8 5. C.J. Ham 54.7 WIDE RECEIVER Top 7: 1. Davante Adams 91.9 2. Justin Jefferson 90.2 3. Keenan Allen 87.2 4a. A.J. Brown 86.6 4b. Adam Thielen 86.6 6. Travis Fulgham 86.0 7. DeAndre Hopkins 85.4 Bottom 7: 1. Jeff Smith 51.3 2. K.J. Hamler 52.6 3. John Hightower 53.7 4. Trent Taylor 53.9 5. Jalen Guyton 54.0 6. Marquez Valdes-Scantling 54.2 7. Freddie Swain 55.1 TIGHT END Top 5: 1. Travis Kelce 91.4 2. Mo Allie-Cox 90.5 3. Jonnu Smith 82.4 4. Anthony Firkser 80.9 5. George Kittle 79.7 Bottom 5: 1. Nick Keizer 43.7 2. Luke Stocker 43.8 3. Ian Thomas 45.3 4. Chris Herndon 46.6 5. Vance McDonald 49.2 OFFENSIVE TACKLE Top 6: 1. Michael Onwenu 90.4 2. Trent Williams 89.8 3. Garrett Bolles 89.6 4. David Bakhtiari 89.0 5. Andrew Whitworth 86.3 6. Duane Brown 85.6 Bottom 6: 1. Terence Steele 46.8 2. Trey Pipkins 50.9 3a. Cameron Fleming 52.3 3b. Robert Hunt 52.3 5. Chukwuma Okorafor 54.5 6. Austin Jackson 55.0 OFFENSIVE GUARD Top 6: 1. Wyatt Teller 94.4 2. Zack Martin 90.5 3. Shaq Mason 86.5 4. Ali Marpet 84.9 5. Joel Bitonio 81.8 6. Damien Lewis 77.7 Bottom 6: 1. Dru Samia 33.3 2. Austin Schlottmann 38.2 3. Wes Martin 43.6 4a. Tyre Phillips 49.0 4b. Chris Reed 49.0 6. Fred Johnson 49.3 CENTER Top 5: 1. Corey Linsley 91.1 2. Frank Ragnow 78.0 3. J.C. Tretter 77.9 4. Brandon Linder 76.4 5. Jason Kelce 74.8 Bottom 5: 1. Lloyd Cushenberry 40.2 2. Lamont Gaillard 45.7 3. Hroniss Grasu 49.8 4. Billy Price 49.9 5. Dan Freeney 50.0 CORNERBACK Top 7: 1. Jaire Alexander 88.3 2. Bryce Callahan 87.3 3. Jimmy Smith 79.9 4a. Jason Verrett 78.3 4b. Xavier Rhodes 78.3 6. Brian Poole 77.1 7. Kendall Fuller 77.0 Bottom 7: 1. Chris Jackson 33.0 2. Noah Igbinoghene 33.9 3. Kendall Sheffield 34.3 4. Troy Pride Jr. 34.4 5. D.J. Hayden 34.7 6. Vernon Hargraves 37.2 7. Ryan Lewis 41.2 SAFETIES Top 7: 1. Jessie Bates 90.1 2. Justin Simmons 81.1 3. Budda Baker 78.0 4. Duron Harmon 77.0 5. Amani Hooker 76.1 6. Jarrod Wilson 76.0 7. Bobby McCain 75.9 Bottom 7: 1. Darian Thompson 34.5 2. Bradley McDougald 41.0 3. Andrew Sendejo 41.5 4. P.J. Williams 41.6 5. Johnathan Abram 43.1 6. Jayron Kearse 47.0 7. Nasir Adderley 49.0 LINEBACKERS Top 7: 1. Myles Jack 89.8 2. Bobby Wagner 84.8 3. Fred Warner 84.2 4. Lavonte David 83.2 5. Darius Leonard 81.1 6. Blake Martinez 80.4 7. Jarrad Davis 78.7 Bottom 7: 1. Elandon Roberts 26.9 2. Tahir Whitehead 29.0 3. Mack Wilson 29.1 4. Jahlani Tavai 29.9 5. Ja'Whaun Bentley 32.5 6. Kenny Young 36.2 7. Patrick Queen 36.5 "INTERIOR DEFENDERS" Top 7: 1. Aaron Donald 93.1 2. Tyson Alualu 91.0 3. Vita Vea 90.3 4. Jeffery Simmons 90.1 5. Cameron Heyward 88.7 6. Shelby Harris 86.9 7a. DeForest Buckner 86.3 7b. Chris Jones 86.3 Bottom 7: 1. Trysten Hill 33.6 2. Nathan Shepherd 34.6 3. Kentavius Street 35.9 4. Leki Fotu 37.0 5. Adam Butler 37.5 6. Maliek Collins 37.6 7. Bravvion Roy 39.0 "EDGE DEFENDERS" Top 7: 1. T.J. Watt 92.0 2. Khalil Mack 91.2 3. Demarcus Lawrence 90.1 4. Joey Bosa 88.7 5. Myles Garrett 86.1 6. Brian Burns 85.0 7. Melvin Ingram 84.0 Bottom 7: 1. K'Lavon Chaisson 46.4 2. John Simon 49.4 3. Whitney Mercilus 49.5 4. Rashan Gary 50.9 5. Maxx Crosby 51.0 6. Zach Allen 51.2 7. Amani Bledsoe 51.3 KICKER Top 5: 1. Jason Sanders 88.4 2. Justin Tucker 85.7 3. Brandon McManus 83.0 4. Wil Lutz 81.4 5. Graham Gano 80.8 Bottom 5: 1. Stephen Hauschka 28.9 2. Austin Seibert 29.6 3. Elliott Fry 35.6 4. Jake Elliott 41.3 5. Michael Badgley 42.2 PUNTER Top 5: 1. Jack Fox 92.2 2. Tommy Townsend 87.2 3. J.K. Scott 78.2 4. Bryan Anger 75.5 5. Mitch Wishnowsky 75.3 Bottom 5: 1. Andy Lee 56.1 2a. Thomas Morstead 60.7 2b. Chris Jones 60.7 4. Britton Colquitt 60.8 5. Dustin Colquitt 61.0 I'll try to post these twice more this season.
  38. 7 points
    I didn't mess with any of that stuff, just fixed the issue that you guys mentioned. I did delete several columns that had thousands of formula errors within hidden sheets, not sure why or who put them there but I noticed several issues that were add ons by someone else that really had no business being there. If you guys see something wrong or that isn't working correctly don't wait weeks to let me know next time. Just because I'm not on the site all the much anymore doesn't mean I'm not willing to help.
  39. 7 points
