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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 What is the voice called when the narrator is a secondary character?
The point is, both first-person and limited-third-person narration give you a POV character - a specific character, from whose point-of-view the story is presented. What I think has you confused is that you're also looking at third-person-omniscient, which doesn't have a POV character (or whose POV character is an amorphous narrator voice, not a concrete character within the story). There, Lauren's distinction between POV/protagonist makes no sense, because there is no POV character. But with first-person or limited-third, you have a POV character, and Lauren's answer stands.
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comment What is the voice called when the narrator is a secondary character?
Limited third person is nearly identical to first person. There's no independent narrator in limited-third - we're still seeing everything from the POV character's perspective. Only the tense is different.
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comment How can I trust that the proofreader and designer of a book will not plagiarize our work?
With books it's actually fairly easy, because the final product is usually made public. If you're looking for a cover designer, they should ALWAYS be able to point you to books they've already designed covers for.
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comment How can I trust that the proofreader and designer of a book will not plagiarize our work?
Same way you find a reputable plumber. Ask for recommendations; google for recommendations; google for the type of job you want done, and then check out reviews of the names you get.
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comment How can I trust that the proofreader and designer of a book will not plagiarize our work?
Working with people you don't trust is a bad idea to begin with. A much more common problem is simply getting work on your book that isn't very good.
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answered How can I trust that the proofreader and designer of a book will not plagiarize our work?
Dec
17
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Also possibly the answer to this question is "You need try/fail cycles," as Dale answered. That's a fairly standard term, and a very very useful one! :)
Dec
17
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Perhaps this question should be rephrased as "My plot ideas are all slight and insubstantial." That'd be an interesting one! But we'd need more detail or examples to make that workable; without detail, I fail to see why tropes like "star-crossed lovers must escape danger" or "underdog must win difficult contest" can't carry the length of a novel.
Dec
17
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
OK, so let's list it as a dupe, then.
Dec
15
comment How do you find inspiration as a creative person?
What we have here is a question which could conceivably be answered using expert experience and facts, but the typical answers it's requesting will be of the format "Well, what works for me personally is--", which we could have hundreds of, with none being "better" than the other and none being significant or helpful.
Dec
15
comment How do you find inspiration as a creative person?
I'm sorry; as written, this question is much too broad. This doesn't look to me like a neuroscience question. If you're asking a question about neuroscience, then (A) use the precise terms (for example, "inspiration" is probably very difficult to define formally; likewise, actual neuroscience rarely refers to "mental hacks"), (B) ask a specific question about neuroscience, and (C) probably you want to ask your question at CogSci.SE .
Dec
14
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Considering closing as a dupe of above-linked question. Thoughts?
Dec
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comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Cybersone, this page might answer your question: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1781/…
Dec
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comment How do you find inspiration as a creative person?
I'm sorry, this is too subjective and "what works for you"-style to work well in our Q&A format. If you're new to the site, take our tour to get a feel of what this site is about and how it works!
Dec
10
comment AllPoetry management
IP here is 'intellectual property', which I assume this site claims over material posted there.
Dec
8
comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
Lastly, writers can be a pretty altruistic bunch. (Heaven knows, they'd better not be in it for the money...) They care deeply about the art and craft of fiction; it's their passion. Plus, writers operate under a certain assumption that people will be interested in reading stuff they've come up with...
Dec
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comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
There is a multitude of writing advice from writers of every degree of success. Obviously, some is wretchedly bad, but some is brilliantly good. And since writing has a lot of art and subjectivity to it, different writers will find value in different advice and different approaches.
Dec
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comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
I hope you're aware you're asking this question on a site dedicated to 'how to write fiction' advice?
Dec
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comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
Terrific answer. This is clear, straightforward, and it makes good sense :)
Dec
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accepted Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?