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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.


Nov
30
comment Does the word erection have a neutral tone with its non-sexual definition?
When you say "erection" is more correct and precise - what are you basing this on? Because whatever's standard in the field is probably the best way to go. If everybody says "erection", it won't, ummm, stand out.
Nov
30
revised I was wondering what a good way to introduce a character
formatting
Nov
30
comment I was wondering what a good way to introduce a character
Have you tried writing some introductions for her? If you have, what is it about those introductions that you aren't happy with? That would be a concrete problem we could help you with; whereas "what should I write here" is too vague, and too local to your particular story. (You've got edit links above, and if you're new to Stack Exchange, take our site tour!)
Nov
30
comment I was wondering what a good way to introduce a character
Hi Carole, welcome to Writers.SE! I've closed your question because, as-is, it seems to be asking us what you should write (as an introduction for your protagonist), and we don't handle that type of question. If you're having trouble coming up with an introduction, then please tell us about the trouble you're having.
Nov
26
revised What's the difference between Cut and Cut to?
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Nov
25
comment Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel
BTW, Orson Scott Card wrote several excellent pages about this topic in "How To Write Science Fiction and Fantasy": books.google.co.il/… (happily available via Google Books preview).
Nov
25
comment Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel
Is your question about what SF-nal devices are commonly used to explain space travel? Or is it how to explain the device you've chosen within the story, without it being a lengthy and obvious infodump?
Nov
25
revised Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel
edited tags
Nov
24
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
I disagree. Almost any mystery is some mix of detective, and investigation. I'm not asking about the edge cases, where we're clearly focused on one or the other near-exclusively. I'm asking about cases (the majority, IMHO) which essentially have a double focus.
Nov
24
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
@SF. : Hmmm. Why do you feel like one question answers the other? I'm not seeing it.
Nov
24
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
Also, [pedantry]a Heisenbug isn't a problem that wouldn't exist if you weren't looking for it; it's a problem that clearly exists, but which changes its behavior in response to seemingly-trivial attempts to investigate it, making it infuriatingly difficult to track down to a root cause[/pedantry]. A terrific, colorful concept, but not very pertinent here - I'd check those put-to-use urges :P
Nov
24
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
Mmmm. I don't know that I agree. I ask this question because this problem bothered me in a bunch of queries I read; in response to querying advice I've read ("start with the protagonist") which is difficult to interpret here; and also in response to summaries and reviews I've read of mystery books. It might be a problem that everybody's resigned to living with; I don't think it's not a problem at all.
Nov
23
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
These are good examples. I guess I am still wondering, though: are these good queries for mystery fiction? Or, at least, representative of what's considered "standard"? Because in each of them I still feel like the detective, as a character, is fairly minor to the query at large.
Nov
23
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
I added the examples you linked into the body of the text. Obviously, I'm talking about cases which aren't directly personal; those won't have the problem (at least not so acutely).
Nov
23
revised Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
added referenced examples
Nov
23
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
Note: This isn't for a book I've written myself. This question came up when I was commenting on other people's query letters, e.g. here , and from my own mystery reading.
Nov
23
asked Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
Nov
15
comment How can you tell that you have what it takes to be an author?
@CharlesStewart Quite right. And thanks Neil for getting to this first :)
Nov
14
comment How to format Facebook chat in a novel?
Dealing with images also makes a text much harder to work with and lay out, then simple styled text.
Nov
14
answered How to format Facebook chat in a novel?