    Took >15 minutes for Dad Rock Heads to whine. The Weekend is a solid choice. His sound has shifted from the Dark Emo&B sound he pioneered to the upbeat Neo-80s synthwave, so the performance should match previous Halftimes in energy and splendor. A concert with potentially no fans is going to be the most interesting aspect id imagine.
  40. 7 points
    It's a ff meme. Back around 06-09 somewhere someone called LT overrated because he might get hurt. All hell broke lose. Some lived, some died.
  41. 7 points
  42. 7 points
    I’m feeling better today if anyone cares
  43. 7 points
    1st Play Think it might be a Cover-4? Why are we playing Cover-4 against 21 Personnel with all 4 DBs 9 yards off the ball? 2nd Play Think it might be a Cover-4? Why are we playing Cover-4 against 21 Personnel with all 4 DBs 9 yards off the ball? Can't believe we couldn't stop this run with only 7 defenders to fill 8 gaps. 3rd Play Do you want our Safety matched up on your best receiver? Couldn't be easier, any 2 WR look with your best receiver in the slot. It's a lock. Bonus points because he gets 9 yards of cushion. If you put him to Zadarius Smith's side, you can even be guaranteed that you don't have a linebacker dropping back to him. 4th Play Man in motion immediately gives away blitz because we only play man when blitzing. Run Cook out of the backfield to the right in order to clear Barnes and Jackson doesn't have a prayer of stopping Thielen on this inside release. 5th Play Cover-2 for days. Just surrender the first down if you're not going to put enough bodies in the box to fill every gap on 3rd and 1. 6th Play Think it might be a Cover-4? Why are we playing Cover-4 against 12 Personnel with all 4 DBs 9 yards off the ball? How would anybody know to run the inside TE down the seam to occupy both DBs and leave the outside TE open in the flat? How would anybody know that Preston Smith is the second level defender on that side and that you can pull him towards the ball with play action? This is what happens when you show the same damn coverage look every ******* play. 7th Play Think it might be a Cover-4? Why are we playing Cover-4 against 21 Personnel with all 4 DBs 9 yards off the ball? I don't even know the Vikings bothered to do this goofy screen to Thielen. Just throw it out to Jefferson and let him get 6. 8th Play I was actually pretty excited when I saw this alignment. I didn't immediately know what the coverage was. We had enough guys in the box to stop the run. Look at these nice logical run fits: Except. Nah. Apparently Redmond was only there to follow Cook in the passing game, not aggressively fill that A gap. So we have two guys playing outside contain. And we have Barnes having to fill backside A and frontside B with Lowry getting pushed into his lap. **** this 9th Play Vikings actually bailed you out to turn a 3rd and 3 into a 3rd and 8. Again, I don't actually know the coverage at the snap, they turn this into a nice little Cover-6 to protect Jackson and Sullivan, leaving Jaire on an island. And the Vikings are just going to throw a dump off to Cook who is going to make Will Redmond miss and pick up a first down. +++++++++++++++++ 10th Play AND THEN THIS **** STARTS 1 Wide Receiver set. The same thing that killed us against the 49ers in the playoffs. Jaire Alexander, just sitting out there because he has nobody to guard, but we can't compromise the zone principles, so we have 2 edge defenders. Then they bring the TE across the formation who stalemates Preston to seal the gap and Jaire is sitting out there doing nothing. Touchdown. Easy. 11th Play Savage on Thielen to Z's side. Vikings chose to run it into a stacked box anyway because they're stupid. 12th play I don't actually know this coverage immediately, but it's not super basic so it's undoubtedly man to man. Play Action is going to get Savage and Irv Smith is going to get behind him for an easy first down. 13th play Wanna know how we know it's a blitz and we're playing man? Because Preston Smith is playing slot corner on Cook in the slot. Kamal Martin gives it away pre-snap, and Adrian Amos is actually in the box. No adjustment. Martin blitzes. The slot receiver lined up on the safety runs right to where Martin was and gets the ball before Amos can make a play on it. How does an NFL team not have something more intelligent in the playbook than to show blitz and do absolutely nothing to fill that evacuated space????? 