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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
7
comment Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
@kitukwfyer: It's an interesting idea, but it'd be awfully tricky to pull off. Those tropes don't really make sense if you don't know you're in a detective story - in real life, the most likely suspect is a more likely subject than the least likely subject. :P But that could be interesting - a way to head off the reader right away...
May
6
answered What breaks suspension of disbelief?
May
6
comment Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
This struck a chord with me; that's definitely the type of message I want to convey to the reader. I also remember how powerful "ALL BETS ARE OFF" moments have been in other books I've read. The thing is, you've given suggestions on working by that credo, but how to I convey to the reader that metagaming isn't going to crack this case? What "ALL BETS ARE OFF" moments are possible in the early stages of a whodunit?
May
6
comment Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
I like your new edit; I think that's a good way to go. I'm still not sure where to take that, though - I don't see how I can play with reader expectations, and have them know that I'm doing so, early enough for it to make a difference to the experience of the majority of the story.
May
6
revised Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
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May
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revised Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
addendum
May
6
answered Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
May
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asked Preventing genre-savvy second-guessing in murder mysteries
May
5
revised Resources on plotting mystery stories
added 580 characters in body
May
5
awarded  Promoter
May
5
revised Resources on plotting mystery stories
retag
May
5
comment English writers IDE
Welcome aboard, then! :D
May
5
comment How do you avoid the problem of all the characters in your story sounding the same?
You're correct that accent and slang get annoying fast. They're distracting, and they're not really what you're trying to achieve - you've probably hung out with a dozen friends at once, most with pretty much the same accents and slang vocabularies, and you can still tell 'em apart. And that's the kind of personal, intrinsic recognition you're going for.
May
5
comment How do you avoid the problem of all the characters in your story sounding the same?
Personally, a great characteristic that helps me find voice is considering sense of humor. Is the character sardonic? Boisterous? Awkward? No two people tall a joke the same way. Humor goes a long way towards portraying personality.
May
5
answered How do you avoid the problem of all the characters in your story sounding the same?
May
5
revised Books to improve writing skills
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May
3
revised What does “Exposition and Ammunition – back story” mean in screenwriting?
"breaks" to "brakes" in a key sentence.
Apr
28
comment How to explain something mid sentence
Could I ask that you provide a couple of examples of the type of details you need to explain? In a nutshell, I think things that can be explained in a snippet you might be able to simply use the snippet instead of the book's terminology, while more complex concepts need attention which will require a fuller description, and won't be squeezed in mid-sentence.
Apr
28
comment How to explain something mid sentence
...I really wish that were a real example of something happening in your book. :D
Apr
28
answered What are the ingredients for a good book review?