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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.


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comment Needing to Believe the Story Is Real
This is very typical YMMV-ism, particularly when you and your friend are talking entirely abstractly about the story concept/premise, without your friend actually reading the stories you've written.
Aug
21
comment Defining a Prologue
There is one rule that shouldn't be violated: Don't be boring. Too many prologue-writers use the prologue as a chance to infodump, forgetting that rule.
Aug
19
comment Collecting books
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about book collecting.
Aug
19
comment Collecting books
Hi! Welcome to Writers.SE! We only address questions directly related to writing and publishing; I'm afraid that estimating value of collections is beyond our scope.
Aug
17
comment Should I start work on a sequel before I have sold my book?
Hey Anonymous, this is a nice anecdote, but it isn't really helpful if you don't have some consequences (good or bad) to share with us! You're saying "I did this," but unless your can tell us "...and it worked well" or "...and it went badly" or "...and there were pros and cons," it doesn't really answer the question much.
Aug
14
comment How can I make it more erotic?
Is there a reason you think it's not sufficiently sensual as it is? Is there any surrounding context? Are there any characters or literary elements in the larger context, which would give some basis for drama or the "very literary" element you want? Without these details, I don't think this question is answerable. -1 for the moment; and the question might need to be closed if you can't explain the question somewhat.
Aug
11
comment Word for “work completed on behalf of…”
I believe this does meet English.SE's guidelines; I'll check with them and send it over.
Aug
11
comment Tension built upon whether the main character will commit suicide or not. Problem: I'm using first person narrative
@CLockeWork: Ouch. Harsh :-/ Here's hoping that's an outlier...
Aug
10
comment What are PoD options for a 5M Bible?
I've edited for formatting, and to make the relevance to the question clearer.
Aug
10
comment My Hero is captured, now what?
However, I think the fundamental question of "How do I write an escape scene?" and "All my tries involve somebody else rescuing the hero" is a very good one. In other words, with a very light edit, this will be an excellent question. So I've just edited the question to put the focus on that. Please feel free to comment or re-edit if you feel like I've mis-represented your question, or if you have any corrections :)
Aug
10
comment My Hero is captured, now what?
Hi! This question is what we call a "what to write" question, in that it's describing a specific situation, and asking "OK, what should happen in my story now?". Such questions are off-topic on Writers.SE, because they're easy to bikeshed, and because they're not very helpful to any other writer.
Jul
29
comment Does this image convey bursting passion and confidence?
Please note that Writers.SE won't help you with grammar. (Probably not with style either, unless you have a very specific question - it's just too vague and subjective for blanket "please give me feedback" to produce good, meaningful answers within the Q&A format.)
Jul
26
comment About self publishing
"What do you think about the subject of self-publishing" is a very broad question. We do have a pros-and-cons of different publishing avenues here: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/3612/… . Does that page answer your question?
Jul
24
comment Best blind sequence?
Closing as off-topic, because it's asking what to write, and for highly specialized examples.
Jul
24
comment Best blind sequence?
(Additionally, a passage from the story with the question "How do I write without using any visuals?" would be a great critique question.)
Jul
24
comment Best blind sequence?
If you're new to Stack Exchange, take our intro tour and peek around; you'll get a good feel for how we work. We'd love to help you with other questions. IMHO, the best questions are of the form "I'm trying to do X, but I'm failing because Y. How do I solve Y and do X?" - and I bet you might have a terrific question about writing without sense of sight, if instead of asking "Who's done this well," you (a) explain what you've been trying, and (b) tell us what it is about the problem that's proving tough for you.
Jul
24
comment Best blind sequence?
I'm sorry; Writers.SE considers questions on "what should I write" and specific research questions (e.g., "who's already done this specific thing?") to be off-topic. We're a Q&A site, and answering questions like this would basically mean being willing to answer any question imaginable if you only add "it's for a story I'm writing"...
Jul
20
comment no matter whether = whether?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about grammar and correct usage of basic words, not about writing.
Jul
5
comment Iambic pentameter: how do you use words with 'secondary stressed' syllables?
This is really interesting; I'm not very well-versed in poetry, but I'd never heard that before. Do you have any references that go into more detail? I think that would make this answer even clearer and more helpful.
Jun
18
comment How do I develop skills at writing and planning plots and characters?
Practice, practice, practice :)