14th play Preston as the outside corner is a pretty good indicator we're playing man and blitzing. They motioned out of it and left us with this Where again, there was no desire to change the call. Just completely left it alone because it doesn't matter they know the coverage. And apparently it doesn't, because the RT just didn't block Dean Lowry who comes in untouched for a sack. Friendly reminder: The Vikings actually aren't good at this. 15th Play Actually don't hate the alignment on 2nd and 19. Except Redmond is going to tip he's blitzing pre-snap and the Vikings are going to pick up 12 on a slant follow concept because our DBs are playing 10 yards off the ball. 16th play Actually don't hate the alignment on 3rd and 7. And actually almost caught the Vikings because they weren't expecting Z to drop. Just not fast enough to get there and stop Thielen from running a 6 yard slant. Vikings were just a step faster to throw it before the closer arrived. 17th play Hello Darkness My Old Friend 1 WR set Miraculously we have both safeties in the box. Though Josh Jackson is still hanging out outside doing nothing. Thielen in motion is going to move Amos one step outside and Cook is going to use that one step to pick up the first down. If Josh Jackson isn't going to follow Thielen in motion here. What is his purpose on the field? 18th play 1 WR set Having discovered something that works. The Vikings go back to it. Josh Jackson sitting there doing nothing and Adrian Amos playing the deep middle of the field against 1 WR sets is just gross. 19th play 1 WR set After getting killed on a 9 yard run, Pettine decides to run it back and do the exact same thing. 20th play Sure, let's just line Adam Thielen up at TE and see how it goes, let the record reflect that he and Kyle Rudolph pushed Z 2 yards off the ball onto the goal line. 21st Play 0 WR set Sure, we all need 3 Safeties and Oren Burks on the field against 23 Personnel on 2nd and 1 from the goal line. +++ This is just stupid. Fire Pettine
  44. 7 points
    You clearly have no clue what you are talking about. Last year the niners were just a less injured team Imagine the chiefs losing kelce, mahomes, 3 running backs, tyreek, frank clark, chris jones, your best corner, your slot corner, both safties, and a starting LB and then tell me that the chiefs wouldnt "regress" as well. We have 80 million dollars in cap space on IR
  45. 7 points
  46. 7 points
    AFC West Team Doctors are really trying to kill people wow
  47. 7 points
    Thanks @MKnight82 for the heads-up! @PrplChilPill, I have published 4 books so far. And not just "published", they are making me a decent amount of $$ per month. The 4 books consist of a trilogy and the first book of my second trilogy. I have a 3rd one planned as well. I just finished book #5 (2nd book in 2nd trilogy) and sent it to the editor this past Tuesday. (*) I've been published for a little bit over a year now. And while by no means do I have it all figured out, I do know quite a bit about the industry and can help give you some pointers You mentioned you need to get better at writing. The craft part. You will get better at that as you write and get more experienced putting your thoughts onto the page. But there's a whole host of things you need to decide first. 1) Know your WHY. Why are you writing? Is it just to get the story out and say "I've written a book"? That is not a slight. Because most people say they want to write a book but something like 99.99% of them don't. Just by writing and finishing a book, you will have surpassed most of them. Then by publishing it, you will have done more than just those who had finished the rough draft. Me? It's cool to be published. I love to entertain readers. But I'm also doing it as a business. A side hustle, if you will. I'm 51 years old and it won't be long before I show up to try to get a job somewhere and they don't want to "hire the old guy". So I'm planning 10 years out for my next career (something I can do all the way until the end of my life). And the authors I'm friends with, who give me good advice, are making bank (5 figures and sometimes 6 figures per month). 