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I'd just approach it like any job: Tell everyone you know you're looking for some work and specifically what you're looking for, and if they know anyone they could introduce you to or if they have any gigs Cold calls/emails to agencies (both ones you'd like to work for and one you wouldn't, having a strong CV only helps over time). Google them, then call ...


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Depends what you think is childish. Is picturing random people naked, childish? I dont know! I didn't immediately get the childish impression, maybe teenage, and I say that because of how the sentences are structured. The short and abrupt sentences like these remind me of teenagers for some reason or another. Maybe it's the start and stop nature of it. ...


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In terms of market research it sounds like you have identified the niche that you want to target but have come up dry on what to do next. Working with the information you have given me you seem to want to write about TV shows (nice choice) and need to find a buyer for those writings. The question is then who would buy such work? Here I would suggest that ...


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I think the gender and sexual ambiguity only makes this story that much more compelling. I've written similarly vague characters in the past and consider it not only more difficult to hide a character's gender throughout the narrative but also a pretty big compliment. You can even use this technique to conduct your own mini-experiment of people's perceptions ...


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I don't think you should make the gender more obvious unless it needs to be more obvious. By choosing a 1st person narration the character uncovers him/herself and the logic should flow from how you have conceived this character to express themselves. Is gender really a duality anyway? Men and women express their gender in such a variety of ways that you ...


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Sci-fi readers and fictional world fans are often very concerned how stuff works. Adding new element is popular choice to explain certain unusual phenomena like FTL travel speeds, teleports, energy shields and weapons. However there is very little space to develop your new element. Theoretically, there should not be anything before hydrogen, but for example ...


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A hint where you could actually place the new elements: You could put them in the island of stability. If some people expect half-lifes of millions of years, it's not much of a stretch to also put some stable element there (although a very long half-life may be good enough; after all, uranium is instable, and yet we even have quite a bit of naturally ...


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The reason you think it's obvious is that you assume that only a woman would be having a romantic dinner with a man. Your baseline assumption is that everyone is straight. There is absolutely nothing in the text which precludes the narrator from being a gay or bi man having a romantic dinner with another gay or bi man. If you want to assert her gender, you ...


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Yes. When an editor rejects a story, you can revise it and submit it somewhere else. You can also submit it to another editor without revising it. Editors are human, and have individual tastes. And their slush readers are humans with individual tastes. One editor or reader may hate a story, and another love it. Further, editors tastes differ from yours, ...


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Your main problem/complaint seems to be that your thoughts don't automatically organize themselves. Take comfort. You are normal. Try the following (in order): 1) First, just get ideas down. I like to use FreeMind for this phase, and also a spiral-bound notebook that has no purpose except to jot down ideas. Note that "jotting down an idea" can run on ...


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You say, "I understand that writing is like any other skill. Meaning it can be learned, manipulated, and mastered." You left out having a capability for the "skill" to begin with. Sorry to say it, but you sound like the last person who should be thinking of becoming a writer. Is it novels and short stories you want to write? Or just faster emails? ...


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Unlike a work of prose, which has a generally accepted predefined length (be it a short story, novella, novel, etc.) poetry is not governed by such precepts. Poetry is akin to art. A white canvas with a single stroke of paint on it can be a painting, if that is the intention of its creator. A poem can be any number of words, or just one, or even one letter, ...


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I think your main problem may be that you're sitting down to write without the following: A PURPOSE Quite often, for an article, you're simply looking for an "angle". Angles don't just spontaneously come to us. We "look" for them. When I'm assigned to write about something particular, I research it, and I try to find an angle within the actual subject. I ...


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Copying discrete details, outside of parody, is plagiarism and is often protected under copyright laws. Think of it this way. Copying large ideas is okay. Copying the actual details or implementation of those larger ideas is violating someone's rights. Writing a story about a boy who goes to wizardry school is okay. Writing a story about a boy with round ...


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As we've seen on earth, communities count time in reference to key events -- the creation of the world, the birth of a new religious figure, the beginning of a king's reign (these ones have less staying power), and so on. When calendar systems encounter each other (I say the year is 5774; you say it's 2014; now what?), some sort of reconciliation happens. ...


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Since asking the question, I stumbled across another single-letter poem. Poem I was skeptical about accepting such poems as true poems, but this is a rather neat one I have to say: Critique The letter i with the author's own unique thumbprint to complete it. The thumbprint is the most meaningful symbol that can express the meaning of the object it ...


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I know. So go. Doesn't that qualify? It rhymes, keeps a meter, and "says" more than it says. That's pretty much my definition of poetry. Not saying it's any good, though. Even more minimal: Hi. Bye. (Wow, that's soooo deep. The minimalism powerfully evokes the impoverishment of social interactions in a technological society, ...


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The shortest poems are lighght and by Aram Saroyan.


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In my humble opinion, as long as your works don't profit, and you give credit for inspiration, as the author, you are entitled to create whatever you want. The question you have to ask yourself is "Have I made it different enough to warrant this? Or does it just appear a meaningless close copy" You have to make sure to add something that is truly your own to ...


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This is one of those instances where understanding the history of things matters. If you're building a science-fantasy world with the equivalent of modern chemistry, have some fictional elements with distinct properties, and have any concern at all for the periodic table, you really only have four choices: Make the new element something strange and apart, ...


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I would say that it is how the viewer or reader treats the Death. I mean, if there is a maniac that wants to kill you shoting your head with a gun. There would be no horror on it. Because, dying by being shot is something that we are used to see in movies and read in books, even in the social media nowdays. But if you are in a dark place, or have your ...


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You don't actually have to care much about hard-core physics. If your sci-fi world is set in another universe entirely (Star Wars and the Force), you needn't even bother about following the periodic table or conventional physics. After all, the Force isn't even something the Jedi (in their Universe) can explain completely. It's okay to create imaginary ...


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One of the big mistakes I've seen in some people's writing is that they focus on wanting to show the reader that "Hey, I've thought about these things and they are really important!" when they aren't. If you're story is going to be about physicists or chemists or other scientists dealing with the particular periodic table elements, then I can understand ...


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The "without investing too much time" part could be a little problematic, depending on what you mean by that. In my experience (and contrary to what a lot of people believe), creativity is something you practice. That means two things: It is going to take some time to get good at. Maybe a lot of time. In this sense, there is no getting around the amount of ...


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(This is better now that it's been edited...) It may sound odd, but I think the main criterion is how the story treats death. If death is one possible threat among many (being captured, being tortured, the macguffin falling to the enemy, blackmail, heartbreak, public exposure, humiliation, political scandal, strategic losses, military losses, code being ...



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