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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.


Sep
17
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
@LaurenIpsum: My intention wasn't that Holmes never has character development, but that many of his individual stories don't have any character development.
Sep
17
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
A classic example is Sherlock Holmes, who generally solves the case brilliantly and continues entirely unaffected. A story whose focus is on plot or setting might not need character development at all; character development might actually distract from the focus. But it depends on so much, particularly on what it is that you're trying to do, that I really can't say much beyond "yes, it can be done."
Sep
17
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
Yes, it's possible. Is this something you want to do? Is this a criticism you're getting? Are you asking out of sheer curiosity?
Sep
15
revised What genre is a book in an imaginary world but no other fantasy element?
title made more specific
Sep
15
comment What is a good name for a character who loves money?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a brainstorming/"what-should I write" question.
Sep
15
comment What is a good name for a character who loves money?
Welcome to Writers.SE! I'm sorry; Writers.SE doesn't accept questions which ask the community to make story choices for writers. We handle Q&A, but this type of question has no "good" or "bad" answers, only arbitrary opinions, and it is so specific it will not be useful to other users. If you'd like to learn more about Writers.SE and what types of questions are appropriate here, take a look at our site tour and our on-topic summary.
Sep
14
answered When mentioning two items in a sentence, should I specify which one I'm referring to in the next one?
Sep
14
answered Should the opening of a short story mirror the ending?
Sep
14
comment Should the opening of a short story mirror the ending?
It's a little hard to judge exactly what your teacher intended without more detail. Did she give any examples?
Sep
11
comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
In a nutshell: yes. Whenever you explicitly espouse a particular opinion, that's relevant and important to real-world issues, then some of the people who disagree with you will take offense. I hope I'll be able to expand on this in the next couple of days, but no promises, alas.
Sep
11
comment What do “p” and “pp” mean in the context of an index?
@what : IMHO, creating and formatting a book's index is on-topic. Though a lot of our posts are about the creative side of writing, the technical aspects (including common usage and norms) are on-topic as well.
Sep
10
comment Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
Why are you interested in killing your protagonist? What are you trying to accomplish? Have you written or outlined such a story? If you have, what's worrying you about the work you've done?
Sep
9
comment How to come up with the setting for the fiction novel?
I'm having a little trouble understanding what your precise question is; it's kind of all over the place. Yes, every approach has its pros and its cons. But also, pretty much every approach's downsides can be overcome. The right kind of research will help you write other cultures; invented settings can be made rich; and so on and so forth. What kind of story and setting are you interested in writing about? Write that, see what problems you run into, and then fix those.
Sep
9
revised How to get permission for using software screenshots in book?
Removed unrelated tangent
Sep
9
comment How to get permission for using software screenshots in book?
I don't think OP is asking about using the screenshots for fiction; OP talks about a "review of old software," which is technical or nonfiction. So I think your first paragraph distracts from the answer here, and I'm editing it out.
Sep
9
awarded  Custodian
Sep
9
reviewed No Action Needed Book translations for a student
Sep
9
reviewed Edit and Reopen Does a writing medium exist which preserves reading order but also allows commenting and editing?
Sep
9
revised Does a writing medium exist which preserves reading order but also allows commenting and editing?
rewrite for focus and clarity
Sep
9
comment How can I capture the voice of an insane person?
Reopened, in consideration of 4 reopen votes. :)