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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
29
comment Writing an Ending: how to prune away the Wrong ones?
Also, when you say "ending" - are we talking about a scene? A chapter? The last third of the book?
Sep
29
comment Writing an Ending: how to prune away the Wrong ones?
Some of this depends on what scope you're talking about. Is this more on the lines of I have five different ways for the heroes to blow up the Death Star, or more X is in love with both A and B, and I could pair him with either one (or neither) or is it I'm not sure if Y should end the story by packing off to a nunnery, or by going to study to be a ninja?
Sep
28
comment What is the “three-asterisk-break” section called?
Hiya! I'm afraid this doesn't answer the question - the original poster asked what the section is called; what you're doing is describing its purpose, which is already understood.
Sep
25
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
19
wiki
Sep
19
wiki
Sep
19
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
I've edited for focus. SF, Lauren, does this question work now?
Sep
19
revised What software is good for writing a technical book?
edited tags; edited title
Sep
18
revised Can I submit to an agent before permission to use quotations is finalized?
title
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.