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I dabble in writing; I've become increasingly proficient in keeping my condescending nature in check. Haven't written much though. Working on that.

A lot of my experience comes from reading, from books on writing, and from blogs on writing. I've also done a lot of critiquing at Critters.org, and reviewing at The Fix Online. Science-fiction and fantasy are my natural stomping grounds, but everything else is good too.


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comment Quotes to describe insanity? [Horror]
Hiya! Writers.SE is a Q&A site, and is different from other websites and forums. One of our guidelines is, we won't do your writing for you! Another is, we won't do simple rephrasings of passages. Check out our tour and our on-topic summary to get more of a feel for our site!
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comment Alternate universe vs. historicity: how to set the threshold/expectations?
Since the criticism seems to be over the elements that OP considers agreed-upon in popular media, I don't think that establishing a divergence solves the problem. It'd be like describing an alien invasion right before the birth of Jesus, and assuming that justifies portraying Jesus as Caucasian.
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comment Alternate universe vs. historicity: how to set the threshold/expectations?
I think your reference to alternate-history may be a bit confusing here, because it sounds like your novel will be deviating from historical reality in two ways: in the "alternate history" twists which are deliberate changes, and in the troped-up/media-influenced errors, where your setting is influenced by popular media portrayals which may be grossly inaccurate. Your friend's criticism seems to be over the latter, so I would focus on the historical element rather than the alternate-history element.
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revised Alternate universe vs. historicity: how to set the threshold/expectations?
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answered Is my opening chapter too short?
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comment How to describe a scene involving a shift in the environment due to forbidden magic?
Have you tried writing a draft, and seeing whether it's likely to make sense to the reader?
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comment Examples of novels about nontraditional families
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a research question about topic-specific references.
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revised Examples of novels about nontraditional families
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comment Examples of novels about nontraditional families
Hiya! I'm afraid this isn't a writing question (we don't do research questions, e.g. "I need resources discussing [[X]]"). I need to close this. But good luck on your essay :)
Aug
27
comment Needing to Believe the Story Is Real
This is very typical YMMV-ism, particularly when you and your friend are talking entirely abstractly about the story concept/premise, without your friend actually reading the stories you've written.
Aug
26
answered Misleading facts in the About the Author section
Aug
26
revised Does this urge you to read further or stop?
formatting
Aug
25
reviewed Needs Improvement Is this title suitable for a chapter section?
Aug
25
reviewed Satisfactory What are some strategies for surprising the reader?
Aug
25
reviewed Needs Improvement A novel without verbs?
Aug
21
reviewed Satisfactory Is there a standard for what should be included in an index?
Aug
21
reviewed Needs Improvement Sluglines for same location but different periods, real and imagined
Aug
21
reviewed Satisfactory Inserting truthful (derogatory) statements in text
Aug
21
reviewed Needs Improvement Tactician's Viewpoint and Contradictory Characterization
Aug
21
reviewed Satisfactory Does it confuse readers if a character name is similar to the name of an object?