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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.


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revised How to avoid getting confused while adding symbols within symbols (novel writing)?
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revised Using a town to symbolize/represent a character within a story (fiction)?
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revised Using a town to symbolize/represent a character within a story (fiction)?
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comment Using a town to symbolize/represent a character within a story (fiction)?
I don't know if the specific "wife <--> town" link has been done, nor where, but using the setting and environment as a reflection of certain characters is a time-honored technique (e.g. Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" takes this concept to its literal extreme). But I'd have difficulty making concrete suggestions for your story without A) knowing more about the wife, the protagonist, the town, and the plot, and B) hearing what you've already come up with yourself.
Jul
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revised How often do writers develop characters before plot, and why?
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comment How often do writers develop characters before plot, and why?
@Lauren et al: this is probably going off on a tangent, but I'd say there's an obvious differentiation between story and plot. Plot is a single element in the story; it's what you get if you try to summarize what happens in the story. But a story also consists of atmosphere, setting, character development, theme... For demonstration, consider stories that don't have a plot; stories like Memento where you'd need to decide whether the plot goes forwards or backwards or both; fairy-tale retellings where the plot is meaningless except as it relates to the original story... etc., etc.
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comment How often do writers develop characters before plot, and why?
I'm having great difficulty understanding how examples of inanimate characters and the importance of structure is meant to provide an answer to the question. Are you suggesting OP should kick off his stories by choosing the structure first, before he has characters (or setting, or plot, or theme, or...)?
Jul
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comment When I'm replying to emails, what's the best way to acknowledge that I appreciated each point of someone's email?
+1. Good phrasings include: "You made a lot of really good points," "I really like what you've written," "All your comments have been extremely helpful," etc.
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revised How can I improve this description which includes actions?
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answered How often do writers develop characters before plot, and why?
Jul
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comment What is Literary Fiction?
Heh :) There's actually some really good questions a few months back, that I think could do with better answers then they've got. I didn't mean to be pedantic; defining litfic (and by extension, its distinction from literature, which is basically "books that are good") is the topic of the question. But before I'd had my answer posted with my own contributions, I could see how the offhand disagreement might have seemed... unhelpful.
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answered What is Literary Fiction?
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comment What is Literary Fiction?
-1. "Literary fiction" is not the same as "literature."
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revised Writing a math exercise book
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