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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.


Jan
12
comment Plot idea to make the murderer (involuntarily) reveal himself
So, IMHO, the way to turn this into a workable question is to explain what precisely your problem is. You know what you're looking for. So, what's holding you back from coming up with something appropriate and running with that? If it's "I don't have any good ideas," then this remains off-topic - Q&A doesn't work for brainstorming story ideas. But if you do have ideas, but all of them are giving you trouble - then that's a problem we might be able to help with.
Jan
12
comment Plot idea to make the murderer (involuntarily) reveal himself
I think this falls afoul of our "asking what to write" rule. There might be a good question here, but I think this needs a bit of reworking for this to be on-topic. I'm closing for the moment, for discussion and editing. If we can improve, I'd love to reopen.
Jan
5
comment Where's the line between coincidental similarity between a character and a person, vs. being uniquely identifiable?
Glad to help, and glad you're pleased with the result! I'll leave comments so the community can see the conversation for a couple more days, then clean up :)
Jan
5
revised Where's the line between coincidental similarity between a character and a person, vs. being uniquely identifiable?
title, editing
Jan
4
revised What are my legal rights if somebody writes a book about me without my consent?
edited title
Jan
1
revised Any Guide Book - to understand - 1st Person / 2nd Person / All Knowing
edited tags
Jan
1
comment Any Guide Book - to understand - 1st Person / 2nd Person / All Knowing
Orson Scott Card's "Character and Viewpoint" is excellent.
Dec
31
comment “All of a sudden…” ?
I'm not clear on how this is meant to answer the question?
Dec
29
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
28
revised Using dictionary examples in the book - is it fair use?
edited tags; edited title
Dec
25
comment What is the voice called when the narrator is a secondary character?
The point is, both first-person and limited-third-person narration give you a POV character - a specific character, from whose point-of-view the story is presented. What I think has you confused is that you're also looking at third-person-omniscient, which doesn't have a POV character (or whose POV character is an amorphous narrator voice, not a concrete character within the story). There, Lauren's distinction between POV/protagonist makes no sense, because there is no POV character. But with first-person or limited-third, you have a POV character, and Lauren's answer stands.
Dec
25
comment What is the voice called when the narrator is a secondary character?
Limited third person is nearly identical to first person. There's no independent narrator in limited-third - we're still seeing everything from the POV character's perspective. Only the tense is different.
Dec
24
comment How can I trust that the proofreader and designer of a book will not plagiarize our work?
With books it's actually fairly easy, because the final product is usually made public. If you're looking for a cover designer, they should ALWAYS be able to point you to books they've already designed covers for.
Dec
24
comment How can I trust that the proofreader and designer of a book will not plagiarize our work?
Same way you find a reputable plumber. Ask for recommendations; google for recommendations; google for the type of job you want done, and then check out reviews of the names you get.
Dec
24
comment How can I trust that the proofreader and designer of a book will not plagiarize our work?
Working with people you don't trust is a bad idea to begin with. A much more common problem is simply getting work on your book that isn't very good.
Dec
24
answered How can I trust that the proofreader and designer of a book will not plagiarize our work?
Dec
17
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Also possibly the answer to this question is "You need try/fail cycles," as Dale answered. That's a fairly standard term, and a very very useful one! :)
Dec
17
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Perhaps this question should be rephrased as "My plot ideas are all slight and insubstantial." That'd be an interesting one! But we'd need more detail or examples to make that workable; without detail, I fail to see why tropes like "star-crossed lovers must escape danger" or "underdog must win difficult contest" can't carry the length of a novel.
Dec
17
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
OK, so let's list it as a dupe, then.
Dec
15
comment How do you find inspiration as a creative person?
What we have here is a question which could conceivably be answered using expert experience and facts, but the typical answers it's requesting will be of the format "Well, what works for me personally is--", which we could have hundreds of, with none being "better" than the other and none being significant or helpful.