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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.


Dec
17
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Also possibly the answer to this question is "You need try/fail cycles," as Dale answered. That's a fairly standard term, and a very very useful one! :)
Dec
17
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Perhaps this question should be rephrased as "My plot ideas are all slight and insubstantial." That'd be an interesting one! But we'd need more detail or examples to make that workable; without detail, I fail to see why tropes like "star-crossed lovers must escape danger" or "underdog must win difficult contest" can't carry the length of a novel.
Dec
17
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
OK, so let's list it as a dupe, then.
Dec
15
comment How do you find inspiration as a creative person?
What we have here is a question which could conceivably be answered using expert experience and facts, but the typical answers it's requesting will be of the format "Well, what works for me personally is--", which we could have hundreds of, with none being "better" than the other and none being significant or helpful.
Dec
15
comment How do you find inspiration as a creative person?
I'm sorry; as written, this question is much too broad. This doesn't look to me like a neuroscience question. If you're asking a question about neuroscience, then (A) use the precise terms (for example, "inspiration" is probably very difficult to define formally; likewise, actual neuroscience rarely refers to "mental hacks"), (B) ask a specific question about neuroscience, and (C) probably you want to ask your question at CogSci.SE .
Dec
14
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Considering closing as a dupe of above-linked question. Thoughts?
Dec
13
comment I can't figure out to come up with a good plot!
Cybersone, this page might answer your question: writers.stackexchange.com/questions/1781/…
Dec
13
comment How do you find inspiration as a creative person?
I'm sorry, this is too subjective and "what works for you"-style to work well in our Q&A format. If you're new to the site, take our tour to get a feel of what this site is about and how it works!
Dec
10
comment AllPoetry management
IP here is 'intellectual property', which I assume this site claims over material posted there.
Dec
8
comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
Lastly, writers can be a pretty altruistic bunch. (Heaven knows, they'd better not be in it for the money...) They care deeply about the art and craft of fiction; it's their passion. Plus, writers operate under a certain assumption that people will be interested in reading stuff they've come up with...
Dec
8
comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
There is a multitude of writing advice from writers of every degree of success. Obviously, some is wretchedly bad, but some is brilliantly good. And since writing has a lot of art and subjectivity to it, different writers will find value in different advice and different approaches.
Dec
8
comment Are 'how-to write fiction' books full of it?
I hope you're aware you're asking this question on a site dedicated to 'how to write fiction' advice?
Dec
3
comment Should my query lead with the detective, or with the crime?
Terrific answer. This is clear, straightforward, and it makes good sense :)
Dec
1
comment Can one feasibly sell an adult-content screenplay?
Question: Are you familiar with any existing adult movies as being high-quality and similar in nature to your own work? I don't know the field, but finding a point of comparison is usually a great first step.
Dec
1
comment Can I adapt writing in a RPG forum to writing in a book?
Are you asking from a legal perspective, or from a craft perspective? If it's from a craft perspective - why wouldn't this be possible? Are there problems or difficulties you anticipate in such an adaptation?
Dec
1
comment When writing TV scripts, is it heard of to change not only the characters but the type of story?
If you're contemplating mapping out your own new entire series with a gradual shift in genre - well, that I could see being a question.
Dec
1
comment When writing TV scripts, is it heard of to change not only the characters but the type of story?
As written, this is a poll question. Are you writing a spec script? A script for an existing series? Are you a screenwriter for an existing series? If you have the authority to make the kind of change you're proposing, you should have a creative and production team to chew this over with. If not, you should be working within the boundaries of the show as-is.
Nov
30
comment I was wondering what a good way to introduce a character
@rosenjcb : To me, "How should I introduce characters" sounds vague and poorly-defined on its own. It doesn't present a concrete problem; it might be a call for essays on the topic. But if others feel that the basic abstract question "How should I introduce characters" is a workable question, I'd be pleased to reopen (probably with an edit).
Nov
30
comment Does the word erection have a neutral tone with its non-sexual definition?
When you say "erection" is more correct and precise - what are you basing this on? Because whatever's standard in the field is probably the best way to go. If everybody says "erection", it won't, ummm, stand out.
Nov
30
comment I was wondering what a good way to introduce a character
Have you tried writing some introductions for her? If you have, what is it about those introductions that you aren't happy with? That would be a concrete problem we could help you with; whereas "what should I write here" is too vague, and too local to your particular story. (You've got edit links above, and if you're new to Stack Exchange, take our site tour!)