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Oct
14
answered Organization for epic fantasy writing
Oct
14
comment Write multiple trilogies or make a saga?
@Jose, here's an article addressing precisely the question of how to write a book that both has a complete internal arc, but also moves forward the big, saga-scope arc: lucyvmorgan.com/2011/07/…
Oct
13
revised Which traditional presses publish poetry?
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Oct
12
comment What are useful resources for a beginner whose eventual goal is to write a novel?
Although, (sigh), now the responses no longer match the question. Hmmm.
Oct
12
comment What are useful resources for a beginner whose eventual goal is to write a novel?
Yes, that's much more focused :) This question might be useful: How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?, though it addresses the question directly more than pointing out external resources.
Oct
12
awarded  Excavator
Oct
12
revised How do I construct a plot out of my many setting/character details?
title change
Oct
11
comment Less universe-specific synonyms for “squib”?
Very true. Combine this response with Lauren's for a full picture: don't lift the "squib" concept whole from Rowling. Figure out what it means in your setting; what the nuances and details are that make it unique, tailored to your book, and your own. Then copy Rowling's work ethic, and find a word expressing that.
Oct
11
comment Less universe-specific synonyms for “squib”?
I disagree - this is a great, specific case of needing to come up with a new term with a similar meaning to an existing term that's author-specific. That's pretty uniquely a writing problem. It's coping with the same type of problem we saw in What's fair use for borrowing someone else's invented term?, it's just a specific instance.
Oct
11
comment What are useful resources for a beginner whose eventual goal is to write a novel?
@AdamJ.Forster: Could you explain what parts of your question the earlier questions don't adequately answer? Then we'd understand what's left to be addressed.
Oct
11
comment What are useful resources for a beginner whose eventual goal is to write a novel?
Welcome aboard, Adam! This question is a possible duplicate of What are some online guides for starting writers? and What are good reads about writing?; I think you'll find a lot of great resources there!
Oct
11
awarded  Nice Answer
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?