2) Decide your genre My suggestion is to write in the genres you love to read. I currently write Space Opera/Military Science Fiction (Space Opera - if you're not familiar with the term, think Battlestar Galactica or Star Wars...those are both in the S.O. genre). Why do I say that? Because you know what works. What readers are looking for. You know the "tropes". And trope in this sense is not a bad thing. It just means that it is something that is to be expected in a story in that genre. Don't write a book with things readers of THAT genre don't want to read. Example would be trying to market a Romance book and there's no love interest and no happily ever after (or "happy for now"). You could try it. But as a new author with no fanbase, you might not get any traction. So stay in your lane (so to speak) until you get established. And don't hop around from one genre to the next as you write each book. Wait a bit. Stay in one genre for awhile. I'm waiting until I get my 3rd trilogy done before I write my Fantasy trilogy and my Thriller. 3) Write in a series Yes. Plan for your book to be one of many. Well...wait...go back to #1. If you just want to "Write the Great American Novel" and don't care about the $, then ignore #3. But if you maybe want to make some $ at this, then write in a series. Why do I say that? Because readers usually do not want to pick up one-off books. They love books that are in series. This is the publishing side that authors usually don't encounter until they are finished. So plan to make it a 2 book series. Or 3 or 4 or... whatever #. 4) FINISH the series Most readers, if they see you are writing a series, will wait to buy any of your books until you have the series finished. Why? Because they don't want to be left hanging. Quite a lot of writers get the first book out, then promise more. And then never write the 2nd book. So the readers wait until the finished series is out before they gobble it up. I've got sales figures to prove it. Sales of the first 3 books were good, but they all jumped up to a new plateau once the third book was out (which finished the trilogy). I'll explain this way. I usually DVR a new TV series for the first season and don't watch any episode until it makes it to a 2nd season. Because most new shows never last past the 1st season, and I don't want to invest my time on it. 5) PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT You mentioned "pantsing" (yes, I know what it is). My suggestion is that you learn HOW plots are put together. My two biggest recommendations for learning how to plot are: The Snowflake Method Save The Cat method Google those two. And try to plot your first novel using the snowflake one. I use both now because I know how to integrate them. STC is originally for screenplays but it is adaptable to novels. As you go through the snowflake one, outline each chapter (doesn't have to be too descriptive - just a few sentences that tells what happens). And don't be afraid to pants it either. Some of my BEST stuff was unplanned stuff that I pantsed WHILE I was writing the book. I would then make changes to the outline and go back to writing. So while I plot the HECK out of my novels, I allow for some discovery writing as well. Think of it as jazz improvisation. You must follow the chord changes, and the overall song, but you can do what you like inside that box. As a new author I strongly recommend you learn to outline. It will help you immensely!!! 6) You can't edit a blank screen/page What do I mean by that?? Well...ever get stuck trying to figure out the PERFECT sentence? Took you an hour? Maybe two? Because you wanted each word to be perfect so you edited each sentence as you went along. Yeah...DON'T do that!! You'll die before you finish the book. Write the story. Get it written. Get the rough draft down so you've exercised your brain to be creative and most importantly so that you have a finished draft. (Trust me on the "Exercising the creative brain" - I can now go from a blank page to 1500 words in a very short time.) THEN go back and try to make it better (by adding other things to scenes - like the five senses -touch, smell, etc... and improving dialogue, etc...) But keep going. 