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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
8
comment Is it important to describe how the characters are dressed?
Not identical, but you may find this helpful, since it touches on how/when to describe character appearance: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1875/…
Sep
7
revised How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
Cleanup to keep on-topic as an answer to the original question
Sep
7
comment How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?
Cleaning up a bit in response to a flag. I'll trim this down to just your new experience with response times; if there's anything you'd like to rescue from the original post and put in as a comment, then you'll find your original text in the edit history for this answer :)
Sep
6
reviewed Reviewed Do Decimals Bounded Between 0 and 1 (inclusive) Need a Leading Zero?
Sep
6
reviewed No Action Needed DIT:Is it legal if a write a book about an artist?
Sep
6
reviewed No Action Needed Cheapest way to self-bind a large book
Sep
6
reviewed Reviewed Will using real-world cultural vocabulary in a fantasy setting disengage readers?
Sep
6
comment Books on character development
This might be a list question... thoughts, people?
Sep
5
comment Hiding information
It's a balance, as I wrote. How big a breach of POV in it? How cheated will the reader feel? And how big is the payoff in suspense? Can the bad parts be somehow mitigated? And so on and so forth.
Sep
5
comment Hiding information
@Yashbhatt: That honestly depends on so much. "It was all a dream" and "For you see, we are all living in a jar of Tang!" are much-derided cliches. But I've seen some incredible last-minute revelations (e.g. in the first two Fitch books).
Sep
5
answered Hiding information
Sep
5
comment Hiding information
I think the edit makes for a clear question; re-opening.
Sep
4
revised Software for plot building across multiple books
edited title
Sep
4
comment Should a beginning writer start with a series or a stand-alone?
What is it about series that appeal to you so much? Have you ever tried to deliberately come up with a standalone idea? (I'm totally not criticizing! But answering these questions will probably help you understand your difficulty and your options.)
Sep
3
comment How can I capture the voice of an insane person?
@what : I feel like your edit drastically changes OP's intention. I'd much rather you ask that as an original question, than that you put it as an edit to this one. Can you post this phrasing as an original question, if you'd like to see it answered? (Neil's comment is also worth noting; some rephrasing wouldn't go amiss.)
Sep
1
comment How can I capture the voice of an insane person?
Hiya! Writers.SE is a Q&A site, and is different from other websites and forums. One of our guidelines is, we won't do your writing for you! Another is, we won't do simple rephrasings of passages. Check out our tour and our on-topic summary to get more of a feel for our site!
Sep
1
comment Alternate universe vs. historicity: how to set the threshold/expectations?
Since the criticism seems to be over the elements that OP considers agreed-upon in popular media, I don't think that establishing a divergence solves the problem. It'd be like describing an alien invasion right before the birth of Jesus, and assuming that justifies portraying Jesus as Caucasian.
Sep
1
comment Alternate universe vs. historicity: how to set the threshold/expectations?
I think your reference to alternate-history may be a bit confusing here, because it sounds like your novel will be deviating from historical reality in two ways: in the "alternate history" twists which are deliberate changes, and in the troped-up/media-influenced errors, where your setting is influenced by popular media portrayals which may be grossly inaccurate. Your friend's criticism seems to be over the latter, so I would focus on the historical element rather than the alternate-history element.
Sep
1
revised Alternate universe vs. historicity: how to set the threshold/expectations?
edited tags
Aug
31
answered Is my opening chapter too short?