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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
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?
Aug
31
comment How to describe a scene involving a shift in the environment due to forbidden magic?
Have you tried writing a draft, and seeing whether it's likely to make sense to the reader?
Aug
27
comment Needing to Believe the Story Is Real
This is very typical YMMV-ism, particularly when you and your friend are talking entirely abstractly about the story concept/premise, without your friend actually reading the stories you've written.
Aug
26
answered Misleading facts in the About the Author section
Aug
26
revised Does this urge you to read further or stop?
formatting
Aug
25
reviewed Needs Improvement Is this title suitable for a chapter section?
Aug
25
reviewed Satisfactory What are some strategies for surprising the reader?
Aug
25
reviewed Needs Improvement A novel without verbs?
Aug
21
reviewed Satisfactory Is there a standard for what should be included in an index?
Aug
21
reviewed Needs Improvement Sluglines for same location but different periods, real and imagined
Aug
21
reviewed Satisfactory Inserting truthful (derogatory) statements in text
Aug
21
reviewed Needs Improvement Tactician's Viewpoint and Contradictory Characterization
Aug
21
reviewed Satisfactory Does it confuse readers if a character name is similar to the name of an object?