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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.


Jul
20
comment no matter whether = whether?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about grammar and correct usage of basic words, not about writing.
Jul
20
comment How to start my prologue?
I'm closing this as off-topic, but take a look at other posts on the site, and perhaps we can help you with other subjects!
Jul
20
comment How to start my prologue?
Hi @user10143 ; I'm clarifying here, since your previous question was deleted: Writers.SE won't help you phrase a particular line or passage. Friends, informal chats, and getting feedback on your work will help you with that! Writers.SE works with answerable questions and problems - not "Please help me phrase this," but "I'm trying to do X, but I'm having trouble because Y". These answerable questions are a lot more helpful to other writers working on their own project, compared to suggestions for particular lines for your work :)
Jul
5
comment Iambic pentameter: how do you use words with 'secondary stressed' syllables?
This is really interesting; I'm not very well-versed in poetry, but I'd never heard that before. Do you have any references that go into more detail? I think that would make this answer even clearer and more helpful.
Jul
5
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Do romances need to have a happy ending?
Jul
5
revised Do romances need to have a happy ending?
incorporated explanatory comment (with minor changes) into the question with minor addition
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
23
awarded  Necromancer
Jun
18
comment How do I develop skills at writing and planning plots and characters?
Practice, practice, practice :)
Jun
10
revised Meeting with a respected publisher, what questions should I ask?
typos
Jun
10
answered Meeting with a respected publisher, what questions should I ask?
Jun
3
revised I want my coauthor to feel comfortable making changes to my work
title made more specific
Jun
1
comment Is this story worth publishing?
Hi Iota! I'm afraid that asking for general feedback on your story is off-topic here. This isn't a slight against your particular work (which I haven't looked at yet); it's site policy. There are plenty of excellent online workshops which will be happy to help you with your story - we're more about concrete Q&A, and if you have anything of that sort, please do ask :)
May
27
revised What does “OFF” mean in a script?
Title
May
26
comment Are there more character alignment grids (like D&D)
Cool question! This has the potential to turn into a list question, so answerers, please try to post more than simple links to arbitrary grids. @what 's answer below is an excellent example, giving different examples and pointing out some strengths of each one.
May
24
comment Does submitting multiple pieces to professional magazines (and being turned down) hurt chances of later stories that may be better-written?
I've heard advice that if you were rejected with an encouraging personal note, it's worth mentioning that in the cover letter.
May
24
awarded  Taxonomist
May
22
comment What sites can I use to crowdsource my writing project?
Protected to avoid spamming/promotion.
May
21
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
But if this is a twist after the protags have reached their goal ("make your own decision") your dynamic changes a little. This is basically the climactic argument from the antagonist - "Look, you got what you want, and look how awful it is." If you can't wiggle out of that and justify the protagonist's goals, or lead them to a greater epiphany, then the antagonist has turned out to be right, and your book is a tragedy. Probably not YA :P
May
21
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
If the antagonist's argument was "You can't be free to make your own decisions," then that's the argument you need to resolve here. But narrowing that argument down might help you find a satisfying resolution. e.g "If you make your own decisions you'll make them wrong" can be resolved by making decisions and guaranteeing that they're right. "If the argument was "You don't have the authority to make those decisions for everybody, we do," then the resolution needs to demonstrate why the protags are worthy of authority and the antags aren't. And so on.