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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.


Jun
14
comment How it's better to format links to Internet in a text written on paper?
Sometimes those are appropriate solutions. Try filming Terry Pratchett's humorous footnotes as subtitles, or additional research/context information, see how well that works out for you. "(author winks at audience)" is appropriate for some formats of writing - but try putting it in the middle of a Dave Barry column, or in Series of Unfortunate Events, and it'll look entirely out of place.
Jun
14
answered How it's better to format links to Internet in a text written on paper?
Jun
13
answered Is it safe to create a wiki for a book (or something featured in it) before the book is published?
Jun
11
comment How do you come up with a fictional character name in a historical era/region?
Kudos for thoroughness and helpful links.
Jun
10
comment Is it worth spending money on a subsidy publisher?
I think the question is perfectly appropriate - he's described his considerations and goals, and asked whether subsidy publishing is a good way to achieve what he wants. (I think the owed money is a statement of opportunity to pay for the endeavor.)
Jun
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What style suggestions are common for which words are used in hyperlinks?
Jun
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Least possible editing effort if a text is for multiple media?
Jun
9
revised Help me to improve grammar of this question
critique tag
Jun
9
comment Do all main characters require equal development?
Strong agreement :)
Jun
9
comment Is character driven fiction more successful than plot driven fiction?
Well, I've never seen an ad hominem attack here yet :) Might help ground the conversation a little. It's really hard to measure the "relative stress" on character vs. plot in a given book, and it's not exactly a regular installment in book reviews, etc. Perhaps the question has some bearing on a concrete issue you're presently facing with your own writing?
Jun
9
comment Do all main characters require equal development?
I agree entirely; I'm just saying that a character being great and a character being complex are two different things. A lot of great characters can be summed up in a paragraph. So I don't see an inherent contradiction between "I have a varied, colorful cast that strengthen my story in many ways" and "Each of my supporting castmembers can be outlined in a single paragraph." For example, I think I could do that for any of the following: Ender's Game; Buffy The Vampire Slayer; Dragonlance Chronicles; The Matrix. No?
Jun
9
comment Do all main characters require equal development?
I really like your thoughts on how supporting characters carry a story! But I'm not sure this addresses the question, because OP has a supporting cast - it's just that their outlines are fairly simple. That means he might have a best gal, a sidekick, a mirror-image villain, a staunch and principled opposition, etc etc. See, each of those can be summed up in a couple of words :) So I think the question is "Does the hero's Best Gal need to be as deeply, intricately conceived as the hero himself? Or can I just portray a neat Best Gal?" If that's the question, there's some wiggle room here.
Jun
9
comment Do all main characters require equal development?
Could you please explain a bit more about how much you've got on your 2D characters - maybe an example or two, if they're so short? There are brilliant books whose castmembers can be summarized in a paragraph each, so I'm not clear on whether you mean that the characters are very one-note (but each has an interesting/important note...) or that even those single-paragraph descriptions paint them as flat, dull, and uninteresting.
Jun
9
comment Is character driven fiction more successful than plot driven fiction?
This question is hard to answer without better definitions and a more substantial rumor. Where did you hear this? What was the context? How reliable is the source? As for definitions - most popular novels have strong elements of both character and plot. Admittedly, sometimes one is a vehicle for the other, but that can easily go either way. So I'm not really sure what you're asking here... :-/
Jun
9
answered How do I check if an ISSN is properly registered at issn.org?
Jun
9
answered Do all main characters require equal development?
Jun
8
comment Do all main characters require equal development?
Orson Scott Card's Characters and Viewpoint has a lot of really useful advice on which characters need how much of what type of development.
Jun
8
comment Does my story structure for an ensemble zombie story sound effective?
Ah, I see. That sounds like a different question than the one about the structure itself, though. Regarding the edit, my pleasure :)
Jun
8
answered Does my story structure for an ensemble zombie story sound effective?
Jun
8
comment Does my story structure for an ensemble zombie story sound effective?
(The one thing I really didn't understand in the original post was this line: "I thought of it this way,in the second part to analyze each character in one chapter.**But i am afraid of hurting them to much,and making the reader uninterested.**" If that's important, could you explain that, either in a comment or as an edit to the original question? Thanks :)