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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.


Apr
16
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
13
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
@DaveMG: No one in the biz is unbiased :)
Apr
12
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
Janet Reid on this topic: jetreidliterary.blogspot.co.il/2012/10/some-hard-numbers.html and jetreidliterary.blogspot.co.il/2013/12/… .
Apr
7
comment Things to consider while writing a novel
Two questions which look like they might help you with your immediate difficulties: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/10379/… , and writers.stackexchange.com/questions/8423/… . As for the rest - do some writing, see how it goes, and when you run into specific problems there - we're all ears :)
Apr
7
comment Things to consider while writing a novel
I'm sorry, Amar; as written, this question is very vague and open-ended. Novel-writing has millions of techniques and facets; nobody can summarize them all for you here. I'm closing this as "too broad."
Mar
26
revised Does my essay follow guidelines for a “well-developed, well organized argument”?
title
Mar
20
comment What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
What I would look for in a good answer would be to delineate the core differences between the two genres, explaining how they are different in nature (assuming that they are...). Once you know each genre's center, you can accept that there's some overlap at the fringes.
Mar
20
comment What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
All that being said, I think this question would be improved by editing for conciseness. As phrased, the question raises several possible answers and shoots them down in great detail; this makes the question much bulkier and more discussion-y. I would summarize to: "Many of my intuitive distinctions, such as (X, Y, Z), have obvious exceptions to them." (Possibly the text as-is would make a good answer.)
Mar
20
comment What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
IMHO, distinguishing between adjacent genres can be a practical, on-topic question. The primary issue is managing, and responding to, reader expectations - which affects style, marketing, classification, and other practical issues. That said, genre boundaries can be fuzzy, and so answers are likely to be guidelines rather than a clear-cut taxonomy.
Mar
20
comment What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
A related what's-the-distinction question: Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime? .
Mar
9
comment Writing an article avoiding Libel
Note that while it's possible to write so that a libel suit would be weak, there's really no defense against spurious or far-fetched suits, which can be costly and exhausting to defend against even if you're certain you'll ultimately win.
Mar
3
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers?
Feb
28
revised How do I claim the number of scholarly articles on a niche subject is relatively small without listing every single one of those citations?
edited tags
Feb
24
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Good screenwriting-specific collaboration software
Feb
23
comment Story resolution issue - A symbolic gift for two new friends
Closing for the moment. But if you can tackle this from another, more general, less "give me ideas for this detail" direction, then I'd be very pleased to reopen.
Feb
23
comment Story resolution issue - A symbolic gift for two new friends
Hi Leo! I see your difficulty, but Writers.SE makes a point of not telling writers what to write. Basically, brainstorming sessions would work very poorly (see, for example, how you've instinctively explained how you'll be using voting and acceptance, since the usual definitions work poorly).
Feb
23
reviewed Satisfactory tinyURL seen as risky by readers?
Feb
23
reviewed Satisfactory Create and publish collection of public domain poems from 19th century
Feb
23
reviewed Satisfactory Can the term “Glorified delivery” be used to signify giving birth?
Feb
23
reviewed Needs Improvement Is there a great manual for technical and scientific writing?