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Suggested strategies: 1) As indicated by other responders, make the argument really about something else more personal. You can get great drama from repressed and/or unadmitted emotions leaking out into ostensibly polite debate. 2) Foreshadow that this argument may be mild now but is going to have dramatic consequences. E.g. one of the characters makes an ...


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I grew up in London and live within commuting distance. These are just my impressions - I haven't done a survey! Between spouses or couples I would say the most common pet names used in London and the surrounding area are "Darling" and "Love". "Love" is more working class, "Darling" more middle class. However there is a lot of overlap. Both terms could be ...


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The author of "Kick Ass" said that every major character in the story was partially autobiographical, including the hero and villain, in that either at some point in his life he wanted to be that character or felt that he had a lot in common with that character. Every major character in his story is distinct. None are Mary Sue. Why not? he took a ridiculous ...


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In my own fiction, I'm "autobiographical" with ONE of the main characters. That's the best way for me to keep track of everything that's going on. Sometimes, my character is the protagonist, and he speaks for me. Sometimes my character is the antagonist, with the protagonist being my "date." (Trying to see yourself through the eyes of your dates is quite ...


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Even between two people of similar ideologies, they can vary in the degree of "hardness" or "softness." Take two Reagan Republicans that I know. One is right wing, and "tea party" down the line. The other has a way of occasionally "running left," e.g. by going on a radio show in 1988 as a "Republican for Dukakis." One will accuse the other of "leaving the ...


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I agree with others who point out that there isn't that much similarity between "Hilfinger" and "Helmin". They both start with "h" and include an "n", that's about it. I don't think they're likely to be confused. But to your basic question, if you had a character named "Hilfinger" and a planet named "Halfamger", I could see that being confusing to the ...


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Terms of endearment are, by their very nature, quite individual. You may want one that is common and doesn't draw attention to itself. In that case go for something like 'darling'. However, if you want to give your character uniqueness, have them use individual terms, such as 'lotus blossom'. Pick something that will reveal something about him or her. You ...


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Try looking up "British terms of endearment" instead. You should find several links. This one looks good in particular.



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