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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.


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?
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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.
May
20
comment Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
Perhaps the 20 people are sacrifices to a hungry but highly trustworthy god of the netherworld!
May
20
answered Genre conventions: Which end do readers expect?
May
12
comment Successful stories that don't follow the standard story template?
Sure, lots, including many many classics. Consider Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi," or Poe's tales of melancholy and horror. Many genres will have no resemblance to your template at all, e.g. tragedies, anthropological SF, and slice-of-life vignettes. This is far to narrow a template to bind everything into.
May
4
reviewed Leave Open What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
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”?
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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.)