7) Your first stuff is gonna be doo doo Not a knock on you. It is for 99.9999999% of authors out there. Everyone THINKS they can write a book. But it's hard to do it in an entertaining fashion. And it's like anything else. Did you hit the first fast ball ever thrown at you? How about the first time someone ever asked you to do anything that required skill? You sucked at first, right? Same with writing. Your words will get better. Let's say that you aren't going to master the "Craft" part of writing until you have written 250k words. Well...you can' get to 250k unless you start with the first one. So get writing. Which is ANOTHER reason why you don't stop and go back to revise until you have written the rough draft. 8 ) Everyone is a storyteller This makes #7 invalid, right? No. Everyone IS a storyteller. Humans relate to each other by telling stories. We are sociable that way. Just take your natural gift for storytelling and put that to the keyboard. You CAN be a good writer if you put the time and effort into it. 9) Tools Word is a good tool. I know plenty of writers who use it. I use a different program specifically for writing (not sure on Webby's rules for saying it in public but will do it on your site). But don't let the shiny tool syndrome distract you from getting your words down. 10) Cover / Editor Cover - Get a good cover artist. The cover draws them in. Make it genre-appropriate (look at the best selling books in your genre and try to emulate what works). For example, going back to Romance. Thy typically have a woman and a barechested man on the cover. That's genre approprate for Romance. For my genre? It's typically spaceships in battle with each other or Space Marines on the cover. A Fantasy book might have a guy with a sword, etc... Editor - I don't care how much you think you know about the English language. Find an editor who does books in your genre. They can help you avoid getting to cliche and trite. And will catch things you miss (and you will miss them - there's a thing called "page blindness" where after awhile, you can't see your errors you've made because your brain has seen them too many times and no registered them). A good editor is a great thing Simply put, these two things are HUGELY important. Get the best you can afford to pay for and make it the best book you possibly can right now. Cover draws them in. Your story entertains them and leaves them satisfied. And then they want more. BONUS Some things NOT to do. a) don't have some big boring Prologue that "Explains the world up to now". Just one big wall of text in an "infodump". Readers skip that crap. If you want to expose cool things about your world, do it in dialogue or actions (remember, your characters LIVE in the world, and don't need to explain things to each other or themselves. They just know things). b) avoid cliffhangers that are like the stupid telenovellas. Even if it's just book 1 of a 3 book series, make the book its own complete story arc (but within a broader storyarc over 3 books). Think of Episodes 4,5,6 of Star Wars for a good example of how each one is its own story that begins and ends, but there's a larger story playing out. So don't just cut off a book just to do it. c) said = is a perfectly good dialogue tag (you don't need to get exotic about the tags, but it is also okay to use a few others for variety - but use them sparingly). People ignore it as they read. You can skip using it when two people are having a conversation, and then only put in who is saying what every few lines (that way, if it's a back and forth, you don't have to type "said" a million times). That's about it for now. I just got finished plotting my 3rd book in the 2nd trilogy when I saw this. Going to bed now (I have a very demanding day job. A wife and 2 kids - so I write late at night). But will answer any follow up questions you might have. (*) Don't ask me what the titles of my books are. I do not want to run afoul of Webby's rules on self-promotion. In fact, if @Webmaster wants me to take this down later, I will.
  48. 7 points
    Yeah, 6 Super Bowls and 600 touchdown passes but let’s give it another month before we decide if the guy is trash or not
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