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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.


Oct
10
comment Are fantasy books expected to be trilogies?
If he'd kept to his original plan for a trilogy, maybe not :)
Oct
8
answered Are fantasy books expected to be trilogies?
Oct
7
revised How do I round out a powerful character?
deleted 8 characters in body; edited tags
Oct
7
answered Is it OK to refer to some characters by first name and to others by last name?
Oct
7
comment How do I round out a powerful character?
Matthew, I've done a heavy edit of your question - pretty much rewritten it entirely, based on what I understand you're looking for. I think the new version is more focused and will help provide you with better, more useful answers. Can you take I look at my rewrite, and make sure I didn't leave out anything you consider important? (Feel free to revert if you don't like the rewrite.)
Oct
7
revised How do I round out a powerful character?
Rewrite for focus
Oct
6
comment How do I round out a powerful character?
Matthew, I'm not really certain what you're asking here. Are you asking for your opinion on the character as you've described him? Are you looking for ideas for the bad-ass abilities? How much of the character's personality and abilities have you already established? Is there anything in your writing or planning so far that have you concerned about the "superman" pitfall? What "character development" do you want our opinion on - so far you've described only "Mathias is guided to lead the rebellion, but he's not a superman," which is unspecific and rather difficult to critique :P
Oct
5
comment Can I write my sub stories separately?
Shan, could you expand your questions to include your existing and immediate concerns? Why would you prefer it one way, why the other - and why you're having trouble either deciding between them, or else choosing one and seeing how it works?
Oct
4
comment Motivation Reaction Units?
@KateSherwood: My great difficulty with subjective questions is that, being personal and subjective, I can't intuit the specific problem the OP has when I consider his question to be vague. I don't like "Please debate the following writing article" as a question. I'd be very happy to see "My circumstances are <X>, how does advice <Y> apply to me," or "I have reservation <X> concerning advice <Y>." But I can't fill in $X in OP's stead...
Oct
4
comment Motivation Reaction Units?
I'm not sure what the question here is. It's advice; take what works for you and what you're persuaded has potential to help. "Is this good advice" can be asked about anything you see written about writing ever, and you can ask it again about whatever answer you get.
Oct
2
comment Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
@KateSherwood: How about telling us at least the basic roles of both the characters you're considering for protagonism? A romance between two POV chars is very different than letting Batman and Robin round-robin the narration of their latest adventure.
Oct
2
comment Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
@OneMonkey: one vs. multiple would narrow this down, but not necessarily answer the question. That's because one vs. two is a much closer race - so the considerations can be much more specific and tailored to a particular piece. And trying to net all of those in one answer could be... formidable.
Oct
2
comment Single character POV vs. two POVs - how to decide?
Dear me, this is broad.
Oct
1
comment Good examples of fear/terror inducing techniques used with enemies
I don't see "list of scary things in writing" as a good FAQ topic. General advice about achieving terror in writing would be more apropos, albeit still in the form of a "please write me an essay on the topic of <achieving terror>" question.
Oct
1
answered Good examples of fear/terror inducing techniques used with enemies
Oct
1
revised Good examples of fear/terror inducing techniques used with enemies
edited tags
Sep
27
revised What's “fair use” for borrowing someone else's invented term?
added 486 characters in body
Sep
27
comment What's “fair use” for borrowing someone else's invented term?
(In addition, "grok" has also really entered common usage, which makes it much more acceptable - it's less dependent on reading the original novel, as you say, I'll add something on that.)
Sep
27
comment What's “fair use” for borrowing someone else's invented term?
@JürgenA.Erhard: Then why no downvote? :) More to the point - I'm not sure you understood my intention. This is where the "your story is about that thing" clause comes into play - if you write a novel which focuses strongly on what it means to "grok," and the kind of culture that concept could come from and how it'd pan out here on Earth, then yes - I think that'd be inappropriate.
Sep
26
answered What's “fair use” for borrowing someone else's invented term?