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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
7
comment Is it acceptable for a book to not have a dominant lead character?
(Beyond which, it's no trouble to pick out plenty of ensemble casts, particularly in the fantasy genre - you don't need to seek any further than Dragonlance or Song of Ice and Fire to be assured this type of story exists.)
Sep
7
comment Is it acceptable for a book to not have a dominant lead character?
This question could use some tweaking; it's an explicit call for subjective opinions. "I'm doing X, is that OK?" is not a good question. What problem are you trying to deal with?
Sep
7
comment Can a likeable character be unsympathetic?
Could you clarify the terms somewhat? Is the evil bastard you love to hate "likable (to the reader)"? Is he "sympathetic"? How about the Boring Nice Guy who's fallen for the female lead but isn't going to get her (e.g. Xander to Buffy) - we like him (though, let's be fair, probably not specifically for his romantic interest), but don't really want him to succeed; is that "unsympathetic"?
Sep
6
comment How can I manage screen shots and other graphics for maintenance?
Since technical writing is on topic, and this is a question on maintenance in a technical writing project, I don't see any reason this would be off-topic.
Sep
6
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
5
revised
deleted 6 characters in body
Sep
5
revised
added 1162 characters in body
Sep
5
revised Improving Ad Script
edited tags
Sep
3
revised I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
my ambitions for NaNoWriMo
Sep
3
comment I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
"Beginning writers who just need to get their butt-in-char time taken care of" - that's me, to a T. Not aiming for anything publishable, just writing. And, yes, my "regular" approach leaves me idly making vague plans for too long, which is why NaNoWriMo's "just write stuff" sounds helpful.
Sep
3
asked I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
Sep
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
2
answered How can I break up a lengthy explanation?
Sep
2
comment How can I break up a lengthy explanation?
Having somebody "be the cabbagehead" is not a good thing. As you describe, it's very artificial, and instead of making the infodump interesting and palatable, it merely provides an excuse to deliver it dryly.
Sep
1
comment Other options for “had had”?
Whereas "that's that" is a perfectly acceptable example I had had, and that's that.
Sep
1
comment Other options for “had had”?
@Neil: I'm kind of assuming that if somebody really has this problem, it's because his favored formulation of the sentence leans strongly towards the "had had" construction. If he can easily swap the "had had" for a completely different sentence, that's rather less of a problem.
Sep
1
comment Other options for “had had”?
When you say that using "I'd had" is "a little cheap," do you mean it's not a great solution, or that that's to simple to get rep for? :P Seriously, for general purposes, since you're just trying to avoid an awkward-but-simple construction, this can be a great solution. Of course, that kind of relies on the subject of the sentence to work... as do your other suggestions.
Sep
1
comment A letter of recommendation
Heya, I'm responding to you over on chat, so as not to derail the question :)
Aug
31
comment A letter of recommendation
@Zasz: I'm confused as to why you're editing repetitions of the answers into the question. Note that the most popular answers rise to the top, so no worry of missing them! If you think some of the answers have points that deserve emphasis, clarification, or expansion, please feel free to edit them right into the answer - or comment on the answer, if it's an addition or a response. Editing the answers into the question, OTOH, seemsmore confusing and less helpful.
Aug
31
awarded  Analytical