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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.


May
21
comment Vision/dream as an effective opening?
Giving the dream repercussions is a great way to avoid the problems I discussed in the first part. It establishes the dream as something important and life-changing (it's unusual enough to have real-life repercussions; regular dreams don't do that) and it ties directly into immediate, plot-related events in the "real" world (the repercussions).
May
20
revised What breaks suspension of disbelief?
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May
20
answered Vision/dream as an effective opening?
May
17
accepted Does this convey that I recommend the anthology I'm reviewing?
May
17
comment Complimenting on solid structure with no major flaws
The first one, I confess, doesn't sound too solid or well-constructed to me... The second one is what I'm aiming at - sometimes when the solid construction is one of the story's strongest points. As for the former, I'm critic enough to be able to come up with more cutting remarks than "solid." :P
May
17
revised Resources on plotting mystery stories
bounty notes
May
17
accepted Resources on plotting mystery stories
May
17
comment Resources on plotting mystery stories
Taryn, these are great! Very much what I was looking for with this question. The "Weekend Novelist" Amazon page mentions explicitly many of the topics I'm looking for input on, and says that it uses Gorky Park and a Christie for demonstrations - that's exactly the type of resource I'm hunting for!
May
16
revised What sites can I use to crowdsource my writing project?
rewrite for clarity
May
16
comment What sites can I use to crowdsource my writing project?
I think he's looking for an existing platform that supports and facilitates the kind of project and participation he wants. That seems like a reasonable question.
May
15
answered Best way to Write a Table of Contents for Awkward Pagination
May
14
comment Complimenting on solid structure with no major flaws
Intriguing observation! That may be exactly what's going on. Difficulty is, I review a wide variety of SF&F stories, which can really range all over the map on how "deep" they're meant to be. Hmmm. I might work this into a new, improved question.
May
14
comment Complimenting on solid structure with no major flaws
To a large extent, you're absolutely right, of course. If I review, I get to explain myself. Even so, I feel this is a problem I'm running into frequently. Firstly, it took me a few paragraphs and an example to explain what I meant, and to do so I had to explicitly compare such pieces unfavorably to "heavier"/"deeper" pieces. That's a lot. And secondly, this is something I try to convey very frequently; often enough that brevity is both necessary and desirable - I don't want to reword the same explanation over and over. Does that make sense?
May
14
comment Complimenting on solid structure with no major flaws
There are entire genres that rarely attempt to be much more than enjoyable, light reads. Say, for example, that "Mr. Mystery and The Case of the Invisible Muppethunter" (#147 in a series) really held together, and did exactly what a series mystery whodunnit should do. It wasn't particularly outstanding in plot or concept; it just did a great job of providing everything I was expecting and hoping to enjoy about the book. How would I describe that quality of the book?
May
14
comment Complimenting on solid structure with no major flaws
@Kate: "tight" actually sounds really good to me - it's very common to see a book described as "the tight, action-packed novel by...", and the "tight" part of that is very much what I'm aiming for. I'm not sure about all the other suggestions, but a lot of them look like they might be good fits for some of the cases I come up against :)
May
13
revised Complimenting on solid structure with no major flaws
formatting
May
13
asked Does this convey that I recommend the anthology I'm reviewing?
May
13
asked Complimenting on solid structure with no major flaws
May
12
revised Citing multiple quotes from a single novel
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May
12
revised Citing multiple quotes from a single novel
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