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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.


Apr
13
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
@DaveMG: No one in the biz is unbiased :)
Apr
12
comment Does self publishing via Amazon or similar services make your book ineligible for later acceptance by a publisher?
Janet Reid on this topic: jetreidliterary.blogspot.co.il/2012/10/some-hard-numbers.html and jetreidliterary.blogspot.co.il/2013/12/… .
Apr
7
comment Things to consider while writing a novel
Two questions which look like they might help you with your immediate difficulties: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/10379/… , and writers.stackexchange.com/questions/8423/… . As for the rest - do some writing, see how it goes, and when you run into specific problems there - we're all ears :)
Apr
7
comment Things to consider while writing a novel
I'm sorry, Amar; as written, this question is very vague and open-ended. Novel-writing has millions of techniques and facets; nobody can summarize them all for you here. I'm closing this as "too broad."
Mar
20
comment What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
What I would look for in a good answer would be to delineate the core differences between the two genres, explaining how they are different in nature (assuming that they are...). Once you know each genre's center, you can accept that there's some overlap at the fringes.
Mar
20
comment What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
All that being said, I think this question would be improved by editing for conciseness. As phrased, the question raises several possible answers and shoots them down in great detail; this makes the question much bulkier and more discussion-y. I would summarize to: "Many of my intuitive distinctions, such as (X, Y, Z), have obvious exceptions to them." (Possibly the text as-is would make a good answer.)
Mar
20
comment What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
IMHO, distinguishing between adjacent genres can be a practical, on-topic question. The primary issue is managing, and responding to, reader expectations - which affects style, marketing, classification, and other practical issues. That said, genre boundaries can be fuzzy, and so answers are likely to be guidelines rather than a clear-cut taxonomy.
Mar
20
comment What are the Criteria that Distinguish a Thriller from Horror?
A related what's-the-distinction question: Is my serial-killer novel horror or crime? .
Mar
9
comment Writing an article avoiding Libel
Note that while it's possible to write so that a libel suit would be weak, there's really no defense against spurious or far-fetched suits, which can be costly and exhausting to defend against even if you're certain you'll ultimately win.
Feb
23
comment Story resolution issue - A symbolic gift for two new friends
Closing for the moment. But if you can tackle this from another, more general, less "give me ideas for this detail" direction, then I'd be very pleased to reopen.
Feb
23
comment Story resolution issue - A symbolic gift for two new friends
Hi Leo! I see your difficulty, but Writers.SE makes a point of not telling writers what to write. Basically, brainstorming sessions would work very poorly (see, for example, how you've instinctively explained how you'll be using voting and acceptance, since the usual definitions work poorly).
Feb
23
comment Struggling to writing in English
-1. This question is about acquiring skill in a foreign language, and has nothing to do with writer's block. Additionally, please don't use LMGTFY links here (or on other Stack Exchange sites); they're mocking and not appropriate to our site. (I might add that they're particularly ridiculous when used with a term that the original poster never mentioned.) What would be much better would be giving a link to one or two resources that seem to be helpful and relevant.
Feb
23
comment Struggling to writing in English
How's your writing skill in your native language?
Feb
16
comment Where to find a the best narrators and producers to turn a good written work into a good audiobook
My recommendation is: don't try to force this one into the format. Do you have a problem to be solved? Ask us that. You can try and create one less naturally, but that doesn't always work - and that's perfectly fine.
Feb
16
comment Where to find a the best narrators and producers to turn a good written work into a good audiobook
We've been discussing this question, but IMHO it still isn't working. It's turned into a "where do I find..." question, which don't really work well on SE - it's a list/recommendation hybrid, and I'm not eager to have those. The other element here is the "awards for narrators" part, which was the original question, but IMHO it really doesn't fit here - asking "I want to make an audiobook, what awards are there in the genre?" sounds to me like asking "I want to produce my own movie, is hiring Academy Award-winning actors a good idea?" As written, if you don't know, you can't afford 'em.
Feb
13
comment Where to find a the best narrators and producers to turn a good written work into a good audiobook
I think we'd accept questions about attaching audiobook projects to a writing project, but not pure audio/narration questions. (e.g., if somebody asked, "How do I know whether a prospective narrator is any good for my project," then I think the question would be appropriate, and rewards/recognition could be mentioned in the answers. Whereas "What awards exist for voice actors" seems like a voice acting question, not a writing/publishing question.
Feb
13
comment Where to find a the best narrators and producers to turn a good written work into a good audiobook
Ok, I think the consensus here is to close the question. Closing.
Feb
12
comment Where to find a the best narrators and producers to turn a good written work into a good audiobook
This seems a few steps removed from writing, but I do see the relation. Thoughts, people?
Feb
11
comment my first comedy plot draft is very bland. how far can I go on calling this out?
(P.S.: Do people think this question is a duplicate of one of the questions I linked? Or is this a different question?)
Feb
11
comment my first comedy plot draft is very bland. how far can I go on calling this out?
Try not to get bogged down worrying about the "it's been done before" issue - it usually isn't nearly as bad as you're afraid of, and your worrying about it (particularly before you've actually done any writing) can only hamper you. See writers.stackexchange.com/questions/2027 and writers.stackexchange.com/questions/890 for some great answers.